Schools will now be able to assign apps to users wirelessly while keeping full ownership and control over the app licenses. It’s flexible, too: Apps can be revoked at will and reassigned to other students. (Apple’s new volume purchasing program also supports the purchase of Mac apps and books, so its impact stretches beyond iOS devices.)
I got out of the iPad management business a few months ago, but—if this works—it’s a total game changer and would have made my life an order of magnitude easier. As it stands, it’s probably just going to make my successor look incredibly competent, but that’s life.
Also, bundling Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iMovie, and iPhoto with each new iOS device is great for making it easy for students to create content on their devices. I wish Apple would make these apps available to schools who already purchased their iPads for this school year.
The emerging research communities in educational data mining and learning analytics are developing methods for mining and modeling the increasing amounts of fine-grained data becoming available about learners. In this class, you will learn about these methods, and their strengths and weaknesses for different applications. You will learn how to use each method to answer education research questions and to drive intervention and improvement in educational software and systems. Methods will be covered both at a theoretical level, and in terms of how to apply and execute them using standard software tools. Issues of validity and generalizability will also be covered, towards learning to establish how trustworthy and applicable the results of an analysis are.
This course seems pretty awesome. I might have to break my tradition of signing up for MOOCs and never actually completing them.
That’s ironic, because the point of iBeacons is to help you find things — or, rather, to help your iOS device to find itself. iBeacons is the general name for a set of additions to the Core Location framework that developers can use when designing apps: it isn’t a new piece of hardware, nor a new app, but a capability. Apps can use iBeacons to answer the question “Where am I?” not in terms of a location on a map, like GPS does, but in terms of where the device is relative to another device. Specifically, where it is relative to another device acting as an iBeacon.
Think of an iBeacon as a tiny radio you can put almost anywhere. When your iPhone or other iOS device gets within range (a few dozen feet or so), it detects the iBeacon and can estimate how far away it is. Each iBeacon has its own identifier, too, so if your iPhone is within range of more than one iBeacon, it can tell them apart.
It’s all of the cool sensors in iOS devices that is beginning to attract me to the platform. I think you can do some really cool stuff in the classroom with iBeacons.
[Kim] Bankston is frank: we need more talent, and the girls of this generation need to be a part of it. Showing them that information technology is a cool field—and one not to fear—is key, especially since technology figures significantly into just about every industry.
Jessica has decided not to return to TFA for a second year. She said she was so unsupported that she felt justified reneging on her two-year commitment. “Yes a commitment matters,” she wrote, “but staying isn’t necessarily helpful to your kids or anybody.” Jessica said that after she notified local TFA leadership of her decision, the reaction was severe. “They chewed out my character and made personal allegations,” she said. She was told, she recalls, that she would “personally have to deal with remorse and regret.”
How do we resolve this paradox that college is a sound financial investment, yet an increasing number of students find themselves unable to pay back their loans?
College may still be, on average, a worthwhile investment. But for American higher education, a ‘D’ is still a passing grade.
According to a chart included in the article entitled “Best and Worst Median Salaries Ranked By College Major”, one of the least lucrative investments is early childhood education—and that’s a shame.
When today’s K-12 students enter college and embark in their careers, they will most likely encounter a wide array of game-like elements, such as badge systems. In June, Blackboard Learn, a learning management system for higher education, announced a partnership with Mozilla to support digital badges. In the corporate world, badge systems are also used to increase employee productivity. Mozilla’s Open Badges Backpack serves as a virtual resume to display one’s mastered skills.
I want one of those Github merit badges in the photograph above the article.
A Japanese word meaning “continuous improvement,” kaizen is a main ingredient in Toyota’s business model and a key to its success, the company says. It is an effort to optimize flow and quality by constantly searching for ways to streamline and enhance performance. Put more simply, it is about thinking outside the box and making small changes to generate big results.
I know of another sector that could use healthy dose of kaizen.
That one new feature you added? That sparkly, Techcrunchable, awesome feature? What did it cost your user? If the result of your work consumes someone’s cognitive resources, they can’t use those resources for other things that truly, deeply matter. This is NOT about consuming their time and attention while they’re using your app. This is about draining their ability for logical thinking, problem-solving, and willpower after the clicking/swiping/gesturing is done.
I wonder if many schools have arbitrary policies in place that drain teachers cognitive resources and prevent them for doing great work.
When Arnecia Hawkins enrolled at Arizona State University last fall, she did not realize she was volunteering as a test subject in an experimental reinvention of American higher education. Yet here she was, near the end of her spring semester, learning math from a machine.
Yours truly was asked to speak at the press conference with New York City Department of Education’s Chancellor, Dennis Walcott.
Anika Anand writing for Gotham Schools:
“There’s a lot of tools that have come and gone over the last decade that it felt like they didn’t talk to a teacher,” said Steve Kinney, a middle and high school programming teacher from Scholars Academy in Rockaway Park who served as one of the judges in the competition.
“This is the first time where it’s very explicit that we’re involving teachers in the process and we’re looking for apps that get back to the core of why anyone became a teacher, things that allow them to leverage technology, to work faster and more efficiently so they can focus their time on creating great lessons,” Kinney said.
And so the president goes on television telling us that the big issue of our time is jobs, jobs, jobs — as if the reason to build high-speed rails and fix bridges is to put people back to work. But it seems to me there’s something backwards in that logic. I find myself wondering if we may be accepting a premise that deserves to be questioned.