What Paper's History Tells Us About Ed Tech's Future

Posted by Dean Asher on Aug 24, 2016 3:30:00 AM

Sometimes to understand where a technology is headed, we have to take some time and look at where it's been.

It's true that paper will never truly go away — especially when many students still prefer print textbooks to digital titles — but the business and academic worlds as we know them are rapidly going more and more paperless. That said, paper itself has a very long and rich history as both a technology and a means of communication, which Inside Higher Ed columnist Joshua Kim recently learned by reading Mark Kurlansky's micro-history "Paper: Paging Through History." This history can help us better understand the evolving nature of educational technology as we use it in our classrooms. 

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Sagence Learning Helps Schools Get Started with CBE

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Aug 23, 2016 8:00:00 AM

We sat down with Theresa Horner, the Senior Vice President of Product and Content for Sagence™ to learn more about competency-based education (CBE), its popularity and what Sagence is learning from the schools using their CBE platform. Sagence has been working with leading colleges in the competency-based learning movement since 2014. Sagence, previously part of the digital textbook company Flat World Knowledge, was formed to focus exclusively on providing leading-edge competency-based education technology and services to colleges and universities

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Check on Your Access Codes, Before They're a Problem

Posted by Dean Asher on Aug 18, 2016 5:00:00 AM

Another term is finally among us, which means schools everywhere are preparing to launch another batch of online courses and the web materials that come with them. MBS Direct is dedicated to making sure things go as smoothly as possible for you in this critical time, so although it may feel like your to-do list is a mile long, there is one very important thing you should make sure you include to prevent some major problems for your students and headaches with your online course content once your term is underway. 

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How Principals Can Lead the Way with Literacy

Posted by Kate Seat on Aug 17, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Instilling a proficiency for reading early on can lead to greater success down the road — for example, accomplished readers in third grade are four times more likely to graduate from high school. In order to create a school culture that promotes literacy, it's essential that the principal and other administrators support the effort from the beginning.

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Seymour Papert and the Evolution of Ed Tech

Posted by Dean Asher on Aug 11, 2016 5:00:00 AM

Last week, technology in the classroom lost one of its earliest and most passionate pioneers. Seymour Papert died July 31 in his Blue Hill, Maine home at the age of 88.

If you're not familiar with Papert's life, it's a fascinating one. Born in South Africa in 1928, Papert studied mathematics and earned doctorates from South Africa's University of Witwatersrand and England's University of Cambridge before coming to America and working at MIT. There he began his work in robotics, and the future of technology in the classroom was changed forever. See how far we've come since then.

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How Games Are Art in the Modern Classroom

Posted by Dean Asher on Aug 10, 2016 5:00:00 AM

While it doesn't necessarily mean that your cousin Billy was secretly your generation's Da Vinci because he was good at Pitfall on his Atari, the notion that video games are an art form continues to gain traction. Fans were convinced early, but now more and more critics and even educators are coming around. In fact, educators from all over gathered in Pennsylvania earlier this month at the EduGaming Conference to discuss the benefits of games-based learning and gamification. EdScoop explored these notions further in a preview article they wrote for the conference, noting how once educators get over some of the negative stigmas video games have earned, they can see some pretty amazing results with their students.

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4 Apps to Make Communicating with Parents Easier

Posted by Kate Seat on Aug 9, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Sending emails regularly may be a good option when you have a lot of information to communicate, but what if your message is short — and urgent? In those cases, choosing an alternative to email or sending a flyer home with the student may be more effective and more efficient.

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BVCTC Improves Course Material Delivery and Customer Service to Students

Posted by Dean Asher on Aug 4, 2016 5:00:00 AM

When BridgeValley Community and Technical College's 2,000 full-time students attend classes online or at one of the school's two rural West Virginia campuses, they come from many different walks of life.

Some are straight out of high school looking to earn credits at the public two-year community college before transferring to a four-year university. Others are workers who originally graduated from college 20 years ago and are seeking a new certification to pursue a promotion in an engineering or nursing career. Some students have unfortunately been laid off and need to transition into another line of work.

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Inside the Classroom of the Future

Posted by Kate Seat on Aug 3, 2016 7:30:00 AM

While computers have had a solid place in the classroom for decades, new trends in education are incorporating augmented reality and video games like Minecraft. As a result, the way students learn is also changing — and that could lead to the traditional classroom becoming an entirely different type of learning environment.

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Surprising Statistics about Educators' Social Media Use

Posted by Kate Seat on Aug 2, 2016 7:30:00 AM

There are many reasons why social media can be such a powerful tool for communicating with students and parents: it requires very little effort, it's as close to instantaneous as possible, and with the frequency that most people check their Facebook pages, you can be almost certain that your message will be seen. Despite these factors, many teachers aren't utilizing social media to the fullest — at least, not as a professional resource.  

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