Technology in the Classroom

Remind Updates Classroom Communication App

T.H.E. Journal News - 8 hours 3 min ago
Remind has updated its free eponymous communication app to allow teachers to connect it with their mobile address book and students and parents to store all their messages in one location.

Learning Upgrade Offers New Common Core Math Course

T.H.E. Journal News - 8 hours 42 min ago
Learning Upgrade 8 uses videos and songs to help students in eighth grade master every Common Core math standard.

ScratchJr Takes Coding into K-2

T.H.E. Journal News - 11 hours 43 sec ago
Scratch has a new sibling. The MIT Media Lab-developed programming environment intended for children recently welcomed ScratchJr into the world of kids' coding tools.

myON Gives Students Special Access to New James Patterson Book

T.H.E. Journal News - 11 hours 42 min ago
The digital literacy platform will be releasing exclusive access to author and literacy advocate James Patterson's latest book to encourage student reading over the summer.

NetRef Offers Students Internet Security at School and at Home

T.H.E. Journal News - 14 hours 12 min ago
The Internet management tool was developed by a group of concerned parents who are also experienced technologists with a combined 40 years of experience designing end-to-end network security systems for large public- and private-sector organizations.

Kids Learn Programming Through Robotics Challenge App

Tech and Learning News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 20:00
Cargo-Bot is a simple concept that packs a challenging punch and teaches valuable programming skills.

Try Science: Save Your Skin

Tech and Learning News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 18:00
Doing this experiment might convince you that using sun protection is valuable.

Student-Teacher Lesson Sharing App Comes to Android, iPad

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 18:00
The collaboration app Drawp for School has arrived for Android. Previously, it had only been accessible via iPad.

Pearson Partners with Programmr on Web-based Coding Lessons

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 17:30
Pearson and coding startup Programmr are teaming up to put a new series of step-by-step programming lessons on Pearson’s cloud learning platform.

Practice And Strengthen Math Skills With Worksheets Game

Tech and Learning News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 17:00
Cheerful digital workbook reinforces range of math skills

New App Reverses 'Summer Melt' To Help Students Make it to College

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 16:31
College Bound, a St. Louis non-profit that aims to help high school students with "under-resourced" backgrounds get into college and earn a degree, is piloting a new mobile app designed to nudge students at key stages to persist in their college efforts.

Compass Learning, Renaissance Learning Partner on Personalized Instruction

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 15:58
Compass Learning and Renaissance Learning will integrate the latter's STAR reading and math data with the former's suite of products in an effort to make personalizing learning easier.

Atlanta Public Schools Staff Taking Safety Training Online

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 14:23
Atlanta Public Schools will be adding online school safety training to its professional development management system.

Protecting Student Privacy Act Sets Limits on Use of School Data

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 14:06
Legislation introduced today in the United States Senate would restrict the use of students' personal data for commercial purposes, limit the transfer of such data and require records to be kept of any entities that have access to students' information.

Common Sense Media CEO Comments on the Protecting Student Privacy Act

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 13:30
Jim Steyer released a statement that began, “Common Sense Media commends today’s bipartisan effort to update the primary federal education privacy law for the digital age. This legislative proposal is a step forward for fostering student privacy while permitting ed tech innovation.”

Edgenuity Unveils 10 New Online Courses

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 13:08
Edgenuity has launched 10 new online and blended classes for the 2014-2015 school year.

The top ways digital tools transform learning

eSchool News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 02:00

Annual survey highlights how students, teachers leverage digital tools to change education

Digital tools are often touted for their ability to have a transformative effect on teaching and learning, and an annual survey reveals just how deeply these tools continue to impact education.

Project Tomorrow CEO Julie Evans shared some of the latest Speak Up Survey data during an exclusive edWeb webinar. The annual survey focuses on digital tools, emerging technologies, professional development, digital citizenship, STEM, and administrators’ challenges.

“We have a strong belief that today’s students should be well-prepared for the future, and digital tools can help ensure that they are prepared,” Evans said.

When it comes to district administrators’ views on solutions that can most transform teaching and learning, their top motivating factors include enhancing teacher effectiveness (58 percent), integrating 21st century skills into curriculum (49 percent), and leveraging technology more effectively (46 percent).

(Next page: Digital learning for students and teachers)

Explore and Learn: George Washington Crossing the Delaware

Tech and Learning News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 18:00
The Metropolitan Museum of Art houses the famous Emanuel Leutze painting of George Washington Crossing the Delaware.

Millennial Parents: Schools Could Do Better Teaching Tech

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 17:57
Millennial parents aren't necessarily happy with the track schools are following in teaching technology to their kids — and among students, girls are less satisfied than boys. That's what the Center for the Digital Future found out when it drilled down into on-going survey work.

Report: As Tablet Market Grows, Smaller Vendors Make Inroads

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 14:33
The global tablet market grew 11 percent in the second quarter of 2014 as compared to the same period last year, according to a new report from market research company International Data Corporation.