Computers

InBloom is wilting thanks to privacy concerns–but they don’t stop with InBloom

In my first post for this blog I covered the splashy debut of InBloom at the SXSWEdu conference in Texas in March. I noted that it’s tough to explain exactly what the company does (essentially, they provide the infrastructure for a variety of smaller applications to harness the data generated by students to make their […]

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Learning through game-making–what the research says and doesn’t say

When we talk about learning and games, we usually mean students playing games that someone else has made up. But the process of constructing a game has its own potential benefits. Game-making represents an active and creative, rather than more passive, approach to technology. It’s a core practice of constructionism, the learning theory championed at […]

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5 biggest ed-tech headlines of the week

I’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of major news and announcements lately. So I’m going to take today’s post to round up a few. 1) ConnectED: The Obama administration today announced a new initative called ConnectED with a pledge to provide broadband or high-speed wireless Internet access to 99 percent of America’s schoolchildren within 5 years. […]

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Do you want your classroom disrupted?

A new paper out last week from the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation (formerly the Innosight Institute) sets out some theories and provocative predictions about the likely direction that innovation will take in K-12 classrooms. Christensen, a business expert, professor at Harvard Business School, bestselling author, and a devout Mormon, coined the term “disruptive innovation” about 20 […]

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How KIPP uses technology

While they have their critics, KIPP has among the best reputation of all charter school networks. There are over 40,000 KIPP students nationwide, which is expected to grow to 60,000 by 2015. Over 90 percent of 8th graders consistently outperform their public-school counterparts in reading and math. KIPP alumni, according to a recent report, are […]

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Restaurants and food trucks: A new approach to blended learning

Scott Beale/Laughing Squid Laura Vanderkam, a bestselling career and business author, has just written Blended Learning: A Wise Giver’s Guide to Supporting Tech-Assisted Teaching.  Published by the Philanthropy Roundtable, the short book is intended as a guide for potential donors. Its publication is a sign of the times, showing the strong and growing interest by philanthropists […]

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Toddlers and touchscreens: Scourge or salvation?

Because of a family vacation next week, I’m looking for some iPad apps in hopes of keeping my 16-month-old daughter entertained on the long flights. So far she’s shown very little interest in screens of any kind. I tried to sit her down to watch “Wonder Pets” the other day for a break when she had […]

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A tale of two summits: Sandbox vs. Education Innovation

I’m neither in Boston nor Arizona this week, but I am using Twitter and blogs to cover two important meetings in the world of K-12 blended learning. Together they give a sense both of the shape of the field and some of the gaps. The Education Innovation Summit at Arizona State University, co-presented by education […]

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Is online learning only for STEM?

If you survey the frontier of online learning, it looks heavily weighted to the science, technology, engineering and math side. The big MOOC platforms got rolling with courses in Circuits and Electronics, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, and Machine Learning, respectively. Khan Academy started with math videos and its interactive platforms heavily emphasize math. The National […]

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What technology can (and can’t) do for education

As I reflect on the excitement of South By Southwest Education conference last week, a fundamental question keeps coming up: What proportion of the challenges facing the education system can actually be addressed with technology and innovation? Let’s quickly stipulate the issues here. Stop me if you’ve heard this all before. Many schools face serious […]

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