Educational Technology

Arizona lags behind in schools’ internet access, but change is coming

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 00:29

By Yoohyun Jung, Arizona Daily Star

Twenty years ago, internet access was a luxury that only a small number of schools in the country could afford. That’s no longer true . However, data from a nonprofit advocating for better internet access in schools shows Arizona is still lagging. That’s not to say progress isn’t being made; a statewide initiative coupled with federal funding could boost internet connectivity in Arizona’s public and charter schools substantially in coming years. Education Superhighway ranked Arizona 44th worst out of 50 states for connectivity in 2016.

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Five Reasons to Teach Robotics in School

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 04/02/2017 - 00:35

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

In today’s’ technology-driven world, it’s important now more than ever to prepare students for the future. Teaching robotics to young students throughout their schooling can increase their ability to be creative and innovative thinkers and more productive members of society. Many governments have already recognized the importance of robotics in the classroom and have begun to create programs and laws that would incorporate it into their public education system. By teaching our students the basics of robotics, we can open a whole new world to them and exciting opportunities that they wouldn’t have access to otherwise.

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Teachers: Khan-style online tutorials go 2.0 with new technology

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 04/02/2017 - 00:30

BY PETER WEST, eCampus News

Khan Academy-style tutorials go 2.0, humanizing online learning thanks to the LightBoard. This next stage of evolution of tutorials allows students to get an enhanced experience with a more personal connection between the student and the teacher. Students no longer view only writing with a disembodied voice. They now get to see their teacher, complete with facial expressions, gestures and all the “human” things that make person-to-person explanations appealing. While nothing can replace a one-to-one, face-to-face explanation, this is better than anything in the past. This type of tutorial is simple to make; any teacher who can stand at a board, write with a standard marker and explain a concept can now make tutorials—no digital pens and touch-enabled devices needed, and almost no technical knowledge required.

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Budget would slash funding for online classes, hurt smallest schools most

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 04/02/2017 - 00:29

by MATT HOFFMAN, Billings Gazette

Montana’s proposed budget would slash funding for an online class program that disproportionately serves rural students, where small schools typically struggle to offer specialty classes. The Montana Digital Academy has grown significantly since its first classes in 2010, but it has never received sustainable funding from the state keeping pace with that growth. Instead, one-time-only funding has been added on top of its original $2.3 million allocation. This year, no one-time only funding has been added, effectively resulting in a $1.7 million decrease.

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