Humanizing technology

Learning With Lucie

Amongst several comments, one particularly struck a chord with me - "Yes, I see that you are humanizing technology". I'm not sure I would have picked those words to describe what I do - and not sure its my mission, but I do see this theme in the types of technology I'm attracted to and how I create and make with technology in ways that does 'humanize technology." Remember that this was in 2003, several years before iPads and other tablet computing had been invented).

U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: Historical Notes on the Federal Role

Doug Levin

Riley wrote the heads of each of the nation’s state departments of education to formally invite them to apply to the federal government to receive newly appropriated federal funds under the Improving America’s Schools Act of 1994 to “help every child in every school utilize technology to achieve high standards by the dawn of the 21st century.” Department of Education’s national educational technology plans.). Technology Literacy Challenge Fund.

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Using Google Tools to Personalize Learning #GoogleEduOnAir

Learning With Lucie

I also learned preparing for my own session - Personalized Learning With Google Tools. Thank you, Erica Zimmer (@NerdyMaestra) and Craig Lyndes for your help with this session) Preparing for this session, gave me a chance to reflect back over the past 20 years - starting with the year 1996 - the year technology tools allowed us to personalize learning like never before.

Students Today Are Learning All The Time. Can Schools Keep Up?


Sixth graders, from our data analysis, really are the epitome of the student learner today [as far as] leveraging the experiences that they have with technology. We’ve been doing this polling since 2003, so we've got quite an arc in terms of seeing the changes that have happened.

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Chief Privacy Officers: A Small But Growing Fleet in Higher Education


When Kathleen Sutherland took the helm as Chief Privacy Officer for the University of Colorado in 2003, there weren’t very many people in higher ed she could turn to for guidance and advice. Brian Kelly, director of the cybersecurity program at Educause, a higher education and technology nonprofit, says the trend has followed other business sectors, and that higher ed has seen an uptick in the number of CPOs over the last two years in particular.

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Computer literacy: The invisible skills gap?


As the digital dawn, dawned, and the internet ballooned (or blossomed depending on your point of view), great strides were made in the development, understanding and application of education technology and technology education. By 1993, $40 billion dollars had been invested in school IT infrastructure and pedagogues and bureaucrats scrambled to maintain a definition of computer literacy that mirrored the rapid changes in information technology.

Game-Based Learning Gains Steam in Higher Education: Triseum Raises $1.43 Million to Transform Educational Experiences for Students

EdNews Daily

We are very proud to have laid a foundation and company culture built on rigorous curriculum, and innovative, bleeding-edge digital technology,” said André Thomas, CEO of Triseum recently profiled in The Huffington Post (with Robyn Shulman (me). Education, as an industry, is better served when academic rigor presents itself through experiences and technologies students naturally gravitate to.” . Video games are inherently a learning tool.

The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

” I mean, yes, I’m totally making up the framing of the “trends” angle here (in the hopes, I confess, to defanging all those ridiculous clickbait articles that just list a bunch of shiny new consumer technology products and predict that they’re poised to “revolutionize school”). The business of education technology overlaps with the politics of ed-tech. There is No Technology Industry (There is Only Ideology). Technology is a system.

Who Should Bear the Cost of Data Interoperability in K-12 Education?


And it’s scenarios like this that put pressure on edtech companies to make their tools more interoperable. Its tools aim to provide educators with insights into two core questions: What does the student know now and what does the student need to do next? It connects with curriculum and assessment tools to gather evidence of learning. In many cases,” he explains, “we still use our own internal tools for interoperability.”

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What Can Traditional Higher Ed Learn From Hamburger U?


That issue came up when EdSurge sat down with Donna Kidwell, who is the chief technology officer of Arizona State University’s EdPlus, which coordinates much of the online education done by the university. Kidwell: Back in 2003, real estate was a crazy market. Donna Kidwell, chief technology officer of Arizona State University’s EdPlus In fact, when I first started working for him, I was saying something about not having been in real estate and being new to it.

“When technology becomes the ‘air and water’ we need in innovative instruction, and learning exists in a seamless and transparent way, then we know we’ve done well for our students. – Dr. Melanie Wiscount, USA

Daily Edventures

Since 2003, I have enthusiastically immersed my instruction and students into technology,” she says. “It It is exciting how every year there are new tools, technologies, and trends which keep my instruction and my students’ learning and assessments in constant renewal.”. Why do you feel passionate about innovation and technology in the classroom? Computer Science Educator, Educational Technology Professional Development Designer/ Trainer.

To Build Voice Recognition for Early Literacy, Soapbox Labs Gives Kids a Voice


In 2003, a team of Harvard University researchers concluded a survey and mapped out the idiosyncrasies in the pronunciation of common English words across the globe. She is an engineer who holds a doctorate in speech-recognition technology, and has spent the past two decades researching this field at Columbia University, IBM and Bell Laboratories. She noticed another problem: Many of the apps used speech recognition technologies that were trained with adult data samples.

New Markets Venture Partner’s Latest Edtech Fund Closes at $68 Million


When New Markets Venture Partners first began fundraising for its second education technology investment fund, Barack Obama was in office, Brexit for up for debate and iPhones still had headphone jacks. The partnership also helps surface new tools and services. To date, New Markets has invested nearly $30 million across 23 education technology companies since its founding in 2003. Education Technology Investors Edtech Business

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New Markets Venture Partners Adds $30 Million, Former Gates Foundation Executive to Edtech Fund


The four focus areas include career credentialing, digital and adaptive learning platforms, STEM and computer science instructional tools and data analytic services for schools. From this second fund New Markets has already made several investments: Practice (formerly ApprenNet), a mobile video-based learning tool; Credly , a digital credentialing platform; and Noodle Partners. Education Technology Movers and Shakers Community

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Indistar: Taking the Creativity Out of School Improvement Through Standardization and Imposed Conformity

The 21st Century Principal

It was Fenwick English (2003), educational leader and scholar, who once said, "To reduce such claims (of effective schools) or "school improvement models" based on de-contextualized behaviors [emphasis mine] on a 'research base' which itself has been standardized in 'right truth-seeking methods,' is to resort to hegemonic practices which can only be supported via political enforcement [again, italics mine]. This is truly a great tool to "manage from a distance!" 2003).

How to Transform Teaching with Tablets – From Tom Daccord & Justin Reich


Getting computing devices into schools is relatively easy; changing classroom practice with technology is really, really hard. Over the past century, radio, television, video cassette recorders, desktop computers, laptop computers, handheld devices, tablets, and cell phones have all been heralded as potentially transformative classroom tools (Cuban, 1986, 2003). Our sense is that the patterns that have unfolded in previous generations of technology adoption are unfolding now.

How can teachers use VR in the classroom?


These days, using multimedia tools is a foregone conclusion for the well-resourced teacher; technology is enabling greater interactivity and engagement between students as well as with the information they are required to learn. Teachers have a plethora of options when it comes to using technology in their lessons. One such technology — older than most — is Virtual Reality (VR).

Can You Be a ‘Good Teacher’ Inside a Failing School?


Photo Credit: Jenny Abamu Despite a relatively new building, constructed in 2003 as part of a former superintendent’s turnaround project, Fisher has suffered from consistent low performance—falling far below state standards on exams and adjusted growth targets designed specifically for the school. Photo Credit: Jenny Abamu Technology has a role to play in Brownlee’s effort as well. To meet students where they are, Brownlee has a couple of go-to tools.

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What’s the Link Between a School’s Budget and Efficacy? Stanford University Challenges Prevailing Beliefs


At Waterford, our primary goal is to provide every student with the tools they need to succeed in school. For low SES homes, we provide technology and Internet access for the duration of the program. If you’re interested in supporting our mission to provide literacy tools for all students, consider sponsoring a child in the Waterford UPSTART program. Journal of Literacy Research, December 2003, 35(4), pp.

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Rethink Education, Southern New Hampshire University Launch $15M Edtech Seed Fund


Under LeBlanc, who joined SNHU in 2003, the university has established a reputation for experimenting with new educational services and tools. Still, he believes the seed fund will offer an opportunity “to get an early insight into entrepreneurs and helping them guide their technologies.” Education Technology Investors Edtech BusinessMost universities take a conservative approach with their endowment funds.

3 ways Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers) paved the way for edtech

eSchool News

Using New Technology to Improve Education. Many parents were worried about exposing their children to the emerging new technology, and definitely did not view it as an educational tool. He saw the potential for digital media and new technologies to offer real value to early education and wanted to create a positive and uplifting alternative for young viewers.

What hotels and higher education have in common

The Christensen Institute

But with the rise of online technology, the nature of competition is shifting: disruptive innovations now pose a viable threat to traditional higher education institutions. But those low-end competitors lacked a technological enabler to allow them to go upmarket. AirBnB’s platform is a technological enabler that has allowed it to go upmarket and compete disruptively against major hotel chains. The technological enabler is in place; higher education is ripe for disruption.

Classroom prizes and grants available!

Educational Technology Guy

For Immediate Release: December 8, 2014 Contact: Amber Taylor, 703-201-4893 , amber@ Speak Up America Week Highlights Chance to Share Views on Technology and Learning Preliminary Data on 2014 Findings Released Every Day This Week; Prizes and Grants Available for Schools, Districts and Participants during Speak Up America Week, Dec. One of last year’s winners reported back, “I have been participating in the Speak Up survey ever since it started [in 2003].

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Education Technology and the Business of Student Debt

Hack Education

This is part three of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” As an education technology writer, I’m often chastised for considering student loan companies as part of my analysis. What counts as ed-tech are only “ technology companies whose primary purpose is to improve learning outcomes for all learners, regardless of age ,” one ed-tech publication has argued.

PBS to Present “Spotlight Education,” A Special Week of Programming Featuring Reports About America’s Students and New Models of Learning, September 12-17

EdNews Daily

The “Teach Boldly” teacher support initiative will include a series of virtual and community training events and the launch of the new PBS Teachers’ Lounge, a creative digital space where teachers can share ideas, learn from peers, find daily inspiration and access the tools and resources they need to enhance their work in the classroom. advocate Blog diversity Education News Fashion Higher Education K-12 Education Teacher Tips Technology

How to take online mentoring to the bright side

The Christensen Institute

But our research into technology tools designed to connect students to online mentors tells a different story. Using technology, online mentoring programs can allow students who otherwise might never meet an engineer or lawyer to connect with working professionals. Founded in 2003, Brightside is one of the largest online mentoring models, working with 10,000 young people across the UK every year.

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Smartphone Learning

IT Bill

For the past several years the Horizon Report has listed mobile learning, in one form or another, as an emerging educational technology (e.g. According to the ECAR 2016 Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology , 96% of undergraduate students now own a smartphone.

Use Design Thinking to Develop Critical Skills for a Global Economy


During the first case study, I struggled to find a note taking strategy and furiously scribbled down ways that digital tools would have improved the learning experience. In my determination to inject technology into the environment, I did not recognize that my own cognitive biases were limiting my ability to really see and experience the learning. 2003). The skill content of recent technological change: An empirical exploration.

A Paradigm Shift

A Principal's Reflections

The world continues to change as a result of technological advances. It all began around 2003 when the smartphone wars started with Blackberry, but was quickly taken over by the Apple iPhone in 2007. Make no mistake about it; technology is shaping the world in ways that we could never have imagined. It is important to sift through the fluffy ideas that abound as well as the allure of the tools and begin to integrate technology with purpose when appropriate.

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The Asian Money Fueling US Edtech Investments


Increasingly, Asian companies are also investing abroad to find fresh ideas and tools to bring to their local markets. Investors, particularly in China, are looking across the Pacific to check out innovative tools and models that they haven’t explored or implemented back home,” observes Victor Hu, Global Head of Education Technology and Services at Goldman Sachs’ investment banking division. Education Technology Investors Edtech Business

True pedagogy

Learning with 'e's

Pedagogy is about ensuring that students are motivated to succeed in their learning, and it is about providing them with the best possible tools, resources and contexts in which this can be realised. Students already carry the tools to be able to do this. Banning these tools from the classroom has a similar effect to removing an artist's paint and brushes. 2003) 'One size does not fit all': The pedagogy of online delivery of VET in Australia.

A Commitment to Confronting Our Bias and Privileges


Avenue Q parodied this concept with the song “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist” back in 2003. Like many education technology companies in the Silicon Valley, our demographic makeup does not reflect the education system that we report on. Among the questions we have to ask ourselves: When it comes to our stories, are we asking about the inequities in how edtech tools get used? Education Technology Diversity and Equity Community

The future of intelligence

Learning with 'e's

This is the third in a series of blog posts on the future of learning and technology. In my previous blog post I examined the debate about whether we are becoming more intelligent or less intelligent as a result of our prolonged and habituated uses of technology. Many commentators express concern about the negative impact technology may have on our ability to think critically, construct knowledge and read/research more deeply.

EdSurge Article Recommends Edtech Efficacy Portfolios - Here's Ours

MIND Research Institute

Fuster, 2004; Schneider & Chein, 2003), schemas and heuristics (e.g., In a variety of ways, we continuously assess the usability and effectiveness of the ST Math program, and we provide educators, administrators and students with the tools to do so as well. One example—in March 2018, the independent research firm WestEd published its study on ST Math that was the largest of its kind to evaluate an education technology math program across state assessments. 2003).

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Rethinking How Scholarship Works at MLA17


While technologies have dramatically changed since the founding of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy , the standards of rhetoricity, accessibility, usability, and sustainability have remained remarkably stable. Micki Kaufman, “Quantifying Kissinger” investigates the use of new tools in archival work and their impact on transforming how we understand the history surrounding controversial Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.