Opinion

Digital age demands digital classrooms

The technology levies on the Washington state ballots are proof that the Legislature has failed its constitutional duty to fully fund basic education. The 21st century is saturated with electronic technology—yet school districts must beg local voters every few years to help upgrade computers, software and internet infrastructure. Technology today is part of basic education, but the state treats it as a luxury.

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Parents ask what's the rush on Madison schools' $31 million tech plan

A west side community group is asking the Madison Metropolitan School District in Wisconsin to slow down a controversial $31 million, five-year 1-to-1 computing tech plan. But another parent-teacher group is urging the board to move ahead with the tech plan to close what one parent calls an embarrassing technology gap between Madison and other districts.

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Handing out iPads to students isn't enough

Computer science is driving innovation across all fields, so it makes sense that the Los Angeles Board of Education wants to provide its students with access to the latest technology. Students who develop expertise in computer science will have automatic career advantages. But is the district taking the right steps?

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Balancing technology with old-school skills

Our society dictates that technology usage is a skill expected both in school and the career marketplace and there is a movement toward providing tablets to all students as a standard educational tool. However, when the power goes off or the computer locks up, does everything come to a standstill, or have students learned enough longhand approaches and reasoning ability to keep going?

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How 20 million minds use tech to disrupt education

Once a mother who dropped her son off at his public elementary school, I've now become the art teacher and started a book club to compensate for cuts in vital programs due to lack of funding. Meanwhile, the rote memorization and repetition of our agrarian education system can no longer compete with the infinite, interactive iPad. The opportunities for innovation and disruption in the education vertical are seemingly endless.

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Tech's gender and race gap starts in high school

When people talk about how to diversify the tech field, a common solution is, "Start earlier." Rather than focus on getting women and minorities hired at tech start-ups or encouraging them to major in computer science in college, there should be a push to turn them on to the discipline when they're still teenagers—or even younger.

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Some unimpressed with Cuomo's plan for better school technology

In an election-year State of the State Address dominated by jobs, tax cuts and economic development, N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo managed to slip in a few big promises for education. During the homestretch of an hour-long speech, Cuomo trumpeted universal pre-K and plans to funnel $2 billion to classroom tech upgrades and to offer bonuses for highly-rated teachers. But those plans didn’t exactly bowl everyone over.

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Watch the response to the school data breach

The discovery this past week of the exposure of highly confidential Loudoun County Public Schools student and staff information should alarm everyone in the Virginia county. It raises serious concerns about the technical expertise of LCPS staff and the security protocols it and its contractors for technology services have in place.

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Searching for the intelligent use of technology

Bill Gates, the Common Core’s godfather and a personalized learning advocate, touts the “intelligent use of technology to develop innovative learning models and personalized educational pathways.” Inconveniently, on its pathway to a world where children access their education through a “personalized class portal homepage,” the technology express has veered off the rails.

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5 trends to watch in 2014

Something that has become abundantly clear in recent years is that whether your future seems bright or dim depends on where you live. Young people in Europe, for example, are facing an extremely tough time and face the prospect of being less prosperous than their parents' generation. But for their counterparts in India or China, expectations are entirely different, with many of them looking forward to a higher income than their parents.

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