Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 07/29/2014 - 7:15am
A 1-to-1 laptop or iPad roll out is not a new instructional model. Whether a student can or cannot carry a machine around all day tells us little to nothing about a school’s actual pedagogy, about the quality of interactions between students and teachers, or about the rigor of the software programs delivered through those devices.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Sun, 07/27/2014 - 7:33am
While it is important that society educate women and men in the areas of science and technology, it is also important that we educate people to ask the questions about when to use such knowledge.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 07/18/2014 - 5:20pm
There was a time when vocational and technical education was still a strong part of high school curricula, serving as an effective vehicle for timely, rewarding employment after high school or community college. We need to open our eyes to the tremendous value of vocational and technical education.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 07/18/2014 - 3:34pm
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.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 7:36am
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.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 1:47pm
The schools that currently lack broadband access are usually ones operating with critically strained budgets. They are generally schools located in underserved, low-income communities. Without an E-Rate intervention, we run the risk of delivering the best education technology to only the very wealthiest students, and of denying it to those who likely need it the most.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 1:39pm
Plenty of low-opportunity young people are waiting to live out their own success story. We just need to give them the opportunity. Imagine urban youth who are not just downloading apps, but uploading them. And when they succeed, they will change a lot more than the workplace diversity numbers in Silicon Valley.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 6:14am
If the promise of mobile technology in classrooms has been to equalize opportunities for all students through access to the internet, that potential has yet to be realized.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 5:53am
Young women's perception of technology is generally viewed as a major obstacle in getting them interested in the first place. Trying to make tech seem cool and relevant to women, some attach names such as "tech divas" to young female technologists. But "pinkification" can have the opposite result.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Sun, 07/06/2014 - 6:10am
The Los Angeles Unified School District decision to enable its schools to choose between Apple, Microsoft and Google-based devices for all of their students is a billion-dollar proposition. U.S. schools are a $13 billion global battlefield for makers of educational technology. Competition is coming on fast as schools are likely to want computers in everyone’s hands.