Last summer the world’s largest online retailer launched Amazon Inspire, touting it as a hub for educators to exchange lesson plans and other Open Education Resources. But a year later, the site remains in limited, invitation-only beta. Some wonder when it will be open to the wider education community (and what the company’s broader education strategy is).
In a profession most readily associated with the printed word, school librarians have embraced what may seem like an unlikely tool. Librarians in public schools across the country are mixing new technologies like iPads and the internet with old to teach their students fundamental skills, while also preparing them for the digital age. But their progress is threatened by a familiar problem in education: funding.
Despite the potential for innovative uses of data to dramatically transform K-12 education in the United States for the better, time and time again, promising efforts to improve how the education system uses data are met with contentious opposition. Parents understandably value the privacy of their children and thus are sensitive to programs that collect and analyze student data.
So, your school district has bought a device for every student, or you just opened your network for students to bring their own devices. Now what? What should you have students do with those devices -- take notes, surf the internet or do research?
Chun’s district is at the forefront of a national movement to turn K-12 librarians into indispensable digital mavens who can help classroom teachers craft tech-savvy lesson plans, teach kids to think critically about online research, and remake libraries into lively, high-tech hubs of collaborative learning — while still helping kids get books.
The Department of Education’s Virtual Reality expo brought educators from across the state to discuss how they’re using virtual technology in their curriculum. “The idea is to be able to create an environment where learners at all levels can use gestures and natural movements of their hands to make and explore mathematical figures,” said Justin Dimmel, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education & Instructional Technology at the University of Maine.
Over the past 25 years, multiple waves of education technology and innovation have slowly washed into America’s schools and colleges.
Nestled among rows of wine grapes, Stone Bridge School is a K-8 independent charter school in Napa County. On a recent afternoon, 28 first-graders sang during their main lesson. They can sing, paint, dance and sew. But what they don’t do -- and are discouraged from -- is use computers.
As recently as 2014, more than five million students were enrolled in online or "distance learning" programs at post-secondary institutions that grant degrees, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. That's nearly one-third of all such students.
Involving parents in their children’s progress in the classroom has long been shown to significantly increase student outcomes. With parent engagement top of mind in many school districts–partly because the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires it–teachers can benefit from these best practices from peers for using education technology to get, and keep, parents engaged.