Opinion

Google smartly reaches out to girls

Exposing young girls to computer science may or may not set them up for careers in high tech. But Google’s financial commitment to Made with Code is a reassuring step toward developing a solid pipeline of women in high-tech careers.

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Investments decline as education technology grows up

School may be out for summer, but the nation’s education-focused technology startups are still hitting the books, drumming up new business and new investments to capitalize on overwhelming demand for innovation from primary and secondary schools and colleges.

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Massachusetts can lead in computer science education

Massachusetts could become one of the first states to make a financial commitment to developing state computer science standards and curriculums. We are at a rare juncture where business and government can come together to prepare our state and our workers for the future. We must seize this opportunity.

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Illuminating the ed tech market for small- to medium-sized school systems

Education technology companies often overlook the priorities and circumstances of small- to medium-sized public school systems. A recent Clayton Christensen Institute report showed that, regardless of what vendors think or want, schools are cobbling solutions together from a variety of software providers.

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Career, tech education crucial in Michigan

The legislature recently acted to pass legislation that fixes some of the unintended consequences of the Michigan Merit Curriculum, which was designed to provide students with the skills they need to be successful in the future. In practice, the curriculum proved to do just the opposite for a large segment of our students, leading to a skills gap that has slowed our state’s economic growth.

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The unfulfilled promise of educational technology

Outside of the occasional computer lab, basic webpage, or iPad in the classroom, schools have resisted technological innovation. There are three ways in which technology can transform education: personalization, access and productivity.

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Most schools lacking tech muscle

As the state explores shifting its standardized testing system into cyberspace, about two-thirds of Massachusetts schools face a major technological challenge: They lack enough computers, other equipment, or broadband capacity to test large numbers of students online simultaneously, according to a Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education survey.

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Too much technology is bad for the brain

Many educational reformers see technology as the panacea for what ails education in America, but technology is more a cause of what ails education than a cure for it. The cognitive risk of abandoning handwriting is a small manifestation of a huge problem. In the money-driven quest to digitize and automate education, we are neglecting the development of many human capacities that matter most.

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Three myths about technology's role in education

Most of the conversations around technology's role in education are missing the mark — honing in on ed-tech financing or the “technology gap.” There are three common myths surrounding technology’s purpose in the education system, including the thought that new technology developments should immediately “disrupt” current operations.

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Why aren’t more schools using free, open tools?

Schools have many reasons for wanting to systematize technology but are they missing a key element of the technology revolution--a moment for real change--by locking down computing systems and by default ensuring students remain tech-users, not creators?

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