From New York City to Chattanooga, district leaders around the United States have stories to tell about the instructional technologies they are introducing in schools. Many are training educators to teach students computer science, and other STEM subjects through new technology. And although leaders agree that parent engagement is an important part of student success, their innovation plans often leave them out -- particularly those in low-income communities.
Last year, experts announced that 2016 was the year that VR would take off more intensely. In fact, the market is expected to grow to a $15.9 billion industry by 2019. By 2020, analysts from leading global bank Citi anticipate the market for hardware, networks, software and content will reach $200 billion, according to a previous blog I wrote.
SXSWedu hasn’t typically been the place to discuss equity in education and technology. In 2016, only 3 percent of the conference’s 350 sessions explicitly addressed the role that technology plays in impacting the opportunity gap. This year, that percentage appears to have jumped up to roughly 10 percent of the conference’s programming.
According to the survey, the top drivers of Apple device use in higher ed include user preference (cited by 64 percent of respondents), better security (51 percent), less maintenance (45 percent) and Apple's app ecosystem (40 percent).
When choosing an online degree program, make sure the technologies available for learning fit in with your daily life and will benefit, not hinder, your education experience. Here are three things prospective online students should look for or consider using when it comes to technology to ensure they can access online courses on the go.
Students need access to tools that work. But today, the decisions educators make regarding the tools they use with students are based on hypothesis rather than solid evidence.School, district, and state leaders make technology decisions every day that will affect student tech fluency, not to mention learning outcomes.
"The ground underneath flipped learning is shifting," said Jon Bergmann, co-founder of FLGI, in a press release. "Over the last 12 months, we've been following several developments that we think require every professional involved in flipped learning to update their understanding, recalibrate their thinking and adopt a new stance toward flipped learning.
According to a Columbia University study, students do not choose to take online courses for "a superior learning experience" and instead most students take what they consider “easy” online classes.
I live and work in Silicon Valley, so it’s not surprising that technology has found its way into our math classrooms here. But is technology really supporting our students to learn? Just because something is labeled as technology doesn’t mean it supports good learning. In my recent work in local schools, I have observed that teachers are having their students work on computers for the entire math lesson.
A high-tech program designed to predict which students are at risk of failure might sound like a way to extend a helping hand. Some students don’t see it that way. They worry that the data will be used to label them before they have a chance to make their own impression on a teacher.