Over the years I’ve talked with hundreds of schools about their technology deployments. While I don’t do any paid consulting officially, I love to go and visit other schools to share ideas, talk about best practices, and to see how their technology stack is set up. I’ve noticed schools that struggled to get off the ground and maintain traction all have one key trait that they all share. Here’s the one simple thing you should do before buying a single iPad or Mac to avoid major education technology mistakes.
When hackers struck one-third of North Dakota's schools with a vicious malware attack last February, it highlighted the growing cyber threat facing America's public-education sector-even in a state that's ahead of the cybersecurity curve.
Let’s face it! The world is changing way faster than most of us could have imagined, and technology is at the center if it. A decade ago, smartphones were not as popular as they are today. But, the fact that you now today use Google Maps on android or iOS gadget to zoom into places you’ve never visited makes everything easy and simple. For a student, finding history writing jobs in this age of information and technology is only a swipe or a click away.
Old school educators are having a hard time getting used to machines having the ability to think and learn. Suggesting to them that machine learning is going to revolutionize the education field usually falls on deaf ears. However, sooner or later, they will have to come to grips with this new reality.
Even if you don’t like Google, Jeremy Lupoli told a crowded room surrounded by products from the tech giant, you’ll still have to work with it to get ahead in the education technology industry. The company boasts a footprint of 80 million educators and students using its G Suite for Education tools, and 40 million users using its Classroom app.
For teachers that have always wanted to use augmented reality in the classroom -- technology that superimposes digital images on top of a view of the real world through a smartphone or other mobile device -- but haven’t had the chance to explore it, author, speaker and edtech consultant Jaime Donally has some suggestions.
In a first-of-its-kind report, The State of Cybersecurity: 2018 Year In Review found that K-12 schools suffered at least 122 cybersecurity incidents in 2018, nearly 60 percent of which resulted in personal data being compromised. The K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center has been tracking K-12 cybersecurity incidents since 2016 using its interactive K-12 Cyber Incident Map.
Virtual and augmented reality in the classroom has proved to be effective for history and chemistry lessons. However, a new use for these tools is now emerging: teaching computer science. Currently, one of the few setbacks to integrating virtual reality is a lack of readily available content. While this may seem like a negative, it opens a new door for teachers to encourage students to explore the world of coding and create their own virtual reality worlds.
Teachers appreciate tools that help their students succeed. But many school administrators fail to enlist teachers’ support when adopting and implementing new education technologies. Some administrators simply mandate that the product is used, which threatens teachers’ autonomy.
In recent years, there has been widespread excitement around the transformative potential of technology in education. In the United States alone, spending on education technology has now exceeded $13 billion. Programs and policies to promote the use of education technology may expand access to quality education, support students’ learning in innovative ways, and help families navigate complex school systems.