As schools across the country are demonstrating, makerspaces aren't just about technology. They're about giving outlet to students' creativity. Spaces can be as elaborate as sophisticated machine shops or as simple as libraries converted to support hands-on learning.
- By John K. Waters
A recent report by the National Association of State Boards of Education finds that states and policymakers need to address privacy protections for school surveillance and its potentially negative, inequitable effects.
One of the best funded, most technology-infused private school systems in the country will shortly begin expanding use of its digital platform in additional private schools to test its educational approach within three different pedagogical approaches.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
The mobile app that allows access to the open source learning platform has launched a new version, 3.1.3, that makes it easier to use in areas with little or no web access.
It wasn't enough that yakkers had to add personal handles and profiles starting last August. That made their posts less about saying whatever was on their mind in complete anonymity and more about finding and connecting with others in their current geographic locations. Now users of mobile app Yik Yak face the ignominy of being truly discoverable.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
A new survey reveals that an overwhelming majority of parents (92 percent) say they need a roadmap to help navigate tech usage on a day-to-day basis. The survey, released by kids’ cable TV network Sprout, also finds that there’s a common feeling of “tech shaming” among parents, with 59 percent saying they feel judged by other parents over their kids’ screen time.
Motivis Learning, a New Hampshire-based ed tech company, is launching a new learning relationship management (LRM) system, which is a next generation, cloud-based software platform for educational institutions.
Global sales of 3D printers will more than double from last year to 2016, growing 108 percent from 219,168 shipments to 455,772, according to a new report from Gartner.
IBM is launching its first education app for iPads. IBM Watson Element for Educators is designed to enable a new level of engagement for teachers by providing a more comprehensive view of each student, including data on interests, accomplishments, academic performance, attendance, behaviors and learning activities.
A new national survey of technology use by children under 6 indicates that 85 percent of parents allow their young children to use technology in the home. More than three quarters of parents surveyed said they use tech along with their children on a daily basis for up to two hours, with television, tablets, smartphones and computers the most frequently used.