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Opinion


Two Heads Are Better Than One: Mobile Apps that Support Synchronous Collaboration

Everyone wants K-12 students to learn to collaborate. But where are the supports?! Well, finally, here are some free, easy to learn, easy to use, apps for iPads and Androids, that help students as they synchronously collaborate in creating concept maps, KWL charts, etc.

Mobile Devices Are K-12's Pearl Harbor

Truth is, up till now, technology in classrooms has been ignorable: Between limited access and flaky networks, the textbook publishers had no real incentive to produce technology-based curriculum. With the coming of mobile devices, however, technology in classrooms is no longer ignorable. The Big Disruption is imminent.

Uncle Sam Wants YOU To Comment on E-Rate

Want more funding for broadband? Now's your chance to let the FCC know what you need and why.

Is the New York Times Sunday Magazine Really Anti-Teacher?

The cover of the Sept. 15 New York Times Sunday Magazine was hurtful to America’s teachers and in no way helpful to the cause of education. Why are America’s teachers treated so poorly, so scornfully? We must fix this situation!

7 Simple Tips for Getting Your IT Issues Solved Faster

It may surprise you to learn that IT really is listening. One pro shares how educators can build rapport with IT and get problems fixed faster.

Los Angeles' 640,000 iPad Purchase: Too Big To Fail

LAUSD just purchased 640,000 iPads to go 1-to-1 throughout the district. We, the educational technology community, need to rally round and provide LAUSD’s teachers with all manner of support. We must help LAUSD make their hugely visible iPad rollout a hugely major success.

Fair Trade Electronics

The recent, promising events around working conditions in Apple's factories are hopefully leading toward a new definition of "shareholder value."

Realizing Increased Student Achievement With Mobile Technologies: Here's the Plan

It seems appropriate that in our first column for T.H.E. Journal's K-12 Mobile Classroom Newsletter we should lay out the path to the Holy Grail of K-12: increased (if not dramatically increased) student achievement. While we might be wearing rose colored contact lenses, here's the trajectory that we see actually happening over the next few years that will get K-12 to the Holy Grail:

BYOD Teachers Talk Classroom Use

BYOD programs are only as good as the use teachers make of them. One school's director of IT explores how teachers in a variety of subjects are incorporating student devices into their lessons during a comprehensive school-wide pilot.

Sequestration: A Mighty Sword

Inaction by Congress and the impending sequestration could have a devastating impact on educational technology funding.

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