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5 Top Trends in Education Technology 2015

5 Top Trends in Education Technology 2015
Pressure continues to increase on education budgets around the globe. Yet despite this fact, the education sector is continuing to increase its investment in technology related to learning. Ed tech funding jumped 55 percent in 2014 with no signs of slowing down, according to CB Insights. With that in mind, here are five top trends in ed tech to keep on your radar screen in 2015 and beyond: Online corporate learning. In contrast to the academic Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that are still struggling to find the best path to a reliable revenue stream, businesses focused on corporate e-learning have found a business model that works--and works well. Skills measurement. We've got this as a top priority at Pluralsight via our recent acquisition of Smarterer, which allows us to measure any skill set with as few as 10 questions in under two minutes based on an adaptive algorithm. Alternative learning styles. Online competency-based training. Flipped-learning tech. Related:  Educational Technologykerriemoore84

13 Simple Ways to Integrate Technology into any Lesson Plan by PowToon! The pressure is on, and educators are feeling it more and more. Principals and school boards everywhere are requiring teachers to integrate technology into the classroom. Sometimes, the change is as simple as adding a computer class to the curriculum, other times it requires teachers to literally flip their entire lesson plan into a hi-tech beast! Although these flipped classrooms give students an edge, they may also give their teachers a headache! Sit back and check out these 13 ways to integrate technology into any lesson! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.Lyric Video/Music Video – All students can relate to music. 13. There you have it! Have you used any of these techniques for flipping the classroom? The following two tabs change content below. Howdy!

Design and Development of Educational Technology This is an Archived Course EdX keeps courses open for enrollment after they end to allow learners to explore content and continue learning. All features and materials may not be all available. Check back often to see when new course start dates are announced. To be effective, educational technologies must be designed based on what we know about how people learn. Through interviews with experts in the field, this course explores educational technologies, outlines the theories that influence their development, and examines their use. Participants will both give and receive feedback from others in the class forums as part of this course. In Unit 1, we will talk about the history of educational technologies and how these technologies have influenced how we learn. In Unit 2, we will explore what it means to learn something and different approaches to deepen learning. In Unit 3, we will focus on active learning and take a closer look at simulations that can foster learning.

20 Must-use Education Technology Tools Educators may feel sometimes like they’re on an island with little help in sight. But as technology teaching resources go, it may encourage you to learn that there are a number of online solutions available to help promote education from teaching reading basics to organizing classroom activities and encouraging civic involvement. Here are 20 of the most promising new apps, websites and online education technology tools or services every teacher should be using to help improve classroom learning: Collaborize Classroom — A free online collaborative platform designed to complement classroom instruction with additional activities, assignments and discussions that can be accessed online. Cool Math — A collection of games that are designed to be safe to use in the classroom, covering a variety of math subjects as well as reading, science and geography. DoSomething.org — With a new call-to-action every week, DoSomething.org encourages teens to band together and work for positive social change.

12 Easy Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom, Even for Technophobic Teachers Everyone wants teachers to use technology in the classroom. But you're busy -- meeting standards, prepping students for tests -- and maybe you’re not too fond of computers, anyway. Never fear – there are easy ways to bring your classroom up-to-date, technologically. Do you have a iPad in your classroom for your use? How about iPads for students to use? What kind of Internet access is available at your school? What do you have to do to get Ipads for your students? Also try to find a technology “mentor” on campus – the computer teacher or just another teacher who uses technology more than you do. Perfect Ed Tech Activities for Beginners Do a PowerPoint “Game Show Review” Many tech-savvy teachers have used Microsoft PowerPoint to create review games based on famous game shows, including “Jeopardy! Have students complete a written classroom activity as if it was online. Ever have your students write a diary from the perspective of a character or famous person? Try a Webquest Do an email exchange

50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About via Edudemic Technology and education are pretty intertwined these days and nearly every teacher has a few favorite tech tools that make doing his or her job and connecting with students a little bit easier and more fun for all involved. Yet as with anything related to technology, new tools are hitting the market constantly and older ones rising to prominence, broadening their scope, or just adding new features that make them better matches for education, which can make it hard to keep up with the newest and most useful tools even for the most tech-savvy teachers. Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the tech tools, including some that are becoming increasingly popular and widely used, that should be part of any teacher’s tech tool arsenal this year, whether for their own personal use or as educational aids in the classroom. Social Learning These tools use the power of social media to help students learn and teachers connect. Learning Lesson Planning and Tools Useful Tools

What Can Technology Do for Tomorrow’s Children? — Bright School looks different today than it did even a handful of years ago. Teaching and learning is changing — in exciting ways — because the world is changing. We now live in a global economy with a knowledge-based marketplace, where the ultimate measure of our success is becoming less about what we know, but more about what we do with what we know, and learning new skills to fit a rapidly changing world. Technology has helped to accelerate this pace of change, retooling nearly every aspect of our daily life, from how we communicate, to how we shop, to how we receive medical care. However, technology can just as easily widen the lead for those who already have every advantage. In the United States, education is meant to be the great equalizer. Classrooms across the country are marrying hands-on, inquiry-driven learning with digital technologies. The $8 billion education technology sector has helped to make these changes possible, but we need to do even more. All photos: Getty Images

Integrating Tech: More Than Just Having Computers Technology has become part of the educational process, but too often it is separate and not integrated into the learning experience.Today, Education World offers easy and painless ways to integrate technology into your daily routine. Included: Nineteen activities and nearly 50 Web sites. Integrating technology into the curriculum is a priority -- if not a mandate -- in most schools today. Most educational technology experts agree, however, that technology should be integrated, not as a separate subject or as a once-in-a-while project, but as a tool to promote and extend student learning on a daily basis. The challenge, of course, is in finding ways to use technology -- and to help students use it -- that don't take time away from core subjects. For many teachers, a lack of personal experience with technology presents an additional challenge. Used properly, however, technology can be a tool for teachers as well as for students. Access an online weather forecast.

For Teachers Technology is a powerful tool to support teachers. The following resources are available to help teachers transition to using technology to enhance learning activities as well as collaborate and engage with other educators. Featured Resource Future Ready Schools: Professional Learning Toolkit November 2014 The toolkit provides rubrics, checklists and examples to assist district teams as they develop, refine, and evaluate professional learning plans that align with their capacity, learning goals, and standards of professional learning. Innovation in the Classroom Games for Learning Video games are important learning tools that provide immersive, interactive, and creative spaces for students to learn and explore in the 21st century classroom. Featured Initiative Connected Educators Project The Connected Educators project is designed to help educators leverage online communities of practice to connect around improving teacher and leader effectiveness and enhancing student learning. Learn more

14 Free Educational Technology iPad Apps for Kids If you are interested in finding educational technology apps for your iPad, have a look at the list below. It consists of 14 Free educational technology applications that will make your iPad, iPod or iPhone device an even more useful educational tool. At the following list you will find training games for children and browsers that are completely customizable so you can limit and control your children’s access on the internet. You will also find news updating, and communication applications so you can stay in touch at all times. Best Browser for Kids - free The #1 rated safe iPad browser with parental controls. Get 2 Free eBooks Get the eLearning Industry's Articles in your inbox.

Using Technology In The Classroom Technology has always been a major focus on EducationWorld.com. This archive compiles many of the features we have done on the subject of using technology in the classroom. Many of these articles have been updated many times or even rewritten as technology changes. That said, due to the ever-changing nature of technology, there will be articles on this list that are a little past their prime period of usefullness. If there are any that you would like us to update or redo, please drop us a line. Social Networking Tips for Teachers Social networking in the classroom? Teaching? Fifth Graders Soar in the Blogosphere Across the curriculum, Gillian Ryan asks her fifth graders to respond in writing to the topics they discuss -- whether in math, science, social studies, or language arts -- and their ideas become posts to classroom blogs. Podcasts Promote Reading Librarian Malissia Bell has challenged students to create 500 podcasts describing their favorite books. Who Is They? Blogging? Quick!

Technology Tools | Tools you can use Education World offers new technology content every day. Some of our pieces related to technology tools can be found in this archive. We do update these aritcles reguarly, but given the changing nature of technology, we cannot promse that every piece will be on the cutting edge. Please visit our technology front page for the latest, most up-to-date tech stories. Social Media in the Classroom? Five for Fun Lots of image generators are available on the Web. Hardware and Software Essentials We asked members of the Education World Tech Team to tell us what hardware and software they consider essential -- or invaluable -- for todays educator? Podcast for Free on a PC Dont let Mac users have all the fun. Tech Tools for Teachers Members of the Education World Tech Team talk about the technology tools they find most useful in their professional lives, and the technology they use most successfully with students. Tech Conferences: For Geeks Only? Blogging? Laptops, Handhelds, or Tablet PCs?

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