On November 2, 2016, California Attorney General Kamala Harris released a report outlining best practices for the education technology industry (“Ed Tech”). In Ready for School: Recommendations for the Ed Tech Industry to Protect the Privacy of Student Data, Attorney General Harris noted the need to implement robust safeguards for collection, use, and sharing of student data.
The new Apple Macbook Pro 2016 line is thinner and lighter than its predecessors. There were no announcements regarding the iMac, Mac Pro or the Mac Mini. However, the device does come with a hefty price tag.
“The early learning community has been wisely cautious about using technology with our youngest children,” said Libby Doggett, deputy assistant secretary for Policy and Early Learning at the Department of Education. “But technology, when used appropriately with caring adults, can help children learn in new ways–and lessen the growing inequity in our country.”
The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services (HHS) released their first joint policy brief on children using educational technology. The brief serves as a call to action to researchers, developers, and administrators to address important research questions and develop products that ensure the best uses of technology in early learning.
The technologies that exist in classrooms today won't necessarily be the same ones that are around in 10 years. In particular, the days of desktop computers and laptops are numbered, according to educators in Campus Technology's 2016 Teaching with Technology survey. The survey polled faculty members across the country about their use of technology for teaching and learning, their wish lists and gripes, their view of what the future holds and more.
Why is it that after decades of sustained investment and excitement in educational technology that we have trouble locating the benefits? Immediately you will object to this statement. You will point to all the advances in online learning (traditional and open), in digital curricular materials, in flipped classes, and in mobile learning. You will talk about adaptive learning platforms and predictive analytics. And everything you say will be correct.
Rapid-Cycle tech evaluations are designed to assist school leaders in making evidence-based decisions regarding ed tech acquisitions. Traditional research approaches do not meet the needs of evaluating rapidly changing education technology.
While plenty of surveys examine the use of technology in schools from the teacher or student perspective, here's one that looks at the subject from the parents' point of view. The Learning Assembly polled 1,000 K-12 public school parents around the United States on the use of education technology in their students' schools. The bottom line: They're not overly impressed.
As the classroom shifts from a teacher-centered model - where the teacher was the sole holder and diffuser of knowledge–to a student-centered model - where students seek out knowledge more independently, with a teacher acting as a guide - it’s important to understand what technology is in the classroom, how it’s being used, and what key stakeholders think of the technological advances.