Educational Technology

What’s most pressing for K-12 tech leaders in 2016?

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 00:29

By Roger Riddell, Education Dive

Two tech leaders weigh in on the issues, developments, and trends confronting administrators. As cliché as it may sound, it’s an exciting time for K-12 education. On top of a year that saw a record $1.85 billion invested in educational technology, Congress finally passed a rewrite of the much-maligned No Child Left Behind in the form of the Every Student Succeeds Act. With the latest iteration of the nation’s top educational law set to take effect in the fall and money likely to continue flowing into ed tech, there’s sure to be plenty in store for schools and districts in 2016. With educators and students getting back into the grind for the latter half of the 2015-16 school year, we reached out to two tech leaders for their thoughts on the biggest ed tech issues, developments, and trends administrators will have to face this year.

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Dremel Launches 3D Printer for Classroom Use

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 00:39

By Michael Hart, Campus Technology

Dremel has debuted a 3D printer designed specifically for use in the classroom. The Dremel 3D Idea Builder is now available to the education market, complete with teaching tools and customer support and training. Available for about $1,000, the 3D Idea Builder is a 20-pound device roughly the size of a small microwave oven. Inside it is an extruder that heats and places the plastic on a left/right and front/back axis. Its movements are controlled by a 3D design digital file that can be downloaded to the printer. Its reduced noise quality minimizes classroom distractions while printing. Intended to enhanced science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) subjects, the printer comes with 10 curriculum-based lesson plans and 3D model kits. Customer support is available via phone, Skype, online chat and e-mail.

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9 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2016

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 00:35

by Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Four technology and innovation experts discuss the hottest trends in higher ed tech this year. What should be on your education technology radar? We asked four higher ed leaders to opine on everything from accessibility and competency-based education (CBE) to wearables and virtual reality. Here’s what they told us.

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Choose Between AP, Online Classes

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 00:30

By Brian Witte, US News

Advanced Placement, or AP, classes have traditionally offered high school students the opportunity to pursue a more rigorous education, as well as the opportunity to enhance their college applications and to earn course credit. The rise of online education, however, has provided students with new avenues for accomplishing these same goals. Given that time is often a student’s most precious commodity, which path should he or she take – the AP class or the online course? If you are facing this dilemma, keep the following three considerations in mind.

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