This review of recent surveys highlights some of the benefits and obstacles of using different kinds of technology in the classroom, but it also raises some great questions that have yet to be explored with thorough surveys.
"The world has over a trillion hours a year of free time to commit to shared projects," says professor Clay Shirky. But what motivates dozens, thousands, even millions of people to come together on the Internet and commit their time to a project for free? What is the key to making a successful collaboration work? In this hour, TED speakers unravel ideas behind the mystery of mass collaborations that build a better world.
A look at how students can bypass the SAT to get into a reputable college. “It’s kind of declaring war on the whole rigmarole of college admissions and the failure to foreground the curriculum and learning,” Leon Botstein, Bard’s president of 38 years, said in an interview. Saying the prevailing system was “loaded with a … Continue reading Bypassing the SAT Altogether →
Los Angeles Unified School District started issuing iPads to its students this school year, as part of a $30 million deal with Apple. But less than a week after getting their iPads, hundreds of students had found a way to bypass software blocks meant to limit what websites the students can use.
As more schools across the country begin to use tablets in classrooms, it’s worth taking the time to note how other countries are incorporating tablets for learning. In this Slate article, Lisa Guernsey points out that the emphasis is less on games and interactive content and more on the iPad as a tool for capturing experiences.
In this lengthy feature about the use of Amplify tablets in schools, writer Carlo Rotella expresses skepticism about the promised potential of these devices providing a better education. He brings up the usual questions around too much screen time, the deluge of data to already overwhelmed teachers, and the lack of research around learning outcomes from using tablets.
Next Tuesday, September 17, I'll be moderating a panel organized by MIT-Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB), the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum. Among the many topics covered, we'll be discussing how ed-tech entrepreneurs and businesses can best serve educators as Common Core State Standards are rolled out.
Mindfulness has the potential to be a very useful component because of its effectiveness in reducing emotional distress and promoting emotional balance, improving attention, and contributing to motivated learning. This book excerpt digs in.
“At what point does the teacher step in to give tailored instruction to the student?” Carmel DeAmicis asks in this article When Your Teacher Is A Robot. “In theory, it would help every student progress at their own pace, teaching different aspects of the concepts they struggle with and moving quickly through the ones they don’t. … Continue reading Good Read: How Will Robot Tutors Change What Happens in Classrooms? →
Writer Jessica Lahey, a former teacher, talks about why she chooses not to use the student information system that her child's school offers. And she shares a range of responses from students, teachers, and parents about the benefits and drawbacks of checking on their students' grades.
"The technological solutions are more difficult to implement than would appear at first blush. The software has got to be really good in order to reap this advantage that it can adjust to a student's individual pace of learning," says author Daniel Willingham.
Elizabeth Weil’s in-depth feature in The New Republic covers a gamut of important topics, including social-emotional learning, creativity, perseverance, all in the context of how to help children who don’t fall into our school system’s rigid confines. Source: Newrepublic Of the possible child heroes for our times, young people with epic levels of the traits … Continue reading Good Read: Where Do Nonconformist Kids Fit? →
Not just for games and movies, tablets are becoming more common in educational settings. A recent Neilsen survey found that 71 percent of students who use tablets are interested in accessing textbooks. See what they’re using the tablets for: Nielsen