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The following is the third in a set of 7 ‘ The Future of Education ‘ articles. It is written by Dr. Abir Qasem , an Assistant Professor of Computer Science, and Director of Academic Computing at Bridgewater College and Tanya Gupta who has worked on technology and economic development. The blogosphere and the mainstream media is filled with success stories of technology’s successful adoption in education. However, many educators complain that when they try to introduce technological innovation on their campuses, they face obstacles.
Long life learning, formal, non-formal and informal education are on the agenda of policymakers. Children, youth and their peers, parents and educators are all part of the discussion and the recommendation is that they should cooperate and get involved as much as possible. The material available here is to enable easy transfer of knowledge between stakeholders.
1) Build your person learning network Imagine a place where you can ask for a child-friendly video about the Battle of Hastings at 2am on a Thursday and five people point you in the direction of a perfect resource. This is your personal learning network (PLN).
In a Simple K12 blog post titled “17 Signs Your Classroom is Behind the Times” they provide a list of things that characterize a classroom that has fallen behind. Number 16 lists a variety of technology tools that every educator should know about. As I read the list, I realized that although many teachers are interested in and excited about technology integration, they are too busy to explore all the new technology tools available online. This blog post is dedicated to all of the overworked teachers who just don’t have the time to seek out this information. I have provided brief explanations, links to and pictures of the tools mentioned by Simple K12 (and a couple of my favorites). I hope this makes it more manageable for teachers to pick and choose which tools they want to use.
Earlier this week I wrote about five major technologies that should have had real impacts in education this year, but which never amounted to much. I called more than one of them out a year ago , when all signs pointed to their potential for disruption and transformation in 2011. I can't resist giving it another shot this year, though. Here are my top 5 predictions for the state of the art in Ed Tech in the coming year. Analytics and BI will go mainstream In a former life, I was a SAS programmer doing data management and statistical analysis for clinical trials. SAS is still going strong in large-scale, mission critical statistical programming, but much of its business focus is now on analytics and business intelligence (BI).
Everyone's been desperate to hear about the apps we're using. I present the current list for our primary department, with iTunes links. All prices are for the UK App Store.
Published Online: February 8, 2012 Published in Print: February 8, 2012, as Reading Apps Features One of the biggest challenges of incorporating iPads, iPods, and other touch-screen devices into the classroom is figuring out which apps, among the thousands of available possibilities, are best suited for students. This list of applications related to reading and English/language arts offers a jumping-off point for educators who are just beginning to explore apps in this subject area. Toontastic
Classrooms have come a long way. There’s been an exponential growth in educational technology advancement over the past few years. From overhead projectors to iPads, it’s important to understand not only what’s coming next but also where it all started.
Illustration: Monique Westermann At the start of this year, 7000 school students in Miami took a maths course delivered entirely by computer. Instead of a teacher, the only adult in the room was a ''facilitator'' who dealt with technical problems and ensured students remained on task.
The following are what I believe are the rights of all student to have with regards to using technology as an educational tool, written as a student to their teacher: 1) I have the right to use my own technology at school. I should not be forced to leave my new technology at home to use (in most cases) out-of-date school technology. If I can afford it, let me use it -- you don’t need to buy me one. If I cannot afford it, please help me get one -- I don’t mind working for it.