2014 was a record year for investment dollars flowing into edtech companies, by all measures. But it may not be going where you'd expect.
The term edtech can cover everything from custom-designed hardware for education (such as data collection sensors by Ward’s Science and tablets by Amplify), to software and apps used for instruction (think Khan Academy for math or Duolingo for world languages), to tools and platforms to support course delivery and administration (including Blackboard’s learning management system or teaching resource marketplace TeachersPayTeachers).
Unschooling, greater independence for the student and teacher, and getting in touch with our social and emotional selves are just some of the topics that have inspired educators and life-long learners.
"As difficult as it can be for teachers to give up control over their classrooms, great things can happen when students step up and boldly take charge of their learning."
A History of the World in 100 Objects from BBC Radio is a 100 episode collection that focuses on specific objects and how they impacted history.
YouTube videos have changed the way we obtain information, whether it's learning how to fix a leaky faucet or how to make your own Slip N' Slide. But for on-the-go education, podcasts are the perfect way to kill some time during your commute and learn something interesting. And share with students.
A well-planned, current digital teaching portfolio can be an asset whether you're seeking a job, being evaluated within your school, or simply demonstrating your professionalism.
This post from Edutopia will help you decide whether or not a portfolio will serve your professional goals and how to go about designing a professional-looking site that showcases your teaching skills.
By far the most prevalent issue I see in schools struggling with their technology integration and implementation is the lack of a collective vision for how digital learning tools will be used to enhance learning. Schools often purchase software, computer devices, and technology-based learning systems because they are effective marketing tools for recruitment, or because they want to keep pace with the digital investments of rival institutions, or simply because they fear appearing outdated. None of these have to do with learning, of course, and inevitably are insufficient to smooth over the challenges that arise as digital tools enter classroom spaces.
Certainly, as we turn to online reading, the physiology of the reading process itself shifts; we don’t read the same way online as we do on paper. Anne Mangen, a professor at the National Centre for Reading Education and Research at the University of Stavanger, in Norway, points out that reading is always an interaction between a person and a technology, be it a computer or an e-reader or even a bound book.
"Teacher collaboration is among the cornerstones of school improvement. When teachers connect–for the right reasons–good things happen. The ability to connect is increased exponentially through technology. Digital collaboration by teachers has an infinite numbers out possible outcomes, from formal teacher improvement, to informal connecting for people that get you. A global teacher’s lounge, if you will."
Lawmakers and tech gurus say technology in the classroom is the only road to better schools and U.S. competitiveness. Is this hype supported by facts?
Enyedy believes that technology in the classroom has a valuable role to play in American education, but its potential has, to a large extent, been squandered by empty promises, ill-defined goals and outdated strategies.
Educational technology companies are latecomers to exploiting the potential of the Internet, but venture capitalists seem to believe their time has come.
“Education is one of the last industries to be touched by Internet technology, and we’re seeing a lot of catch-up going on,” said Betsy Corcoran, the chief executive of EdSurge, an industry news service and research company.
We polled your fellow NEA members to see what kinds of technology they have in their schools and have gathered lesson ideas, along with some helpful implementation advice, for the top five most common types: desktops, interactive whiteboards and smartboards, laptops, document cameras and iPads.
When it comes to teaching, there’s a lot to juggle: students, parents, principals, paperwork and a little thing called learning. While you and your colleagues are trying to balance everything, it can be a challenge to find time to incorporate new ways of using technology.