Archive for edtech SmartBlogs

When discussing my classroom cell phone policy with students at the beginning of the school year, I made what proved to be a mistake. I told the students that I wouldn’t obsess over policing their phone use in class; after all, smartphones can be powerful tools for learning.

But for the majority of students, I often lost the battle of classroom management and attention despite showcasing and integrating how I — and they — could use a phone to learn, to connect curiosity with knowledge, and complete course assignments.[…] 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 »

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 »