Developments in Educational Technology

By Sheila Cartwright, PhD | Trends & Issues for 21st Century Teaching & Learning

10 ways design thinking can help you raise resourceful kids

When my son Ben was young, he only ate white food. Spaghetti, bread and popcorn all made the cut; broccoli and peppers, not so much. I couldn’t let it go. I formed spinach into “Shrek pancakes,” told him Batman loved peas and challenged him to string bean eating contests. I knew he loved …

Parenting

Driving Questions Part 2: A Gold Mine of Ideas to Bring Out Student Inquiry

<i>Welcome to this second post in a series that promotes student inquiry in PBL and STEM. This series is dedicated to helping educators create a</i> …

Teaching

There are much better ways to measure student engagement—here’s how

The software that visualizes data trends and helps organizations make informed, key decisions has significantly evolved in recent years. Higher …

Trends

Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School: Using OER to Scale High-Quality Personalized Learning

Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School (LAB), a network of open-enrollment, college-preparatory, public charter schools in downtown Brooklyn, New York, …

Education

A huge new survey shows that teens are bullied most on Instagram and Facebook

According to British anti-bullying organization Ditch The Label’s new annual survey, Instagram is the network of choice for cyberbullies in 2017, with Facebook close behind. This year’s survey collected results from 10,020 people between the ages of 12 and 20, making for a respectably robust data …

Steve Jobs was right: Adobe will kill Flash by 2020

Adobe is ready to call it quits on its once-omnipresent plugin that has helped powered internet browsers for over a decade.<p>Flash is finally ready to die.<p>It’s been over seven years since Steve Jobs penned his open letter on why Flash sucks for mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad. It took the …

Software

Four Student Misconceptions about Learning

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Today we’re revisiting an old favorite on how students think about learning.</i> “Efficient and effective learning starts with a proper …

Teaching

12 Tips for Connecting at Education Conferences - Infographic

#NYCSchoolsTech teacher Eileen Lennon took the post I wrote on tips for connecting at education conferences and turned it into this beautiful …

Obama-era computer science initiative surging ahead despite hurdles

(iStockphoto)<p>Obama-era policy wonks and advocates are trying to keep a major initiative from the previous administration alive by promoting computer …

Education

2017 Ed Tech Trends: The Halfway Point

Four higher ed IT leaders weigh in on the current state of education technology and what's ahead.

Google Daydream

Genius flash drive works with micro-USB, USB-C, and USB-A all at once

It’s been a long time since I gave a flash drive a second look, but that’s probably because most flash drives don’t with three different ports. …

Computers

Part Four: Beyond SAMR… Technology, Deeper Learning, and Rigor

<i>Welcome to the fourth in this series of posts promoting the idea of going to SAMR and beyond. In this post I would like to introduce you to way that</i> …

Pedagogy

The Distracted Classroom: Transparency, Autonomy, and Pedagogy

When cellphones distract students from engaging work in class, the users can regulate themselves far more effectively than we can.

Pedagogy

Hollywood's favorite video-editing tools arrive in a free app

If you're serious about video editing and are weighing up your software options, two choices usually pop up: Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Final Cut Pro X (FCPX). But Avid, Hollywood's go-to editing company, just played a wild card by releasing Media Composer First, a limited version of its pro …

Filmmaking

Senate bill demands tougher security for the Internet of Things

Security among Internet of Things devices is bad enough at home, but it's downright scary in government, where a vulnerable security camera could lead to hackers stealing vital secrets. A bipartisan team of US senators wants to reduce the chances of ever happening. They're introducing a bill, the …

Internet of Things

How Canada became an education superpower

<b>When there are debates about the world's top performing education systems, the names that usually get mentioned are the Asian powerhouses such as Singapore and South Korea or the Nordic know-alls, such as Finland or Norway.</b><p>But with much less recognition, Canada has climbed into the top tier of …

Canada

'Anonymous' browsing data can be easily exposed, researchers reveal

A journalist and a data scientist secured data from three million users easily by creating a fake marketing company, and were able to de-anonymise many users<p>A judge’s porn preferences and the medication used by a German MP were among the personal data uncovered by two German researchers who …

Google Translate

Fitbits discourage teenagers from exercising, study shows

Fitbit exercise trackers could be having an adverse effect on teenagers, preventing them from exercising rather than encouraging it, research has found.<p>Researchers at Brunel University London found wearing a Fitbit for two months left teenagers feeling demotivated about physical activity rather …

Wearable Tech

Virtual School Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary

The 20-year anniversary of Florida Virtual School (FLVS) represents a time capsule for virtual education. When founded in 1997, FLVS consisted of six …

YouTube child protection mechanism 'failing'

<b>YouTube's child protection mechanism is breaking down, according to some of the company's volunteer watchdogs.</b><p>There's a constant anxiety that those seeking to abuse or groom young children will use social media to reach them - and YouTube is aware of the problem. The video-sharing site has a …

Social Media

3 Tips to Keep Parents Assured that Student Data Is Protected

From assessing the functionality of tech to intervening before students fail classes, K–12 schools are making great use of data analytics. But with …

K-12

Teacher Zen! 10 #BacktoSchool Tips

<i>“The best thing a human being can do is to help another human being know more.” – Charlie Munger</i><p>A new school year is here! You are about to meet many …

Charlie Munger

WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

<b>Software & Online</b><p><b>ABCMOUSE FOR SCHOOLS</b> <i><br>(</i><i>www.abcmouseforschools.com</i><i>)</i><p>ABCmouse for Schools announced the launch of new product features to help students …

Speed Of Light

Voice Interfaces Are Here. Are They Necessary?

As millions of people invite voice-first devices into their homes, it’s time to take stock of their usefulness.<p>Voice user interfaces are everywhere today. Nearly every major tech company has poured resources into developing them. Most smartphones are equipped with one. And increasingly, VUIs are …

UX Design

Children consuming online time 'like junk food'

<b>Parents must intervene to stop their children overusing social media and consuming time online "like junk food", the children's commissioner has said.</b><p>In an interview with the Observer, Anne Longfield criticised the ways social media giants use to draw children into spending more time.<p>She said …

Parenting

Eight Lessons Learned From Piloting the Rapid Cycle Evaluation Coach

“Mrs. Lowerre’s class” by diane horvath is licensed under CC BY 2.0. <br>For the last 18 months, the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. …

Education

Kik has become ‘the defacto app’ for child predators, according to an investigative report

The joint report found accounts belonging to users convicted of child abuse were not being removed<p>An investigative report claims that Kik Messenger, an instant messaging app popular with children and teenagers, has become “the defacto app for grooming children online,” in part due to its ease of …

explicit

Even with all our gadgets, Americans are using less electricity than 10 years ago

Electronic devices are getting smaller and more energy-efficient.<p>Everything from our heating systems to our toothbrushes is plugged in and connected to the internet, and smartphones are glued to the palms of our hands. Yet, Americans are using less electricity than we did 10 years ago.<p>Overall …

U.S. Census

New Chromebook Tools Promote Media Literacy

By Meghan Bogardus CortezApps for the popular device help students navigate the web.

Media Literacy