Archive for KatharineHaber SmartBlogs

An emphasis on preparing students for college and the workforce has put a spotlight on skills in computer science and programming as well as other topics in science, technology engineering and mathematics. For some schools or districts, these skills are integrated into the traditional curriculum, while others are teaching them through electives or extracurricular programs and courses.[…] Continue Reading »

SmartBrief on EdTech last week polled readers about a few top tech-based approaches to learning that have been making news in education. Our goal was to gain insight about how prevalent these approaches will be in classrooms across the country during the new school year.

The first approach we asked about was flipped instruction, finding that more than 60% of respondents said the approach will be used sporadically in their school or district this year.[…] Continue Reading »

SmartBrief on EdTech recently polled readers to discern how well they feel today’s schools are using technology to prepare students for college and careers, and to better understand what such preparation might look like. In addition, we wanted to gauge readers’ views on the use of massive open online courses — or MOOCs — in the context of higher education.[…] Continue Reading »

Reflecting on the 2013-14 school year, SmartBrief on EdTech polled readers to explore how well technology was used to improve outcomes in student learning and teacher collaboration and find out in what areas schools are making the most progress in effective technology use overall.

Regarding student learning, the results were mixed with just over half of respondents reporting that their school or district used technology either “very well” or “somewhat well” to improve outcomes, while the remainder gave their school or district lower ratings.[…] Continue Reading »

There are many factors involved in a child’s ability and availability to learn, some of which lie outside the realm of traditional academic ability. From their general health and nutrition to their social and emotional well-being, these factors are considered part of educating the whole child and increasingly are being addressed within the school walls.

With this in mind, SmartBrief on EdTech recently polled readers about the topic, finding that a solid majority of respondents believe it is very important that schools take steps to address the needs of the whole child.[…] Continue Reading »