Technology in the Classroom
Education stakeholders highlight an international perspective on ed-tech integration
During the Consortium for School Networking’s (CoSN) 2013 senior-level delegation visit to Portugal, ed-tech advocates explored the country’s successful technology initiative and identified key takeaways for U.S. education leaders policymakers.
Portugal’s initiative grew out of economic decline, poor student performance on international tests, and sparse home internet access. In response, the government launched the National Technology Plan for Education, with an overall goal of creating a “knowledge-based society” and using technology and internet access to make the country’s education system not just current, but top-notch.
(Next page: The ed-tech program’s impact)
Seat belts everyone! Time for an educational field trip on The Magic School Bus back to the 1990s, Mashable reports. The clunky technology of the ’90s paved the way for innovations in today’s classrooms, and growing up in that time period was an adventure. Children today would scratch their heads at a floppy disk. And who would know what to do with Microsoft Encarta when a quick Google search is so much easier? New gadgets, trends and advancing technology have provided the education system with fancier tools, but we look back fondly at the learning resources of our past. So buckle up and pack your Trapper Keeper, because it’s time to ford the river down memory lane…
The latest 3D printing technology calls to mind real-world applications of fictional, futuristic technology
3D printers have garnered attention in education as of late, due to their ability to generate unique objects and their capacity to engage students and drum up interest in STEM subjects such as engineering.
In fact, 3D printers help students make real-world connections between their classroom learning and careers and technological applications.
As the technology advances, many think it is approaching “Star Trek status,” as they liken 3D printing to the original series’ replicator technology.
(Next page: How is 3D printing moving us closer to Star Trek?)
Technology presents cheating challenges and opportunities
Snapchat—snap a photo with a smartphone and the image disappears 10 seconds after the receiver opens it. Great for selfies, but also for sending answers on a test. The evidence of cheating, though not the effects, is gone within 10 seconds.
Can teachers keep pace with the inventiveness, the sheer creativity of cheaters, often using the latest tech gadgets they use for accessing their electronic textbooks?
Like doctors who want to heal, educators choose teaching because they love to learn and want to share that passion with anybody, especially the young.
For teachers, it is emotionally and intellectually exhausting to chase cheaters who obstruct the learning process, who play a game of accumulating points for non-learning. Grading a research paper can become a legal interpretation of what plagiarism is, placing burden of proof on the teacher, providing due process for the student, and complying with the school policy on cheating. Helicopter parents are known to bring lawyers to conferences about a student accused of plagiarizing. The real tragedy: students lose the opportunity to learn.
(Next page: Steps to avoid cheating)
Mayra Lara has been laid off three times and bounced among high schools during her seven-year teaching career in the Los Angeles school district, the Wall Street Journal reports. Concerned about once again losing her job, she moved in with a friend and hunted for work outside of teaching two years ago. “I was so worried about long-term job security I started to think about leaving the profession I desperately love,” she recalled. But Ms. Lara stuck it out and now is part of what some call a new generation of teachers. She began her career in 2007 along with about 200,000 others—one of the largest groups of beginners to join public schools in a single year…