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Can Apple Products Pave the Way to Personalized Learning?

Apple held a press event today at its Cupertino headquarters, unveiling a variety of improvements to its line of iPods and iPhones, including an update to its mobile operating system and a brand new version of its wildly popular iPhone. As always happens around these Apple announcements, there’s a flurry of excitement — before, during, … Continue reading Can Apple Products Pave the Way to Personalized Learning? →

Investing in Technology: The Public Relations Problem

Flickr:Tsakshaug By Sara Nolan A few weeks ago, the Department of Education introduced its Digital Promise, an initiative to invest in “breakthrough technologies” aimed at transforming the way teachers teach and students learn. Though the message from the top about the importance of leveraging technology seems to be clear, it’s a different story on a … Continue reading Investing in Technology: The Public Relations Problem →

The Most Anticipated Tech Tools of Back-to-School 2011

Over the course of the last few weeks, I have been asking educators to tell me which new technology tool they were most looking forward to bringing with them back-to-school this fall. These didn’t have to be new tools per se; just new to the survey respondent for this school year. And these didn’t have … Continue reading The Most Anticipated Tech Tools of Back-to-School 2011 →

Watch Out, Print Textbooks: Here Comes Inkling

Whether it’s the iPad that will shake up the print book industry, or some other tablet, it’s evident that education textbook publishers are going to have to adapt to the digital world. Since the iPad is still the front-runner in the education realm, publishers have to learn to think of it not just as another … Continue reading Watch Out, Print Textbooks: Here Comes Inkling →

Are Tablets Made for the Education Market Doomed?

A couple of weeks ago, tablet maker enTourage announced that it was ceasing production of its pocket e-reader eDGe and was shutting its online e-bookstore. Although a consumer electronics device, the enTourage eDGe was aimed squarely at the educational market, inking a number of deals with major textbook providers and joining the Blackboard Alliance Program, … Continue reading Are Tablets Made for the Education Market Doomed? →

Weekly News Roundup

While the federal government did avoid a shutdown this week, the budget negoations hammered out this week included some major cuts for ed-tech, including the elimination of the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program. RIP Flip camera. Cisco announced this week that it was shutting down production of the popular video device. Although Flip cameras … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →

Don’t Forget the Fun Factor in Educational Games

Too often, educational games are neither fun nor educational, and there are plenty of educational games that fail on both those counts. Without an exhaustive study of games and game designers, it’s hard to pinpoint why. Do those making educational games have little experience in game design? Or do those making educational games have little … Continue reading Don’t Forget the Fun Factor in Educational Games →

Weekly News Roundup

The VOIP service Skype officially launched “Skype in the Classroom,” a directory to help connect educators with others who are using the service. Skype has recognized that teachers are already using the service to connect their classrooms, and so it wanted to make it easier for teachers to find others and to share Skype lessons … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →

Weekly News Roundup

By Audrey Watters March 8 – 10 marked the inaugural SXSWedu, an education technology conference held in Austin, Texas right before the main South by Southwest event that includes one of the most popular technology conferences in the world. SXSWedu was sponsored by SXSW and TEA, the Texas Education Agency and featured three days of … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →

Teachers Get Trained with the iPad

One of the many obstacles for educators when it comes to using technology in the classroom is training them on how exactly to do it. We know by now that simply handing out gadgets to teachers is not enough — they need to know how to maximize the potential and what best to use the … Continue reading Teachers Get Trained with the iPad →

Faster Than a Speeding Bullet…

You’d have to be on the moon not to have heard about the release of the iPad 2 today. All of what had been predicted about the successor to the original iPad has been confirmed: It’s lighter, thinner, faster, and has two cameras. And it’s got a new SmartCover, which attaches magnetically to the screen … Continue reading Faster Than a Speeding Bullet… →

Is a Kid’s iPad Addiction a Bad Thing?

David Pogue, the New York Times’ tech columnist, has been doing a lot of thinking lately. His 6-year-old son, he says, is addicted to the iPad. But rather than automatically whisking it away from him, he has other ideas. “Is a gadget automatically bad for our children just because it’s electronic? What if it’s fostering … Continue reading Is a Kid’s iPad Addiction a Bad Thing? →

Pearson Tries Out the Tablet

I’ve been focusing the last couple of weeks on exploring Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s algebra iPad pilot program, but it’s worth noting that they’re not the only ones testing the waters. Pearson Education, Inc. is piloting a similar program in Virginia with social studies curriculum, according to an article in the Boston Globe. Clearly, it’s in … Continue reading Pearson Tries Out the Tablet →

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