Opinion


The Missing — But Critical — Educational App

With zillions of apps in Apple's App Store and the Google Play store, how could there be an educational app that is not there? As you will read in this week’s blog post, there is an app that needs to be built — an app that we built for the Palm Pilot and PocketPC 10 years ago — that needs to be resurrected now!

The 4 Cs of Technology Integration

An instructional technologist says that mobile devices in the classroom should help students with creation, consumption, curation and connection.

“Why Should I Change the Way I Teach?”

Singapore’s Ministry of Education provides a clear answer to the question raised by a third-grade Singaporean science teacher: It’s no longer about preparing children for the Industrial Age. It's about preparing children for the Age of Knowledge Work. Okay, American education: Time to enter the 21st century!

App Security: Yet One More Thing Teachers Are Being Held Accountable For

As documented on the front page of the New York Times, teachers are being asked to make decisions about the data privacy and security aspects of the apps they bring into their classrooms. With the current district/school policies, it is only a matter of time before a parent will sue a teacher for allowing a child’s data to be published on the Internet. Something is wrong here!!

5 Ways to Keep Social Media From Being a Legal Headache

Our expert explains some basic privacy issues that district leaders need to understand.

The 3 Educational Benefits for Students Collaborating Synchronously

In this post we first describe, based on research, what a productive (synchronous) collaborative interaction is, and then we identify the three benefits to the students from engaging in a productive collaborative interaction.

A Laptop in Every Backpack

Connectivity is an absolute necessity, but it isn’t enough. The Internet is merely a river of information. In order to drink from it, each student needs his or her own cup.

Why Has Technology Failed To Substantially Improve Student Achievement?

Using the “productivity paradox” from the business world, we can understand why student achievement has not benefitted from technology use.

The 11 Barriers to Technology Adoption

Based on more than 30 years of working with schools in the U.S. and our recent 7 years working with schools in Singapore, we have come up with a list of 11 barriers that need to be addressed if technology is going to have an impact beyond the isolated classroom.

10 Things Students Should Know About Tech by Fifth Grade

An instructional technologist wrote the following list for parents at her school to tell them what their kids need to know to be ready for upper school.

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