Educational Technology

Moving past the myths of mobile learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 00:26

By Meris Stansbury, eCampus News

Two research professors discuss the mobile learning myths associated with its adoption infancy, and what they’ve learned since. By now, educators are familiar with the term mLearning, having experienced its rush in classroom popularity starting as early as 2000. But two researchers say it’s now imperative that educators slough off the myths from the reality to avoid ineffective classroom practice moving forward.

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Utah’s early literacy program works–here’s why

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 00:40


A statewide kindergarten readiness initiative in Utah is helping children develop early literacy skills before they enter kindergarten, and is doing so at a higher rate than among children who are not in the program. The state’s UPSTART program, developed by the nonprofit Waterford Institute, uses an early literacy curriculum delivered digitally in the home. A report analyzing the program’s fifth year suggests that technology has considerable merit for delivering curriculum, teaching critical early reading skills that are known predictors of later school performance, and closing early learning gaps that disproportionately affect disadvantaged children.

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5 goals, 5 barriers of digital curriculum

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 00:35


According to surveyed district and school administrators, the five most important digital curriculum policy controls are:

1. Providing technology training for teachers

2. Advocating personalized paths of learning using resources

3. Providing ongoing professional development opportunities for applying digital learning

4. Advocating moving to more or all digital content

5. Providing technology training for students

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Cutting out paper and pencils one day a week gets everyone thinking more creatively

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 00:30


The term “paper-free days” may sound like a tactic to cut spending, but that wasn’t the main goal. I wanted to challenge my teachers to think differently about educating and engaging students. Are doing worksheets and reading textbooks really teaching our students what they need to know? Probably not. What if we were to get young learners moving, get their hands dirty through project-based learning, incorporate more technology, and actually engage them in material? Would it make a difference? From there, paper-free days were born, and traditional teachers quickly embraced the true meaning of being paper-free.

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