Opinion

Ed tech is poised to go mainstream

Clearly, dictating to digital natives that they “power down” in school is a huge turn-off. Yet many adults express concern that students won’t be able to learn as effectively in classrooms that are fundamentally different from their own experiences.

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A push to boost computer science learning, even at an early age

A handful of nonprofit and for-profit groups are working to address what they see as a national education crisis: Too few of America's K12 public schools actually teach computer science basics and fewer still offer it for credit.

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Next generation of engineers must be nurtured

Third-grade students at Los Amigos Elementary School in Tucson had a dilemma to solve—how to best save a turtle from the polluted Ganges River in India. After studying the issues, the students worked side by side with engineers from Raytheon Missile Systems to design and build a complex water filter system to clean the river and save the turtle.

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Rhode Island schools are on the right course

In Rhode Island, we invest wisely in our children and schools. But despite the progress we've made, we have much more to do to ensure that all our students are achieving. First, we need to welcome technology into the classroom—not just as a tool or resource, but as an essential element in the process of teaching and learning. 

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Our View: 21st-century schools take time

Technology is the cure for what ails you—at least as far as learning in the public school classroom goes. So goes the argument from Santa Fe Public Schools administrators, who want the Board of Education to approve a 1.5 mill levy tax so that the district can spend some $55 million over five years to make Santa Fe schools technology smart. It’s a lot of money.

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STEM education: include arts; STEM is not right for everyone

STEAM includes the arts as a vital part of each student’s education. If we want to engage more students, we need to spark their interests and their passions. The arts are a great way to accomplish this.

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Forbes 30-Under-30 honoree, Nic Borg, on tech-enabled education

Nic Borg’s background is unlike any of the other entrepreneurs featured in the Education Technology Innovation series. He comes from academe, but rather than being a former university professor, Borg spent seven years at Kaneland High School in Maple Park, Ill. building web-based tools and learning management solutions. The small-scale innovation that he introduced proved to be a pilot for something bigger to come.

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Paige: Digital classrooms are reshaping education

“Mark my words: Education technology is no novelty. Technology's reshaping of education is happening now, and further change is inevitable,” states Rod Paige, a former U.S. Education secretary and Houston Independent School District superintendent.

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Ed-tech pioneer Khan on what's next in online learning

By now, Salman Khan’s transition from hedge fund analyst to education technology mogul is well known in Silicon Valley. A decade ago, Khan began tutoring his 12-year-old cousin over the phone and through primitive instant messaging tools. Ten years and $7 million later, his Khan Academy online educational video empire counts 10 million monthly users in 200 countries.

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Connection failed: Internet still a luxury for many Americans

Among households with incomes of $30,000 and less, only 54 percent have access to broadband at home, says Kathryn Zickuhr, a research associate with Pew Research Center’s Internet Project. Members of these households are most likely to use internet access outside home—at work, school or a public library.

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