The private, charter, and traditional public schools studied are part of a Chicago cohort that’s been working with LEAP Innovations, a national personalized learning organization, to individualize student instruction by pairing schools with education technology and coaches who help teachers reimagine their instruction and classroom design.
Does this sound familiar? An Ivy League-educated philanthropist, who built his wealth from a career in technology, decides to champion education as his next cause--under the belief that today’s schools are not adequately preparing the next generation for the future.
Pearson Education surveyed 4,854 students across four years on how they believe technology would affect their learning. 83% agreed that tablets would transform their college education experience. 79% said they would find learning more fun with a tablet 68% agreed it would improve their performance. Needless to say, a large amount of students could experience noticeable results by more technology being implemented into schools.
This spring all 24 Maryland school systems will receive $15,000 technology grants for remote classroom technology. Remote classroom devices allow students unable to attend class for extended periods to continue to stay involved. A 4-foot propeller robot is one type of a remote classroom device. It's controlled by the home or hospital-bound student and moves around the classroom and school.
If artificial intelligence wasn't on the minds of school district IT leaders and educational technology professionals when they got to the 2018 Consortium for School Networking's annual conference, it is now. AI has been subject of many conversations, conference sessions and at least one of the keynotes held during the weeklong festivities in Washington, D.C.
Simply giving community college students a laptop doesn't ensure them success. Research by Robert Fairlie, an economics professor from the University of California, Santa Cruz and Peter Bahr, an associate education professor at the University of Michigan, found that giving students access to computers has little impact on their college success or future employment, Campus Technology reports.
Six years ago, inspired by a big idea to democratize higher education, the University of Michigan (U-M) became a founding partner of Coursera. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) were born. While the issuance of MOOC death certificates by skeptics is only rivaled in frequency by those filed by South Park writers for Kenny, MOOCs consistently find ways to survive and indeed thrive in nurturing environments.
While Culatta and Elia both see technology’s role in the classroom as a foregone conclusion, they also recognize that there is no guarantee that technology will live up to its promise if more isn’t done to help teachers use it. Culatta, for one, believes the use of technology in America’s schools is at a tipping point.
Edtech vendors should strive for clarity and specificity in their privacy policies to enable school administrators to make smart choices.
Is the internet an essential tool for learning, or should parents be able to decide if they want their kids online at school? One lawmaker is pushing a plan to scale back on teaching with technology.