Top 10 ed-tech stories of 2013, No. 1: Broadband is king

eSchool News counts down the ten most significant developments in educational technology during the past year. Our top story highlights various efforts to supply students with reliable broadband.

broadband-top10In school systems from coast to coast, tech-savvy educators experimented with augmented reality, educational gaming, and other techniques designed to enhance teaching and learning.

These are only some of the key ed-tech developments affecting K-12 schools in the past year—and we’ve got a full recap for you.

Here, the editors of eSchool News highlight what we think are the 10 most significant ed-tech stories of 2013.

To learn how these stories have made an impact on K-12 schools this year—and how they will continue to shape education in 2014 and beyond—read on.

(Next page: Broadband becomes a priority)

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Favorite thinkers review 2013

The holiday season is the best time of year to reflect, notes TNTP. To that end, we asked a few of the most interesting people in education to do just that: Tell us what they consider the most significant development in education this year, and predict the likely impact of that development in the year ahead. We chose to highlight voices that have been particularly influential to us this year. From Common Core to teacher training, innovations among charter schools and the dreary new round of results on international PISA exams, our contributors raise important questions about progress and challenges in 2013—and offer wisdom and an ambitious agenda for 2014. We thank each of them for their thoughts, and all of you for reading…

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Top 10 ed-tech stories of 2013, No. 2: Common Core testing, backlash

eSchool News counts down the ten most significant developments in educational technology during the past year. Number 2? It’s all about Common Core.

Common-CoreIn school systems from coast to coast, tech-savvy educators experimented with augmented reality, educational gaming, and other techniques designed to enhance teaching and learning.

These are only some of the key ed-tech developments affecting K-12 schools in the past year—and we’ve got a full recap for you.

Here, the editors of eSchool News highlight what we think are the 10 most significant ed-tech stories of 2013.

To learn how these stories have made an impact on K-12 schools this year—and how they will continue to shape education in 2014 and beyond—read on.

(Next page: Common Core gains supporters and protesters)

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Digital literacy ‘as important as reading and writing’

When I was at school, ICT was labelled, rightly or wrongly, as the “doss lesson” writes Josie Gurnet-Read for the Telegraph. Unlike English, maths and science, ICT was not tested and, as such, was universally thought of as an hour of either surfing the internet, or falling asleep over yet another lesson in Microsoft Office. Considering the importance placed on digital literacy in many career roles, the new 2014 curriculum, announced in July by Michael Gove the Education Secretary, seems a step in the right direction…

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App of the week: TI-Nspire™

TIappName: TI-Nspire™

What is it? Texas Instruments has optimized its most powerful handheld technology for an all-in-one iPad app. Helps with math mastery through comprehensive graphing, data entry and analysis, statistical modeling and calculating functionality.
Best for: High school students.

Price: $29.99

Rated: 4+

Requirements: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

Features:

  • Import images from the iPad camera or photo library and overlay graphs and equations on them to illustrate abstract math principles in the real world.
  • Visualize connections by observing how equations change—in real time, on one screen—when you touch, grab and interact with shapes, graphs and objects on the screen.
  • Graph functions, inequalities, implicit functions, conic sections, scatter plots, statistical plots and regression models, 3D graphs, parametric, polar and differential equations.
  • Enter equations in proper math notation so math symbols and formulas on the screen are identical to those in text books and on the board.
  • Gain greater understanding by exploring hundreds of free activities for Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Calculus, Statistics, Pre-Calculus and more from the online Math Nspired resource center.
  • Create and store work on your iPad, and share it using your Email or Dropbox account.

Link: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id590823242&mt=8

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Top 10 ed-tech stories of 2013, No. 3: Tablet missteps

eSchool News counts down the ten most significant developments in educational technology during the past year. No. 3? A tablet initiative takes an unexpected turn.

tablet-top10In school systems from coast to coast, tech-savvy educators experimented with augmented reality, educational gaming, and other techniques designed to enhance teaching and learning.

These are only some of the key ed-tech developments affecting K-12 schools in the past year—and we’ve got a full recap for you.

Here, the editors of eSchool News highlight what we think are the 10 most significant ed-tech stories of 2013.

To learn how these stories have made an impact on K-12 schools this year—and how they will continue to shape education in 2014 and beyond—read on.

(Next page: How a tablet initiative goes awry)

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Learn how Google can improve student learning

Brief recap of the eSchool News webinar, “Going 1:1 with Google in Education at Hillsborough Township Public Schools”

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Did you know that Google can help your school or district improve learning so students will be more marketable in the workforce?

On Dec. 3, eSchool News hosted an engaging webinar featuring Kristin Kahlich, a Google Education team member, and Joel Handler, director of technology for the Hillsborough School Township Public Schools in New Jersey.

Listen to the entire webinar here.

Kahlich offered tips on how Google can help schools by not only providing students with an edge, but by preparing them for job opportunities that have yet to be created.

The conventional way of learning is changing and children need to be taught with new tools to communicate, participate, and experience the world. Did you know that there are more than 30 million Google Apps for education found in more than 30 countries?

Kahlich says that technology has changed the way we learn with Google Apps, easy-to-manage web-based computer Chromebooks, and Google+ Hangouts. Google Apps are free and have no ads. According to Kahlich, when a school goes “Google,” it adopts a culture of openness, curiosity, and collaboration. Google provides the tools to help students discover infinite resources, and schools benefit with this affordable, scalable technology.

(Next page: How Google Play can improve classroom learning)

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Accountability without autonomy is tyranny

When educational research reaches the public through the corporate media, the consequences are often dire, explains P.L. Thomas for the Daily Kos. Chetty, Friedman, and Rockoff released “The Long-Term Impacts of Teachers: Teacher Value-Added and Student Outcomes in Adulthood” and immediately The New York Times pronounced in “Big Study Links Good Teachers to Lasting Gains”. The simplistic and idealistic headline reflects the central failure of the media in the education reform debate…

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Top 10 ed-tech stories of 2013, No. 4: Big Data

eSchool News counts down the ten most significant developments in educational technology during the past year. No. 4 tracks Big Data’s movements.

dataIn school systems from coast to coast, tech-savvy educators experimented with augmented reality, educational gaming, and other techniques designed to enhance teaching and learning.

These are only some of the key ed-tech developments affecting K-12 schools in the past year—and we’ve got a full recap for you.

Here, the editors of eSchool News highlight what we think are the 10 most significant ed-tech stories of 2013.

To learn how these stories have made an impact on K-12 schools this year—and how they will continue to shape education in 2014 and beyond—read on.

(Next page: Big Data’s evolution)

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