Ed-Tech Vendors Often in Dark on District Needs, Study Shows
Educational technology companies trying to do business with schools often have only a vague sense of district officials’ specific buying needs, according to a new study that delves into vendors’ and K-12 leaders’ frustrations with the procurement process. Read more.
Six Tips For Classroom Technology Success
An industry advisory panel of educators shares strategies to help teachers – regardless of their tenure – implement education technology in the classroom. Read more.
Technology Revitalizes Hands-On Education in Classrooms
Technology has abstracted the educational sphere in the way it has abstracted all other aspects of our lives. Pencils and paper have given way to the more amorphous cloud-based computing, kids are presenting more with Prezi than on poster boards, and work can be turned in online instead of in-hand. Another free online presentation tool that has been building up steam since its launch a little over a year ago is Canva, a drag-and-drop design software that already has two million users. Read more.
Common Core Reading: The High Achievers
Linnea Wolters was prepared to hate the Common Core State Standards. She taught fifth grade at a low-income school in Reno, Nev., where, she says, there was always some new plan to improve things. And none of it added up to good education. But, after leading her class through a Core-aligned lesson — a close reading of Emma Lazarus' sonnet "The New Colossus" — she was intrigued, especially by the way different students reacted to the process. Read more.
In Punchy New Memoir, Former Education Czar Joel Klein Defends His Record
Sitting in a glassed-in conference room in Midtown, Joel Klein is intense and attentive, soft-spoken in the manner of a man who is long accustomed to being heard. In his latest incarnation, Mr. Klein heads up Amplify, a Rupert Murdoch-backed initiative to sell education technology and data-tracking tools in a tablet. Despite the start-up feel of Amplify’s reception room—blackboard walls graffitied in pastel chalk—the actual workspace is pure News Corp: silent, with stations in orderly rows and no chatter. Also, no skateboards or nap rooms: Tablet tech is serious business. Read more.