Educational Technology

What Higher Education Can Learn From Summer Camps

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 00:35

by Steven Mintz, Inside Higher Ed

The American higher educational system has proven to be remarkably adaptable and resilient. As we’ve recently learned in the case of Sweet Briar, it’s awfully hard to close a college. The value of an institution – to faculty, staff, alumni, and the surrounding community – is simply too great to allow a college to shut down without protest. But the challenges that face higher education are daunting, especially for small rural colleges and regional comprehensives located in areas with falling populations. Demographic, financial, and political pressures appear likely to intensify. What, then, might the future hold? Let’s look at an odd but plausible analogy: Summer camps.

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Ten Characteristics of Teachers Who Successfully Use EdTech

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 00:30

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Technology is changing the landscape of teaching and learning. Textbooks are being phased out, makerspaces are becoming increasingly common, and communication between teachers and students has never been easier or more abundant. Technology is unavoidable, and while some teachers may still feel hesitant about the changes that are coming fast and furiously in the wake of these advancements, most teachers want to embrace the potential. Teachers that are successfully integrating educational technology in their classrooms are beacons for their peers – and there is much they can teach us.

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