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This Week in Education Technology: 10/31/2014

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Oct 31, 2014 8:00:00 PM

Common Core and the End of History


The End of History and the Last Man is a book by Francis Fukuyama based on a 1989 essay called "The End of History?" Fukuyama argued that the end of the Cold War, the collapse of Communism, and what he perceived of as the triumph of Western liberal democracy and capitalism, signaled the end of human cultural transformation. It signaled the end of history and the process of historical change. Read more.

In Praise of Style: What's Missing From The Common Core Education Standards


As the debate over national education standards—aka the Common Core—continues to rage, one topic that seems to be missing from the discussion is style.  And by style, I mean writing style, a flair for language, a way with meaning, a panache with punctuation. Read more.

Mankato initiative transforms special education


Hunched over their iPads, the three seventh-graders took turns reading the document displayed on their screens. One, Sam Seifert, followed along, while her special education teacher Jessica Waterstreet did the talking — Seifert has difficulty reading on her own. Seated near the center of the table, Blake Hanna recited the words softy, rushing through them quickly. Jacob Voracek, opposite Seifert, took the text more slowly, pronouncing each word with precision and care. Read more. 

50 resources for using tech in the modern classroom


The aim of technology may be to make processes more efficient and to expand our horizons, but unless used appropriately, it can also make life unnecessarily complicated. In the classroom, teachers are more and more often expected to show innovative and progressive thinking by integrating technological solutions into their lessons — but starting out isn't easy. From learning how to scour YouTube for clips to working out which photos and files can be used under fair copyright terms, while trying to keep up with standard workloads, invigorating lessons with technology can fall by the wayside. Read more.

It's Time To Rethink Our Use Of Technology In Schools


Probably the biggest change in education over the last few decades has been the introduction of new technology. But what difference does it really make? Read more.






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This Week in Education Technology: 10/24/2014

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Oct 24, 2014 8:00:00 AM

"With Liberty and Justice and High Speed Internet Access for All"


I have seen schools throughout the country where the excitement of learning is palpable and students utilize technology and internet access as an integral component in their daily learning. I've also witnessed the opposite -- schools with limited, antiquated access to the internet and little access to technology in the classroom -- where students simply don't have access to the tools and resources commonplace in universities and the workplace. Read more.

5 Tools That Can Help Students See and Hear the Content of Webpages


ChromeVis is a Chrome extension that helps users strip sidebar content from websites and change fonts to make the content easier to read. Today, I was reminded of a handful of other tools that perform similar functions. Here are some tools that can help students see webpages more clearly. (This list is ranked in order of my preferences). Read more.

New Software Allows Teachers To Control Smart Boards From iPads


Teachers will now be able to use an iPad to control and interact with SMART whiteboards and other devices controlled by Smart Notebook software. That is the most significant feature of the new Smart Notebook Maestro software that will become available October 31. Smart Technologies officials said the new developments are in direct response to teachers telling them they wanted to be able to change Notebook pages and add and manipulate images on whiteboards while moving around the classroom. Read more.

Report: Students Lack Wireless Access to Digital Learning Resources at School


The Pearson Student Mobile Device Survey 2014 collected responses from 2,252 K-12 students between February 13 and March 12, 2014. It found that while 93 percent of students have wireless access to the Internet at home, only 62 percent have Wi-Fi at school, limiting their access to digital learning resources for personalized instruction. Read more.

Corporate student data privacy pledge


Technology certainly has come a long way since the days of the mimeograph and the overhead projector. And while technology promises enormous benefits in education, it’s also brought with it heightened awareness of the increasing collection and use of student data in schools, and questions about appropriate security precautions to protect student privacy. In Colorado, we have seen the effects of these concerns not being promptly and aggressively addressed by companies and policy makers. This was the case in Jefferson County, where control of the School Board was altered due largely to parents concerned about new uses of student data. Read more.


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This Week In Education Technology: 10/17/2014

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Oct 17, 2014 8:00:00 AM

1980’s Planning in 2014: A State-by-State Look at Ed Tech Planning


It was no surprise to recently read Ed Week’s look-back post about the absence of smart education technology planning in 1989. According to an article from Ed Week’s archives, a survey that year of 773 districts with 10,000 students or more showed that “technology planning is clearly a weak area of endeavor.” Read more.

MIT to offer free online courses in game design, ed tech  


The place where the video game was invented more than 50 years ago now wants to teach teachers, entrepreneurs and students how to design games for learning — and it is hoping that the end result will be a new kind of tech tool for the classroom. Read more.

Microsoft and Other Firms Pledge to Protect Student Data


School districts across US struggle with digital education


With the tenure of L.A. Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy in doubt, school officials across the United States say they already have learned one major lesson from the city’s botched iPad rollout: Classroom technology is here to stay, but it is important to choose wisely. Read more.

NYS’ Push For More Tech In Classrooms Fuels Further Debate


The agency, known as the Smart Schools Commission, convened in New York City Sept. 29 to discuss and weigh the best approaches to community and school connectivity and decide the most effective ways to implement technology-enabled education and learning. Two members—Geoffrey Canada, president of anti-child poverty nonprofit Harlem Children’s Zone, and Constance Evelyn, superintendent of the Auburn School District in Cayuga County—posed questions to a panel of eight tech and education experts. Read more.

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