Archive for EdTech

The “Digital Divide” Is Still a Major Problem

This Associated Press analysis of Census Bureau numbers reveals that more than three million school children still have no reliable internet access to complete homework assignments, leaving them more academically underprepared than their counterparts who have access to what many of us think as a basic tool. And this lack is felt more in certain socioeconomic levels: “Students without internet at home are more likely to be students of color, from low-income families or in households with lower parental education levels.”

The latest figures from the National Center for Education Statistics show the wide range of access to internet or broadband or the availability of computers in the home.

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2019 EdTech Predictions for High Education

Twenty movers and shakers in edtech were interviewed for their opinions on what 2019 holds for that sector. Read their near-term prognostications here.

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EdTech Reports – April 2017

Public Access ICT across Cultures: Diversifying Participation in the Network Society (MIT Press); Social Media in Southeast Turkey, Social Media in Northern Chile, Social Media in Industrial China, Social Media in Rural China, Social Media in Southeast Italy, Social Media in South India, Social Media in Emergent Brazil (due 10/17; these volumes are all part of the Why We Post ethnographic project tracing the use of social media in various communities around the world); How School Districts Can Save (Billions) On Edtech (Technology for Education Consortium); High Marks: Ed Tech Deals Tick Up In Q1’17 (CB Insights); Spying on Students: School-Issued Devices and Student Privacy  (Electronic Frontier Foundation); and Teaching with Technology (Insidehighered, free registration required).

 

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EdTech Reports – February 2017

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EdTech Reports – January 2017

Digital Literacy (deals with technology in higher education, New Media Consortium); Top Ten IT Issues (this annual feature is always worth the read, EDUCAUSE); IT Salary and Job Satisfaction Survey (focuses on higher education, Campus Technology); Breaking the Mold: Investing in Racial Diversity in Tech (openmic.org); and Reimaging the Role of Technology in Higher Education (U.S. Office of Educational Technology).

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Computer and Internet Use in the United States

The Digital Nation Data Explorer from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration presents a great deal of data on the use of computers and the Internet in a wide variety of settings from coffee shops to wearable devices. A national map indicates the usage percentage while accompanying charts give hard numbers.

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EdTech Reports – September 2016

Horizon 2016 K-12 Report and Digital Toolkit; State of Broadband Report 2016 (UN); Global Education Monitoring Report 2016 (UNESCO; brief yet informative report starting on p.311 on ICT in education); Lifelong Learning and Technology (Pew); and 2016 E-Rate Trends Report (Funds for Learning).

 

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EdTech Reports – August 2016

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New “Nation’s Report Card” on Use of Technology

The NCES has released its findings of the 2014 The Nation’s Report Card: Technology and Engineering Literacy, the first time educational use of technology has been assessed. This also marks the first time that an NAEP test has been given totally in a digital format. Thousands of eighth-graders took this survey, and a surprising outcome, given the STEM components of the measure, was that girls scored higher than boys. Online results are available that include some of the same disturbing trends indicated on other assessments – the racial divide and the disparities among city, suburban, and rural school districts. T.H.E. Journal,Education Week, and NPR provide cogent analyses.

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EdTech Reports – April 2016

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EdTech Reports – March 2016

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EdTech Reports – February 2016

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Major EdTech Trends in Higher Education for the Next Five Years

The 2016 NMC Horizon Higher Education Report has just been released. Leaders in the edtech field were interviewed and “The experts agreed on two long-term impact trends: advancing cultures of innovation, as well as fundamentally rethinking how universities and colleges work.”(1) What follows are six key trends, six challenges, and six upcoming developments that will have significant influences over higher education. This heavily-documented report should be read by all interested in higher education and its associated pedagogical technologies. Compare with Top 10 IT Issues, 2016: Divest, Reinvest, and Differentiate from EDUCAUSE and 11 EdTech Advances That Will Not Happen by 2020 from InsideHigherEd.

 

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EdTech Reports – January 2015

Bridging the digital divide in the EU (European Parliamentary Research Service); K-12 Online Learning (special issue of Online Learning); Top Ten IT Issues for 2016 (EDUCAUSE); 2016 NMC Technology Outlook for Chinese K-12 Education (New Media Consortium); World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends (World Bank); and ETC Press (“entertainment technologies”).

 

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ETC Press – A Publisher of Books Dealing with Entertainment Technologies

 “Entertainment technologies”? Well, how about books exploring Minecraft in the classroom or design and curricula considerations for incorporating games into the educational experience or research on online and blended learning? These topics and many more are available at this site. These works are written with academic rigor and provide solid foundations for future work.

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EdTech Reports – December 2015

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Top Ten 2016 IT Issues From “EDUCAUSE”

EDUCAUSE has issued its top ten issues for this year; the number two item is “optimizing educational technology” followed by “student success technologies”. Each item is explained at length and its importance is examined. Supporting data and materials are supplied and previous top ten lists are accessible. Of special value are the linked reading lists given for each issue.

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K-12 Online Learning

Online learning is just not limited to higher education. There have been examples of online learning in the K-12 sector for some time now (look at this influential 2007 report – K-12 Online Learning: A Suvrey of U.S. School District Administrators) and this special issue of Online Learning is solely devoted to this topic. Articles range from parental involvement to designing models for these programs. New Jersey would appear to be behind other areas in the country; read this article to see what happened to a Bergen County school district that used a “virtual day” for online learning when the district was closed due to snow.

 

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Useful EdTech Tools

50 Educational Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About pretty much says it all. The sites are broken into the following categories: social learning; learning; lesson planning and tools; and useful tools.

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EdTech Reports – October 2015

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