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What Will The Ed Tech Revolution Look Like?

What Will The Ed Tech Revolution Look Like?
During the past 40 years, accounting for inflation, we have nearly tripled the amount of money we spend per student in public K-12 education. It was roughly $4,000 in 1971, and last year amounted to $11,000 per student. Over that same period time, our students’ math and verbal test scores have remained unchanged. I am no Warren Buffett, but I can comfortably say to you that that is a lousy return on investment. In an increasingly competitive world, it is clear that our education system--as currently designed--isn’t sustainable. Simply throwing more money at a system that produces the same results is, well, not smart. In a perverse way, I believe federal and state budget cuts will help focus us on doing things differently and more efficiently. Similar to the consumer tech revolution, this ed tech revolution will take some time and happen unevenly in waves. First Wave (0 to 5 years from now): A Change in Perception Second Wave (5 to 10 years from now): A Change in Purchasing an Empowerment

Translation Software For Music Makers : The Record hide captionJace Clayton, a.k.a. DJ Rupture. Xabi Tudela/Courtesy of the artist Ten Ideas for Teaching Teachers Technology I had never been to an "unconference" before, but when I heard the organizer of SocialEdCon Unconference introduce the event, I knew I was in for something new: "Write your ideas that you want to discuss on the top of the poster board. Each of you can look at all of the ideas and put check marks beside the ones that interest you, and then that will drive the topics that we discuss today." I leaned over to my husband, Brad Flickinger, an "unconference expert," and whispered that I'd love to learn more about educating teachers about technology.

Questionable company targets NC for virtual charter school The nation’s largest for-profit virtual education company quietly took steps this week to open up an online charter school in North Carolina that would subsist off of public funds and siphon off profits to Wall Street investors. The move comes as the company, K12, Inc., faces mounting questions in others states over the quality of education students receive from the company. A representative of K12, Inc., a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: LRN), attended a Cabarrus County school board meeting Monday to ask if the school system would partner with the company to open up a virtual public charter school that would draw from students statewide. The company first began talks with the school district by having former state Rep.

The Good MOOC: A review of Udacity's CS253 - Web Development Following on from Udacity’s successful CS101 course, CS253 - Web development starts from the basics of how the web works and goes through everything necessary to build a blog and scale it to support large numbers of users. Pedagogy The goal of the course is explicit right from the start and CS253 delivers on it. From hashing passwords to secure logins and cookies, you learn to make a fully-functional blog using Google App Engine. The pedagogy is very ‘hands-on’ and pure Udacity.

Crazy Smart: When A Rocker Designs A Mars Lander NASA engineer Adam Steltzner led the team that designed a crazy new approach to landing on Mars. Rachael Porter for NPR It's called the seven minutes of terror. The 2012 A-Z List Of Educational Twitter Hashtags We got so many additions and updates to our 2011 list we thought it was time to bring you the most up-to-date list for 2012. So, without further ado, here’s the 2012 A-Z list of educational Twitter hashtags. We went through all the comments on the 2011 version , wrote down all the Twitter and Facebook updates, and compiled this list over the course of several months.

Step-by-step Guide to Beginning Homeschooling in North Carolina Making The Decision Deciding to homeschool your child is an incredibly significant decision, and one that will certainly change your life. People decide to homeschool their children for many different reasons, some of which include: dissatisfaction with the public school system, desire to train their child within a specific religious framework, frustration with their child's current school situation, in order to meet a child’s special learning needs, or wishing to keep a close family bond throughout the early school years. If you live in North Carolina, one or more of the other 33,000 families in the state who have already decided to homeschool one or more of their children may also influence your decision. Most everyone in North Carolina probably knows at least one family who have chosen to homeschool their kids. Following the Laws

Online classes can be enlightening, edifying, and engaging — but they're not college The future of higher education online is, at present, clear as mud. Do Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs — college-level classes offered online through a number of corporate providers — offer students better tools for study, increased opportunities at lower cost? Can they provide access to higher education to those who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford it? Or do these canned classes portend the selling out of American education to Silicon Valley profiteers? I took the best MOOC I could find over the last several weeks in order to try to answer these questions, as well as the one perhaps too seldom asked: Are even the best of these classes any good, or not? Are the best ones now, or could they one day be, as rewarding, informative and useful as a real class?

The Turing Problem 100 years ago this year, the man who first conceived of the computer age was born. His name was Alan Turing. He was also a math genius, a hero of World War II and he is widely considered to be the father of artificial intelligence. But the world wasn't kind to Alan Turing. In 1952, he was arrested and convicted under a British law that prohibited "acts of gross indecency between men, in public or private." Teaching Innovation Is About More Than iPads in the Classroom 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 been widely hailed as a revolutionary device, promising to transform education as we know it.

The timing is realistic but the delays are painful. The technology is ready but the people who have to implement need much more support. Funding for professional learning is critical as we go forward. by toddwright Apr 3