For college students, taking classes virtually offers the opportunity to learn flexibly - whenever and wherever they want. Though lack of social interaction has been a concern, online education has helped to foster some big innovations in collaboration at universities.
Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone Inc. Company, has released a white paper titled, “The Importance of Intrinsic Student Motivation When Selecting Educational Technologies,” which not only focuses on well-researched methods of supporting students’ intrinsic motivation but also applies that research to educational technologies.
This sort of pie-in-the-sky belief that simply getting more computers in kids’ hands and more app-development elective courses in schools will make the future bright is an oversimplification of a complex issue. In the last six months as a teacher of technology classes (both software applications and Chromebook repair) and as a close observer of how teachers utilize digital learning devices in classrooms, I’ve witnessed that even when the tools are in hand, neither students nor teachers quite know how to make the best use of technology.
Google continues to gain share in the education market at Apple’s expense. Chrome OS powers almost six out of 10 computing devices shipped to K-12 schools in the United States last year, according to a new report from research firm Futuresource Consulting.
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.