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Future of Education Technology

16 Ways the 2016 Horizon Report Indicates That Higher Ed is Undergoing a Seismic Shift

February 16, 2016

“The Only Constant is Change” – Heraclitus Most of us in higher education realize that the winds of change are blowing strong. Some of the gusts may be damaging, but some can also provide a breath of fresh air and promise. While there are many who decry the push for higher education to better prepare […]

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16 Things I Love About the 2016 National Education Technology Plan

January 19, 2016

The 2016 NETP is Packed with Important Ideas, Good Examples, and Smart Partnerships The DOE’s Office of Education Technology recently published the 2016 National Education Technology Plan. The plan is titled, “Future Ready Learning. Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education”. While “love” is not a word many of us in the world of education may often use […]

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Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative May be Biting Off More Than It Can Chew

December 22, 2015

The Intent is Admirable, but How Achievable is it? I remember a friend saying he thought No Child Left Behind was a good thing simply because it was being said – the statement itself, coming from the Executive Office of The White House was a good thing. And in some ways it was. But it […]

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Newsela PRO – an Individualized, Adaptive Reading Comprehension Platform

December 16, 2015

This Powerful Reading Comprehension Skills Development System is Aligned to Common Core and NGSS Standards Yesterday, we got a good look at Newsela, with a focus on the many things teachers and students can do with the free edition of the tool. Today, we take a deeper look, exploring functionality that is specific to the […]

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Newsela – Robust Education Technology for Reading Comprehension Skills Development

December 15, 2015

Adaptive Platform Delivers Reading Materials at 5 Different Reading Levels, With Built in Assessments How would you like to be able to give students reading assignments focused on current events that are geared to their reading level? Could you use sets of articles focused on topics in the sciences, social studies, law, health, arts, and […]

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Schools Embrace Gesture Based Learning with Interactive Play Platform from MotionMagix™

December 10, 2015

Talk About “Active Learning”! When Will Interactive Wall & Floor Systems Become More Common in our Schools? Ed Note: I welcomed this post from Anup Tapadia … I think these types of interactive systems have so much potential in education, but I see very little about these in the education or technology press and social […]

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Help Deliver Better Learning From Textbooks with the OpenStax College “Concept Coach”

November 19, 2015

OpenStax College is Testing Embedded Coaching Software for Their OER Textbooks … and YOU can Help. More and more teachers, administrators, and #edtech enthusiasts like yours truly are becoming big fans of the work that OpenStax College is doing. Backed by grants from the Gates Foundation and the Hewlett Foundation among others, this Rice University […]

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The Rise of the ‘Youtuber’ and Why Teachers Should Take Notice

November 10, 2015

Short Form Video is BIG and Getting Bigger. Is Education Putting the Format to Good Use? So, do you know what a YouTuber is? Can you name a few? Your students can probably name lots of their favorites. In some ways, the YouTuber is sort of a modern equivalent to the 70’s or 80’s teen […]

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9 Amazing Augmented Reality Apps for Teaching and Learning

November 5, 2015

We’re Seeing an Explosion of Free and Low Cost Augmented Reality Tools for Education Augmented reality (AR) has evolved in recent years and its application in classrooms is limitless. Educators don’t need to feel overwhelmed when trying to introduce AR in their classroom because there are many great apps that don’t require a lot of […]

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Mobile is Changing Everything, and Education is no Exception

November 4, 2015

Well Developed apps Provide Multi-modal Learning Pathways, Bridge Gaps, and Extend our Reach As the digital world gets more integrated with daily life, mobile apps are used as tools to get things done and gateways that keep us connected. They help us accomplish work and enjoy our hobbies, coworkers and friends are just a tap […]

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