A majority of district administrators now endorse online learning as a potential solution to the challenges besetting school districts. That's the key finding of a new survey report released at ISTE by Blackboard and Project Tomorrow, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the empowerment of students' voices in education.
- By Andrew Barbour
While worldwide expenditures on server hardware declined in the first quarter, physical server unit shipments actually increased, led by double-digit growth in Linux-based systems. HP, IBM, and Dell were the dominant players, according to two reports released in the last week.
Does educational research data tell us anything? Can it prompt us to improve what we do? The important question for me is whether research of any kind prompts me as an educator to think about ways to improve my teaching.
- By Rushton Hurley
The latest volley across the bow of virtual schools has been fired with the release of a new report by The Center for Public Education, a research arm of the National School Boards Association.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
The Software & Information Industry Association is calling on educators to participate in its 2012 Vision K-20 Survey, part of the SIIA's Vision K-20 initiative that focuses on developing a technology-based educational framework for K-12 schools, colleges, and universities.
A small team of Microsoft and University of Washington researchers are developing a technology that will allow ordinary computers--and eventually mobile devices--to detect gestures and motions in order to control them. SoundWave, as it's called, uses the speaker and microphone already built into most computers to sense in-air actions, such as a wave of the hand to specify an action like, "scroll the screen up" or "scroll it down."
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Research group Project RED has launched a new, replicable method for integrating technology in schools, to be detailed in an upcoming webinar, held May 15, 17, and 23.
- By Stephen Noonoo
Worldwide shipments of tablets increased significantly in the first quarter of 2012, driven by strong sales of Apple's iPad. But owing to a slump in Android tablet sales, overall growth was weaker than expected. Meanwhile, on the smart phone front, Apple dropped to second place as Samsung more than tripled its unit shipments in the quarter to land in the top slot.
Is the American education system stifling creativity? That's the attitude held by a majority of Americans, according to a new worldwide survey focused on attitudes toward creativity in schools, the workplace, and the home.
Spending on IT software, equipment, and services is projected to reach $3.75 trillion worldwide this year, driven by solid growth in computer hardware and enterprise software.