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Opinion


Should We Use Digital Technology To 'Drill' Children?

While computer technology can be used to drill information into students’ heads, we have to ask whether that is indeed an appropriate pedagogical strategy for the 21st century. We present an argument against drilling; join into the conversation, please!

Suggestive Data From a Pilot of a Computer-Supported, Collaborative Text Editor for Kids

A study looking at the use of a collabrified text editor by fourth- and fifth-graders showed a small but positive effect in favor of the group using the collabrified text editor, with an interesting condition: The low SES students benefited more from working collaboratively than did the high SES students. VERY suggestive, indeed!

Distance Learning is Revolutionizing Education, but There Is More To Be Done

Distance learning can only continue to revolutionize education in the United States if we can continue to innovate and invest in new technologies and services without unnecessary regulatory burdens.

Getting Funded: 6 Grant-Seeking Tips

Whether your district is experienced in securing grant funding or is new to the grant application process, here are six tips that can boost your chances of grant-seeking success.

Personalized Learning: Is It?

“Personalized learning” is rapidly gaining popularity in the United States. In our blog we cast a critical eye on this specific use of technology in education. Cutting to the chase — and answering the question in the blog’s title — no.

How to Botch a Tech Rollout

A report on LAUSD’s launch of a new student information system offers essential lessons in what not to do.

Ivory Tower University Researchers: Making Valuable Contributions to Classroom Practice

In this second installment of our “Learnings from Singapore” blog post mini-series, we focus on the critically important role that “Ivory Tower” university researchers can play in improving classroom practice.

Being Mobile: The Holy Grail of Educational Technology Is Within Sight

In this week’s blog, we reflect on our 2010 prediction: By 2015 "every student in every grade in every school in the U.S. will be a using a mobile computing device, 24/7." Oops. We revise that prediction slightly and add in predictions about the Trinity of Educational Technology: hardware, software, and network.

Gaming in the Post-Information School

With all the facts in the world constantly at their fingertips, today’s students need skills that they can learn best from … games?

Learnings from Singapore: Test Performance Is Not the Only Goal

In this dialogue, which is the second part of their "Learnings From Singapore" series, Cathie Norris and Elliot Soloway discuss how mobile learning supports inquiry pedagogy, and how test scores are not necessarily a reflection of learning.