Tag: technology in the classroom

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

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 Sarah Butrymowicz

Surrounded by farmland and ranches, Colorado’s Edison School sits off an unpaved road, with tumbleweeds blowing across its dirt parking lot. As recently as a few years ago, many families relied on solar or wind power instead of electricity; today, many still haul home their water from wells. Principal Rachel Paul estimates that 25-30 percent […] more »

by Lily Leung

The best stories across the web on journalism and digital education 1. Only 4% percent of college grads say startups are ideal places to work (Read Write Web) 2. How Twitter can help you land your first job (The Buttry Diary) 3. Private schools also joining the iPad revolution (The Telegraph) 4. Top journalists give […] more »

by Lily Leung

The best stories across the web on journalism and digital education 1. Why you should pursue data journalism (GigaOm) 2. Ownership of falling-bear photo taken by a student is settled (Poynter) 3. A discussion on whether students should learn how to code (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) 4. Access to iMessage on iPads may distract students in […] more »

by Lily Leung

The best stories across the web on journalism and digital education 1. School districts in Chicago turn to iPads to trim textbook costs (Chicago Tribune) 2. Georgia Tech leaders mull textbook rentals and e-books over buying hard copies (Florida Times-Union) 3. Pulitzer-winning photojournalist to students: Instagram is a game changer (UC Berkeley News Center) 4. […] 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 Tina Barseghian

I’ve heard arguments from ed tech experts about how using technology for learning may in fact deepen the divide between wealthy and low-income kids. Students who have access to technology and are encouraged by teachers and parents to leverage it for new ways of learning, the argument goes, will leap even further ahead than low-income […] more »