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One thing we do know is coming over the course of 2019 is the U.S.-wide rollout of 5G technology.7 This is great news if your campus Wi-Fi network is starting to groan under the strain of hundreds of .. Read More
Findings In the early 1970s, in the wake of the civil rights movement, educators were faced with a social dilemma that had no obvious solution. All over the country, well-intentioned efforts to.. Read More
By Dian Schaffhauser 11/01/18   An Illinois school district has tapped into "big data" analytics through a subscription model to help improve student outcomes. Meridian School Distri.. Read More
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5G Technology To the Rescue Of Schools And College Campuses
One thing we do know is coming over the course of 2019 is the U.S.-wide rollout of 5G technology.7 This is great news if your campus Wi-Fi network is starting to groan under the strain of hundreds of connected phones, tablets, laptops, and now (thanks to the Internet of Things) watches, vending machines, toasters and so on. 5G, which is in the early stages of implementation, is a new mobile spectrum meant to replace 4G/LTE, and it has two aims relevant to technology in education: it will be more robust for connecting large numbers of devices, and work equally well inside and outside of buil..
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How to Build a Better Educational System: Jigsaw Classrooms
Findings In the early 1970s, in the wake of the civil rights movement, educators were faced with a social dilemma that had no obvious solution. All over the country, well-intentioned efforts to desegregate America's public schools were leading to serious problems. Ethnic minority children, most of whom had previously attended severely under-funded schools, found themselves in classrooms composed predominantly of more privileged White children. This created a situation in which students from affluent backgrounds often shone brilliantly while students from impoverished backgrounds often s..
IL School District Turns to Subscription Model for Business Intelligence
By Dian Schaffhauser 11/01/18   An Illinois school district has tapped into "big data" analytics through a subscription model to help improve student outcomes. Meridian School District #223 is working with Qlik Analytics from the Copley Consulting Group. Previously, Meridian used a manual process to analyze district data and monitor school performance, but according to the school system, that wasn't delivering the desired results. Now, the district is paying $20 per student per year for access to the Qlik business intelligence and data analytics platform, which provides "g..
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FBI Issues Warning on Educational Technology
By Sara Friedman 09/18/18 Some schools might have a problem on their hands when it comes to the use of educational technology and the need to protect student privacy, according to an alert issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The alert warns schools that the widespread collection of student data could have privacy and safety implications if the information is compromised or exploited. The FBI recommends the following for parents and families: Research existing student and child privacy protections of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, the Protection of Pu..
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Gunshot Detection Technology Coming to Wisconsin Schools
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin schools bracing for the next mass shooting are turning to gunshot-detecting sensors that police across the country rely on, hoping the technology will lead to faster response times when there's an active shooter.   Halting Gang Violence in the Heartland The sensors are among various security upgrades schools are rolling out when classes resume this fall, using grants Wisconsin state lawmakers approved this year after the shootings in Parkland, Florida. Since then, the number of schools around the country expressing interest in ..
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10 Reasons Today’s Students NEED Technology in the Classroom
Technology is everywhere--entwined in almost every part of our culture. It affects how we live, work, play, and most importantly learn. With mobile and other wireless devices like the IoT becoming an increasing requirement across every industry today, it only makes sense that our schools are also effectively deploying mobile technology in the classroom. However, for many schools, implementing the latest technology is a difficult strategy to navigate. There are two main reasons for this: Schools are on the fence about the use of certain mobile devices; thinking they're more a burden ..
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Indianapolis Principal Mariama Carson Uses Language of Love To Aid Students
The staff start their emails with “Familia….” The teachers swing from the monkey bars at recess with their first-graders. The principal finds out students have stolen a bike and walks them home to tell their parents. Not many schools have the word “love” in their mission, and it’s a hard thing to quantify on a school report card. But Global Prep Academy — whose motto is “unlocking the world through language, expeditionary learning, and love” — is one of a dozen schools in Indianapolis doing things differently, including a dual-language immersion program beginning in kindergarten for its nat..
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Silicon Valley Coding School That Charges No Upfront Tuition
The idea of a coding school that charges no upfront tuition was intriguing to Ne-Yo. The Grammy winning artist (famous for songs like "Miss Independent") is certainly not the first musician to invest in Silicon Valley, but he's one that wants to put his talents and money into helping to solve the diversity challenges facing the tech industry. Holberton School plans to announce that Ne-Yo invested in the coding academy's most-recent $2.3 million funding round and is joining its Board of Trustees as a result.  "This is not a realistic career for people who came up like me. It's mo..
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How Students are Using Technology in the Classroom
Recently we looked at an EDUCAUSE STUDY showing the relationship students have with technology in the classroom and how it is both used and valued. The basis of the study was to shed some light on how students value technology and how they believe it helps them achieve their academic goals and prepares them for their future academic and workplace lives. Below are a few of the most surprising stats: Tweet This Stat - 76% of students said technology helps them achieve their academic outcomes up 1% from 2016 Tweet This Stat - 50% of students say e-books are important to their academic..
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Microsoft Looks to Regain Lost Ground in the Classroom
By NICK WINGFIELD And NATASHA SINGER MAY 2, 2017 REDMOND, Wash. — Last week, Satya Nadella, the chief executive of Microsoft, slipped on a glove made of cardboard and clenched his hand into a fist, causing a robotic hand with fingers made of drinking straws to mimic his movements. The glove was one of several engineering projects built in a makeshift laboratory on Microsoft’s campus. The company spent the last year talking to thousands of teachers and designing high-tech experiments that require mostly low-cost parts. It will give the designs to schools for free so teachers can use them ..