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Preparing Students for Careers

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jun 23, 2017 5:30:00 AM

The worldwide growth of artificial intelligence will change the job requirements of future generations. Preparing students to be successful in an increasingly digital world requires more than a college degree. Students need to start developing computer science skills at least by high school if not sooner. It will better prepare them for almost any future career they decide to pursue.

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Coding for Kids

Posted by Lori Reese on Jun 16, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Alarm clock, digital coffee maker, smartphone, car, elevator, email: Whether you know it or not, your life revolves around code. That’s why K–12 schools devoted to arming kids with valuable 21st century skills are building the computer programmer’s skill into the curriculum.

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Is Apple® Slacking Off in the Classroom?

Posted by Lori Reese on Jun 15, 2017 5:30:00 AM

The hardware costs more, the apps are neither free nor teacher-tested and the most popular education item lacks a keyboard. Now that Microsoft® and Google® have kicked up efforts to capture the K–12 market, what — if anything — is Apple doing to compete?

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Struggling With Retention? There’s an App for That

Posted by Lori Reese on Jun 14, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Communication is key to retention. Without a sense of connection to the university, students flounder and stray. Some move to a new institution, some fail to meet grade requirements and some simply give up and drop out.

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Ed Tech Showdown

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jun 7, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Google, Microsoft and Apple are vying for the coveted K–12 market. These three corporate giants have products and services they say will help overwhelmed educators carry their workload, boost student achievement and increase student interest. In some ways, all the products offer similar solutions, but there are also differences in the functions they are capable of supporting. Today, we are going to break down what each product is capable of achieving in the classroom.  

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Can Microsoft Overtake Google’s Classroom Dominance?

Posted by Liz Schulte on May 24, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Earlier this month, at the company’s EDU event, Microsoft revealed they are returning to the world of education in a big way. Introducing new equipment, apps and pedagogical innovation that could give Google a run for the top spot, competing on all levels — including cost.

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What Can the Right LMS Do for Student Success?

Posted by Lori Reese on May 17, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Love them or hate them: Learning management systems are here to stay.

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War of the Wireless Devices

Posted by Lori Reese on May 10, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Which works best in the classroom — iPads™ or Chromebooks? Educators have debated that ever since Apple’s tablet and Google’s laptop first appeared on the market in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

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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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