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Smart Watches, Smart Phones, Smart Socks, Smart Bras: How about Smart Children?

From Smart Watches to Smart Margarine with Smart Bras in between, we are being inundated with smart objects. While the epithet “smart” may be overused, we argue that it is precisely this next generation of “smart” objects that will be the catalyst for the profound and fundamental change in education that we techies have been promising for the last 50+ years.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Please Share Your Mobile Instructional Tips!

One hand washes the other; time for us to help each other in using mobile devices effectively in the classroom. Teachers, please, send us a curricular tip on how you use mobile devices in your classroom. We will publish your tips in our blog; thank you!

Stop the Misinformed Opposition to Common Core

The opposition to Common Core is misinformed and dangerous.

Tech Fanboy Corner: What’s Trending? Computing Devices, Computing Device Usage

We step above the technology tsunami that is enveloping us and note the types of changes in devices and changes in usage patterns engendered by those device changes that are taking place. Your computer is not your father’s computer; no way, no how.

Two Heads Are Better Than One: Mobile Apps that Support Synchronous Collaboration

Everyone wants K-12 students to learn to collaborate. But where are the supports?! Well, finally, here are some free, easy to learn, easy to use, apps for iPads and Androids, that help students as they synchronously collaborate in creating concept maps, KWL charts, etc.

Mobile Devices Are K-12's Pearl Harbor

Truth is, up till now, technology in classrooms has been ignorable: Between limited access and flaky networks, the textbook publishers had no real incentive to produce technology-based curriculum. With the coming of mobile devices, however, technology in classrooms is no longer ignorable. The Big Disruption is imminent.

E-Rate Begins at Home

If we know anything at all about the impact of technology on learning, we know that students must be able to use it when they need it, as long as they need it.

Is the New York Times Sunday Magazine Really Anti-Teacher?

The cover of the Sept. 15 New York Times Sunday Magazine was hurtful to America’s teachers and in no way helpful to the cause of education. Why are America’s teachers treated so poorly, so scornfully? We must fix this situation!

7 Simple Tips for Getting Your IT Issues Solved Faster

It may surprise you to learn that IT really is listening. One pro shares how educators can build rapport with IT and get problems fixed faster.

Los Angeles' 640,000 iPad Purchase: Too Big To Fail

LAUSD just purchased 640,000 iPads to go 1-to-1 throughout the district. We, the educational technology community, need to rally round and provide LAUSD’s teachers with all manner of support. We must help LAUSD make their hugely visible iPad rollout a hugely major success.

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