Archive for November, 2012

Laptops, tablets make inroads into classrooms, but Idaho voters say no

Laptops and tablets are no longer entering American classrooms in a trickle.  We’re starting to see something approaching a stream. The Dallas Morning News reports that a move to give an iPad to every fifth-grader at Rutherford Elementary in Mesquite, Texas, was “an undeniable success,” and now it’s the fourth-graders’ turn to get the eagerly […]…

At JPMorgan Chase, volunteerism is part of the culture

With hundreds of thousands in the Northeast still cold, hungry and powerless in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and a bone-chilling nor’easter, packages of basic goods — toothbrushes, ready-to-eat meals — made it into some grateful hands this week. The packages were assembled in Dallas, far from the mammoth back-to-back storms, by employees of JPMorgan […]…

Using ‘digital storytelling’ to help teachers improve their skills

Teachers in a New York City high school are using digital technology to figure out how to become better teachers. At New Design High School in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, they’re banding together to discuss problems they’re experiencing in their classrooms and to brainstorm solutions. Then they’re taking the unusual step of creating simple videos […]…

Lucas to give $4 billion from Disney to education

The Force, it seems, is with education. George Lucas, who this week agreed to sell his Star Wars franchise to The Walt Disney Company, disclosed that he intends to donate the bulk of the proceeds to a foundation focused mainly on education issues. The Hollywood Reporter says it’s not yet clear which foundation will get the proceeds. Lucas […]…

Teachers: Technology hurting attention spans

Two new studies highlight the complex effects of technology on today’s students. In a survey of more than 2,400 teachers by the Pew Internet Project, roughly 75 percent said the Internet and search engines had a “mostly positive” impact on student research skills. But 87 percent said digital technologies were creating “an easily distracted generation […]…

Arab state takes iLearning leap

The world’s most advanced paperless classrooms are in … Dubai? The United Arab Emirates handed out 14,000 iPads to all its college freshmen this September. UAE authorities hope not only to reduce the waste of paper, but to create a more engaging experience for students. They think the use of the popular devices will ultimate […]…

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