The big push for education technology is coming from a handful of sources. There’s the teachers, the administrators, the students, and the technology producers. Technology is not the final solution to improving education, though. Far from it. Education technology is a powerful tool in a teacher’s toolkit to create effective learning opportunities. It’s just a […]
You know what’s disgusting? Dirty touchscreens — like those of smartphones and tablets, which are routinely subjected to filthy fingers from sources like bathrooms and other infectious environmental surfaces. Using disinfectant wipes every day…
Mike Hale's insight:
Screen hygiene is a real issue in any shared device environment whether it be at home or school. This looks like a great solution to the problem.
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Acer has released two new Chromebook models for the education market, which are affordable, durable, and user-friendly enough for students to use. These two new models include reinforced hinges and covers, while the corners can tolerate up to an 18-inch drop without damage.
Mike Hale's insight:
Acer has a good reputation for for making Chromebooks. These 2 new Chromebook models come in good sizes for educational use but more importantly are durable as well as having fast Bluethooth and Wi-fi and a plethora of ports and a battery life that would compete with most tablets.
So, what does research suggest works? Are there any ‘best bets’ that we can use as a starting point to evaluate and improve our practice? And how might a 1-to-1 mobile learning project contribute to such improvement? According to the Education Endowment Foundation’s Toolkit (from here on EEF) and the Sutton Trust’s most recent report on what makes great teaching, these are some of the elements of teaching that research suggests contribute to improved outcomes, accompanied by ways in which mobile technology might, on occasion, help along the way:
It’s a controversial topic: do you introduce social media in the classroom or ignore it? Whether you use traditional social platforms or social-focused tools, many educators find that this technology helps increase engagement and excitement with students, many of who are already very familiar with it. “Students communicate, research, collaborate, create and publish online with […]
The frustrations teachers face when using technology often get drowned out. To fix them, teachers and administrators will have to work together.
Mike Hale's insight:
This is a nice illustration of the hurdles teachers face in using new
edtech in class. The often piece meal approach to introducing new tech into schools means key transformational frameworks (often organic or internal) can not occur limiting the added benefits technology can foster.
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