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Digital Textbooks: Key to a Brighter Future?

February 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Things are changing quickly in the digital age. Young people are accessing content from many different sources using an increasing number of devices, from smartphones to ebooks. As a result, the way content is created and accessed is changing how young people learn in school. Several years ago, a shocking study, indicated that a decreasing number of college graduates can read at a proficient level–a number that has been on the decline for over a decade. But one possible cause, according to Mark S. Schneider, education statistic commissioner, might be the old educational methods aren’t equipped to teach a generation raised on TV and computers, who learn about the world on a daily basis through images, and, increasingly, interactive content. Read more…

Your Guide to Education in the 21st Century

January 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Say I am a new teacher at a high school with a growing student population, and I’m teaching a class with over thirty students for the first time. I could go join schoolnet.com, which will help me target students who need help as I use the site to manage assignments and grades. Or perhaps I am a college student studying for the next test in my Microbiology course, so I go on quizlet.com, enter in my notes, and play games in which I match up terms and definitions for the class. Or maybe I’m a single mother who doesn’t have the money or time to attend a university or even a community college, so I participate in an online certification program to broaden employment opportunities. In his article, “100+ Resources that are Transforming Education,” Yury Lifshits, former professor and current Yahoo tech guy and blogger, makes sense of the massive jungle of the new, innovative startups and resources cropping up throughout the buzzing field of education technology. Read more…

New Instructional Technology: Big Brother or Beneficial?

November 18, 2010 Leave a comment

An increasing number of professors at universities and colleges around the country are taking advantage of “clickers”–wireless, hand-held devices students use to indicate they are present and on time, paying attention by answering questions the teacher poses on a projector, and whether or not they understand a concept in the lecture.

There are certainly upsides and downsides to the technology. Many schools require students to pay for the devices themselves. Read more…