Ed Tech Ponderings

By Jeff Utecht | Articles that make you ponder the future of education

A lawyer rewrote Instagram’s privacy policy so kids and parents can have a meaningful talk about privacy

In Britain, more than half of 12- to 15-year-olds are on Instagram, according to OfCom (pdf), the country’s communications regulator. So are 43% of 8- to 11-year-olds. But how many of them understand what they signed when they joined? Pretty much 0%, according to “Growing Up Digital”, a report …

Social Media

Want a Peek at the Future of Laptops? Check Out Samsung’s New Chromebooks

Now that Chrome OS users can get the millions of apps in Google’s Play Store, tech firms are developing entirely new kinds of devices for the …

Tablets

American educators teach longer for less pay than their foreign peers

By Spe Chen on Jan 4, 2017<p>Two words describe how American public middle school teachers compare to other wealthy countries: Overworked and underpaid.<p>American teachers in such schools spend more time teaching than peers in other member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and …

Education

4 Things All Project-Based Learning Teachers Should Do

<b>4 Things All Project-Based Learning Teachers Should Do</b><p>by <b>Lauren Ayer,</b> M.Ed.<p>Gone are the days when students were expected to sit passively at desks …

Learning

10 Incredible Gmail Hacks to Make You a Power User

Hey, remember when social media started to get really popular and people kept saying it would be the death of email?<p>Yeah, about that…<p>Email definitely …

Productivity

The Top Jobs In 10 Years Might Not Be What You Expect

We talked to three futurists to find out what the hot jobs of 2025 could be, and their answers may surprise you.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is one of the top 10 Leadership stories of 2015. See the full list here.</i><p>For decades, the U.S. Bureau of Labor’s Economic and Employment Projections have been …

Employment

Putting students in charge of their learning transforms a small rural district

Lindsay Unified, a small rural district in California's Central Valley, has embraced performance-based learning.

Education

Proof You Shouldn't Blame Teachers For The Achievement Gap

New research finds that there are effective educators teaching students of all socioeconomic backgrounds.<p>Teachers shouldn’t be held responsible for the big gap in the achievement levels of rich and poor students, new data suggests.<p>By looking at the effectiveness ratings of teachers who work with …

Pittsfield Elementary School adopts competency-based, multi-age classroom program

Sarah Jean-Gilles, a 14-year veteran of the teaching profession, has always lived in “a world of desks and tables.”<p>No longer.<p>In her combined fourth- …

The Problem With Filtering Kids' Internet Access at School

Similar Articles Added Earlier<p>The Internet has made information from around the world immediately accessible, but along with accessibility come …

Leap of Faith, Now What? Marrying PBL and Personalized Learning

<i>By Lydia Dobyns</i><p>Let’s start by stating the obvious—there has yet to emerge an accepted definition of “personalized learning.”<p>Often it is used to …

4 Tools for Arts Integration in the Content Classroom

<b>By Erin Wilkey Oh, Common Sense Education</b>Integrating the arts into your core-subject classroom might seem like a wish-list item you’ll never have …

Learning

Freedom To Explore: 2 Schools Where The Students Call The Shots

<b>Toggle more options</b><p>An 8-year-old named Ben is sitting quietly by himself in a bean bag in a classroom in Mountain View, Calif. He's writing in his journal, an assignment he created himself.<p>"This one was, 'What I Wish We Would Have More Of,' " Ben says, reading to me from his notebook. "I hope we …

Education

Minecraft: Education Edition officially launches

Following months of testing and free trials for early adopters, Microsoft announced this morning that its learning-focused version of the popular Minecraft game, Minecraft: Education Edition, is now available for purchase. The game is available in 50 countries and in 11 different languages, the …

8 digital life skills all children need – and a plan for teaching them

A generation ago, IT and digital media were niche skills. Today, they are a core competency necessary to succeed in most careers.<p>That’s why digital …

Digital Citizenship

Educational Leadership:Teaching for Meaning: Teach Mathematics Right the First Time

In mathematics instruction, a chasm exists between research and practice. For evidence of this gap, look no further than the mismatch between what …

e-Learning

A lesson from the world's most inspirational physics teacher

Italian theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli is telling a packed classroom of 15- and 16-year-olds that science is about not believing what your teachers tell you. While it might seem like a counter-intuitive stance, it’s all part of today’s lesson.<p>Enter The Telegraph STEM Awards 2017 for the chance …

Science

For The Long Haul, Self-Driving Trucks May Pave The Way Before Cars

Self-driving cars have been getting a lot of attention lately: Uber's self-driving taxis in Pittsburgh, Tesla's semi-autonomous Model S and the driverless Google rides that look like a cross between a Cozy Coupe and a golf cart. But quietly and without much fanfare, researchers and entrepreneurs …

Autos

55 Percent of Faculty Are Flipping the Classroom

Our first-ever Teaching with Technology survey gauged educators' use of the flipped classroom model, blended/online teaching environments and more.

College & University

How To Train 68.8 Million Teachers. Because That's How Many The World Needs

I am full-time father of two little boys, Senior Fellow for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, and I teach in Temple University's Intellectual Heritage Department. I speak internationally about edTech, game based learning, and 21st Century parenting. I hold a PhD in Depth Psychology, …

Education

Finland's Laid-Back Approach To Education Is Totally Working

When it comes to education, the Finnish know what they’re doing. The Scandinavian country has one of the top education systems in the world, and this …

Education

Google rebrands its business apps as G Suite, upgrades apps & announces Team Drive

Google announced today that its now ten-year old service Google Apps for Work (formerly Google Apps for Your Domain), is getting rebranded yet again. This time around, the company will call it “G Suite.” Sounds more hip, right? Alongside the news, Google also noted a handful of upgrades and …

Google

10 Incredible Gmail Hacks to Make You a Power User

Hey, remember when social media started to get really popular and people kept saying it would be the death of email?Continue reading on The Mission »

Productivity

Facebook, Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft come together to create the Partnership on AI

The world’s largest technology companies hold the keys to some of the largest databases on our planet. Much like goods and coins before it, data is becoming an important currency for the modern world. The data’s value is rooted in its applications to artificial intelligence. Whichever company owns …

Amazon

5 Ways to Make Gmail Even Better

Gmail is one of the best email apps available, but there’s still a lot of room for improvement. Luckily, there are a bunch of handy plug-ins, …

But If You Don't Learn Cursive, How Will You Read the Declaration of Independence in the Original?

<b>If pen retailers</b> and state legislators are to be believed, cursive handwriting is facing an existential threat. Since the advent of the Common Core …

Declaration Of Independence

The Teenager’s Definitive Guide to Social Media Don’ts

You’re only as relevant as you are clued in. Don’t be a social pariah—avoid the hellscape of awkward behavior and secondhand embarrassment by never, …

Social Media

LinkedIn doubles down on education with LinkedIn Learning, updates desktop site

LinkedIn, the social network for the working world that now has some 450 million members and is in the process of being acquired by Microsoft for $26.2 billion, today took the wraps off its newest efforts to expand its site beyond job hunting and recruitment, its two business mainstays. The company …

LinkedIn

Some great #growthmindset reminders from @ICTEvangelist inspired by @robfmac #edchat #teaching #parenting https://t.co/7O1hPkN1zQ