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Putting teachers at the center of education technology

MIT Blossoms, one of the most exciting and effective uses of educational technology to help high school students learn math and science, doesn’t boast the latest in artificial intelligence or adaptive algorithms. Its secret weapon is, rather, a canny understanding of human psychology—both students’ and teachers’.

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Beware appealing tech that may become ineffective burdens

Great new things are happening regarding technology in the classroom, but some worry schools are focusing on programs, purchases and freebies without considering future restrictions on learning goals.

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iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

November 4-7, 2014
Palm Springs, Calif.

ALAS Education Summit

October 15-18, 2014
Atlanta, Ga.

2014 AASA & ACSA Women in School Leadership Forum

October 2-3, 2014
Rohnert Park, Calif.

Momentum: FLVS World Symposium

September 30-October 3, 2014
Orlando, Fla.

2014 ASBO International Annual Meeting & Expo

September 19-22, 2014
Kissimmee, Fla.

The e-textbook transformation

A new wave of e-textbooks is giving students more than just words and a few hotlinks on a digital page. Publishers over the last few years have been adding video, interactive maps and gamified quizzes designed to engage students more deeply in their learning.

Smart energy technology saves money

With new, smarter building technology to control energy use, school leaders can reduce their carbon footprint and use the money saved to fund projects that may have suffered from budget cuts. U.S. schools spend more on energy than they do “on computers and textbooks combined,” according to a past report by Energy Star.

Springfield Tech Foundry to help high school students become innovators

In Massachusetts, the Springfield Tech Foundry opened its doors to its first class of high school students. The program will train high school students in the soft and technical skills they need to land entry-level jobs in high technology immediately following their year’s worth of training.

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