Technology in the Classroom

Alloy Releases Navigator Enterprise 7

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:36
Alloy Software has released the latest version of its service desk and IT asset management solution for medium and large organizations, Alloy Navigator Enterprise 7.

For Mobile Users, Positive Safety Messages More Effective Than Security Warnings

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:27
Ratings of the security risks associated with smartphone apps affect users' decisions whether to install those apps, but information about the safety of an app is more effective than information about its risks, according to researchers from Purdue University.

Remote-Learner Launches Fully Supported Moodle Service on Microsoft Azure

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:11
Remote-Learner, a Moodle partner that provides Moodle services and support, has released a fully supported, Microsoft Azure-certified Moodle service through the Azure Marketplace.

The 3 Most Common Practices in School Turnaround Efforts

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:26
These three approaches are tried out by more than 96 percent of schools that have received federal School Improvement Grants (SIGs), according to a research project that is specifically studying the improvement practices adopted by low-performing schools.

Today’s 5 biggest ed-tech conversations

eSchool News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 02:00

Trends point to a handful of major ed-tech focus areas that grab educators’ attention

A few years ago the education world found itself entranced by the iPad, a powerful tablet that promised to revolutionize one-to-one programs and revitalize teacher engagement with technology in the wake of sweeping mobile device adoptions. For years, the iPad seemed to dominate educators’ discussions. Now, that storm seems to have passed, as educators and ed-tech enthusiasts are broadening their horizons and looking to the future.

Last week, a group of educators from California and across the U.S. converged on a Napa Valley high school for the Fall CUE 2014 Conference, centered around a theme of next-generation learning.

Here are 5 takeaways from the sessions, tweets, and conversations that came up time and again during the conference, and which offer a revealing glimpse into the types of technology and interventions educators are turning to now.

(Next page: The five ed-tech conversations dominating educators’ conversations)

Comprehensive Math App Engages Kids With Space Games

Tech and Learning News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 21:00
Cheerful worksheets cover a range of skills and give constructive feedback.

Infinity of Nations

Tech and Learning News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 20:00
It will take an entire month to explore all the information in this incredible site from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

Policy Group Calls for More Timely, Meaningful School Data Reporting

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:03
Twelve years ago began a new era in reporting of school performance when the Elementary and Secondary Education Act was reauthorized as the No Child Left Behind Act....

Tinkerine Launches 3D Printer Education Pilot

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 18:58
Tinkerine, a manufacturer of 3D printers, has launched a pilot program for schools featuring lectures, workshops and special events focused on 3D printing.

Skype in the Classroom Makes STEM Push with

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 16:14
Skype in the Classroom has partnered with to connect students with tech professionals in an effort to encourage more kids to pursue careers in computer science.

3D Competition Challenges Students To Reconstruct Historic Buildings

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 14:58
Google, Hartford High School, the State of Vermont and the Preservation Trust of Vermont have come together to launch a unique 3D printing competition for high school students in the state. The competition, Vermont High School Town History in 3D, challenges students to use SketchUp to create models of historic Vermont buildings.

2 Schools Net $45,000 in Tech in Win a Wireless Lab Sweepstakes

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 13:19
Two Schools, North Miami Beach Senior High School and Irmo Middle School International Academic Magnet, have received $45,000 each in technology grants as the winners of the Win a Wireless Lab Sweepstakes.

Code School Unveils Free App for iOS

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:06
Code School, a company that provides learning resources for aspiring coders, has launched a free app for iOS devices.

Texas Instruments and NCTM Team Up to Create Common Core Math Activities

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:00
The new classroom lessons for middle grades through high school support the teaching practices outlined in NCTM's new publication, 'Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All,' which supports implementation of the Common Core State Standards for math and lays out eight essential teaching principles.

Insight Ed Adds Video Calibration, Professional Development Tools to Observation Platform

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:01
Insight Education has launched a pair of tools, AdvanceCalibrate and AdvanceLearn, to complement its recently released AdvanceFeedback teacher observation platform.

IBM Launches OpenStack Services

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 08:33
IBM has added OpenStack services to its IBM Cloud marketplace to support interoperability between on-premise IT systems and off-premise cloud workloads.

Division of School Improvement: Give and Read Multi-Step Directions

Tech and Learning News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 20:00
This lesson plan asks students to learn how to be clear and concise in giving instructions to complete a complex task.

Benchmark Ed Launches Free Read Aloud Professional Development for NY Teachers

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 17:24
Benchmark Education, a provider of literacy tools, is offering free professional development for more than 2,000 early childhood teachers in New York City.

New Kind of Fiber Delivers 255 Tbps Data Transfer Speeds

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 16:36
A team of researchers at universities in Florida and the Netherlands may have developed a new kind of optical fiber that can transmit data at more than 20 times current top speeds.

Mountain View High School Beefs up Wireless To Support 2,000 New Chromebooks

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 16:01
Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District has beefed up the wireless network at Mountain View High School to cope with a 560 percent increase in network usage following the deployment of more than 2,000 Chromebooks.