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A tipping point for ed tech public policy

A tipping point for ed tech public policy

01/01/2015

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The “tipping point,” as popular author Malcolm Gladwell describes it, is “that magic moment when an idea, trend or social behavior tips, and spreads like wildfire.”

Everyone who attended ISTE 2014 in Atlanta, or is part of the ISTE community of some 100,000 educators and education…

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BYOD benefits include engagement, relevance, personalization of learning

BYOD benefits include engagement, relevance, personalization of learning

01/01/2015

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If you're concentrating on the device in a BYOD initiative, you're setting your students up for failure.

That is the secret to implementing a successful Bring Your Own Device initiative offered by Lenny Schad, author of the book,…

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Show students how much they matter

Show students how much they matter

01/01/2015

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Innovate, revolutionize, evolve. The worlds of education and technology have become forever entwined with these words of transformation. While no one can deny that advances in technology have changed classrooms for the better, computers and apps aren’t a silver bullet to improve learning.…

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Everything old is new again

Everything old is new again

01/01/2015

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When ISTE launched entrsekt in July 2014, we were thrilled to bring members a thought-leadership magazine that addressed the broad issues in education with a provocative focus on ed tech topics and explored change agents in the ed tech field. While we believed that we were on to…

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The times they are a changing — but how much and how fast?

The times they are a changing — but how much and how fast?

01/01/2015

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A revolution is taking place in innovative classrooms worldwide. Learning environments are changing from silent places where students were expected to absorb the knowledge of their teachers to dynamic environments where…

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Deborah Taylor Tate has multiple roles in ICT, ed tech

Deborah Taylor Tate has multiple roles in ICT, ed tech

01/01/2015

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Deborah Taylor Tate, commissioner of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 2005-09, has deep roots in education reform, information technology and ed tech.

Twice appointed by President George W. Bush to the FCC, today she serves as the first special envoy to the…

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How to have a good idea: Brainstorming is dead, but the thought lives on

How to have a good idea: Brainstorming is dead, but the thought lives on

01/01/2015

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It seems the popular term brainstorm has negative connotations for epilepsy patients, so the revamped catch phrase is “thought showers” — as in a downpour of ideas to choose from. Or perhaps it’s a nod to cleanliness. Either way, we could all use more great ideas from each other and…

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Cultural connections: Students gain real-life insights with global PBL

Cultural connections: Students gain real-life insights with global PBL

07/13/2015

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In American schools, the vast majority of work is measured A to F (apologies to the letter “E,” which unofficially stands for “excluded from the grading system”).

Analyze the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Get a grade. Explain the impact and enduring…

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Adam Braun is changing the global learning experience

Adam Braun is changing the global learning experience

07/14/2015

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Adam Braun knows how to navigate the fast-track Wall Street lifestyle with the best of them, but this Forbes’ 30 Under 30 and Business Insider’s 40 Under 40 honoree has also found a handle on balance.

Braun is the founder of Pencils of…

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Cracking the smile: 12 ways to control your happiness

Cracking the smile: 12 ways to control your happiness

10/01/2015

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The Partridge Family made it popular to shake a tambourine and sing, “Come on, get happy.” Scientists aren’t completely in rhythm with the sentiment – they’ve found that 50 percent of happiness is determined by our genes. Chalk up another 10 percent to life circumstance. But that still leaves 40…

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