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Opinion


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.

How to Know What Students Think: Surveys and Conversations

Students have definite opinions about what they want from education and from technology in education. In this week's blog post we review two recent surveys of students and discuss their "requests" to include more mobile technology and more coding instruction in their lessons.

Blending Face-to-Face and Flipping

Michael F. Ruffini, a professor of educational technology at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, provides an explanation of the flipped classroom and its alternative, which offers the best of the flipped class and traditional face-to-face instruction, the face/flip.

Pictures of Blended Learning: This is Progress?

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. Okay, instead of writing a diatribe on blended learning, in this week’s blog we will let four pictures from blended learning classrooms "speak for themselves."

In K-12, iPads Are a Detour

While sales to the general public of 10 inch-screened tablets (e.g., iPads) are dropping quickly, K-12 schools will continue to buy them. The challenge, then, is how to use these devices to support inquiry – 24/7, all-the-time, everywhere learning?

A Parent's Simple Questions about Educational Technology: Let's Provide the Answers!

A parent whose children's school is using computing technology sent us a letter asking some ostensibly simple questions about the value of educational technology. But, while providing answers to those questions is actually not simple, we must, as a community, work to provide clear, readily accessible answers.

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