Tag: teaching with technology

by Aran Levasseur

According to the ancient Greeks, humans received the gift of fire from the Titan, Prometheus. Paleoanthropologists have unearthed evidence that our early ancestor, homo erectus, was able to control fire around 400,000 years ago. Whether looking through the lens of myth or science the analysis is similar: Controlling fire was a watershed event in human […] more »

by Lynette Owens

In January, I wrote a piece about the Natick, Mass., public school district’s Digital Conversion, a program designed to transform and reshape how technology is used to improve its education system. For Natick, that meant issuing district-owned MacBooks to all of its students, grades 8-12, enabling a 1:1 blended teaching and learning environment with the […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. New Report: Teens and Technology (Pew Internet) 2. Feds issue rules for social media and small screen ads (PaidContent.org) 3. How does The New York Times determine which articles have comments? (Nieman) 4. Will Google Glass drown us in data? (The Verge) 5. How mobile won the web design wars (Business Insider) Subscribe to […] more »

by Jenny Xie

Education technology — “Edtech” — has become an area of intense innovation and debate — with topics like Massive Open Online Courses, coding for kids, and tablets constantly attracting attention and sparking debate every day. But how are teachers and students responding to the constant influx of new digital tools? The latest Pew Research Center […] more »

by Lynette Owens

As an Internet safety advocate, I’ve spoken to hundreds of parents who are at a loss as to how to equip their kids with the right “life” tools they’ll need to embrace all the challenges and opportunities technology can bring. It’s no wonder that when the Natick school district, located just outside of Boston, first […] more »

by Tina Barseghian

The promise of technology in the pursuit of learning is vast — and so are the profits. The Software & Information Industry Association valued the U.S. ed-tech market at $7.5 billion in 2010. With daily launches of new products promising to solve all manner of problems — from managing classrooms to engaging bored students with […] more »

by Aran Levasseur

Innovation is the currency of progress. In our world of seismic changes, innovation has become a holy grail that promises to shepherd us through these uncertain and challenging times. And there isn’t a more visible symbol of innovation than the iPad. It’s captured the hearts and minds of disparate subcultures and organizations. In education it’s […] more »

by Aran Levasseur

Think of sitting quietly in a spartan room. There are no TVs, computers, smartphones, books, magazines or music. If you’re like most people, this probably sounds like a recipe for boredom. In our culture, we avoid moments of “not-doing” because we don’t associate boredom with having any value. And our aversion to boredom and not-doing […] more »

by Lily Leung

The best stories across the web on journalism and digital education 1. Digital, print textbooks to compete for college audience (U.S. News & World Report) 2. Rice U. to offer free online physics textbook (Inside Higher Ed) 3. Is the iPad an educational tool or a lifestyle addiction? (Des Moines Register) 4. Why teachers should […] more »

by Aran Levasseur

Imagine you’re a senior manager at a leading videogame company. Your job is to devise the company’s competitive strategy in a rapidly growing and dynamic industry. What prices will you set for the consoles? How many games will be available for your platform? This is the premise of Platform Wars, an epistemic game, or management […] more »