Opinion

will.i.am acts like a sponge to promote STEM education

A recurring theme during will.i.am’s appearance at the 2013 Esri User Conference on Monday in San Diego was that the music star tries to take the form of a sponge when it comes to sharing his worldly knowledge and experiences with children from the neighborhood where he grew up.

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Hawaii DoE's digital investment off to a rocky start

The Hawaii Department of Education is supposed to put a laptop or tablet in the hands of every public school student, and it has $8 million to figure out how to make the digital device initiative work during the coming school year. But the department appears to be off to a rocky—and rushed—start.

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Planning for new education technology will be a challenge

As Dr. Verna Ruffin moves into her new role as head of the Jackson-Madison County (Tenn.) school system this week, one of the biggest challenges she faces is to plan for the district's technological future.

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NEA says digital learning won't replace need for teachers

Recently, delegates to the 2013 National Education Association Representative Assembly in Atlanta, Ga. formally adopted a new policy statement coming out in support of digital learning, while maintaining support for traditional teacher-led education. This is the first time the NEA has acknowledged the advantages of using computer-based learning models in the classroom.

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Across the digital distance: The virtual school

When I was a teenager, I used to dream of a future where I didn’t have to actually GO to school. The idea of an online school was a fantasy back in those days, but now, that idea is finally coming true.

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C-TECH will have life-changing impact in Minnesota

One of the most exciting projects to be funded by the Minnesota sales-tax extension is a new Career Technical Education Center at Heintz—aka C-TECH. The city of Rochester is investing $6.5 million for a new, state-of-the-art facility where Rochester public schools and Rochester Community and Technical College, MnSCU and the local business community will team up to offer vocational training to high school students from Rochester and the surrounding region.

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New technology poised to disrupt America’s schools, and then the world’s

In a small school on the South Side of Chicago, 40 children between the ages of five and six sit quietly learning in a classroom. In front of each of them is a computer running software called Reading Eggs. The director of North Kenwood-Oakland school says this sort of teaching, blending software with human intervention, helps her pupils learn faster.

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State and local education agencies “like” social media

A recent questionnaire by the Reform Support Network shows that state and local education agencies are increasingly using social media as a tool to engage with and inform parents, students, teachers, and the entire community.

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Should schools allow students to bring their own device?

For decades now, schools have played a role in introducing technology concepts to students. From the computer labs of the 1980s to the single computer on the teacher's desk to classrooms with multiple stations for students to work on, we have seen multiple approaches on how we should use these tools. Should BYOD be next?

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Technology equalizes education and career prospects

Now that students have the answer to everything they could ever want to know in the palm of their hands, at the swipe of the finger, or at the click of a mouse, "what" they know is becoming less important every day. Today, it's more important to teach students how to effectively use the technology and resources at hand to solve real-world problems.

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