Opinion


The 3 Educational Benefits for Students Collaborating Synchronously

In this post we first describe, based on research, what a productive (synchronous) collaborative interaction is, and then we identify the three benefits to the students from engaging in a productive collaborative interaction.

A Laptop in Every Backpack

Connectivity is an absolute necessity, but it isn’t enough. The Internet is merely a river of information. In order to drink from it, each student needs his or her own cup.

Why Has Technology Failed To Substantially Improve Student Achievement?

Using the “productivity paradox” from the business world, we can understand why student achievement has not benefitted from technology use.

The 11 Barriers to Technology Adoption

Based on more than 30 years of working with schools in the U.S. and our recent 7 years working with schools in Singapore, we have come up with a list of 11 barriers that need to be addressed if technology is going to have an impact beyond the isolated classroom.

10 Things Students Should Know About Tech by Fifth Grade

An instructional technologist wrote the following list for parents at her school to tell them what their kids need to know to be ready for upper school.

Do Low-Achievers Benefit More from Technology?

In this week’s blog post, we continue with our “Learnings from Singapore, Implications for Us” theme and describe some empirical data that provocatively support the conjecture that technology can, in fact, give a leg up to children who have trouble learning.

A Checklist for Doing Classroom-Based Ed Tech Research (Part 1)

This week’s blog post provides educators and researchers with information on how to set up classroom-based educational technology research. It’s not for the faint of heart, but progress won’t happen without it!

Designing a Blended Learning Program

Simply implementing blended learning or following the "best practices" in doing so will not guarantee great results for students. Authors Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker explain how educators can capture the promise of blended learning while avoiding the pitfalls.

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!

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