Category Archives: trends

Do We Really Need Dedicated Edtech?

A different view on making and buying technology for student learning. GUEST COLUMN | by Marc Prensky Do we really need to continue to create, sell, and buy dedicated “educational” hardware and software”?  Venture capitalists think so—I just saw an investment … Continue reading

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What Exactly is a ‘Digital Shelf’?

How this edtech strategy can narrow the achievement gap to help you cross the chasm. GUEST COLUMN | by Chris Twyman Education technology companies have to walk a tightrope between profits and social impact. Investors in these organizations expect to … Continue reading

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Digital Classrooms 2018

5 K-12 trends plus the technologies and strategies for meeting their demands. GUEST COLUMN | by Dan Rivera As predicted,[1] mobile-first digital learning not only spread throughout K-12 districts nation-wide last year, it also generated various associated technology initiatives.[2] These … Continue reading

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A Message from the Future

The future ain’t what it used to be. And how January has already flown. Well, I have some great news for you: I’ve been observing, chatting with, and listening intently to educators. And those in edtech providing solutions to those … Continue reading

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Three EdTech Trends to Watch in 2018

Analysis from an experienced educator and edtech company director of instructional strategy. GUEST COLUMN | by Kellie Ady Earlier this year, my company issued an invitation to educators to answer a questionnaire about digital learning. The goal was to get … Continue reading

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Trends | 2017 Digital Study Trends

McGraw-Hill Education just released the results of their 2017 Digital Study Trends survey, the latest edition of an annual report examining the ways college students are using technology in their studies, and the perceived impact of tech-enabled studying. According to … Continue reading

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Leading a Digital Learning Transformation

How to lead, support, and evaluate an effective digital learning shift.  GUEST COLUMN | by Randy Ziegenfuss  “If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own … Continue reading

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Trends | Owl Swoops in with $185M

More big news for edtech: Owl Ventures has $185 Million in fresh capital for edtech startups. Owl Ventures debuted its second venture capital fund dedicated entirely to education technology startups. While this is the largest U.S. fund devoted to edtech, many … Continue reading

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The Social Campus

Eight areas of opportunity for higher education in 2018. GUEST COLUMN | by Phil Chatterton In the past five years, social media has become a mission-critical communications technology in higher education. It is used by many stakeholders across campus for … Continue reading

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Tools Teachers Love

Some practical perspective from an online educator. GUEST COLUMN | by Dominique Baroco Long gone are the days of textbooks and chalkboards. Classrooms have evolved, and teachers are now turning to technology to develop lesson plans. This evolution comes as … Continue reading

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Global State of Digital Learning

Key findings and trends in K-12 education. GUEST COLUMN | by Dylan Rodgers With each passing year, technology continues to push the boundaries of what’s possible in teaching and learning. So much so, that it’s getting harder to find schools … Continue reading

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2018 EdTech Awards Final Deadline

There is still time to enter The 2018 EdTech Awards. The annual program recognizes people in and around education for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere. Featuring edtech’s best and brightest, the annual recognition program … Continue reading

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In Student Hands

How technology drives personalized learning. GUEST COLUMN | by Rachel Tustin Editor’s Note: Over the past sixteen years, classrooms have seen a world of change. This post takes the long view, examining classroom practices from the perspective of a veteran … Continue reading

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Trends | EdChat Interactive to discuss Digital Citizenship

Another exciting edition of Edchat Interactive is almost here, and Highlander Institute’s Eric Butash (pictured) will lead a discussion on the meaning of digital citizenship for today’s socially active students. What are the consequences of the way we help students learn … Continue reading

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Better Together

In-depth with big-hearted Mark Milliron of Civitas Learning. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Editor’s note: For one of the fastest-growing edtech companies in higher education, we’ve dug deep and present here one of our most in-depth interviews. Enjoy! A first-generation … Continue reading

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Trends | Implementing Ed Tech

Successful technology implementations do not happen by accident. With the right tools and approach, education technology can have a significant and measurable impact on learning. According to research, the greatest success in the classroom starts with sound teaching skills, complemented … Continue reading

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Trends | Blended Perspectives

Educators integrating technology into their classroom practice experience some common benefits and challenges, identified in a new report from the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning (FBOL) and the Evergreen Education Group. In Teaching with Technology, a survey of teachers from 38 … Continue reading

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Trends | Next 20 for Higher Ed

As one of edtech’s oldest companies turns 20, how are they celebrating? Looking ahead to the next 20 years, naturally. “Future Forward: The Next Twenty Years of Higher Education” asks U.S. higher education leaders to share their insights into what the … Continue reading

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Trends | Increasing Equity and Awareness With Online STEM Programs

To address the high demand and current shortage of STEM workers (Maltese & Tai, 2011), CareerInSTEM initiated a pilot online summer camp to equip diverse learners with the knowledge needed for a meaningful, rewarding future as a STEM professional. The … Continue reading

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Still Time to Enter 2018 EdTech Awards

There is still time to enter The 2018 EdTech Awards. The annual program recognizes people in and around education for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere. Featuring edtech’s best and brightest, the annual recognition … Continue reading

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Harvey HELP

Higher education taking a unified response, students helping students through GoFundMe. Texas and national leaders from higher education associations, institutions, foundations, and businesses have come together to launch the Harvey HELP Fund, a crowd-sourced relief fund dedicated to aiding the close … Continue reading

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Reflections on ISTE 2017

All grown up, edtech is ready to show ‘vanilla ed’ how to get the job done! UNPACKING EDTECH | by Mark Gura I’m back home a few days now from San Antonio where I attended ISTE 2017 — the ever … Continue reading

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Trends | Shift to a Digital Workforce

ISDI Digital University, an in-person and online graduate school in Silicon Valley offering a Master’s degree in Internet Business, surveyed over 100 companies and found that 56 percent of talent professionals across the United States find it increasingly difficult to find digital talent. … Continue reading

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Trends | A Question of EdTech Efficacy

In Washington, D.C. just about a month ago, the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, Digital Promise, and the Jefferson Education Accelerator hosted a symposium focused on the role of efficacy research in the development, adoption, and implementation of … Continue reading

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2018 EdTech Awards Now Open

The EdTech Awards recognizes people in and around education for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere. Featuring edtech’s best and brightest, the annual recognition program shines a spotlight on cool tools, inspiring leaders, … Continue reading

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