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A 350% Increase, And Trying to Keep Up – edtechdigest.blog – Education Article

Schools, the digital divide, and a closer look at cloud Wi-Fi. GUEST COLUMN | by Louise Peter Students in K-12 schools across the U.S. have had unprecedented growth in access to broadband internet over the last few years. According to a National Assessment of Educational Progress survey, in 2013, only 30 percent of school districts reported having greater than 100 kbps per student, whereas, in 2016, this number grew to a whopping 88 percent. These numbers undoubtedly prove we are…

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My Advice to Women Pursuing a STEM Career in 2018 – edtechdigest.blog – Education Article

Key pointers—from someone who’s been there—on how to thrive in the next era of tech. GUEST COLUMN | by Minette Norman As a female VP of Engineering, I’m used to working with mostly men. While the number of women in STEM has slowly increased in recent years— with 29 percent of women representing the science and engineering workforce in 2016 compared to 26 percent in 2015— women are still only a small percentage of the tech workforce. In order to…

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Four Reasons to Rethink EdTech Financing – edtechdigest.blog – Education Article

Expensive? Not fiscally responsible? Not even close. GUEST COLUMN | by Mark Rand When it comes to edtech purchases, many school districts avoid the F-word: financing. The thought is that financing technology purchases is expensive and not fiscally responsible. Yet often these same school districts use various financing schemes to procure critical items such as buses and furniture, as well as equipment for offices, security, cafeterias and athletic facilities. Some districts even rent their buildings. I’m not sure how technology…

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Digital Classrooms 2018 – edtechdigest.blog – Education Article

5 K-12 trends plus the technologies and strategies for meeting their demands. GUEST COLUMN | by Dan Rivera As predicted,[1] mobile-first digital learning not only spread throughout K-12 districts nation-wide last year, it also generated various associated technology initiatives.[2] These included a proliferation of IoT for everything from Apple TVs in the classroom to weather stations for the science lab; the automation of tedious tasks, such as taking attendance, via location-based technologies; and the growing use of big data to…

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The Heart of Educational Game Design – edtechdigest.blog – Education Article

Four key areas to consider when designing and evaluating digital learning games. GUEST COLUMN | by Natalie F. Masters Gamification is trending across the modern educational landscape, and digital learning games are exploding onto the educational technology marketplace. With so much discussion, even hype, surrounding games and learning, many educators are looking to the research. While the body of research on digital learning games may be relatively sparse when compared with, say, the body of research on literacy instruction, and perhaps no less…

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Why Digital Citizenship Is an Educational Imperative – edtechdigest.blog – Education Article

It’s clear that we need some sort of action, but where do we begin? GUEST COLUMN | by Kellie Ady With students accessing the internet on their own devices at all ages and spending significant time outside of school on the web, the topic of digital citizenship is only growing in importance. The sooner districts, along with the broader education community, address and formalize how we approach this topic at scale, the better off students will be in the long…

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