Ed Tech Ponderings

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

Tim Berners-Lee on the future of the web: 'The system is failing'

The inventor of the world wide web remains an optimist but sees a ‘nasty wind’ blowing amid concerns over advertising, net neutrality and fake news<p>Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s optimism about the future of the web is starting to wane in the face of a “nasty storm” of issues including the rollback of net …

40 Chromebook tips for maximum productivity

Chromebooks may be all about simplicity, but don't be fooled: Beneath their intuitive outer layer lies a web of advanced options. And you don't have …

Google

The Era of the Textbook Is Over

<i>This week, our guest blogger is Dr. Bill Hughes, the Chief Academic Officer for Seton Catholic Schools in Milwaukee. Bill has been engaged in K-12</i> …

New Research Answers Whether Technology Is Good Or Bad For Learning

For years educators and scholars have debated whether technology aids learning or inhibits it.<p>In the most recent issue of Education Next, for example, Susan Payne Carter, Kyle Greenberg, and Michael S. Walker write about their research finding that allowing any computer usage in the classroom …

Education

Evaluation Within Project-Based Learning

Last year I took a group of students to Cuba to produce documentaries about the island nation's culture and history. The main objective was learning …

Pedagogy

Without the Right Curriculum, Personalized Learning Is Just Another Fad

More school leaders than ever before are seeking to harness digital tools to personalize learning and to prepare students for life after school, when …

Learning

How Memory, Focus and Good Teaching Can Work Together to Help Kids Learn

Everyone has a pet theory on how to improve public education: better professional development for teachers, more money, better curriculum, testing …

Teaching

Bill Gates Gets a Lesson From Washington State's Teacher of the Year

Bill Gates loves to read.<p>And, as followers know from his blog posts and other outreach programs as co-chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates …

Education

It was one of the worst moments of my life as a mom. My daughter was in 2nd grade–only 8 years old, or 96 months old (I was never the mom to tell my …

It’s not about content. It’s about understanding.<p>Now that we can easily google facts and content, it’s no longer critical to memorize content (and …

How to Prepare the Next Generation for Jobs in the AI Economy

Most of us regard self-driving cars, voice assistants, and other artificially intelligent technologies as revolutionary. For the next generation, however, these wonders will have always existed. AI for them will be more than a tool; in many cases, AI will be their co-worker and a ubiquitous part of …

Visual Basic

Would-be Harvard students shipped to School of Hard Knocks after offensive memes

If you're hoping to attend a university after graduating high school, you might wanna seriously think before you meme. Moreover, if you thought life …

Mary Meeker’s 2017 internet trends report: All the slides, plus analysis

The most anticipated slide deck of the year is here.<p>Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner Mary Meeker is delivering her annual rapid-fire internet trends report right now at <b>Code</b> <b>Conference</b> at the Terranea Resort in California.<p>Here’s a first look at the most highly anticipated slide deck in …

Trends

The Ultimate List: 50 Strategies For Differentiated Instruction

<b>The Ultimate List: 50 Strategies For Differentiated Instruction</b><p>by <b>Terry Heick</b><p>Differentiation is a simple idea that’s less simple to …

Pedagogy

5 reasons to use Google Photos on your iPhone

Google rolled out new features to Google Photos at its annual I/O developers conference. Is it time for iPhone owners to switch photo apps?<p>At Google I/O 2017, the company unveiled a number of improvements for its photo app, putting more distance between Google Photos and the stock iOS Photos app. …

Google

Why Does Teacher Talk Still Dominate High School Classrooms?

Teacher talk still dominates high school classrooms, but it doesn't have to, and here are a few reasons why.

Teaching

Big Meta-Analysis Says Four Teaching Strategies Are Most Effective For Low-Income Students

There really isn’t any shortage of research trying to identify the most effective instructional strategies (see The Best Articles, Posts & Videos On …

Pedagogy

Student disengagement may be down to behaviour management techniques, says academic

If you are looking for reasons behind student disengagement, then it may be helpful to consider the teaching techniques that are being applied in …

Two New & Useful Resources For Ending The School Year Strong

Here are two new additions to The Best Ways To Finish The School Year Strong:<p>Reflection Questions for Teachers and Students: A School Year Like No …

Teaching

A Stanford researcher’s 15-minute study hack lifts B+ students into the As

Policy makers, tech executives, teachers, and parents are forever trying to find new ways to improve kids’ performance at school. Schools design and redesign curricula, teachers embrace and reject new learning technologies, and parents plot ways to get their kids to study more.<p>One novel solution …

Education

Google turns Raspberry Pi into a dirt cheap Home competitor

If you've ever wanted to have a conversation with your own tiny home-made computer, then your prayers have just been answered. Raspberry Pi has teamed up with Google, bringing voice integration to the Pi with a clever combination of hardware and software. Packed with the same tech that powers …

We’ve all seen some unpleasant online interactions – from the comments on YouTube videos to controversial FB posts – and we know that our students …

In January, we wrote about ways you can help your students determine real from fake news in the classroom. These tips are a way to start the …

21 Pi Day Resources for your Classroom

March 13, 2017<p>Around the world, March 14th (3/14) is recognized as the day to celebrate Pi, which, of course, is the ratio of a circle’s …

The holidays sure did fly by! Newly unboxed phones, tablets, e-readers, and game systems provide endless hours of fun and learning for children and …

Micro-Credentials for Teachers and Parents

The world we exist in now is very much an on-demand one. We expect to watch our favorite TV shows when we want where we want, we expect to have the …

Education

Oh Snap! Silicon Valley school makes $24M off of investment

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Bake sales and car washes?<p>Not for one Silicon Valley parochial high school that hit it big this week and, by doing so, highlighted anew gaping economic disparities in the region.<p>St. Francis High School in Mountain View parlayed a $15,000 investment in the company that …

Silicon Valley

10 Secret Ways To Search Google For Information That 90% Of People Don't Know About

<b>Search Google For Information:-</b> In much as you may know how to use the internet, especially “Googling,” I can tell even without knowing you that you …

Tech Coaching is about Relationships not Tech

Most tech coaches end up in the role of tech coach or Tech TOSA (Teacher On Special Assignment) because they are good at using tech and integrating …

Professional Development