Audrey Watters

Great New Apps for Music, Middle School, Math, And More

Continuing our monthly Educational Apps series, here are some of the new iOS, Android, and Web-based educational apps that caught our eye this month: THE WORMWORLD SAGA The Wormworld Saga is an online graphic novel about Jonas Berg, a young boy who enters an alternative fantasy world through a magical painting. Author and artist Dan … Continue reading Great New Apps for Music, Middle School, Math, And More →

Not Ready to Hack Into Your Smartphone? Start Here.

For those looking to tinker with electronics, add buzzers, lights or sensors to an object, or teach kids (or themselves) the basics of circuitry, programming, and micro-controllers, it’s not as hard as you might think. There are a number of kits available that make such projects relatively easy and accessible. Arduino, for example, offers a … Continue reading Not Ready to Hack Into Your Smartphone? Start Here. →

Schools and Libraries Still Living in Dial-Up Age

Brad Parbs Remember the agony of waiting for a Web site to load, before broadband was widely available? According to a recent survey, a lot of American schools and libraries are still living in that era. Only 35% of public libraries have broadband speeds between 1.5 Mbps and 10 Mbps (a rather broad range); 34.7% … Continue reading Schools and Libraries Still Living in Dial-Up Age →

When School Web Filtering Comes Home

Getty Schools that receive discounts for Internet access through the federal E-rate funding are required to implement a number of measures, like creating an Internet safety policy and filtering and blocking access to certain types of online content. To that end, The Children’s Internet Protection Act, CIPA, addresses concerns about the type of online materials … Continue reading When School Web Filtering Comes Home →

Hacker and Teacher: The Perfect Match

Startup Weekend EDU San Francisco Last weekend, at the Washington, DC Startup Weekend EDU, it was clear that teachers are starting to play a more important role in these intense entrepreneur-fests. For those unfamiliar with Startup Weekend, here’s the general idea: entrepreneurs have 54 hours — from Friday night until Sunday afternoon — to pitch … Continue reading Hacker and Teacher: The Perfect Match →

Help NASA Train Astronauts Underwater

NASA In the spirit of boosting citizen science projects, we’re pointing to the increasing number of opportunities for volunteers — those with no formal scientific training — to encourage participation in real scientific research. These projects happen both on- and offline and volunteers are asked to assist with making observations and calculations alongside scientists. (Remember … Continue reading Help NASA Train Astronauts Underwater →

Celebrate Writing: Why I Write

The U.S. Senate has proclaimed today the third annual National Day on Writing, an event originally created by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) to promote the importance of writing — not just to those of us who make our living by writing, but to all of us in our everyday lives. This … Continue reading Celebrate Writing: Why I Write →

Should a New Tech-Innovation Agency Be Created?

Matt Biddulph Today, most of the education world is focusing on how No Child Left Behind might change with the reauthorization of ESEA — the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. But as the Senate Education committee prepares to mark up ESEA, another under-the-radar amendment is also being considered — one that has historical ties to … Continue reading Should a New Tech-Innovation Agency Be Created? →

The Rise (and Fall?) of Text Messaging in Schools

Getty Over the last few months, there has been increased interest in using text-messaging at school. Although many schools do still have strict policies that forbid using cell phones in class, more are exploring ways to use text-messaging as a communication tool to bridge home and school. There’s also been an explosion in new tech … Continue reading The Rise (and Fall?) of Text Messaging in Schools →

Weekly News Roundup

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced Connect to Compete, a new non-profit initiative that brings private industry and the non-profit sector together to help expand broadband adoption and promote digital literacy. The initiative aims to help boost education, health and employment in disadvantaged communities in the U.S. and aims to address some of the obstacles to … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →

Deconstructing “What Works” in Education Technology

TB Over the weekend, The New York Times published the second story in its series on “Grading the Digital School.” The first story in the series questioned the massive expenditures schools make on education technology, pointing to stagnant test scores as an indication that these investments might not be worth it. Last weekend’s story extends … Continue reading Deconstructing “What Works” in Education Technology →

What’s Behind the Culture of Academic Dishonesty

B. Gilliard You’ve heard the stories: Cheating in Atlanta, Georgia. Cheating in Washington, DC. Cheating in Long Island, New York. Academic dishonesty, plagiarism, and cheating are hardly new. And as the history of the banking industry and baseball demonstrate, cheating scandals aren’t just limited to schools. With numerous incidents making headlines in recent months, however, … Continue reading What’s Behind the Culture of Academic Dishonesty →

Can a $35 Tablet Be as Effective a Learning Tool as an iPad?

  Ubislate When Amazon unveiled its new Android tablet, the Kindle Fire last month, analysts said that its price could well make it a viable competitor to the wildly successful iPad. Indeed, while the iPad has ignited great interest in tablet computing, particularly in schools, that interest has really just been interest in iPads. The … Continue reading Can a $35 Tablet Be as Effective a Learning Tool as an iPad? →

Weekly News Roundup

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died on Wednesday at age 56. The memorials and tributes continue to pour in, and it feels impossible to overstate the impact that he had on shaping our lives — both in and out of the classroom. Education lost another leader this week too: Derrick Bell. Bell was a legal scholar … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →