CUE exhibitors show new ed-tech innovations
March 27th, 2014

At the annual CUE conference in Palm Springs, Calif., earlier this month, dozens of ed-tech companies showed their latest products for educators—including a new interactive computer game for learning world…


New software lets teachers control student devices
March 26th, 2014

The lines are blurring between mobile device management (MDM) and classroom management software, as both now offer some classroom-level control over students’ mobile devices. That’s good news for educators who…



New ed-tech products target Common Core readiness
March 21st, 2014

At the 69th annual ASCD conference in Los Angeles, preparing for the Common Core was a common theme. In the conference exhibit hall, a number of companies showed products aimed…


Brain-wave sensors: Answer to engagement?
March 20th, 2014

A Florida-based start-up firm called Nervanix is working on an idea that, if successful, could help educators find the “sweet spot” to effective teaching: maintaining active student engagement. What if…


Six strategies for persuasion in the digital age
March 17th, 2014

Best-selling author Dan Pink kicked off ASCD’s annual conference in Los Angeles March 15 by noting how important persuasion is to school leaders’ jobs—and yet the dynamics of persuasion have…


Ed-tech innovations curb cell phone cheating—and more
March 12th, 2014

Each week, I’ll highlight new ed-tech innovations that readers should be aware of. This week’s column includes a next-generation wireless infrastructure, more powerful voice recognition software, a blended learning curriculum…


New laptops designed with students in mind
March 6th, 2014

With so much recent focus on tablet computers and Chromebooks, it might seem as if traditional laptops have become passé for education. But that’s not the case, as manufacturers have…


Watch out, Apple: Chromebooks on the rise in schools
March 3rd, 2014

Education sales of Chromebooks, the lightweight laptops that run software from the internet instead of a local hard drive, have skyrocketed in the last year—and Chromebooks now account for 19…