Technology and the Classroom—The Users’ Perspective


New research from NewBay’s AV Technology and Tech & Learning magazines—from a poll of more than 200 users of educational technology in K–12 and higher education—shows how technology leads to increased engagement and more use of online resources, thereby improving educational outcomes.

How Artificial Intelligence Supports Safer Learning


K–12 educators and administrators are tasked with building safe and effective digital learning environments, and this responsibility includes shielding students from inappropriate content online. Click here to download the full white paper.

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Tech Solving the Intolerable Motionlessness of Reading

EdNews Daily

They lie on paper in black and white, unmoving. Still, we expect students to be able to read the boring stuff because some of it has concepts that must be learned in school or professional life. Can new digital curriculum change that? By LeiLani Cauthen.

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Complement and ‘commoditize’ teachers, but don’t substitute for them with tech

The Christensen Institute

In education, the question of whether technology will replace teachers was a common meme to fight the emergence of digital learning but has increasingly faded away as a serious threat. This may mean eliminating “classrooms” as we have known them and creating new learning environments in which students interact with lots of adults in multi-faceted ways.

Charter schools innovate to tackle teacher preparation

The Christensen Institute

These challenges are only likely to grow in the years ahead as the teaching practice changes monumentally with the rise of blended learning. As blended learning grows and teachers’ roles shift, more schools may have to follow the lead of these CMOs to varying degrees in the immediate future. The United States faces significant, well-publicized challenges in effectively training teachers and, once in the field, supporting them with relevant, useful professional development.

Competency-based legal education

The Christensen Institute

As Michael Horn and I explain in our new white paper, “ Disrupting law school ,” regulatory protections that have sheltered law schools from competition will continue to subside. In this new environment, law schools need to reimagine themselves as educators for students interested in learning about the legal services sector, not simply those seeking a JD. Online, competency-based learning reverses the traditional relationship in education between time and student learning.

Law schools gone innovating

The Christensen Institute

In the aftermath of publishing “ Disrupting law school: How disruptive innovation will revolutionize the legal world ,” a white paper that Michele Pistone, a professor at Villanova’s law school, and I wrote about the existential threat facing non-elite legal education, I embarked on a listening tour and spoke with a handful of law school deans from around the country. All confirmed the bleak picture portrayed in the paper. Non-elite law schools are in crisis.

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Can law schools disrupt themselves?

The Christensen Institute

As my co-author, Michael Horn, and I explain in our new white paper, “ Disrupting law school ,” law schools should begin now to set themselves up as the disruptor. In fact, the chief digital officer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art considers its biggest competition to be Netflix and Candy Crush, not the MoMA or the Guggenheim. A variety of potential disruptors, all powered at least in part through some form of online learning, are also emerging in higher education.

The upward march

The Christensen Institute

In their new white paper , Michele R. Although there is certainly nothing wrong with having a high-achieving incoming class, significant financial resources, and the respect of your peer institutions, competing on these factors distracts institutions from two important outcomes: the learning that takes place at their institution and the jobs their graduates can secure. The result is that students learn more, at a lower cost.

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Reinventing research

The Christensen Institute

In our latest white paper for the Clayton Christensen Institute titled A blueprint for breakthroughs: Federally funded education research in 2016 and beyond , my coauthor Julia Freeland Fisher and I lay out a new path forward for educational research. Department of Education-funded RAND RCT study of Carnegie Learning’s Cognitive Tutor Algebra I (CTAI) product found that CTAI boosted the average student’s performance by approximately eight percentile points.

New data supports disruption in law schools

The Christensen Institute

This supports Michele Pistone and Michael Horn’s recent white paper describing the disruption of the legal services market and the subsequent looming disruption facing legal education. Moving to competency-based programs could speed the time to degree and would allow students to take control of their own learning. One major objection to online learning is the fear that it will ruin a school’s sprit de corps and decrease student engagement.

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Engrade users can access Knovation’s digital content

eSchool News

Collaboration aims to create a more open, collaborative digital learning environment for K-12 students and educators. We’re excited to partner with Knovation to support a more open, collaborative and easy-to-use learning environment. Digital Learning and Tools News

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Making an environment where teachers can create bespoke lessons

The Hechinger Report

. In their transition to using more personalized learning, the Bristol-Warren Regional School District in Rhode Island made professional development a priority. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter. “We Read more about Blended Learning.

Building a blended-learning leadership pipeline

The Christensen Institute

By definition, blended learning incorporates the human touch. In an effective blended-learning environment, students benefit not only from the flexibility and individualization that educational software can offer, but also from new and varied interactions with adults in the classroom. As with most instructional reforms, there’s a relatively high degree of consensus that we need to focus on effectively training teachers to run high quality blended-learning classrooms.

How to Build an Online Learning Program Students Crave and Employers Want


all students—not just digital natives—expect learning resources to be rich with animation or digital learning objects that make learning more realistic and relevant. What’s made the work possible, Schneider says, is a special combination of online learning tools that is helping NAIT educate students so they are prepared for the complexities and responsibilities of real world situations from the day they graduate. Download this white paper ?

5 Stories of Superintendent Leadership from AASA and Discovery Education

Discovery Education

With this in mind, we developed a five-part content series that demonstrates best practices for superintendents undergoing digital transitions. Student Learning. For more information or to find out how to participate in the Digital Consortium, visit the AASA website.

Using Video and Audio to Share Our Scholarship


[ This is a guest post by George Veletsianos, Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology and an associate professor at Royal Roads University , where he teaches in the MA in Learning and Technology program , and researches networked scholarship and digital learning.

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What 7 Factors Should Educators Consider When Choosing Digital Tools for Underserved Students?


In the report published last week by the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education , Professor Linda Darling-Hammond and I summarized research findings about the conditions and practices that support positive outcomes of technology use and digital learning experiences for underserved, under-resourced, and underprepared students. This is needed to prevent user issues when implementing digital learning. The specific features of the digital resource being used.

My Game Changers from FETC

Tech Helpful

Being surrounded by great educational minds and both growing relationships and learning is one of my favorite things to do. As I think about what I've learned to bring back to Chattanooga, Tennessee I'm feeling passionate about these things specifically: 1.

Discovery Education’s Top 9 Ideas of 2016

Discovery Education

We’ve reviewed some of our best articles, white papers and case studies posted to the Discovery Education Blog this year to bring you a sampling of some of the most powerful education leadership ideas we read. Read on to learn more about Discovery Education’s 9 key lessons of 2016: 1. Superintendents: Relentlessly Communicate Your Digital Vision. Read more: 10 Reasons Superintendents Are Taking the Digital Leap ).

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

This post is the first of a short series meant to highlight the great work of many nonprofit organizations that are working diligently to support students’ learning on a daily basis. Creators of Blended Learning Universe (, the organization provides a directory of innovative schools and a myriad of models and case studies to support district transformation. Organization: International Association of K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL).

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#SmartSeries Refresh | Data Backpacks: Portable Records & Learner Profiles


A lot has happened in the world of digital learning since ExcelinEd’s Digital Learning Now initiative and Getting Smart released the first Smart Series paper in August 2012. Download the full paper.

Not Another Dashboard: K-12 Interoperability Efforts Aim to Inform (Not Just Report)


Yet as teachers and students interact with a growing collection of digital tools and services, making data systems “talk” to each other has become a priority. As today’s education technology tools are used more frequently to drive instruction, expectations have grown for how data can support teaching and learning. Solving the rostering problem just scratches the surface of how interoperable data can support learning, said Wheeler. “If


techlearning ) Alma Technologies has announced it is allowing any SQL-based business intelligence tool, such as Tableau and Jaspersoft, to access data from its modern, student information system and learning management system. Software & Online ALMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

The 2019 Global Education Conference - Full List of 130 Sessions and 10 Keynotes!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

MCP Instructional Learning Experience Designer and Mindfulness Educator Global Information Literacy Panel , Steve Hargadon, Co-Chair, Global Education Conference Global Outlook - STEAM up the STEM skills for Global Collaboration , Kavita Sanghvi, Principal, C.N.M.

Final Speakers List + Registration for October 6th "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

What can we learn from library innovators and innovators from other sectors and industries that will help us shape the future we want and that our communities aspire towards?