Expert Perspectives


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.

Bill Gates Said a Stupid Thing About Learning

Bill Gates commented that "constructionism," a theory of how people learn, is "bull***t." While he may well be the richest man in the world, that was a stupid thing to say — and it is a dangerous thing to say. Read on to find out why it was stupid and is dangerous.

Why My Six-Year-Olds Blog (And Why Your Students Should, Too)

In a digital world, learners of every age should be taking their first steps toward establishing an online presence. One author shares the compelling reasons why.

Obama's ConnectED: Way to Go!

On June 6, 2013 President Obama instructed the FCC to modernize the E-rate program. On July 19, the FCC voted to modernize the E-rate Program. Holy Cow! What speed?!

What Does 'CCSS Aligned' Even Mean?

Schools need more than a checklist approach to the new standards.

ConnectED, Take 2: A Lesson in How Politics Works in Washington, DC

In our last blog posting we praised Obama for his vision and leadership in establishing the ConnectED program -- and we excoriated him for not providing new funding to ensure the enactment of the ConnectED program. Ooops! Read on and learn how politics works in Washington -- and how Obama plans, in fact, to add new funding to the ConnectED program!

ConnectED: Great Idea, Lousy Implementation

The Whitehouse announced the ConnectED initiative June 6 with the goal of connecting 99 percent of America's schools in five years and providing teacher training. But, no new money was allocated to realize those lofty goals. Who is the Whitehouse trying to fool?

Is a Laptop a Mobile Computer? And Why Is That Even an Important Question?

Learning is all-the-time, everywhere. Mobile computing devices – and only the mobile ones – can support 24/7, everyplace learning. So, how do you decide what is a mobile computing device? Read on for our mobility litmus test

Hats off To Kyle! Education Needs More Like Him

Kyle Menchhofer kicked mobile learning off in rural, blue-collar, St. Marys, OH in 2007. But, in May, 2013, St. Marys voted down the school bond, and the visionary, pioneering program that Kyle created ended. Well, a chapter ended. Check out what Kyle did in 2007 to bring mobile learning to 160 students.

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