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Can Virtual Reality Become the Perfect Learning Aid?

Posted by Liz Schulte on Dec 6, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Something is always changing or improving in technology. If you turn your back on the industry too long, a new piece of tech will have been developed, implemented and on the way out before you even knew you missed it. Right now, some of the most exciting developments are coming out of virtual reality and artificial intelligence, but what implications will they have on the world of education?

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Enticing Recruits with the iPad

Posted by Lori Reese on Sep 20, 2017 5:30:00 AM

As enrollment declines nationwide, colleges and universities search for ever-more creative ways to recruit. Often prospective students need to see something tangible — a concrete attribute that sets one $30,000-plus liberal arts school apart from another of comparable size and cost. To a student, what’s going to make one grassy quadrangle look different from the next?

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The Pitfalls of Big Data

Posted by Liz Schulte on Sep 13, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Big data has infiltrated nearly every aspect of our lives. It determines the advertisements we see, the routes our GPS directs us, the posts we encounter on social media, unusual activity on our credit cards, entertainment recommendations from streaming services and the list could go on. Big data has become big business.

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Ed Tech Showdown

Posted by Liz Schulte on Aug 28, 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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The Evolution of Chatbots

Posted by Liz Schulte on Aug 11, 2017 5:30:00 AM

While talking with my mother one weekend, she was tapping away on her phone, eyebrows drawn together as she scowled at the screen. Immediately, I knew something was up. First, my mother isn’t technologically savvy. It took about six months with her writing down the instructions three times to teach her how to check her email. Second, she doesn’t text. She had only sent one text message — it was to me and complete gibberish.

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Trending Topics in Education Podcast - Hockaday School [Podcast]

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Jul 31, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Carrie Watkins: With a desire to share his love of learning, Jason Curtis entered the education industry as a classroom teacher 21 years ago. Now, as the Director of Technology and Information Resources for the Hockaday School, Jason has more of a behind-the-scenes position for encouraging that love of learning in students. In our conversation with Jason, we talked about how technology can enhance the role of the teacher in personalizing education for individual students.

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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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Expecting Tech

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

A student shows up to class with their digital textbook after having turned in their homework and checked their grades on the learning management system. Later that day the same students receives an email alert about upcoming events on campus, participates in an online group discussion and gets an SMS notification about an urgent campus update. Would you consider that school tech savvy? Students wouldn’t.

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ATLIS Conference Showcases New Ideas for Teaching in K-12 Schools

Posted by Carrie Watkins on May 4, 2017 5:30:00 AM

The third annual Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools conference drew more than 400 educators, IT directors and curriculum integration specialists to Los Angeles, in the shadow of Universal Studios April 22-26. The first conference to focus on technology directors at private K-12 schools, ATLIS boasted workshops, school tours and an AR/VR RV.

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Alternative Content Options Expanding Education

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Dec 2, 2016 5:30:00 AM

Finding low-cost, high quality content that engages students and is customizable does not need to be an “either/or” decision. Regardless of your goals, you have options.

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