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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 »

San Francisco last week offered none of its characteristic weather features — fog, cool air, misty breezes. The skies were clear and the air was warm, providing a mostly sunny backdrop for the annual SIIA Education Industry Summit: Meet @ the Cutting Edge.

Some say San Francisco’s weather is as unpredictable as the seas, but educational technology thought leaders as well as movers and shakers from industry mainstays, such as McGraw-Hill Education and startups, such as PackBack, forecast a sustainable future for the educational technology marketplace.[…] Continue Reading »

SmartBrief editors regularly cover news stories about the ways in which schools are using social media in the classroom. News about cyberbullying, Internet safety and other concerns is prevalent as well. Last week, SmartBrief on EdTech polled readers about the risks vs. rewards of social media — from Facebook to Twitter and text messaging — in educational settings, and found that the jury is still out.[…] Continue Reading »

How do you get student scientists in Ohio and California talking to each other and sharing the cool science they are doing in fifth grade? Creating cartoons with storytelling app Toontastic is one way to make this happen. Storytelling is a great way for students to share experiences, and this is the story of our experiment.

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Mike Harms and I connected our classrooms from California to Ohio through a long distance storytelling project.[…] Continue Reading »

The conversation caught me by surprise. Perhaps it was because I had lost contact with him for nearly three years. Maybe it was because I was being celebrated when I had really come to celebrate the achievements of others. Possibly, it was because the brief exchange would alter the way that I viewed my role as educator.[…] Continue Reading »