Teachers’ Roles Are Changing

An insightful quote about the changing state of teaching, from Michael Wilkinson, director of i-education,a UK-based education technology consulting firm. “The teacher’s role is changing and becoming more about facilitating effective learning as opposed to the transferral of knowledge.” “People who haven’t been born into this technological society have had to learn new technologies and … Continue reading Teachers’ Roles Are Changing →

The future is here: eye-controlled video games

In one of those “news from the future” pieces, a report from PC World: Waterloo Labs has come up with a way to control video games–specifically, Super Mario Bros 2 on the Nintendo Entertainment Sytem (NES) console–using only your eyes. That’s right–utilizing an eye-position-reading technique known as electro-oculography (EOG) and a custom daughter card, Waterloo … Continue reading The future is here: eye-controlled video games →

Echo Smartpen: A Tool for Special Ed Students

The Echo Smartpen The recently released Echo Smartpen, a high-tech pen that would impress the likes of James Bond, could be a helpful tool for kids with learning disabilities. Just a few of its superpowers: Holds 400 to 800 hours of recorded audio. Transfers written notes and audio to your computer. Built–in speaker plays back … Continue reading Echo Smartpen: A Tool for Special Ed Students →

Digital Textbooks: Full interactive experience

Inkling An Inkling biology book on the iPad The full potential of digital textbooks is being realized with a new software platform called Inkling that brings the information to life on iPads, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. “The Inkling-based e-books make full use of the iPad’s color, video and touch … Continue reading Digital Textbooks: Full interactive experience →

Learn and Play: Fun Apps for Students

The Beautiful Planet App It may be a while before every student has an iPad to play and learn with at school, but when that time comes, they’ll have the benefit of a world of ooohhhh- and ahhhh-inducing apps that will add another dimension of fun to class time. ISTE, the International Society for Technology … Continue reading Learn and Play: Fun Apps for Students →

Digital Learning Council: bringing tech revolution to a school near you

photos.com More than 2 million students take online courses, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg, according to an article in Education Week. To reach every student in the country, the newly formed 50-member Digital Learning Council has a plan. Create a set of best practices that would cover a range of digital learning … Continue reading Digital Learning Council: bringing tech revolution to a school near you →

How to stop online bullying

Flickr: Hannahgal Bullying by text. As federal officials convene this week to find ways to prevent online bullying, parents can start taking action at home to help their kids take control of their digital worlds. A New York Times article today advises parents to closely monitor all the social networks they belong to and be … Continue reading How to stop online bullying →

Get a Hobby: Birdwatching, with apps

A bird in the hand… Apps are so great. Those little programs on your mobile phone — inexpensive, fun, and sometimes even useful — launch you into any number of worlds you want to find yourself. There are more than 245,000 apps in the Apple store alone. If you wished for a specific kind of … Continue reading Get a Hobby: Birdwatching, with apps →

Tracking devices on preschoolers

DothNotWisdomCryOut Filing this under the “is-that-really-necessary?” folder, hot off our Associated Press wire: Contra Costa County school officials are outfitting preschoolers with tracking devices that they say will save staff time and money. The system was introduced on Tuesday. When at the school, students will wear a jersey that has a small radio frequency tag. … Continue reading Tracking devices on preschoolers →

Wifi Radiation Hysteria in Canada Schools

The jury’s still out on whether wifi routers emit harmful radiation, but according to a Treehugger report, some teachers and parents in Ontario, Canada are blaming wifi as the cause of illness and seeking to ban it from schools. From Treehugger: Daniel Krewski, director of the McLaughlin Centre for Population Health Risk Assessment at the … Continue reading Wifi Radiation Hysteria in Canada Schools →

Wikipedia: a student’s trusted source?

Is Wikipedia considered an accepted source of information for school research? It might soon be the case, according to a recent CNET story. “When things have shaken out, it may be a world where free-for-all online information hubs are accepted–or, if proponents of ‘collaborative knowledge’ have their way, even embraced.” What’s more, sites like Quora … Continue reading Wikipedia: a student’s trusted source? →

Bill Gates: web will be better than college

Last week’s hubbub over Bill Gates’ quote at the Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe: “Five years from now on the web for free you’ll be able to find the best lectures in the world. It will be better than any single university.” [Via TechCrunch]

Reigning in online time

If you type in “Addicted to the … ” in Google, take a guess what the genius search engine predicts will be your next words. Outranking “outdoors,” “therapy,” and “gym” is “the Internet.” That doesn’t necessarily indicate the highest incidents of addiction, but it does signal what people are most interested in reading about. The … Continue reading Reigning in online time →

One computer, a class full of interactive kids

Ideally, every kid would have her own laptop or computer in the classroom. But in schools where that’s not yet the case, resourceful teachers can still find ways to leverage some of the advantages of technology to engage learners — even if there’s just one ancient relic sitting in the corner of the classroom. Setting … Continue reading One computer, a class full of interactive kids →

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