Thanks to Simon Thomas of 9ine Consulting, who reached out last week to share this exciting report. 9ine Consulting worked with NAACE (a.k.a. “the ICT Association”) to produce this study. The study looks at the use of iPads at the Longfield Academy, where a large scale 1 to 1 iPad program was implemented last year. A brief overview of this groundbreaking study is provided below.
Amazon.com Inc. has launched a service to help schools and workplaces manage Kindles used by students and employees—by sending out eBooks or blocking certain types of activities, for example.
Called Whispercast, the free service lets businesses and schools buy and distribute books and documents to Kindles over a wireless internet connection.
This means teachers can send out books to students in their class, and businesses can send out training materials, schedules, and other documents, Amazon said. Schools also can block Kindles from accessing the web and can prevent students from being able to make purchases on the device.
Did you know? The U.S. Department of Education has an official national education technology plan. It’s available for viewing on ed.gov and highlights the goals, methods, and tools that will be used to implement a better learning environment using technology.
With all the talk of education technology in classrooms around the U.S., I thought it might be useful to alert Edudemic readers to the official plan. Whether you think it’s a good plan or not, you should at least know what it says. After all, being an informed citizen is critical in this election year.
There’s a lengthy executive summary which I’ve taken excerpts from to save you some time. However, I do recommend reading through the plan in its entirety if and when you have the time.
In the first substantive remarks from the Mitt Romney campaign on No Child Left Behind waivers, adviser Phil Handy indicated that the flexibility granted this year to 33 states and the District of Columbia would be in serious jeopardy if the former Massachusetts governor wins the presidency.
It was not long ago since we posted here about the contest launched by YouTube in partnership with Khan Academy. They both were looking for some bright and inspiring educational content creators who have " what it takes to build a global classroom ". Two of my readers here have applied ( there might probably be more but these two have sent me their video contributions ) and one of them was initially accepted in the first selection that listed 1000 candidates but was eliminated in the final selection.
So after sifting through the group of 1000 creators, they finally whittled it down to just 10 YouTube EDU Gurus who , hopefully, will contribute " to the great corpus of educational videos that make up YouTube EDU. Watch the video below to get to know the next YouTube EDU Gurus.
(CNN) -- This time of the year, even the youngest children know something is up. There's a running stream of political advertisements on television, mail flyers with smiling politicians asking for our vote and the ubiquitous bumper stickers on cars. You can tell when children are getting their daily dose of politics the moment they start parroting back "I'm Barack Obama/Mitt Romney, and I approve this message."
pending by research libraries appears to be rising, especially for digital materials, according to new data from the Association of Research Libraries.
The data are part of the association's Library Investment Index, which ranks the association's member libraries each year based on total library expenditures, salaries and wages of professional staff, spending on library materials, and the number of professional and support staff.
Blackboard Inc., the educational software giant prevalent in both K-12 and higher education, announced today that its chief executive officer, Michael Chasen, will step down in December. Chasen is one of Blackboard's original co-founders; and the only one still involved in the company's day-to-day operations.
Blackboard's larger business is likely higher education, but it's used in K-12 classrooms as well, offering a wide breadth of services, including classroom-management software, collaborative-learning tools, and data-management services. Chasen originally co-founded the company with Matthew Pittinsky, who were both employees with KPMG Consulting's higher education practice. Soon after launching, the company merged with another small startup, CourseInfo.
"A while back I wrote about Skype and how to get started using it. If you are new or thinking about starting definitely check out that post.
"Then yesterday I saw this:
"Calling classes in North Carolina, USA or nearby states to join a book club http://t.co/cnmm1IBx #wsfcs"
"So when I saw that tweet I immediately passed it along to all my NC folks. Then I got to thinking. There are lots of great projects out there that need a partner and people ask all the time how to get connected via Skype.
"I headed over to the Skype In The Classroom website and discovered there are loads of great projects going on that any class with a Skype account can join. Here are just a few:"
A mandatory history class in Washington state is now available online in order to make it easier for students to meet a state requirement that they be familiar with the history of the state prior to graduation. Washington State History will be offered for students through Red Comet's online program with the class covering the state's history from its earliest days up until the present.
The WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), a provider of strategies and services that promote effective use of educational technology in higher education, has announced the recipients of the 2012 WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) award, which is for colleges, universities, and other organizations that develop exceptionally creative, technology-based solutions to address significant problems or needs in higher education.
The recipients of the 2012 WOW award are:
The Monterey Institute of Technology and Education for NROC Developmental Math, a program to help financially disadvantaged students pass developmental math courses before starting college math courses; New Jersey Research and Education Network (NJEDge.Net) for NJVID, a digital video repository service for academic and research videos for higher education; and Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) for the TBR Mobile App Education and Workforce Resource Center, a repository of peer-reviewed mobile apps for education.
There are hundreds of video sites perfect for your classroom. They wouldn’t exist without useful videos. Therefore, it’s safe to say that video is playing a big role in the lives of today’s students.
But how much of a role does it play in the future of education? Luckily, Cisco conducted a study (PDF) and crafted a whitepaper that details exactly what we should expect in the coming years regarding video. They also whipped up a handy infographic if you don’t have time to comb through the whitepaper. I’ve highlighted some of the key points below:
In the next couple of years, most public school students will be expected to be taking tests online, instead of using pencil and paper, because of their states’ adoption of the Common Core State Standards. But in this time of tight budgets, many school districts are wondering how they will pay for improvements they may need to make to their technological infrastructure to test large numbers of students online under the common-core initiative by the 2014-15 school year.
When the student-government president here at City Springs Elementary/Middle School turned into the class clown last school year and began treating teachers disrespectfully, administrators had many options for how to deal with him, including sending him home for a few days to cool his heels. But the "restorative practices" approach the school uses took educators in a different direction. They called the boy's mother to work out a punishment that would be more fitting. Her idea: Strip him of his title. The school agreed and also required the student to tell the whole school at an assembly that he didn't deserve to be president. It was the same sort of scenario, on a smaller scale, that any politician found in the wrong might have to face.
School districts are raising concerns about their ability to be technologically ready to give Common Core State Standards assessments to students online in two years. Administrators say they remain uncertain about the types of devices to buy, the bandwidth they need, and the funding available for technology improvements.
Cellphones are banned from many schools — at least from the classroom — because students play games, text friends and do other activities that distract them from learning. But mobile technology for students in a classroom setting isn’t always a hindrance to good grades and learning.
Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach Initiative aims to conquer the digital divide between those who can and can’t afford wireless Internet access. After smartphones were distributed to low income students, standardized test performance drastically increased because students could more easily communicate with their peers and access information throughout the day (and night).
Peggy Johnson, executive vice president for Qualcomm Incorporated and president of global market development, spoke with Mashable about how wireless technology can bolster education in America and abroad.
“Not everyone has a TV, a PC or electricity but we’re approaching the point where everyone can have [Internet] access,” Johnson says. “The umbrella coverage of these wireless networks have really reached the four corners of the world.”
In Utah, the state department of education is pulling together textbooks aligned to Common Core State Standards made up entirely of open educational resources, or OERs. South Dakota officials have created a repository of open education materials aligned to the common core for teachers. And at the national level, the education organization Achieve has launched a set of rubrics designed to help educators evaluate both the quality of OERs and their alignment to the common standards. “I think the common core has been a catalyst for OER—for examining it, for discussing and developing and adopting OER,” says Reginal J. Leichty, a partner in EducationCounsel, a Washington-based education law and policy-consulting firm. “There are windows for policy change, and common core has just by its nature necessarily caused this conversation to begin.”