The New Media Consortium (NMC) posted their interim results of their 2013 Horizon Report at the CoSN Conference in San Diego. Here are a few trends, emerging technologies and challenges to keep on your RADAR:
Near-Term Horizon: One Year or Less BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Cloud Computing Mobile Learning Online Learning Mid-Term Horizon: Two . . . → Read More: 2013 Horizon Report – K12 Interim Results
Here’s an interesting article by Dr. Gary Stager as published in Scholastic’s Administrator magazine: For the Love of Laptops – As learning tools, tablets don’t cut it.
He sums up the article with this:
Schools are buying tablets with a reckless ferocity. There are pronouncements of how iPads will revolutionize or transform education, without . . . → Read More: As learning tools, tablets don’t cut it.
The Pew Internet & American Life Project recently released a study on how educational technology (EDTECH) is being used in primary and secondary schools across the United States. The results show that teachers are increasingly reliant on using the Internet as a valuable resource in their teaching practice, however, there are some issues with technology . . . → Read More: Report: Technology in Schools Still Subject to Digital Divide
In the past few weeks, I’ve had several conversations with educators and school administrators who are considering the deployment of iPads into their schools. I’ve had one since day one, April 3, 2010 (yes… that’s correct), and while I find it great for my day to day email triage, calendaring, light web research – I’m . . . → Read More: iPads in The K-12 Classroom. Are they the best tool for the job?
Teacher Technology Usage (2013) by LJ’s infoDOCKET
Check out this video from Edutopia – a succinct description of what it is and why you might use technology in the classroom.
A discussion of how to search the Internet quickly and efficiently with Daniel Russell, research scientist at Google, who studies how people search for and organize information, and uses that knowledge to improve Google’s search quality. he also talks about his MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) called “Power Searching with Google” which had over 275,000 . . . → Read More: From Future Talk #36 – Literacy in the Age of Google
Here’s an interesting article from Fast Company about how one school is using MincecraftEDU to help teach digital citizenship skills to their students. Check out the short video on how the classroom works and some thoughts behind why using Minecraft is helpful in the learning process.
If it’s shiny, then it must be awesome. I came across yet another story, this time from the UK, on implementing technology for technology’s sake instead of a cogent plan to integrate technology into ones existing practice:
Via EDEXEC: – Schools spend £1.4bn on technology hype in three years – with little tangible impact according . . . → Read More: “The danger is that the technology of the 21st century is being applied using teaching methods of the 20th. The emphasis is too often on shiny hardware – rather than how it’s to be used.”
This week, I’m attending the New Tech Network Annual Conference in my home town, Grand Rapids, Michigan. The conference draws over 1,500 facilitators, academic coaches, administrators and others who work within New Tech schools. At the moment, there are about 120 NTN schools in the USA and one from Australia.
One of those schools is . . . → Read More: Kicking off the New Tech Annual Conference in Grand Rapids