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10 Disruptions That Will Revolutionize Education

Artificial intelligence, learning avatars, and other innovations will be game-changers for education in the coming years, writes researcher Peter W. Cookson Jr.
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Biggest Barriers to Digital Learning: Lack of Time, Lack of Devices -- THE Journal

Biggest Barriers to Digital Learning: Lack of Time, Lack of Devices -- THE Journal | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The biggest barrier to digital learning for teachers is gaining student access to technology. That's followed by a lack of time during the school day. For administrators, the top concern is providing relevant and effective professional development to their staff, followed by limitations and problems with the technological infrastructure, such as WiFi and security. Overall, across both roles, the main obstacle to integrating technology into the classroom was lack of time and an insufficient number of devices to do so.
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The Distracted Classroom

The Distracted Classroom | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The more powerful the goals we establish for ourselves, and the more we feel ownership over those goals, the more we are able to pursue them in the face of both internal and external distractions.

We all know this from experience. Most of us can shut out distractions when we are pursuing something that really matters to us. So if we want to deal with distractions in teaching, an obvious place to turn would be toward our goals for the classroom: Who creates them? How much do they matter? And how well do students understand them?
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Education Technology and the Year of Wishful Thinking

Education Technology and the Year of Wishful Thinking | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Education technology has faced an inexhaustible supply of quackery for quite some time – those selling snake oil, magic pills, and enchanted talismans and promising disruption, efficiency, and higher test scores. The quackery in 2016 wasn’t new, in other words, but it was notable. It is certainly connected to the discrediting of “expertise,” whether that’s teachers-as-experts or researchers-as-experts. (Students, of course, have rarely been recognized as experts – unless they fit the model of “roaming autodidacts” that society so readily lauds.)
What do we believe about education? About learning? How do we know, and who knows “knowing” in a world where expertise is debunked?
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The Schoenblog: 5 Mistakes I Made With Educational Technology

The Schoenblog: 5 Mistakes I Made With Educational Technology | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Here are five mistakes--of the many--I made with educational technology. They deal with shifts in instruction and vision for teaching and learning, purposefully leaving devices and content areas out of the equation for now. I tried to be relatable and reflective, focusing on the big picture of education and technology.
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A New Vision to Personalize Writing Instruction (EdSurge News)

A New Vision to Personalize Writing Instruction (EdSurge News) | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
If there are exceptions to Malcolm Gladwell’s rule, writing is surely one of them. Even after 10,000 hours, the process can still feel tedious, frustrating and lonely.Practice may not make perfect, but feedback and repetition can help students be more competent at writing. At least, that’s the hope
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Free Technology for Teachers: 10 Charts Comparing Popular Ed Tech Tools

Free Technology for Teachers: 10 Charts Comparing Popular Ed Tech Tools | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

From Richard Byrne: "Over the last six weeks of 2014 I published a series of charts comparing popular ed tech tools. Judging by the number of visits to those posts, the charts were popular. Someone asked me this week if I had put them all together in one place. I hadn't until now. In this Google Drive folder you will find ten charts comparing popular ed tech tools."

The charts in the folder cover the following categories of tools:

Alternatives to Google Image SearchBackchannel and informal assessment toolsBuilding classroom websitesBuilding classroom blogsCreating multimedia textbooksCreating multimedia quizzesAudio editing toolsMultimedia timeline toolsMind-mapping toolsMobile video creation apps
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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014: Buzzwords

Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014: Buzzwords | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

This is the first in a 10 part series which reviews the major educational technology news of 2014. Blogger Audrey Watters' style is earthy and colloquial but she has a knack for sifting through the shiny sparkly technology news to get to the important pedagogical and philosophical ideas that teachers really care about. 

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Isaac Asimov Imagines Digital Learning in the Electronic Age … and Gets It Quite Right (1989)

Isaac Asimov Imagines Digital Learning in the Electronic Age … and Gets It Quite Right (1989) | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

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Back to the future, circ. 1989:  Sci-Fi writer Isaac Asimov, in an interview with Bill Moyers, predicted ways in which technology might change education.

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Three lessons from rigorous research on education technology - The Hechinger Report

Three lessons from rigorous research on education technology - The Hechinger Report | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
School district administrators and principals are inundated with salesmen peddling computers and software programs. Many claim that scientific research proves their wares work. Can they be believed? The researchers at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), an organization inside the economics department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, scoured academic journals, the internet …
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How to Determine if Student Engagement is Leading to Learning

How to Determine if Student Engagement is Leading to Learning | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Engagement, relevance, and fun are great, but make sure there is observable evidence that students are learning when integrating technology.
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Schools ride the next edtech wave

Schools ride the next edtech wave | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
As in years past, this new year will bring all sorts of new technology to schools. The question for educators is: To what degree do these technologies enhance education?
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Top Ed-Tech Trends: A Review

Top Ed-Tech Trends: A Review | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
It’s time once again for my annual review of “the year in education technology,” something I’ve done since 2010. Tomorrow I’ll launch the seventh edition of this massive, maniacal undertaking.
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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2015

Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2015 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

The History of the Future of Education Technology by Audrey Watters.

"Many of the things I have written about previously – and will write about again this year – remain the same. If nothing else, ed-tech remains incredibly political, and venture capitalists continue to pour money into the sector, hoping it will become incredibly profitable as well."

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Are We Getting Smarter about Ed Tech?

Are We Getting Smarter about Ed Tech? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
How can we think smarter about educational technology in the classroom? Check out these suggestions and resources to find out how.
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Essay on the way higher education reformers misunderstand the role of professors

Essay on the way higher education reformers misunderstand the role of professors | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

For a rising generation of administrators in higher education, the heart of education is innovative technology -- and faculty get in the way.


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Flood of Investment, Products Stirs Fears of Education 'Tech Bubble'

Flood of Investment, Products Stirs Fears of Education 'Tech Bubble' | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Analysts and business officials wonder if the education technology market faces the risk of a crash, similar to what occurred during the dot-com bust in the 1990s.
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Analysts' opinions certainly differ about whether the Ed Tech market will suffer the same fate as the dot-coms, but there is one thing all educators can agree on:  Buyer Beware!

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Five Future Technologies That Will Shape Our Classrooms

Nick Grantham (@FractusLearning on Twitter) is an Australian education enthusiast living and working in Ireland.

"Yes, the future sounds exciting . . . and scary. Electrodes on our children as they study? Monitoring their scent for signs of distress? These are far-fetched concepts and in truth could only ever be implemented with strict guidelines, care and understanding.

In ten years time, will I be comfortable with subliminal data being collected from children as they learn? No, absolutely not. But ten years ago I would have said there was no way I would upload my private videos for the world to see, or freely enter my personal information into a giant online database."

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