Education Technology

  1. How E-Learning Is Reducing Inequality

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    Wealth inequality has been present since the dawn of time. During the Qing Dynast (221-206 b.c), for example, social structures distributed resources based on a pre-established hierarchy. In mid-19th century Russia, the population consisted mainly of peasant farmers, with 1.5% of the population owning 25% of the land. Nowadays,'laissez faire' economic policies aim to facilitate the appropiate distribution of wealth and resources in most countries, where the aim is to link individual effort with earnings. This system has its roots in the 'invisible hand' concept introduced by famous economist, Adam Smith, in 1759. Continue reading

  2. Where to Find Education Technology Studies

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    Before deciding to implement new technologies or methodologies, it is important to gather information to understand how effective these technologies or methodologies can be. Where can you find studies that focus on education and technology?  Continue reading

  3. Unforeseen Costs Of Expensive Education Technology

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    In a recent study conducted by the Technology For Education Consortium, it was reported that school districts are overcharged by at least $3 billion on hardware and software each year. Much of this is due to a lack of transparency from education technology companies, but it begs another important question -- why are expensive education technology products so alluring, and what are you really paying for? Continue reading

  4. Pairing Technologies With Your Interactive Whiteboard

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    How can an educator make an interactive whiteboard even more effective? By pairing it with other classroom technologies and tools! Interactive whiteboards offer a great deal of flexibility with the types of technologies and web-based tools you can pair them with, heightening learning and collaboration. Continue reading

  5. The Power Of Affordable Interactive Technology

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    Although digital whiteboards have been around since 1991, research has only recently revealed how powerful their effect on learning and retention can be. What impact can interactive technology have on students, and why is it important that these products remain affordable and accessible? Continue reading

  6. How To Know When Your Technology Is Outdated

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    Getting Smart recently published an article entitled “How to Keep your EdTech Tools from Gathering Dust”. It outlined the importance of making sure that classroom technology continues to get used rather than sit in the corner. Unused education technology, the author stresses, can be chalked up to poor implementation. There is no question that a poorly-executed implementation of a new product can lead to technology going unused. But might there be another possibility? Is the technology outdated? And if so, how do you know when it’s time to give technology the boot?  Continue reading

  7. Benefits Of Working With An Education Reseller

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    As education technology products continue to emerge, finding the right product can be an incredibly difficult and time-consuming task. How can an educator find the time to sort through the information for every single product? Is there a better and more efficient way to approach the task of finding new education technology products? Working with an education reseller is one solution.  Continue reading

  8. How To Create A Makerspace

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    “Makerspace” – this buzzword pops up frequently at education conferences, seminars, and trade shows. While makerspaces add a great deal of value for students, the challenge is in knowing precisely what a makerspace is, what it entails, the tools it should feature, and how to get started.

    Eduporium is a BoardShare partner that sells the educational technology that’s ideal for makerspaces. They have helped numerous teachers and librarians by supplying design suggestions, product advice, and implementation strategies. Irina Tuule, co-founder and VP of Strategy and Communications at Eduporium, recently spoke with Natalie Dolan, BoardShare’s marketing and sales coordinator, and provided some answers to the big questions teachers have about makerspaces.
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  9. Tips For Districts With Tight Technology Budgets

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    Although budgeting in education departments is never an easy task, this can be especially difficult for schools located in low-income areas. For technology directors and coordinators who are working with a tight budget, purchasing education technology products is often an incredibly stressful task. What are some tips and tricks for technology directors working with tight budgets? We spoke with some technology directors around the country to hear their thoughts. Continue reading

  10. To Chrome Or Not To Chrome?

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    It seems that, every time you look at education technology publications, the hot topic of the day is Chromebooks. Schools around the nation are making the switch from laptops and iPads to Chromebooks. But why? What is the appeal of Chromebooks, and should your school jump on the Chromebook bandwagon? Continue reading

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