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Is AI the Future of Education?

Posted by Liz Schulte on Apr 14, 2017 5:30:00 AM

When the term artificial intelligence is used, it is easy to for the mind to wander to Isaac Asimov’s foreboding stories that contemplate when humans will become obsolete. However, AI is a part of most Americans everyday life. Whether we are trying to push our way through a company’s automated answering to get to a “real person,” using an ATM over a teller at the bank, checking anything on our smartphones or asking Alexa® what the weather will be like today, we encounter some form of technology designed to make our lives easier.  One arena that has been slower to bring AI into the fold is education, but with giants like IBM, Google, Apple and Facebook taking an interest in ed tech, resistance is futile. It is no longer a matter of if AI will permeate education, it is more a question of when and how it will change the way people learn.

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Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart: The CAVE

Posted by Liz Schulte on Feb 20, 2017 5:30:00 AM

As one of the first in the nation to have a fully wireless one-to-one program, Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Houston, Texas, is no stranger to being a pioneer in innovative educational practices. The all-girls PK-12 school started a student helpdesk program that gives the students hands-on experience with fixing their school computers, boosts their self-confidence and strengthens their problem-solving skills. 

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Bring the World to Your Classroom

Posted by Liz Schulte on Feb 16, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Every day new technology is introduced that makes the world a little bit smaller. You can talk with people in all corners of the internet-touched world almost as easily as you can step outside and meet your neighbor. You can tour other countries and learn about their cultures and experiences with a few swift clicks on the keyboard. Higher education and K-12 students can benefit from the variety of experience that these virtual learning tools bring into a classroom. All it requires is a strong internet connection and a willingness to learn.

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Virtual Reality in Schools Brings Real World to Life

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Jan 13, 2017 5:30:00 AM

More than 87 million virtual reality headsets were sold in 2016. Often used for gaming, watching programs and education, the VR market is expected to explode from $1.5 billion in sales in 2015 to almost $40 billion in the next five years. How will your school take advantage of the industry boom?

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MBS Direct's eGlossary: A Primer on the Digital Dialect [Download]

Posted by Dean Asher on Nov 24, 2016 5:00:00 AM

While experts still argue about the details, one thing is clear: digital course materials are here to stay. With such a meteoric rise of such a complex subject, it’s no wonder a lot of buzzwords cropped up in an attempt to define, explain and establish each element that makes up the digital learning experience.

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What in the EdTech?

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Nov 9, 2016 7:00:00 AM

This past week, I traveled to several of our partner schools in the Dallas Fort Worth area. I received tours of maker spaces where students 3D-printed working electric guitar frames, heard about Invention Conventions where students come up with inventions that could change the world, and a student-run ad agency that did social media management and design work for outside companies.

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MBS Direct: No Magic Bullets, Just Solutions

Posted by Bill Dampier on Nov 4, 2016 5:00:00 AM

Education is changing today faster and more frequently than perhaps any other time in recent history. Technology has a place in the classroom that's evolved beyond the overhead transparency projectors and solar-powered pocket calculators many of us remember from our education. However, that doesn't mean that technology is achieving its full potential. In other words, educational technology keeps changing with many new players offering promises of single-handedly transforming how your students learn.

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Could Your Next Teaching Assistant Be an AI?

Posted by Dean Asher on Oct 27, 2016 9:20:57 AM

"Siri, may I have a pass to go to the bathroom?"

It's a pretty weird question to ask your iPhone at home, but some ed tech experts believe this is the future for your classroom. As technology becomes more advanced — and students become more comfortable with it — there's a real shot that AI programs could do everything from helping educators run their classrooms to finding commuters the right buses to get to their destination.

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Ed Tech Predictions from Yesteryear: What Came True and What's Still Waiting

Posted by Dean Asher on Oct 13, 2016 5:00:00 AM

No one has a crystal ball, but we all like to try and make predictions about what's next for education. It can help us imagine the direction our students' education will be going in for the future, and it helps us better prepare our technological plans and infrastructure. With technology shifting so rapidly, however, it's easier said than done. Sometimes going back even five years reveals predictions that were well off the mark.

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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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