The $8 billion–plus ed tech industry has ballooned in recent years as tech tools flood K-12 and higher education to adapt classrooms now largely occupied by digital natives.
Microsoft Corp's announcement of a suite of new education products on Tuesday shows the company's determination to reverse a major shift that has taken place in U.S. classrooms in recent years: for most educators and school districts, Google's Chromebook is now the computer of choice.
Basically, this OS is a stripped-down version of Windows 10 with a particular eye for the challenges educators face. Schools can configure each computer simply by slotting in a USB stick with a set configuration on it, so redoing them each new school year will be a snap. The biggest compromise is what software you can use with the stripped-down version of the OS. Instead of running all apps, educators will only be able to download and use what’s in the Microsoft Store.
Several technology-driven trends are disrupting education systems around the world. Together, these trends are offering innovative solutions for a flawed system and contributing to more impactful learning experiences.
While e-books have entered some classrooms, STEM instruction has remained unchanged for nearly as long as the subjects have been taught. With his interactive app, Weinberg, a PhD candidate at Carnegie Mellon University, hopes to inspire a new kind of classroom engagement.
For a variety of reasons, families like the Northups have turned to virtual schools for greater flexibility and individualization than a traditional brick-and-mortar school can provide. In Central Louisiana parishes, at least 337 students are served by virtual learning programs, according to enrollment numbers provided by LAVCA and University View Academy.
“Teachers have long understood the importance of instilling good citizenship in their students, focusing on social etiquette and how to treat people with respect in the course of their daily lives,” reads an article on Edudemic. “Today, though, it’s just as important that students understand what kinds of behaviors are acceptable online.”
The National Science Foundation is seeking to increase the pipeline of science, technology and engineering and math talent with investments in edtech startups that make such careers accessible - and cool - to underserved kids.