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Can Microsoft Overtake Google’s Classroom Dominance?

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jun 28, 2018 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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War of the Wireless Devices

Posted by Lori Reese on Jun 19, 2018 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 May 23, 2018 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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Code U: Computer Coding in the Core Curriculum

Posted by Lori Reese on May 8, 2018 5:30:00 AM

A set of job-ready skills, an income-boost, a promotion, a doorway to the middle class: Students want concrete results from college. How can you ensure your school’s degree will be worth more than the paper it’s printed on?

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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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