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  • Designing A Digital Future: Federally Funded Research and Development in Networking and Information Technology
    This report describes the progress and challenges regarding networking and information technology (NIT) in areas like educational technology, "big data," health IT, energy, and defense. - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Jan 22, 2014 Gigabit wifi...that's what you're going to be hearing a lot about in 2014. Current school is a classic example of the problem. Can barely get 25 kids on the Internet at the same time now. About to add 250 iPads. Sorry, not enough money in the budget to increase wifi! After months of being Chicken Little, I've finally gotten some attention. Today some vendor engineers and I will be going classroom to classroom to measure the wifi levels. Will I get the money? Don't know.
  • eSN Special Report: Powering the Digital Classroom
    How students want to learn, and how they’re actually learning and using digital tools, doesn’t match up in many schools. How can education leaders balance this equation?- cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Jan 21, 2014Project Tomorrow is a reference I like to use a lot, since it goes directly to the source and talks to students. I think it gives us a good picture of what's happening in the classrooms.
  • Gartner: 4 Disruptive Trends Changing the Future of IT
    Recently, IT research firm Gartner held an online talk to share its predictions for disruptive trends that are worth taking into account as IT leaders plan for the future. As Managing VP and Gartner Fellow Daryl Plummer explained, "These trends are going to change the way you think about a lot of things and do a lot of things." However, the changes will also encompass constructive possibilities, which could turn into new opportunities for savvy CIOs.- cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Jan 21, 2014Gartner is always a good source to look at. - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Jan 22, 2014 I have friends in the corporate IT world who've been telling me about the "broker" trend for years. Re: the education world, I see these disruptive trends: (1) Schools claim they can't find enough IT teachers, but this is only because their "standards" are unreasonable. They insist upon a teacher's license/certificate, and most of the best potential IT teachers out there don't have it. Schools will have to "widen the net" if they want to maintain their IT programs. (2) If they do this, it will mean an influx of "fresh blood" that will revolutionize STEM teaching, since most new teachers will have a corporate background. (3) If they don't do this, IT programs will disappear and the focus will shift to other subjects using technology. This could be a good thing, but I've noticed schools hiring Social Studies teachers as Technology Integration Specialists simply because they don't want to pay for a real one. Let's hope for (2).
  • How the Post-2015 Agenda can have a Transformative Impact on life Skills and Livelihood
    These fellows from the Center of Universal Education point out that the agenda for education for the 1.5 billion young people ages 12-24 (1.3 billion in developing countries) in this world will focus on transferable skills, faciliating the school-to-work transition, and strengthening the link between post-primary education and improve life and labor opportunities.
  • How Is Technology Addressing the College Access Challenge?
    How well is edtech addressing the college access challenge? The answer, according to a report released today by Get Schooled, is not very well for younger and under represented students.
  • How Teachers Are Using Technology at Home and in Their Classrooms New research released 6 March 2013 by the Pew Internet Project found that technology has made significant inroads among Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers. But it also revealed significant disparities in technology access between upper and lower income schools.
  • 'Innovation Index' Launched to Guide Ed-Tech Decisionmakers
    A report released today offers an "innovation index" meant to help school leaders and teachers, education company leaders, and investors determine whether digital innovations deliver on their promised classroom benefits. The index allows evaluators to rate digital products and services based on three broad criteria: pedagogy, system change, and the quality of the technology.
  • iPads Improve Classroom Learning, Study Finds
    Research suggests that tablets could aid the study of many scientific concepts that are difficult to grasp, such as distance, time, and other large-scale subjects, Tablets can tap neurocognitive abilities that help students understand enormous scale and other difficult concepts.
  • Learning in the 21st Century: Digital Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow's Teachers
    This report looks into teacher preparation programs to find out what aspiring teachers think about using emerging technologies in the classroom and how they will approach teaching and learning with edtech when they begin working. - lindsay.julie lindsay.julie Jan 27, 2014A key topic here that impacts the use of technology in schools - aspiring teachers exposure, confidence and ability to integrate technology
  • Neuroeducation: 25 Findings Over 25 Years
    To celebrate the progress of the neuroeducation field Open Colleges has compiled a list of the 25 most significant findings in neuroscience education over the past 25 years.
  • No Longer a Luxury: DIgital Literacy Can't Wait
    The authors of this report offer an “inside portrait” into two schools and the impact of technology integration with the take-away being that English teachers must have the courage to take on new roles because students without access to tools of technology and the Internet will struggle to participate economically and politically.
  • Overexposure to Technology 'Makes Children Miserable'
    A study from the UK's Office for National Statistics found that young people exposed to modern technology for more than four hours a day are less likely to display high levels of "wellbeing" than those limiting access to less than an hour. - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Jan 22, 2014 Who the [heck] is Baroness Greenfield?? No mention of how this conclusion was reached, naturally. This is just part of The EdTech Backlash, and although we can chuckle at National-Enquirer-type articles like this, they are telling many people what they want to hear. I'm sitting in a classroom right now watching kids thoroughly enjoy themselves using Minecraft...including the social aspects. Check out this list of The 10 Most Anticipated Games of 2014:
  • Personal Learning Environments: E-Learning Papers
    PLEs are distinctly learner-centred and foster autonomous learning. PLEs are by no means isolated; they are interconnected in a digital ecosystem of media, tools and services. Instead of asking learners to navigate within one monolithic environment, PLEs act as a gateway to an open and connected learning experience.
  • Report Uncovers Who Is Actually Teaching With Technology
    The Washington-based Pew Research Center published a report on how teachers are using technology at home and in their classrooms with surveys finding technologies have brought along a number of new challenges for teachers, which are detailed in this post.
  • Survey Solicited Views on Key Success Factors in Implementing Transformation to Individualized Learning
    A survey conducted by EdNET asked superintendents, curriculum directors, principals and special education directors who have experience implementing online learning to identify and rank several key success factors and best practices. - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Jan 21, 2014 This applies to the iPads and Personal Learning Environments entries too. Implementing at 1:1 iPad program for 6th-8th graders was a long, hard sell to parents. One of the key convincing arguments I used was that this technology would truly...finally...enable individualized learning. We've talked a lot about it, but most teachers are still requiring their students to adhere to a one-size-fits-all schedule. iPads are going to completely revolutionize the concepts of the syllabus and even curriculum:

  • Teachers Say Tech Helps Student Writing, But Encourages Shortcuts
    This article discusses teachers' opinions of technology in regards to student writing skills. The info comes from the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project. - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Jan 21, 2014 Certain IB courses still require students to write exam essays in discourage cheating. We started using Turnitin to detect plagiarism. What kids started doing is copying text in Spanish, converting it to English using Google Translate, then tweaking the English. Turnitin can't detect this, but we humans can recognize words that never translate exactly! I say it's time to admit defeat and stop assigning essays altogether:
  • Transforming Data to Information in Service of Learning
    To raise awareness about many of the major K-12 data standards and interoperability initiatives underway to address these and related issues, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) released a new report entitled, Transforming Data to Information in Service of Learning. SETDA developed this new report to help education leaders understand how technical interoperability initiatives relate to teaching and learning and to offer recommendations for how states, districts, and schools can become more responsive to educator needs and personalize learning for students.
  • Video Games and Social Emotional Learning
    Jackie Gerstein Ed. D describes in detail the research that supports the idea that gaming can help students learn social & emotional core competencies. - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Jan 21, 2014 Check out this list of articles on games-based learning. The second one addresses social skills/literacy. This gets back to digital citizenship contracts. Kids can learn more about digital citizenship by having them interact with others in Second Life or OpenSimulator. And there's no need to pound it into their heads, they pick it up via doing it themselves.
  • Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations
    Younger Americans’ library usage reflect a blend of traditional and technological services. Americans under age 30 are just as likely as older adults to visit the library, and once there they borrow print books and browse the shelves at similar rates. This report discusses the findings of how younger Americans perceive libraries as well as e-books and tech tools within the library.
  • Social, Digital and Mobile Worldwide Report
- giselle.santos giselle.santos Jan 22, 2014Given the forecast actions by mobile companies, what we will see in 2014 is an even higher internet penetration rate in South America. This trend can mean a significant impact on the use of mobile devices in schools and learning environments.