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Education Fast Forward

Education Fast Forward

The July 17th 2013 Education Fast Forward Debate 7 (EFF7) will address Access & Quality in Education, and asks, “Can we do both?” Joining the EFF Fellows at the 13:30 BST (8:30 AM EDT) debate will be Carol Bellamy, known for her United Nations work (UNICEF/Peace Corps), and Andreas Schleicher, PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) expert. More about all the EFF7 speakers can be found here. Most educators, in our daily classroom thinking and preparation, … Read entire article »

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Biggest EdTech Question: How?

Biggest EdTech Question: How?

I had a conversation with a young principal the other day. He has sixty staff, teaching K-5 level students, and he was looking for technology ideas. I had just written something about using apps in the classroom, and felt pretty good about the direction classroom technology was headed, so offered some ideas. I began with mobile devices… tablets… and talked … Read entire article »

Education Tablets: Look for More Than A Device

Education Tablets: Look for More Than A Device

Most tablets can do what other tablets do, including getting students and teachers to the Internet, which is big for Google schools, especially with Google’s recent announcements to provide more in the way of education apps at their Play Store. But what can separate the right choice in tablets from the pack, today, is what comes with the tablet—out of … Read entire article »

Contest Thanks Teachers with Trip to #ISTE13

Contest Thanks Teachers with Trip to #ISTE13

If any individual or group should have a day of appreciation—it’s teachers! I figure if you were to break down teaching performances over a 35-year education career, where a teacher has just 5 classes a day for an 180-day school year, it would amount to about 31,500 teaching performances. I know it’s more. There are all those encore performances for … Read entire article »

ActivBus: A Field Trip That Comes to You!

ActivBus: A Field Trip That Comes to You!

I knew an Australian technology director, who planned regular field trips for his staff. He’d pack a school bus with all sorts of gadgets, and while holding a laptop like a picture book, would give a tech talk as they rode. He planned these tech tours to always stop somewhere for some picnic food and drink. At that time, most of … Read entire article »

Collaboration Is Such An Easy Word to Say

Collaboration Is Such An Easy Word to Say

I’ve heard the word collaboration used a lot lately. But what does it really mean? Collaboration is more than sitting students in a group at a table, device, or large sheet of poster board with colored markers. That’s just grouping, and something educators have always done for everything from field trips to choosing sides for games. There’s nothing new there. … Read entire article »

BETT13 An Education World’s Fair

BETT13 An Education World’s Fair

I’ve joined an education company called Promethean, recently, so I had a great opportunity to see what the world has been talking about for fourteen years—it’s BETT—the British Education Training and Technology show in London. That also gave me a chance to meet with and talk to educators, and edtech supporters on a global level. I’ve always thought global, probably … Read entire article »

BETT Is Where Dorothy Should Have Landed

BETT Is Where Dorothy Should Have Landed

I think modern day Dorothy would have preferred BETT13 and London to landing in Oz and visiting The Emerald City. 1st though, I’d caution her to lift those ruby slippers high, because all of BETT’s a stage—with most education and education tech exhibits raised a few inches higher than the rest of London. If your toes get caught, landing on … Read entire article »

Time for Global Learner Voice

Time for Global Learner Voice

Education Fast Forward (#eff6 on Twitter) is a worldwide education and Student Learner Voice movement I’ve been following and sharing with students, educators and administrators. They run regularly scheduled global debates co-moderated by students. The latest debate, #EFF6, takes place January 28, 2012. It will be live streamed 11 a.m. (GMT), so make sure to check your time zone difference. … Read entire article »

The Innovationizer

The Innovationizer

Would you believe I’m building an Innovationizer in my garage? The brilliant thing about the device is that it takes in all of what you’re doing now, mashes it up, and then coughs out what you really should be doing—or didn’t see at all. Sorry, you’re right, why build a machine to do what kids in your classroom, members at … Read entire article »

Unfolding Technological Wings

Unfolding Technological Wings

“You’ve got to jump off cliffs and build your wings on the way down.” ~Ray Bradbury I keep wondering if floating ideas—then chasing those ideas down the runway—trying to strap the wings on—makes sense. We all look for those taking risks, not holding back, and launching something unique. In most cases there isn’t a risky leap, but more of an obvious release … Read entire article »

Generations Connecting Naturally

Generations Connecting Naturally

Being in the right place at the right time—and recognizing it—is most often purely an accident. One such accident happened to me the other day, and I’m sure it happens to many—daily, too.  After years of bring your own device thinking and invention, there I was, like Ebenezer, unseen, experiencing what used to be Christmas future, but now Christmas present. On … Read entire article »

Beyond 3D: Active, Interactive Education

Beyond 3D: Active, Interactive Education

Digital games come closest to active and that’s why they’re successful on their own, and when tied to education outcomes. Arthur C. Clarke may have said it best, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” I believe in Magic! Someone just asked me if I’d written anything about 3D. Well, yes, but not for some time. My thinking has sort … Read entire article »

Future Informing Education Tech

Future Informing Education Tech

It isn’t about any one type of technology, but it is about how teaching needs to change in order to involve all students—and not just a few each class time—and outside. Even the best tech educators are missing students they could be involving. Dropping a whole bunch of technology, or the hottest device on the planet into the laps of … Read entire article »

Edgewood City Schools Go Android Tablet

Edgewood City Schools Go Android Tablet

1,000 students and 70 teachers at the Edgewood City Schools, Trenton, OH are using Acer’s Iconia A200 Android tablets for their tablet education program. With 25% of consumers choosing tablets, and with that number rising daily, it’s not surprising schools are looking at the Android route, too. The percentages of Android to Apple iPads used are amazingly close, as well, … Read entire article »

Education Purchases: Price of Success

Education Purchases: Price of Success

When I was a kid, Tony-the-Grocery-Man used to drive his truck to our house. He actually drove it to each house on the street. I looked forward to it. Going to a real store was a rare occurrence. I still remember the smell of fruit, vegetables, and cigar. That truck was packed with stuff, even when Tony upgraded to a … Read entire article »

Dr. Chris Dede Talks Scaling EdTech

Dr. Chris Dede Talks Scaling EdTech

It was a pleasure catching up with Dr. Chris Dede, Harvard’s Timothy Wirth Professor of Learning Technology, in Washington, D.C. I had a chance to video interview him about wireless education philosophy and scaling education tech. He’s doing some great things with teachers, students, and augmented reality, so after you watch my talk with him, do some searching to find … Read entire article »

Dell Latitude 10 Tablet: First Video Interview

Dell Latitude 10 Tablet: First Video Interview

The latest Dell Think Tank was at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I listened and tweeted throughout. Guests at the table included students, educators, higher education professionals, superintendents, tech marketplace professionals and even a tech reviewer… or two. The audience also included some recognizable advocates for education and education technology change. I have to admit that listening and tweeting takes about … Read entire article »

Toys “R” Us: R U Kidding?

Toys “R” Us: R U Kidding?

Nope, looks like an Android 4.0 tablet will nestle alongside Buzz Lightyear and Woody at Toys “R” Us stores as well as online at http://www.toysrus.com/. All the specs and features for this Ice Cream Sandwich running Android device can be found on this Toys “R” Us page: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=13044616. But where did it come from? Looks like a toy-making company, Techno Source … Read entire article »

Gavin Dykes: Learning Voice to Global Peace

Gavin Dykes: Learning Voice to Global Peace

Gavin Dykes, Education Fast Forward Fellow, talks about EFF, Peace One Day, and TakingITGlobal. The conversation covered EFF events and student debates, including From Learner Voice to Global Peace, EFF5: The Big Debate scheduled for July 10, 2012. It will be streamed live and also archived at http://www.prometheanplanet.com/en/professional-development/best-practice/education-fast-forward/. There will be student representative from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Egypt, Finland, France, … Read entire article »

ActivTable Is A Digital Desk

ActivTable Is A Digital Desk

At ISTE12 I had a chance to get a better view of Promethean’s ActivTable. I couldn’t help thinking that digital desk is a good name, too. Wondering if Promethean has thought about making a one-seater model? My video of the collaborative ActivTable should give you plenty to think about. It deserves all the smudges it gets, and you’ll find it … Read entire article »

ELMO Goes Light & HDMI Wireless

ELMO Goes Light & HDMI Wireless

At ISTE12 ELMO (http://www.elmoglobal.com/) had an interesting booth, where a young lady, named Yuka, was beautifully dressed in traditional Japanese clothing with fan as accessory—when opened the fan broadcast the word ELMO. Their How to Tablet demonstration included teaching ideas and even some origami lessons. Each time I walked by the booth there was a packed audience. I told Matt … Read entire article »

Digital Primer PD: The Revival

Digital Primer PD: The Revival

Recently, I was reminded that Broadway play revivals do extremely well. Part of that is because we like old favorites, but much of it is because younger audiences haven’t experienced the wonder of those old favorites. At the beginning of my writing about using technology with students I had one, borrowed computer in my classroom. My first article was If You … Read entire article »

APPs: It’s an Education!

APPs: It’s an Education!

I was hunting beginner-reading apps the other day and came across a “Reading Timer” by a very well known company. With further research I found that it was for timing summer reading minutes, but could be used throughout a school year. Supposedly timing reading encourages fun reading. Call me old fashioned, but I don’t get it. When I was teaching reading … Read entire article »

EdTech Experiments: Kindergartners, iPads & Gorillas

EdTech Experiments: Kindergartners, iPads & Gorillas

The other day there was a short pitch to read a blog post that went something like this: What would happen if you put iPads into a kindergarten class? Instead of clicking to read, I thought about the image that created—tossing iPads into a classroom of kindergartners—sort of the way you’d toss toys into a cage at the zoo to … Read entire article »