Jenny Abamu

Teachers at ISTE Share Their Definitions of Personalized Learning...and They’re All Different

Perhaps it was the soft jazz playing in the background, or the tranquil turquoise blue accenting all the signage. Or maybe the frenzy of testing is finally over, giving way to a chance to relax and unwind. Whatever it was, for an event with more than 1400 booths, sessions and workshops and 21,000 attendees, ISTE’s annual conference kicked off with more of a breeze than a bang.

How Scratch and Minecraft Developers Hope to Keep Kids Coding For Life

Coding curricula is sweeping into classrooms across the country, thanks to programs such as Code.org. According to the Education Commission of States, about 20 states now require that districts allow students to apply specified computer science courses toward completion of mathematics, science or, as a foreign language. But is coding preoccupying the hearts and minds of students after school hours? This is the question that researchers at the MIT Media Lab are asking.

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Students Say They Are Not as Tech Savvy as Educators Assume

A love for avocado lattes and Snapchat filters are just a few of the stereotypes following Millennials these days. But students are now pushing back on these generational generalizations, noting that assumptions regarding their attitudes, hobbies, and abilities are hurting them academically. One of the biggest misconceptions students at last week’s New Media Consortium’s Summer Conference (NMC) brought up was the idea that millennials are digital natives.

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What If Students Are the Biggest Barrier to Innovation?

As Alexandra Pickett worked to bring new technology and teaching styles to New York State University, she faced an unexpected challenge. Pickett, who directs the Center for Online Teaching Excellence, said one of the biggest barriers to innovation has been student resistance.

From High School to Harvard, Students Urge for Clarity on Privacy Rights

What rights do parents, students and teachers have in an educational system increasingly awash in data and technology? That’s one of the underpinning questions behind a campaign launched in March by Providence, Rhode Island’s student union which called for a “Student Bill of Rights” that included (amongst other demands) the right to data privacy.The degree of privacy a student gets should not be dependent on that student’s socioeconomic status.

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Can Technology Help Teachers Start Tough Conversations about Race?

Technology certainly does not always make painful events from the past easier or more comfortable to discuss. In February 2014, a Belgium-based startup attempted to use a series of tweets to re-enact the trial of two white men accused of murdering 14-year-old, Emmett Till, a young black man, in Mississippi in 1955.

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Which Stories Do the Nation’s Education Technology Reporters Want You to Follow?

Apple, Google and Microsoft are battling to take over the classroom. Ransomware attacks in both K-12 and higher education have compromised the private information of millions of vulnerable students, 2017 has had no shortage of edtech news.But when it comes to the biggest stories of the year thus far, what are the writers themselves—education reporters—reading and thinking about?

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While IBM Looks to Scale P-TECH, Founding Principal Davis Focuses On Completion Rates

Pathways in Technology Early College High School (more commonly known as P-TECH) in Crown Heights, Brooklyn opened its doors in 2011. The public high school's claim to fame was its unique model serving grades 9 to 14, offering students associate's degrees in STEM majors by the time they graduate. Backed by companies like IBM, and championed by the New York City Department of Education and even former President Barack Obama, the unique model has spread from one to 60 schools across the globe—all in under six years.

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How Edtech Companies Blur the Lines Between Commercial and Research Data

Edward Snowden’s revelation about the National Security Agency’s information-gathering practices alerted the public to the nefarious uses of data collection.

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Massive Data Breaches, Billions in Wasted Funds: Who Is Holding Edtech Vendors Accountable?

In 2014, University of Maryland President Wallace Loh made a desperate appeal to the Senate to support legislation that would force businesses to more aggressively address the cybersecurity issues that
cost his university millions of dollars. His request fell on deaf ears as the bill died.

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