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Does Our Current Education System Support Innovation?

Flickr:Flickingerbrad By Aran Levasseur Innovation is the currency of progress. In our world of seismic changes, innovation has become a holy grail that promises to shepherd us through these uncertain and challenging times. And there isn’t a more visible symbol of innovation than the iPad. It’s captured the hearts and minds of disparate subcultures and … Continue reading Does Our Current Education System Support Innovation? →

14 Smart Tips for Using iPads in Class

Flickr:Flickingerbrad By Matt Levinson For schools that are about to deploy the iPad as their main mobile learning device, there’s wisdom to be learned from others who’ve gone down that road. At Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera, Calif., the first year of a pilot iPad program for sixth-graders has just ended, and some … Continue reading 14 Smart Tips for Using iPads in Class →

For Young Readers, Print or Digital Books?

Thinkstock Print or digital? Adults grapple with which is the best way to read — not only for themselves, but especially when it comes to their kids. Whether or not parents prefer print books over interactive e-books for their kids, the question is, what’s actually better for them? Depends on what you’re trying to achieve. … Continue reading For Young Readers, Print or Digital Books? →

Which Device Will Win the Tablet Battle?

By Frank Catalano The future of tablets in our schools may not be coming from Cupertino. Or even the U.S. Despite the craze around Apple’s iPad, it’s only been two years since the device was introduced, and that may not be enough time to separate fad from trend over the long term in education. And … Continue reading Which Device Will Win the Tablet Battle? →

When Technologies Collide: Consumer, K-12 and Higher Ed

By Frank Catalano Schools have been adopting iPads with lightning speed  — more than 1.5 million have already been distributed to students, a mere two years after the original iPad launch. But beyond Apple’s influence in education, the high-profile tablet appears to be the poster child for a different trend. Call it the consumerization of … Continue reading When Technologies Collide: Consumer, K-12 and Higher Ed →

Ernest Hemingway Meets “This American Life”: the New English Lit Class

By Stephen Chupaska What will e-readers do to the time-honored tradition of scribbling notes in the margins and underlining passages in print books? Remains to be seen how quickly college students will adopt e-books on a mass scale. Thorny issues over who can use the books when students rent digital versions, how the growing movement … Continue reading Ernest Hemingway Meets “This American Life”: the New English Lit Class →

How to Judge if Research is Trustworthy

B. Gilliard [UPDATE Feb. 3, 2012: Please see additional clarification from both of the researchers of the studies cited in this article below.] Scientists are notorious for questioning the veracity of publicized research — and with good reason. They want to know: Who conducted the research? Where was it published? What were the survey questions? … Continue reading How to Judge if Research is Trustworthy →

Study Shows Algebra iPad App Improves Scores in One School

As Apple pushes out its new education products, new information about whether using the iPad gives students an advantage over using print books is starting to surface. Results from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s year-long study comparing students using the publisher’s iPad algebra app are in from Amelia Earhart school in Riverside, Calif., and it’s largely positive, … Continue reading Study Shows Algebra iPad App Improves Scores in One School →

With Media, Parents and Kids Learn More Together

Most of what we read about kids and screen time revolves around whether or not it’s good for them. But one aspect of media use with kids that’s worth examining closer is how co-viewing affects their experience. Whether kids are watching TV, creating digital media, reading, searching, or playing video games with parents, siblings or … Continue reading With Media, Parents and Kids Learn More Together →

Did Apple Just Reinvent the Textbook?

There’s been speculation for months now — at least since the release of the Steve Jobs biography — about Apple’s plans to take on the textbook publishing industry. And today at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, we finally got a glimpse of what the company has been planning since long before the death of … Continue reading Did Apple Just Reinvent the Textbook? →

The Touchy-Feely Future Of Technology

Flickr: maxcosworth By NPR Staff In 1975, when then-composer and performer Bill Buxton started designing his own digital musical instruments, he had no way of knowing he was helping to spark the next technological revolution. But nine years — and a master’s in computer science — later, that all changed. “I wasn’t trying to make … Continue reading The Touchy-Feely Future Of Technology →

Goodnight, iPad

A hilarious sendup of the classic children’s book Goodnight Moon. With the perfect ironic twist — it’s also available as a print book.

E-Readers Help Spread Literacy, No Apps Needed

Worldreader We often talk about the power of the Internet to spread knowledge and information globally, to make digital content accessible and affordable. But as we’re also often caught up in the “latest and greatest” gadgetry, sometimes we overlook that broad promise of global education and accessibility. Such is the case, one might argue, with … Continue reading E-Readers Help Spread Literacy, No Apps Needed →

5 Reasons E-Books Are Awesome – Even for the Most Reluctant

By Jenny Shank When Amazon first introduced the Kindle in 2007, I had no desire to own one. I was happy with regular papery books. When the iPad went on sale in 2010, it was harder for me to resist. I’ve been using Macs, and Macs only, since I was a 6-year-old trying to ford … Continue reading 5 Reasons E-Books Are Awesome – Even for the Most Reluctant →

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