Technology in the Classroom

Rice U, SXSWedu Open Rather Prize to Improve Texas Education

T.H.E. Journal News - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 19:30
Any Texas teacher, student or administrator can submit a proposal to improve the state's K–12 education system, and enter for a chance to win thousands of dollars and an all-expenses paid trip.

American Pediatricians Group Offers New Guidelines on Children's Media and Tech Use

T.H.E. Journal News - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 19:16
Since 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recommended that children under 2 years old should not be watching any kinds of screens — TV, tablets or smartphones. But the academy changed its mind and issued different guidelines Friday, stating that live video chatting with another adult, and with adult supervision, is fine. Also, for infants and toddlers age 15 months to 2 years, some small studies indicate that they can learn new words from touchscreen, educational media, as long as parents are watching alongside to help.

New York Selects Provider for CTLE Certification

T.H.E. Journal News - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 17:30
The New York State Education Department selected Teq to provide Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE), with 15 NY schools set to roll out the programs.

Interactive 3D Models Teach Biology, Geometry, and More

Tech and Learning News - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 01:10
Impressive, interactive 3D models augment classroom learning

Moodle Mobile App Adds Offline Functionality

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 19:09
The mobile app that allows access to the open source learning platform has launched a new version, 3.1.3, that makes it easier to use in areas with little or no web access.

Report: Student Surveillance Needs More Oversight

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 17:09
A recent report by the National Association of State Boards of Education finds that states and policymakers need to address privacy protections for school surveillance and its potentially negative, inequitable effects.

Yik Yak Is Not So Anonymous After All

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 16:26
It wasn't enough that yakkers had to add personal handles and profiles starting last August. That made their posts less about saying whatever was on their mind in complete anonymity and more about finding and connecting with others in their current geographic locations. Now users of mobile app Yik Yak face the ignominy of being truly discoverable.

Innovation-Fueled School System Expands Use of Digital Platform

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 15:39
One of the best funded, most technology-infused private school systems in the country will shortly begin expanding use of its digital platform in additional private schools to test its educational approach within three different pedagogical approaches.

MasteryConnect Adds Evidence Capture to Teacher App

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 13:39
MasteryConnect has added an evidence capture feature to the teacher app it released in July.

Manassas Park City Schools Named Extreme Exemplary School

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 07:00
Manassas Park City Schools in Virginia recently received an Extreme Exemplary School Award from Extreme Networks.

Survey: Technology Use Almost Universal for U.S. Children Under 6

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 19:54
A new national survey of technology use by children under 6 indicates that 85 percent of parents allow their young children to use technology in the home. More than three quarters of parents surveyed said they use tech along with their children on a daily basis for up to two hours, with television, tablets, smartphones and computers the most frequently used.

Motivis Learning Launches Learning Relationship Management System

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 18:11
Motivis Learning, a New Hampshire-based ed tech company, is launching a new learning relationship management (LRM) system, which is a next generation, cloud-based software platform for educational institutions.

Competency-Based Professional Learning Gets Test Drive

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 16:52
Two years after Teaching Matters shifted its focus to competency-based professional learning, this non-profit that works on initiatives to increase teacher effectiveness, especially in urban public schools, has issued a 17-page report that profiles use cases from its work in three teacher leadership training programs and four lessons it has learned from those experiences.

3D Printer Shipments to Double in 2016

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 15:27
Global sales of 3D printers will more than double from last year to 2016, growing 108 percent from 219,168 shipments to 455,772, according to a new report from Gartner.

Stanford VR Project Shows Students Oceans of the Future

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 07:00
A new, free virtual reality program allows users to explore just what happens as climate change kills off coral reefs.

Intuitive Reference Tool for Grades 6-12

Tech and Learning News - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 01:10
Useful reference tool with voice recognition and daily updates

Race, Gender Gaps Persist in Computer Science Education

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 10/18/2016 - 18:00
Google for Education and Gallup, a research and consulting company, have published new reports on the status of computer science education in the United States.

New Program Delivers First Certified Flipped Educators

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 10/18/2016 - 17:47
Less than a month after the Flipped Learning Global Initiative announced a new certification track, the organization has its first group of 16 credential holders.

Global Classroom Display Market Expected to Grow 30% by 2020

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 10/18/2016 - 17:11
The global classroom displays market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 30.04 percent during the period 2016-2020, according to a new report by Dublin-based firm Research and Markets.

Dash, Dot Robots Add Apple Coding Language

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 10/18/2016 - 14:30
Apple has teamed up with Wonder Workshop to teach students Swift, Apple's easy-to-use programming language.