What Colleges Can Learn From Toyota

An excerpt from Education Next executive editor Michael Horn’s new book

Robots Are Teaching Language Skills, But Are They Any Good?

Robots may work well sometimes. Here’s what we know about why, when, and for whom.

Taking Tablet Learning Global

Can learning technology eradicate illiteracy in less-developed countries?

The Disruptive Playbook for Bootcamps to Upend Higher Education

An unbundled higher education system could focus on helping learners earn and learn, as opposed to the existing pattern of learn and then later, maybe, earn.

Is Wi-Fi a Health Threat in Schools?

Sorting fact from fiction

Straight Up Conversation: My Tech High CEO Matt Bowman

My Tech High partners with innovative public school districts to offer tuition-free, home-centered education programs to 5,000 students, primarily in Utah.

Straight Up Conversation: AltSchool Chief Impact Officer Devin Vodicka

AltSchool partners with 25 districts and schools to implement technology-enabled personalized learning. It also operates four tuition-funded lab schools in San Francisco and New York City.

K-12 Schools Aren’t Getting Disrupted, but Markets that Provide Resources to Schools Are

Edtech entrepreneurs and school choice advocates sometimes invoke disruptive innovation as an indomitable force that will redeem and transform broken school systems.

Defining Personalized Learning and Blended Learning: Is There a Difference?

Personalized learning is a pedagogical philosophy of tailoring learning to the individual student. Blended learning involves integrating technology to deliver some content.

Entree to Freshman Year

Online programs offer low-cost courses for college credit

Online Learning Goes Hollywood

Using video storytelling to motivate learning

Allowing Researchers to See What Goes On in the Classroom

Technology might allow us to collect detailed information about classroom practice that would help us learn what’s working and what’s not.

There’s a Reason Why Teachers Don’t Use the Software Provided By Their Districts

A recent report found that most educational software licenses go unused in K-12 districts. The findings unveil a clear disconnect between district software procurement and classroom practice.

In the News: Uber, But for Driving Your Kids Around

Will parents be able to outsource drop-offs and pick-ups to Uber-like companies or automated vehicles? Will school buses be self-driving? The future is now.

Narrow STEM Focus In Schools May Hurt Long-Term

New research by David Deming and Kadeem Noray finds that students who major in STEM fields initially experience elevated salaries and rates of employment, but the skills their occupations require change so rapidly that their training quickly becomes obsolete.

From Cat Videos and Cooking Tips to the History of the Punic Wars

Educational content comes to YouTube

Not Just What But Who You Know Matters

An Excerpt from Julia Freeland Fisher’s book “Who You Know”

In the News: Alexa, What’s the Deal With You, Anyway?

Several universities are putting free Amazon Echo Dot devices in student dorm rooms to help students more easily access information about their schools.

Accreditation’s Insidious Impact on Higher Education Innovation

While Washington, D.C. slams accreditors for not holding colleges and universities accountable for their student outcomes, the more insidious failure of accreditation is the stifling effect on innovation at existing institutions.

In the News: Teacher’s Aide or Surveillance Nightmare? Alexa Hits the Classroom

Teachers are starting to use voice-powered devices like Alexa in the classroom, though privacy advocates have raised some concerns. Michael Horn considers some of the larger ways that voice assistants might disrupt the classroom.

EdStat: In 2016, Raising Blended Learners Chose Five “Demonstration Sites” to Receive Grants of up to $500,000 Over Three Years

These sites had mixed to modest gains in student achievement, though educators report greater student ownership of learning and fewer disciplinary problems.

EdStat: The Next Generation Learning Challenges Have Allocated More than $25 Million across Seven Regional Funds

But has NGLC funding expanded the adoption of personalized learning in those regions?

Kickstarters for Personalized Learning

Local funds promote innovation—but for how long?

EdStat: According to the 2017 EdNext Poll, 69 Percent of Respondents Support the Idea of Schools Providing Students with Laptops for Classroom Use

Approval is higher among parents and still higher among teachers.

EdStat: 1,700 Students Begin a Computer-Science Master’s Degree Through Georgia Tech’s Online Program Each Year

Georgia Tech’s online program is the largest computer-science master’s degree program in the United States—and possibly the world.

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