Can Apps Help Babies Learn Or Not?

On August 13, 2013, in Technology in Education, ed tech, by Scott Cronenweth
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According to the non-profit Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), marketers of apps for very young children are “playing the education card” to stimulate app sales, with no substantive evidence that their products actually teach kids anything or increase children’s’ IQs.

The ACT Test is Going Digital

On May 7, 2013, in ACT, Assessment & Testing, SAT, common core, by Scott Cronenweth
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Beginning as soon as the spring of 2015, the ACT college admissions test will be administered digitally. Digital testing can provide faster results — in minutes versus two to six weeks — for both students and colleges. Since the ACT is designed to test students” high school learning and reasoning skills, it is already well [...]

Essay Grading Software: Indispensible or Insulting?

On April 9, 2013, in Assessment & Testing, Technology in Education, Uncategorized, ed tech, by Scott Cronenweth
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How would you feel about having your essays or short written test answers graded by a software program? Instead of getting results back days or weeks later from an instructor, you’d get instant feedback — and a chance to rewrite the piece for a better grade.

Today’s Teaching Technology Landscape – What’s Most Important and Most Wanted

On December 4, 2012, in In The News, Technology in Education, digital content, ed tech, by Scott Cronenweth
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The trend in classroom tech over the past decade, of course, has been towards “broadening adoption and deeper integration” of digital media across all age groups…

Edmodo in Action

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Dubbed “Facebook for education,” Edmodo can be used in an almost endless variety of ways by teachers and students.

The Teacher’s Apple

On November 13, 2012, in Education Industry, Technology in Education, ed tech, online learning, by Scott Cronenweth
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As more and more laptops, smartphones and tablets find their way into college, high school and increasingly even middle school and grade school classrooms, more and more of that equipment is designed and sold by Apple. Why haven’t tech giants like Microsoft been more successful at taking market share from Apple in this growing market?

11 Most “Wicked Awesome” Education Infographics I’ve Seen Lately

On November 7, 2012, in Education, General, Technology in Education, by Scott Cronenweth
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Who doesn’t love a good infographic?

Internet Forums for Teaching Materials and Lesson Plans

On October 16, 2012, in Resources, ed tech, by Scott Cronenweth
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Besides saving other teachers time and money by giving them access to top-quality instructional aids, TeachersPayTeachers.com and similar sites also provide a supplementary source of income for teachers who sell lesson plans, student data sheets and other wares online. In a few cases the income has exceeded their teachers’ salaries.

An Expanding Vision for First-Generation Learning Analytics

On September 11, 2012, in Technology in Education, learning analytics, by Scott Cronenweth
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Most learning analytics systems center on online learning scenarios, where software can collect the data automatically. Using activities that are part of the online learning process — like logins, assignment completion, quiz scores and so on — learning analytics seeks to analyze the “digital breadcrumbs” that students leave as they interact with the online learning environment (and potentially other online spaces, too, such as Facebook).

Digital Textbooks: Are They Better Learning Tools?

On August 14, 2012, in Technology in Education, digital content, digital publishing, ed tech, by Scott Cronenweth
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As students’ needs are better understood and addressed by digital content providers, the adoption of ebooks will undoubtedly increase. The students, after all, are the ones who need to study. They will choose the best learning tools they can get for their money.