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Preparing Students for Careers

Posted by Liz Schulte on Apr 19, 2018 10:30:00 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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What Can the Right LMS Do for Student Success?

Posted by Lori Reese on Apr 10, 2018 5:30:00 AM

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

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Ed Tech Showdown

Posted by Liz Schulte on Apr 2, 2018 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 Smartphones Replace Laptops?

Posted by Liz Schulte on Mar 20, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Physical books are being replaced by eBooks — didn’t happen. Blu-ray is the next DVD — sorry, that was streaming. Smartphones are the new laptop — jury’s still out?

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What Happens When Teachers Are Tech Leaders?

Posted by Lori Reese on Feb 1, 2018 5:30:00 AM

These teachers stand out — and raise eyebrows. They integrate the latest technologies into their classrooms. They have popular Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and blogs. They score lucrative speaking gigs at conferences on educational leadership. These are the  high-profile classroom teachers that companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google and Amazon court with freebies —  everything from gift cards to iPads and free access to premium classroom software — and they are igniting debate about corporate-infused pedagogy. Should you encourage your teachers to seize such opportunities or forbid them from fraternizing with Silicon Valley elites?

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Is Adaptive Learning the Future of Education?

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jan 31, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Adaptive learning is an intriguing idea. It is easy to see how the idea of utilizing technology to create a personalized learning process for students that adapts to the needs of the learner is a compelling one for educational institutions and students alike. After all, finding a way to reach and engage more students in a sustainable way is game changing.

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Struggling With Retention? There’s an App for That

Posted by Lori Reese on Dec 15, 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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Google Glass: Changing the Face of Enterprise

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

Administrators wondering how to best prepare students for the changing workplace need to look again at Google Glass. That’s right: The wearable mini-computers are back and the new Google Glass Enterprise Edition® may change the way many of us do our jobs.

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Is AI the Future of Education?

Posted by Liz Schulte on Nov 27, 2017 5:30:00 AM

When the term artificial intelligence is used, it is easy for the mind to wander to Isaac Asimov’s foreboding stories that contemplate when humans will become obsolete. However, artificial intelligence is already a part of most Americans' everyday life. When we use an ATM over a teller at the bank, check our smartphones or ask Alexa® for the forecast, we encounter technology designed to make our lives easier. What is on the horizon for AI advancements in education? With giants like IBM, Google, Apple and Facebook taking an interest in ed tech, will AI permeate education the way it has other industries? Today, we will explore developments in ed tech and how AI could change the way people learn.

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Is Apple® Slacking Off in the Classroom?

Posted by Lori Reese on Oct 23, 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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