Education and digital technology content from across the web, posted on Twitter over the past week and collected here to share with our blog readers.
As 2018 draws to a close, the reality is that ‘edtech' continues to be a mix of exciting possibilities and some truly effective uses, yet there are still far too many broken promises and misspent funds.
Too many schools are doing tech for tech's sake and not really approaching it thoughtfully. Years ago, this started with many American K-12 schools procuring smart white boards but failing to provide enough training and guidance in their productive use. As the years have rolled on, many schools and whole districts have gone on to procure more tech without proper planning, training, and implementation. Technology is a powerful tool that, when thoughtfully leveraged, can deliver clear benefits. Yet too often schools do little more than buy it, hand it out, and do some cursory training. This is tantamount to throwing tax and tuition dollars away.
Sorry to be a bit of a bummer here, but I'm not going to not call it the way I see it. Still, we have some fun here! This week we explore some failures and some challenges, while we also look at growth, PD, recognition, and problems tech can help to solve for education.
Some very important points here: The Overselling of Education Technology
Nominations for next gen edtech leaders program now open! CoSN is committed to recognizing and supporting emerging leaders who are passionate about K-12 education technology and committed to taking their career to the next level.
Communities of Practice: A Professional Development Theory for the Digital Age
Blockchain, artificial intelligence top LinkedIn fastest-growing job categories
The presentations proposal form for FlipTech New England is NOW OPEN! (Deadline is January 20)
Deep Dive into Artificial Intelligence and Ethics: Ethics and the dawn of decision-making machines
Education and #EdTech Leaders Reflect on 2018, and (Tentatively) Project the Future
Unused: Instructional Software's Dark Secret – New report shows almost 98% of software & apps purchased by some school districts are never fully used:
Game-based Learning Yields Empathetic Understanding