Ed Tech Research is Clear: Owning a Device Does Not Improve Learning

It’s easy to find stories and reports in the media frustrated with technology in schools, promoting caution, or even advocating for banning tech. But to what extent to these look at how the technology was being used, consider desired learning experiences for students, or the support offered teachers? … More Ed Tech Research is Clear: Owning a Device Does Not Improve Learning

Moving Beyond Word Processing, Presenting, and Online Research

With all Maine’s access to devices and broadband, our data show that students are stuck at using their devices for word processing, presenting and online research, skills we want students to develop, but by themselves don’t justify our investments in learning technology and connectivity. How can we help schools move beyond word pressing, presenting, and online research? … More Moving Beyond Word Processing, Presenting, and Online Research

What Can the “Simpsons” Teach Us about Educational Technology?

Audrey Armitage at EdWeek draws a comparison between an episode of the Simpsons where the elementary school disastrously implements educational technology and Education Week’s recent Technology Counts 2015 report. Not surprisingly, the fictional school’s ed-tech effort fails spectacularly and comedically. A massive power surge destroys the new devices and leaves Springfield’s educators at a loss … More What Can the “Simpsons” Teach Us about Educational Technology?

Positive Pressure and Support – All 3 Pieces

Level of implementation matters. Unfortunately, simply participating in training and having the right resources available does not mean that students will do better or that your initiative will have it’s desired impact. The degree to which teachers implement your initiative and related strategies matters. So, how do you drive your initiative to a high level … More Positive Pressure and Support – All 3 Pieces