Technology In Classrooms Around The World? Still Buggy And Here's Why

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September 22, 2015
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Technology In Classrooms Around The World? Still Buggy And Here's Why
  • The OECD released the report “Students, Computers, and Learning: Making the Connection.” They looked at data from PISA 2012 to identify trends and patterns related to the use of education technologies worldwide.
  • Most media sources approached technology with a familiar polarized view. Is it good? Is it bad? They read the report in the way that provided the best headline.
  • But the report offers so much valuable data that can help us think about how to transition digital information technologies into education systems in the most impactful ways. I checked in with Andreas Schleicher, OECD Director for Education and Skills, to find out how to make sense of the report on both a theoretical and practical level. Here’s what he had to say.
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Keywords: education, technology, educational technology, opinion
Ed-Tech Might Make Things Worse... So Now What?
Hack Education
  • The OECD released a “first-of-its-kind” report on computers and education, eliciting precisely the responses you’d suspect: a lot of “schools are doing it wrong.”
  • This report targets a core of modern education mythology: that more technology is more better. There’s the predictable Nicholas Carr-ish response – “see? the Internet is making us dumber”; and there’s the predictable response from ed-tech industry boosters as well, that “it’s not technology’s fault; schools just don’t know how to use tech correctly.”
  • Despite the insistence that digital technologies are “the future” and as such must be incorporated somehow into the classroom, “the future” remains an unknown. We cannot say with any certainty that “the future” will include any of the technologies that we use today.
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Keywords: education, technology, educational technology, opinion
Valuing the Faculty
Inside Higher Ed
  • Who needs the faculty? A new working paper called “Back to School in Higher Ed: Who Needs Faculty?” asks that question and answers resoundingly that face time with faculty members is key to student success.
  • Unfortunately, colleges and universities continue to divert funds away from instruction in an attempt to cut costs -- a strategy that actually hurts them in the long run.
  • “Although 50 years of research has shown that faculty/student interaction is crucial to student success, recent trends and newly adopted practices in higher education actually decrease the possibilities for faculty to interact with students in the amounts and the ways that matter most.”
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Keywords: higher education, faculty, research, trends
Is Education Technology Losing Its Humanity?
George Siemens for edSurge
  • Emerging technology today departs from my previous vision of improving the human condition. We are constantly hearing that technology is becoming more human and becoming more capable of judgements that we once thought were our domain.
  • In education though, the opposite is happening: educational technology is not becoming more human; it is making the human a technology. Instead of improving teaching and learning, today’s technology re-writes teaching and learning to function according to a very narrow spectrum of single, de-contextualized skills.
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Keywords: education, edtech, George Siemens
Can u fix education w/ txts?
The Hechinger Report
  • In his new book, The 160-Character Solution: How Text Messaging and Other Behavioral Strategies can Improve Education, Benjamin Castleman argues that the humble text message can boost student achievement, improve study habits and help students stay on track in the transition from high school to college.
  • “Sometimes, the best, most effective technology isn’t the flashiest, newest, shiniest thing,” said Brian Kathman, Signal Vine’s CEO. “Sometimes, it’s the thing that works.”
  • New software makes it possible to customize automated text messages to fit the needs of individual students. Administrators can now send personalized, and timely, reminders and resource links to thousands of students.
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Keywords: education, edtech, blended learning
QS World University Rankings 2015/16
QS Top Universities
  • This is the 12th edition of QS’s annual ranking of the world’s top universities, which uses six performance indicators to assess institutions’ global reputation, research impact, staffing levels and international complexion.
  • The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) retain the top spot for the fourth year running, with Harvard University climbing two places to rank second, followed by the University of Cambridge and Stanford University in joint third.
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Keywords: higher education, universities, rankings
The World's Most Innovative Universities
  • Since World War II, universities around the world have been relied on to convert public funding into knowledge and products that help drive the global economy.
  • So how can we know if an institution is really transforming science and technology and impacting the global economy? To answer that question, Reuters set out to find and rank the world's top 100 innovative universities.
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Keywords: higher education, universities, innovation, rankings, research, technology, science
Here are the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2015
Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
  • Over 2,000 learning professionals from around the world from both education and enterprises contributed to the 9th Annual Survey of Learning Tools.
  • I have now compiled the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2015. For the 7th year running Twitter is the No 1 tool on the list, although this year it is very closely followed by YouTube, and once again, the list is dominated by free online tools and services.
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Keywords: education, learning, technology, edtech, tools
What Does Innovation Mean to You?
The Teachers Guild
  • What does innovation means to you? As the term has become an overused buzzword, too often deployed as a marketing catch-phrase, its meaning has become obscured and diluted.
  • We’ve asked teachers, administrators, designers, editors and students to tell us what innovation means to them and to share with us some of their favorite innovations.
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Keywords: higher education, trends, future of education
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