Are We Getting Smarter about Ed Tech?

November 24, 2015

Are We Getting Smarter about Ed Tech?


  • Our existing educational technology has failed to produce desired learning outcomes, according to a recent international report. If machines are smarter than ever, why can't we seem to leverage them for better learning outcomes?
  • The OECD report offers this suggestion: "If we want students to become smarter than a smartphone, we need to think harder about the pedagogies we are using to teach them."
  • Experiential learning, project-based learning, and other inquiry approaches are among the strategies that put learners in the role of active participant.
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Keywords: education technology, edtech, project-based learning, experiential learning

The Future Belongs to the Curious: How Are We Bringing Curiosity Into School?

User Generated Education

  • Curiosity is the quest for new ideas and information. Folks who are curious aren’t satisfied with what they already know. They go after what they don’t know or can’t understand.
  • So what are we doing (or not doing) in our educational institutions to encourage and spark the curiosity of learners?. What follows are some strategies for allowing curiosity to flourish in the learning environment.
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Keywords: curiosity, pedagogy, educators

4 Professors of the Year Are Honored for Excellence in Teaching and Service

The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Most professors hope to have an impact on their students, but their work usually takes place behind classroom doors. For the national recipients of the 2015 U.S. Professor of the Year Awards, their influence on their campuses is now rippling outward.
  • This year’s winners are four professors who exemplify outstanding leadership in undergraduate teaching and service.
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Keywords: teaching, educators, U.S. Professor of the Year

Top Schools for Innovation in the World

EdTech Times

  • Last month, EdTech looked at the top schools for innovation in the United States. But the U.S. isn’t the only one excelling in the department of scholastic innovation.
  • The following are some of the schools around the world with reputations for encouraging out-of-the box thinking: Imperial College London, University of Cambridge, University of Tokyo, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.
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Keywords: higher education, innovation

U of Georgia Has Saved Students Nearly $2M With OER

Campus Technology

  • The University of Georgia estimated that it has saved students $2 million through the adoption of open educational resources (OER) since 2013.
  • The institution has worked with Affordable Learning Georgia, which manages MERLOT, a OER library of resources. The intent of the list is to help instructors replaced textbooks and other materials with "no-cost" alternatives.
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Keywords: open educational resources, OER

12 Strategies For Creating an Atmosphere of Problem-Solving in Your Classroom

Teach Thought

  • Teaching is not about raising grades. Teaching should always be motivated by a need to create amazing people. Amazing people, by definition, are active sort of people, inspiring, creative and resilient.
  • These qualities are not unique to a select group of people defined by hereditary–they are outcomes of having to consistently solve problems. Changing your classroom from a delivery room into a learning room relies entirely on your ability to change students from receptors to problem solvers.
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Keywords: teaching, problem-solving education

How to Improve Group Work: Perspectives from Students

Faculty Focus

  • A new study shows that there are many benefits to group work, in terms of both active learning and expanding teamwork skills. However, students said they don't like group work, even though for many employers, the ability to work in groups is among their top priorities when selecting job candidates.
  • Based on the results of the study and the specific advice from the students, here are some suggested tips for creating more effective and positive collaborative learning experiences.
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Keywords: teaching and learning, collaborative teams, group learning activities, group work, skills

Teaching and Learning: 2015 in Retrospect, 2016 in Prospect (Dec 7)

Conferences and Events
OEB - Shaping the Future of Learning (Dec 2-4)
Learning Forward 2015 (Dec 5-9)
TransformingEDU CES 2016 (Jan 6-9)
FETC 2016 - Future of Education Technology Conference (Jan 12-15)
All events... 

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