There Are No Silver Bullets in Ed Tech

Over the past 20 years, boosters of several new technologies have promised to “revolutionize education.” In this week’s post, we review the various predictions about laptops, interactive whiteboards, iPads and Chromebooks. Ah, techies and their penchant for hyperbole....

Is There an Uncrossable Chasm Between Research and the Classroom?

There has always been a chasm between what educational researchers do in their labs and what educational practitioners do in their classrooms. There is no well-defined path for taking an idea from research and putting it into practice. In this week’s post, we discuss the different paths across the chasm that Logo (the programming language) and the graphing calculator took.

The Single Biggest Roadblock to Innovation in America: Student Loan Debt

While educational start-ups are securing record amounts of investment, the percentage of computer science majors going into start-ups of any kind is actually quite small. In this week’s blog post, we argue that fixing the student loan problem would unleash innovation that would boggle the imagination.

A Fundamental Flaw in Competency Learning

The “competency learning" movement is gaining serious momentum. But, drawing on decades of research in the psychology of learning, we will argue in this week’s blog post that competency learning appears to be based on a fundamentally flawed model of how learning takes place and how learning needs to be assessed.

Teaching Beyond Our Fears and Finding Balance Within

In this commentary, an instructional technologist compares teacher's fear of allowing students to use mobile devices in class with a parent's fear of giving teenagers the keys to a car.

K-12 Needs Social Learning!

“Social” as an adjective — as in social gaming, social media and social networks — is everywhere these days, and for good reason! We constantly engage in social learning: learning from and with each other. So is K-12’s current love affair with “personalized learning” a mistake? Hmmm.

Help Wanted: Write Curriculum to Support Collaborative Learning Using Technology

If collabrified apps are truly going to make a difference in the classroom, then teachers need curriculum that shows them how to use such technology. This week’s post is an open invitation to join our team of writers in creating a new generation of curriculum that explicitly leverages collaboration technology.

A Brief Critique of Mastery/Competency Learning

The mastery/competency learning movement is picking up massive amounts of momentum in K-12, but its reliance on an old method of instruction will, in the end, not result in creating students who can solve “uncharted problems” and learn how to learn.

Ed Tech Must Embrace Stronger Student Privacy Laws

Our legal expert explains why districts (and vendors) would benefit from more robust protection of educational data.

A Hot New, Free Resource From the Feds: A Guide for Educational Software Developers

The U.S. Department of Educational Technology has just published an excellent resource for educational software developers. In our review of the guide, we point out that it makes the case that the Rubicon has finally been crossed: Technology is making (and will continue to make) a profound impact on K-12 education.