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MOOCs: Common Student Concerns

MOOCs: Common Student Concerns

The MOOC experience isn’t resonating with some students; these findings may hold value for educators considering, or currently…

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Today’s Classroom Challenge: Introducing Technology

Educators are not alone when it comes to the challenges of incorporating technology into the classroom, but sometimes…

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Textbooks and Technology: Analyzing Student Preferences

VitalSource Technologies reveals the results of their technology-focused educational survey.

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MOOCs: Changes and Challenges

In parts one and two of this three-part series, I explored recent shifts and trends for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Times are good for MOOC developers, platforms, and adopters, but the landscape does have roadblocks and pitfalls. What are the challenges to continuing the growth curve, and where might MOOCs go from here?

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Jan 30, 2017  |  1 year ago

MOOCs: Trends and Momentum

MOOCs are still hot and evolving to meet the market. Here are some of the latest trends surrounding Massive Open Online Courses.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Jan 23, 2017  |  1 year ago

MOOCs on the Move: The Evolution of Massive Open Online Courses

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are online courses aimed at unlimited participation and open access. This first installment of a three-part series on MOOCs will explore the current drivers and players and show why many educators are taking them seriously.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Jan 16, 2017  |  1 year ago

Teaching Around the Clock: Flexible Schedules in K-12

In school districts around the country, there has been an ongoing debate about the appropriate start times for schoolchildren in K-12. What is behind this debate, what are the proposed options, and what are the pros and cons to adjusting long-standing school start times?

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Jan 09, 2017  |  2 years ago

Mobile App Development: The Best Job in America

STEM education can help set students up for CNNMoney/PayScale’s #1 Best Job in America.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Jan 06, 2017  |  2 years ago

Sharing the Screen in Today’s Classroom: No Strings Attached

Here’s an overview of how wireless projecting works and core features of the leading platforms, as well as key benefits and considerations for introducing this tool into your classroom.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Dec 12, 2016  |  2 years ago

Calling For Learning Engineers

There is a need for learning engineers, or people who can focus on improving education systematically.

FROM  |  Dec 08, 2016  |  2 years ago

TED Talks Hit The Classroom With TED-Ed

Teachers who aren't tech savvy can try lesson plan options through TED-Ed videos for the classroom.

FROM  |  Dec 06, 2016  |  2 years ago

The Earlier the Better: Preschool STEM Instruction

At a time when many high schools and even institutes of higher education are placing a stronger focus on STEM instruction, some preschools around the country are making it a priority to introduce these concepts much earlier in the educational process—before students begin elementary school. What’s driving this movement, and what best practices are emerging?

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Dec 05, 2016  |  2 years ago

Your Students Are More Gifted Than You Thought

A new study shows 25-45 percent of students are gifted. How do you identify and aid them?

FROM  |  Dec 02, 2016  |  2 years ago

Governors Take A Lesson From Students

Students share what they've learned about coding and computer science with some state governors.

FROM  |  Nov 30, 2016  |  2 years ago

Encouraging STEM Through Extracurriculars

How do you identify outside interests where STEM lessons can be found and incorporate them into the classroom?

FROM  |  Nov 28, 2016  |  2 years ago

The Bonuses Of Badging

The benefits that badging offers go beyond building resumes to include course credit and PD.

FROM  |  Nov 25, 2016  |  2 years ago

Let’s Talk Teacher Turnover

Compared to other industries, teacher turnover is high. How can you offer more support?

FROM  |  Nov 25, 2016  |  2 years ago

Giving Ed Tech Tools A Try

It can be hard to find time to experiment with ed tech, but here are 12 tools to try and tips to get it done!

FROM  |  Nov 18, 2016  |  2 years ago

Language Immersion Through Tech

Learn how new ed tech could offer language immersion and higher proficiency for students.

FROM  |  Nov 18, 2016  |  2 years ago

Personalized Learning From Students’ Perspectives

Students voice their opinions and wishes for personalized learning in higher ed in this survey.

FROM  |  Nov 17, 2016  |  2 years ago

Teaching Without Telling

Learn how teachers can step to the back of the room and let students learn without being told.

FROM  |  Nov 16, 2016  |  2 years ago

A Peek Into Minecraft Education Edition

Check out this educator's experience at MINECON 2016 and insights on Minecraft Education Edition.

FROM  |  Nov 16, 2016  |  2 years ago

14 Best Practices for Online Teaching

Many resources exist to help you master the craft of teaching online. Check them out!

FROM  |  Nov 15, 2016  |  2 years ago

Building Computers In The Classroom

In a world filled with computers, should more students take computer science classes?

FROM  |  Nov 15, 2016  |  2 years ago

The Best Online Colleges Of 2016

Many new colleges have entered the online space. Did your university make the list?

FROM  |  Nov 14, 2016  |  2 years ago

A Collaborative Approach to STEM Instruction

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) led to the identification of four core skills most important for learning. Known as the “4 C’s,” these skills are: critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. They’re foundational for effective STEM—in fact, STEM could be considered a metaphor for the 4 C’s. Let’s explore collaboration and creativity in particular.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Nov 14, 2016  |  2 years ago

‘Tis the Season: Winter Holidays in the Classroom

How can teachers be proactive in helping to channel this energy in appropriate, educationally focused ways, while still allowing opportunity for holiday fun?

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Nov 11, 2016  |  2 years ago

The Role Of Coding In STEM

Some think coding should take a bigger role in STEM conversations. Let's look at the issue.

FROM  |  Nov 10, 2016  |  2 years ago

A+ Teachers Or Grade Inflation?

Teachers graduate with a higher GPA than other majors. Should this be a concern?

FROM  |  Nov 09, 2016  |  2 years ago

From Special Ed To Ed Tech

Did you know personalized learning began over 40 years ago in special ed classrooms?

FROM  |  Nov 09, 2016  |  2 years ago

Less Classroom, More Community

One teacher models her classroom after the real world to make an "interactive city."

FROM  |  Nov 04, 2016  |  2 years ago

Online Classes Spell Opportunity For Rural Schools

This Alaska school district offers a diverse range of classes despite declining enrollment.

FROM  |  Nov 04, 2016  |  2 years ago

Follow Along With Teacher Advisor

Watch and learn as IBM unfolds an AI learning app free to third-grade math teachers.

FROM  |  Nov 01, 2016  |  2 years ago

Every Student Has The Right To Succeed

Native American students stand to benefit from ESSA as states emphasize collaboration and community outreach.

FROM  |  Oct 31, 2016  |  2 years ago

New Minecraft: Education Edition

The new education edition of Minecraft, a gamification learning app, will be released on Nov. 1.

FROM  |  Oct 28, 2016  |  2 years ago

Let’s Get Critical

As students gain access to more resources, we must teach them how to choose credible sources.

FROM  |  Oct 27, 2016  |  2 years ago

Virtual Summer School

Traditionally students—and their teachers—would need to physically “go to school” to take advantage of either of these summer school options. Technology is changing that, offering greater flexibility and other benefits through virtual summer school. Let’s review the benefits of online remedial summer school and enrichment programs.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Oct 24, 2016  |  2 years ago

Prepping Parents For Kindergarten

How can you help prepare new kindergarten parents for the modern classroom?

FROM  |  Oct 21, 2016  |  2 years ago

Teaching A Global Mindset

As ed tech break down barriers, we must also broaden students' cultural perspectives.

FROM  |  Oct 21, 2016  |  2 years ago

Who Wants To Play A Game?

Learn how to appropriately add gamification to your curriculum.

FROM  |  Oct 20, 2016  |  2 years ago

Personalization For Teachers, Too!

See how some schools are applying personalized learning to professional development.

FROM eschoolnewscom  |  Oct 19, 2016  |  2 years ago

Another Reason To Love STEM

High school students immersed in STEM learning are more likely to enroll in college prep courses.

FROM  |  Oct 19, 2016  |  2 years ago

To Be A Fly On The Wall

Now you can employ VR to take a tour of other schools trying blended learning.

FROM  |  Oct 18, 2016  |  2 years ago

Make the Summer Fun Last Year Round

Thinking about strategies to incorporate fun into school time in meaningful ways can offer options for both classroom and outside-of-the-classroom activities to enhance learning and engage students.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Oct 17, 2016  |  2 years ago

Success Strategies For Personalization

Personalized learning could help manage disparities between learners in the classroom.

FROM  |  Oct 14, 2016  |  2 years ago

Building Personal Connections Online

How can online learning become more personal in order to offer the same benefits of face-to-face learning?

FROM  |  Oct 13, 2016  |  2 years ago

Apps: A New Classroom Creation

Take this case as an example for how every class could crowdsource information.

FROM  |  Oct 13, 2016  |  2 years ago

Rethinking Professional Development

See how flipped learning is making its way to professional development.

FROM  |  Oct 12, 2016  |  2 years ago

It Takes A Village

See how team teaching is blossoming from the explosion of ed tech.

FROM  |  Oct 11, 2016  |  2 years ago

Relinquishing The Front Of The Classroom

New learning spaces give students more control in the classroom. Are you ready?

FROM  |  Oct 06, 2016  |  2 years ago

Six Must-Have Digital Skills

ISTE's six areas of focus are a good starting place for testing digital competency.

FROM  |  Oct 05, 2016  |  2 years ago

Twitter Turns Teachers To Mindreaders

Students use #iwishmyteacherknew to share their classroom challenges.

FROM  |  Oct 03, 2016  |  2 years ago

Girls And Gadgets Collide At Stanford University

Stanford University teamed with Lenovo, Dropbox, and Google to offer a summer camp to engage girls in tech.

FROM  |  Sep 30, 2016  |  2 years ago

What Invention And Entrepreneurship Add To STEM

The STEMIE Coalition brings STEM, Invention, and Entrepreneurship to kids. Get your students involved!

FROM  |  Sep 30, 2016  |  2 years ago

Meeting Nontraditional Students’ Needs

Do you understand how to best connect with adult learners on your campus?

FROM  |  Sep 29, 2016  |  2 years ago

Cracking Down On OER Publishers

Scholars take note: Not all opportunities to share work through OER are created equal.

FROM  |  Sep 28, 2016  |  2 years ago

The Push For Universal Preschool

New York City makes a good case study for the value of serving young learners.

FROM  |  Sep 28, 2016  |  2 years ago

Hit the Road … Virtually

See some ways to prepare for virtual field trips that will wow students.

FROM  |  Sep 27, 2016  |  2 years ago

Back To School And The App Store

Can the right tools or apps increase productivity as teachers and students get back to school?

FROM  |  Sep 26, 2016  |  2 years ago

Autism Benefiting From New Technology

Connecting and engaging in learning environments may have just gotten easier for autistic children.

FROM  |  Sep 23, 2016  |  2 years ago

Your Guide To Social Media For Educators

Here is the rundown academics have been looking for on all things social media.

FROM  |  Sep 22, 2016  |  2 years ago

Flipped Learning In Large College Classes: The Key

It is possible! This article offers ideas based on a professor's personal experience in increasing engagement.

FROM  |  Sep 20, 2016  |  2 years ago

Blended Learning 2.0 Has Arrived

Today's students were raised with technology. Now they can use their knowledge for self-directed learning.

FROM  |  Sep 20, 2016  |  2 years ago

Facebook Tinkers In Personalized Learning

Facebook-Summit LMS puts students in charge of shaping their cirricula for the school year.

FROM  |  Sep 19, 2016  |  2 years ago

Online Teacher Marketplaces

There’s an explosion of content widely available through online channels to address a broad range of interests, vocations, and avocations, and teaching is no exception. One new trend that is emerging hold promises to boost innovation—and income—for teachers.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Sep 19, 2016  |  2 years ago

Game-Based Benefits At All Ages

When provided the opportunity to apply what they've learned, students have an easier time engaging with and retaining material. Suggestions for digital game-based incorporation ...

FROM  |  Sep 15, 2016  |  2 years ago

Badge Of Honors

Don't expect to see digital badges eclipse degree programs anytime soon, but do consider how badging might augment programs.

FROM  |  Sep 15, 2016  |  2 years ago

Do The Virtually Impossible In Virtual Classrooms

Harvard and UC Berkley are paving the way for schools looking to implement virtual technology in a meaningful and relatable way.

FROM  |  Sep 14, 2016  |  2 years ago

GO For What Students Like

Instead of trying to engage students in the technology you choose, try leveraging apps and platforms they're already using. Here's 14 ways you can integrate Pokémon GO into your classroom.

FROM  |  Sep 12, 2016  |  2 years ago

Social Media The Right Way

Knowing how your school system is playing the social game is an important part of ensuring your presence is reaching its potential. What are you doing well, and what could you improve?

FROM  |  Sep 09, 2016  |  2 years ago

Matching Special Needs Students with Technology

Assistive technology is nothing new, but new online learning apps are now offering a wider range of opportunities to serve the needs of a varying range of students’ unique and individualized needs.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Sep 08, 2016  |  2 years ago

Pre-K Partnerships Preventing Gaps

With the knowledge that Pre-K education can dramatically affect student development, companies like IBM and Sesame Workshop are teaming up to ...

FROM  |  Sep 07, 2016  |  2 years ago

Dissemination Of Gamification

With unlimited variety comes unlimited potential. Incorporating games into curricula is for all ages and levels of education, not just K-12.

FROM  |  Sep 06, 2016  |  2 years ago

Addressing Social Media’s Critics

Educators are encouraged to adopt social media as a means of communicating with students, parents, and members of the community, but not every teacher is thrilled about the idea.

FROM  |  Sep 05, 2016  |  2 years ago

Cultivating Future Ed Tech Teachers

One education technology instructor is using his know-how to provide a cool way for others to gain insight. His version of Minecraft focuses on the development of curricula through the game.

FROM  |  Sep 05, 2016  |  2 years ago

Preschool Pop-Ups Closing Education Gaps

Taking a page from other industries, pop-up preschools have appeared in several low-income communities to give early education opportunities to students in need.

FROM  |  Sep 02, 2016  |  2 years ago

Give It A Human Touch

While some teachers fear that artificial intelligence may one day see their jobs out the door, there are some things that only a human can do. Read how to collaborate rather than compete with tech.

FROM  |  Sep 01, 2016  |  2 years ago

Is Tech Distracting Your Students?

The argument against computers and other technologies in classrooms as detractors is nothing new, but as tech becomes more invasive, the argument will likely fall away.

FROM  |  Sep 01, 2016  |  2 years ago

Lesson-Driven Gaming

Breakout EDU, the new game on the ed tech scene, has promising features that can engage students while teaching them lessons instead of simply rewarding them.

FROM  |  Aug 31, 2016  |  2 years ago

Rest, Relaxation, And Virtual First Period?

As blended models of learning are hardly imaginable, districts might turn to technology when considering the issue of when and where learning takes place.

FROM  |  Aug 30, 2016  |  2 years ago

Tech Built For New Educational Roles

In a move away from "sage on the stage" teaching models, educators are attempting to spur meaningful interactions with and among students, and tech is being crafted to aid this.

FROM  |  Aug 30, 2016  |  2 years ago

AR: Overlaying Reality With Education

Pokémon Go sparked the interest of educators in augmented reality for the classroom. Instead of creating a world divorced from reality, AR allows users to engage in the real world with ...

FROM  |  Aug 26, 2016  |  2 years ago

Streamlining Course Design

Whether creating a course solely online or a hybrid that combines in-person and digital learning, having somewhere to start can offer structure to ease the process of course design.

FROM  |  Aug 26, 2016  |  2 years ago

Higher Ed Works Social Media Game

This year and last, high ed institutes have grabbed social media by the horns and become the newest leaders. Over the past year, strategies have been born such ...

FROM  |  Aug 25, 2016  |  2 years ago

Digitizing The Language Game

Whether it's English as a second language or any other foreign language, technology is providing open access to resources that can help students enjoy language learning.

FROM  |  Aug 25, 2016  |  2 years ago

Beyond The Busy Work

Teachers have reported that they are confident using technology in class, but rarely is it used for creating collaborative spaces. Moving past drills and practice exercises will ...

FROM  |  Aug 24, 2016  |  2 years ago

Presentations Replacing Tests

Many educators are turning to portfolios and projects as a means of determining whether learning has occurred. Could these living representations ...

FROM  |  Aug 24, 2016  |  2 years ago

Pre-K Programming That Closes Gaps

What's the solution to filling the achievement gap? This CAP report suggests a universal and high-quality pre-kindergarten curriculum will make the difference.

FROM  |  Aug 23, 2016  |  2 years ago

Pokémon Go—Go or No Go?

The worldwide virtual reality sensation Pokémon Go offers possible benefits to universities when campus spots are incorporated into the GPS-based game. However, there are safety concerns to consider as well.

FROM   |  Aug 19, 2016  |  2 years ago

Debunking Myths Of Online Learning

Infographic evidence tells several unexpected truths about online learning. Are you operating under false beliefs?

FROM  |  Aug 18, 2016  |  2 years ago

Solve Flipped Classroom’s Conundrum

One Harvard professor has created Perusall to solve the issue in flipped classrooms—preparedness. Dr. Eric Mazur's app generates social media-type interactions to ...

FROM  |  Aug 17, 2016  |  2 years ago

Classrooms In A New Dimension

MakerBot STEAM Makeathons this summer invited educators nationwide to creatively and effectively incorporate 3-D printing into curriculums.

FROM  |  Aug 17, 2016  |  2 years ago

Beating The Summer Learning Curve

There's always been concerns about the summer "brain drain," and studies by John Hopkins University show these hold true. Widespread tech opportunities help preserve months of knowledge during the sunny season.

FROM  |  Aug 16, 2016  |  2 years ago

Applied Learning Comes of Age, Fueled by STEM and Tech

Applied learning—the direct student creation of apps, objects, products, and content through the intelligent use of technology, plus hands-on problem-solving—is no longer just about makerspaces or 3-D printers. It’s beginning to go mainstream, even at the K-12 level. Here’s a look at the latest developments.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Aug 15, 2016  |  2 years ago

Open Minds And Doors For K-12

After-school programs like this one out of Umatilla, Oregon, are showing students that career aspirations go beyond traditional avenues.

FROM  |  Aug 10, 2016  |  2 years ago

Blended Model To Save Struggling Readers

A combined learning system that pairs technology with proven eductional strategies is helping struggling readers catch up.

FROM  |  Aug 10, 2016  |  2 years ago

Use The Summer For PD

Teachers have increasingly begun to take PD into their own hands. This article offers ways to use the summer for lifelong learning.

FROM  |  Aug 09, 2016  |  2 years ago

Classrooms Level Up

Gaming is not new to the classroom setting, but it is becoming more common. With options to connect with users worldwide and strides in virtual ...

FROM  |  Aug 05, 2016  |  2 years ago

Facebook Live: A New Learning Tool?

While Facebook Live has most often been used by celebrities, the ability to provide live instruction could help resolve the disconnect created by asynchronous learning.

FROM  |  Aug 04, 2016  |  2 years ago

Risk And Innovation: A Message from ISTE 2016

Jennie Magiera spoke at ISTE 2016 on the need for innovation in the classroom. She encouraged teachers to be risk-takers and employ new ed tech tools.

FROM  |  Aug 02, 2016  |  2 years ago

Teaching Online: Advice From A Fellow Faculty Member

After more than nine years of online teaching, Jeffrey M. Welch has written a guidebook for his fellow teachers. The goal is to minimize the greatest challenges of online teaching, like engagement.

FROM  |  Aug 01, 2016  |  2 years ago

Professional Development: Individualized and Collaborative

In an era where the need for PD is increasing, these new options can bring value—during the summer and throughout the year. Here’s a look at the trends and benefits.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Aug 01, 2016  |  2 years ago

Matching Tech To Learning Goals

In order to optimize budget and ed tech, systems should be considering how technology can support teachers and learning goals rather than the reverse.

FROM  |  Jul 29, 2016  |  2 years ago

Hooked On Coding

Summer vacation gives students a unique opportunity to learn skills like coding that they might not have time for otherwise. Check out these five tips on getting them interested.

FROM  |  Jul 28, 2016  |  2 years ago

Rev Up Online Engagement

Creating a sense of community in an online environment can drastically affect a student's experience in an online class. Which of these six suggestions can you implement?

FROM  |  Jul 27, 2016  |  2 years ago

Power Duo: Gaming And Coding

PiperEDU combines coding with Minecraft for a learning tool that engages young people unlike any textbook could hope to.

FROM  |  Jul 26, 2016  |  2 years ago

Makers, Movers and Shakers of ISTE 2016

ISTE 2016 in Denver promised innovative speakers, new ed tech, and ways for educators to connect with one another like never before. How well did it deliver, and what were the main takeaways for the 20,000 attendees at this year’s conference?

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Jul 25, 2016  |  2 years ago

Tech On Track: Physical Ed Innovations

Physical education instructors look to implement trackers, apps, and other systems to engage students when it comes to their own health.

FROM  |  Jul 25, 2016  |  2 years ago

Not Your Average Summer Camp

Valparaiso University brings high school students to campus for a summer seminar that taps into leadership skills. Its Global Leadership Institute gives insight to ...

FROM  |  Jul 22, 2016  |  2 years ago

Get Down To Bizness Apps

Wouldn't it be great to have an app that generates, well, other apps? Look no further. This student-created app allows users to create apps with computer tech background.

FROM  |  Jul 22, 2016  |  2 years ago

Partnerships Delivering Transformational Results

More than ever before, companies and nonprofits alike are engaging to empower teachers, address resource needs, guide thinking around curriculum evolution, and align skill mastery to bridge gaps in key high-demand areas like STEM. Here’s how they are achieving these goals.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Jul 20, 2016  |  2 years ago

Bag The Buzz—What’s It All Mean?

When buzzwords lose their meaning, how can you push past the hype and ensure full understanding of the promise of new approaches?

FROM  |  Jul 20, 2016  |  2 years ago

Giving Learning Spaces A Facelift

It's time physical classroom spaces update to match levels of technology. Redesigned layouts could foster the collaboration that educators are hoping to see.

FROM  |  Jul 20, 2016  |  2 years ago

Economic And Effective VR Solutions

Startups are taking virtual reality to classrooms in the form of virtual lessons. Nearpod Inc. shows off a budget-smart model at ISTE 2016.

FROM  |  Jul 19, 2016  |  2 years ago

Digital Publishing For Teachers Made Simple

University presses, like UNC Press, are giving teachers the opportunity to share original materials online. DIY textbooks allow teachers to be the publisher.

FROM  |  Jul 12, 2016  |  2 years ago

Makerspace Classrooms: When Digital and Physical Join Forces

Fusing the digital learning space with the physical raises a question - why shouldn't every classroom be a makerspace? Engaging students and teachers through tech interactivity could become the rule rather than the exception.

FROM  |  Jul 08, 2016  |  2 years ago

Ed Tech Advancements Call For Individualized PD For Educators

In light of an ed tech market burgeoning with innovative resources and products, it's time school systems upped the ante on professional development for teachers, providing them with tailored training so that students can be prepared for a tech-centric workplace.

FROM  |  Jul 08, 2016  |  2 years ago

Leveraging YouTube For An Interactive Classroom

Video as a medium invites user creation and a high percentage of students will already be familiar with YouTube, so why not get students involved? Read more for ideas on incorporating video and content creation into your curriculum.

FROM  |  Jul 06, 2016  |  2 years ago

Annual Hackathon Sparks Creative Young Minds

Much more legal than one might assume, HackPSU, hosted by Penn State EdTech Network and COIL was once again a success. This 24 hour challenge creates a think tank brimming with innovative tech minds and results in projects to be carried out through the year.

FROM  |  Jul 01, 2016  |  2 years ago

Benefits of Personalized Professional Development for Educators

For teachers to become comfortable with the opportunities afforded by new forms of edtech, professional development must be personalized. Recognizing the need for individualized support could make the difference.

FROM  |  Jul 01, 2016  |  2 years ago

Improving Virtual Schools

According to this study, virtual schools aren’t very impactful yet. However, their adoption is still on the rise. Smaller class sizes could be a way to boost efficacy.

FROM  |  Jun 28, 2016  |  2 years ago

Listen Up for Podcast Insights

Here is the list you need to find the best education podcasts. If you don’t already listen to podcasts, they can provide an easily digestible option for staying current on the best insights.

FROM  |  Jun 27, 2016  |  2 years ago

Flipped Learning Methods Gain Popularity

Flipped learning is the concept of reversing the roles of classroom time and time outside class. The traditional model of a single expert, a “sage on the stage,” lecturing from a podium on high to grateful assembled masses, no longer flies.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Jun 27, 2016  |  2 years ago

Introduction: Lenovo Scholar Network

The Lenovo Scholar Network, working in partnership with the National Academy Foundation (NAF), encourages the next generation of developers and entrepreneurs by providing high school students with an intensive mobile application development program.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Jun 24, 2016  |  2 years ago

Students Personalize Their Learning

The burden shouldn’t be placed solely on teachers to personalize learning for students. With the wide range of ed tech materials available, students now have the opportunity to engage in their own learning.

FROM  |  Jun 24, 2016  |  2 years ago

A Renewed Interest In Portfolio Assessment

The move to digital means a change in student portfolios. Instead of a bulging binder stuffed with paper, a digital folder can follow students and capture goals, progress, and work samples.

FROM  |  Jun 24, 2016  |  2 years ago

Getting the Most Out of ISTE 2016

ISTE 2016 is coming to Denver, and it will bring innovative thinkers, exciting new tech tools and most importantly great opportunities to learn from and share with peers. Here’s a roundup of what you can expect and how to get the most out of the premier education technology conference.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Jun 23, 2016  |  2 years ago

Get Personalized

Learn how personalized learning can help engage the disengaged student. Think: the bored ones in the back of the room. This article shifts away from definitions and focuses on methods.

FROM  |  Jun 23, 2016  |  2 years ago

Shaping Social Media For The Classroom

Students are avid social media users, so why not incorporate social media into the classroom to boost engagement? Here are some ways that social media can be effective and meaningful.

FROM  |  Jun 23, 2016  |  2 years ago

Your Go-To List of Ed Tech Blogs

It can be hard for educators and administrators to stay on top of the ever-changing ed tech trends. That’s where EdTech’s list of top higher ed IT blogs can come in handy! This is a list worth reading.

FROM  |  Jun 22, 2016  |  2 years ago

Summer Of STEM: Data Science Boot Camps

Following in the footsteps of coding summer boot camps, it looks like data science boot camps will be the new craze this summer for students looking to immerse themselves in STEM-related topics.

FROM  |  Jun 21, 2016  |  2 years ago

Utilizing Tech to Best Benefit Students

A decade of research is showing us what may seem obvious—the way technology is used in classrooms indicates what results can be expected. It's not enough to have access to technology; tech has to be used in effective ways to be a true learning aid.

FROM  |  Jun 20, 2016  |  2 years ago

Set Them Up For Security

As concern for cybersecurity increases, it is a necessity for teachers to be well-educated on precautionary measures. Without knowledge or training on how to combat security risks, how can we expect teachers to show students the ropes?

FROM  |  Jun 15, 2016  |  2 years ago

Summer Camps Go High-Tech and High-Profile

A new breed of camps is responding to that demand with programs and access to tools and facilities formerly reserved for college-level learning. These new opportunities for applied learning are preparing students for bright futures.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Jun 13, 2016  |  2 years ago

Optimizing Technology In Classrooms

Bust these five myths about technology in educational settings, and see how tech tools can be used strategically to augment classroom experiences.

FROM  |  Jun 09, 2016  |  2 years ago

Technology In Class Versus At Home

Learn how the lack of Internet access for all students at home stunts the incorporation of technology in the classroom. What other barriers prevent digital content as a part of instruction?

FROM  |  Jun 09, 2016  |  2 years ago

Cut Costs, Build Competency

Cutting costs and building competency go hand-in-hand when discussing OER. These open resources can help classrooms cut cost, but they require teacher competency to be effective.

FROM  |  Jun 07, 2016  |  2 years ago

Explore Play and Profession

Though virtual reality can provide “wow” experiences like allowing students to view the tallest peaks of Mount Everest, that’s not all. Learn how VR can provide practical and professional experiences in the classroom.

FROM  |  Jun 06, 2016  |  2 years ago

Get Your Makerspace On!

Makerspaces are spaces designed to support hands-on learning experiences and opportunities to explore technology. They have grown out of events designed to promote innovation that have emerged over the past decade.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Jun 06, 2016  |  2 years ago

In Search Of Training

Pennsylvania State University recently realized the desire for classroom tech training among its educators. A similar desire is likely present on your campus. Learn how to meet these needs.

FROM  |  Jun 03, 2016  |  2 years ago

Navigating OER

What does “Open” Education Resources mean to you? While you may assume some sources are free, others are not truly open and may create piracy issues and burden teachers.

FROM  |  Jun 02, 2016  |  2 years ago

Making Time For Making

There is something to be gained by creating makerspaces for every grade level and discipline. Making can extend beyond technology and allow for invaluable independent exploration.

FROM  |  Jun 01, 2016  |  2 years ago

Raising STEM Competencies

Teachers need a strong understanding of current technology advancements and developments in order to bring STEM successfully to the classroom. Learn how can you can increase their STEM competency.

FROM  |  May 31, 2016  |  2 years ago

Big Data Means Big Decisions for Education

Data drives finance, communications, healthcare, e-commerce, sports, and media—to name just a few industries. In education, the promise of the data-driven, “smart” classroom is transformative.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  May 31, 2016  |  2 years ago

Sesame Street and Early Childhood Education

In the not-too-distant future, Elmo may be able to teach your children through interactive technology. But before Elmo starts analyzing their vocabulary, address these potential security and privacy concerns.

FROM  |  May 30, 2016  |  2 years ago

AI Offers Answers to Educational Challenges

It is clear that current and future developments in AI will have a profound impact on the future of education and the ability of educators to deliver a quality experience for students.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  May 27, 2016  |  2 years ago

Never Too Early For STEM

Even children ages 3-10 can benefit from introduction to STEM. “Fab Labs” are being launched in daycares and museums to offer spaces where children can experiment and learn. Can you begin STEM learning earlier?

FROM  |  May 26, 2016  |  2 years ago

Why Choose Online or In-Person?

There’s no need to choose between exclusively online or classroom learning. In fact, research shows a combination of in-person study sessions and online resources can be the most effective.

FROM  |  May 25, 2016  |  2 years ago

Assessing Educators’ Comfort With Data

With so much available data, educators can identify which methods and tools are working best in their classrooms. Take this quiz by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to measure how well you are using data.

FROM  |  May 24, 2016  |  2 years ago

Females and STEM: Balancing the Equation

In 2009, women comprised half the U.S. workforce but less than one-quarter of the STEM workforce. In the six years since, that gap has at last begun narrowing, as the percentage of women in the STEM workforce has notched up to nearly 30 percent.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  May 23, 2016  |  2 years ago

Embracing Mobile in the Classroom

Outside the classroom, students spend a lot of time on their cell phones checking social media and communicating with family and friends. However, this doesn’t always stop when they enter the classroom.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  May 23, 2016  |  2 years ago

Tech Can Break Barriers

Parents are critical to their child’s success at school. But for parents who can’t read, engaging in their child’s learning process is very difficult. Technology can offer ways to reach and help these parents.

FROM  |  May 19, 2016  |  2 years ago

Reading For Real

Many students resist traditional reading assignments, turned off by the size of lengthy novels. If the act of reading is what is really important, consider turning students loose to read on various digital platforms in order to spark interest.

FROM  |  May 18, 2016  |  2 years ago

Memorization is History

With new digital resources, K-12 history classes are beginning to switch from memorizing trivia facts and dates to an inquiry-based mode of instruction. Students’ exploration aids in their engagement and understanding.

FROM  |  May 17, 2016  |  2 years ago

Let Students Take the Wheel

Students teaching themselves and directing their own learning sounds unusual, but it has led to higher graduation rates at High Tech High. Could any of their approaches be adopted at your school?

FROM  |  May 16, 2016  |  2 years ago

School Announces Digital Device for Secondary Students

Teachers and students at Rockingham County Public Schools are excited about the recent addition of Lenovo’s ThinkPad Yoga 11e Multimode Chromebook, which will be made available to secondary students next year.

FROM  |  May 16, 2016  |  2 years ago

Beyond Field Trips: Practical Applications for Virtual Reality

The ability to take virtual field trips to exciting, expensive and hard-to-reach places is an obvious application of virtual reality and can certainly lead to meaningful insights and educational outcomes.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  May 16, 2016  |  2 years ago

Smartphones in Class: Not What You Think

When teachers in Jacksonville, North Carolina, let students bring smartphones into the classroom during math class, they were surprised to find all the ways that students used their phones to teach themselves.

FROM  |  May 12, 2016  |  2 years ago

STEM in the White House

What better way is there to engage students with STEM than with a trip to the White House to meet the president and showcase wide achievements in STEM? What other events can we host to create student buzz around STEM?

FROM  |  May 11, 2016  |  2 years ago

Restructure PD With “Micro-Credentialing”

Micro-credentialing may offer a more personalized and engaging way to complete professional development. What opportunities are available in your school district?

FROM  |  May 10, 2016  |  2 years ago

7 Tips for Fostering Online “Classrooms”

Online learning may make students feel isolated without the traditional classroom environment. On the other hand, it can open up a world of new connections. Here are seven tips to foster successful online communities.

FROM  |  May 09, 2016  |  2 years ago

Beyond The Absurd: Maximizing Technology in the Classroom

Imagine students in the United States learning side by side with students in Spain. Matt Miller, author of Ditch That Textbook, created this type of cultural exchange with a fellow teacher abroad.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  May 09, 2016  |  2 years ago

Assessing Online Offerings

MIT’s newly released Online Learning report could help you assess whether adopting online courses are right for your school. Out of many academic reports, this document is worth the read.

FROM  |  May 06, 2016  |  2 years ago

Rethink Summer School

Online classes may make the idea of summer school more enticing for students and provide ways to explore personal interests outside of the classroom. Explore new ways to offer this instruction.

FROM  |  May 03, 2016  |  2 years ago

2016 SXSWedu Recap

Innovation and technology took center stage at the 2016 SXSWedu conference.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  May 02, 2016  |  2 years ago

Getting Students Excited About Online Learning

A recent two-day conference brought together college students and faculty to better understand why these digital learners were skeptical about some new learning technologies.

FROM  |  Apr 29, 2016  |  2 years ago

Turn Studying in Trivia

With Quizlet Live, a new free studying tool that brings gaming to the classroom, students can team up for rounds of trivia. Could this fit in your curriculum to increase collaboration or engagement?

FROM  |  Apr 28, 2016  |  2 years ago

Teachers Top Turnitin

As new paper grading technologies emerge, this reporter gauges whether they are truly better than human grading. Though time is scarce for teachers, he says not yet.

FROM  |  Apr 27, 2016  |  2 years ago

Are You The Next “Teacherpreneur”?

Let Dale Duncan show you the ropes to becoming a “teacherpreneur.” If you often share ideas and advice with fellow teachers, then you too might have what it takes!

FROM  |  Apr 26, 2016  |  2 years ago

Professional Development and the Data-Driven Classroom

Professional development is aimed at training teachers how to just use the technology tools. Too often, understanding how to best select, organize, and leverage data from these tools is overlooked.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Apr 26, 2016  |  2 years ago

Tech Gives Home Ec A Makeover

From “shop” and “home ec” of the past to “makerspaces” of today, the skill of making things has remained an important aspect of education and creativity. Learn about the new trend of makerspaces.

FROM  |  Apr 25, 2016  |  2 years ago

Blended Learning: The Best of Both Worlds

Blended learning features classes that are provided partially in traditional settings and partially online. Recently, it has been adopted in medical schools with success. How might your school experiment with blended learning?

FROM  |  Apr 20, 2016  |  2 years ago

Breaking Language Barriers

New apps can make language learning exciting and more accessible for K-12 classrooms. See how new technology can augment existing language instruction or support ESL classes.

FROM  |  Apr 19, 2016  |  2 years ago

A Connected Classroom for a Connected World

The classroom has historically been a place where a student might lose their mobile device. This however, like so many aspects of technology and the behavior around it, is changing quickly. Educators are tapping into the potential of their students’ native communication skills and the platforms to which they are drawn.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Apr 18, 2016  |  2 years ago

Utilizing Social Media Networks

As online classes continue to rise, how do social media networks approximate the types of interactions that take place in a typical campus setting? WhatsApp groups, Google Hangouts, and Twitter can help create virtual connections.

FROM  |  Apr 15, 2016  |  2 years ago

A New Generation of Digital Pioneers

BBC provides micro:bit coding devices to 11- to 13-year-olds in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in hopes of inspiring a “generation of digital pioneers." Will they be successful?

FROM  |  Apr 14, 2016  |  2 years ago

Technology as a Safeguard Against Bias

How might technology help teachers remain unbiased in the classroom? Techniques like flipped classrooms could help teachers avoid self-fulfilling prophesies and inadvertent negative effects on their students.

FROM  |  Apr 12, 2016  |  2 years ago

Designing Learning Experiences for Today’s Students

Observe today’s students for long enough, and you will find them interacting with technology in one way or another—whether it’s scrolling through social media on their smartphones, streaming their favorite YouTube channel on their tablets, researching on their laptops, or something else entirely.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Apr 11, 2016  |  2 years ago

Answering Student Needs in the Classroom

Personalized learning is driving a lot of teaching initiatives these days, but what does it really mean? Recently, some analysts set out, over a three-year period, to observe classrooms, students, and teachers to learn more.

FROM  |  Apr 08, 2016  |  2 years ago

Taking a Deeper Dive Into Active Learning

Active learning has gained a lot of interest in the classroom, with many teachers citing improved student engagement. Just because engagement has improved, however, doesn’t mean learning is transpiring.

FROM  |  Apr 07, 2016  |  2 years ago

Getting Student Input for Online Learning Success

Online learning has taken education by storm, but that doesn’t mean that it is always effective. Seeking input from online learners is a valuable way for programs to gain better understanding of what’s working—and what’s not.

FROM  |  Apr 07, 2016  |  2 years ago

Trying Teaching Methods, Virtually

Being in front of a classroom full of students can be a nerve-wracking place to experiment, but practice makes perfect. What if technology could create virtual experiences, including student avatars, to help practicing seem less daunting?

FROM  |  Apr 06, 2016  |  2 years ago

Keeping Tests Up to Date

On March 5th, students were exposed to a new version of the SAT, which features more relevant language and content. Students’ reactions, and feedback, could be helpful in drafting, and revising, your own tests.

FROM  |  Apr 04, 2016  |  2 years ago

Computer Science Knowledge: A Need, Not a Want

Computer technology is a key pillar of today’s world, so why is there a shortage of employees that are capable of working with it? In order to fill the needs of computer science, budget, infrastructure, and policies will need to be reconsidered.

FROM  |  Apr 01, 2016  |  2 years ago

Understanding Students Can Enhance Education

Administrators are invested in student success, but how well do they know students? The Shadow a Student Challenge encourages administrators to get out among their students to gain a better understanding of how their students experience education.

FROM  |  Mar 30, 2016  |  2 years ago

Gaming With Purpose

Gamification in the classroom is more than just entertainment for students—it’s a real option for creatively driving learning outcomes. What opportunities exist for your school to gamify lesson plans?

FROM  |  Mar 30, 2016  |  2 years ago

Tech ‘Rockstars,’ Rock On

Some teachers are more apt at using technology than others, and thus capable of being leaders. This article encourages schools to recognize their “rockstars,” and let them take center stage.

FROM  |  Mar 29, 2016  |  2 years ago

Putting Podcasts in the Classroom

Podcasts have suddenly become the latest medium to capture attention spans—teachers and students included. How might podcasts work in a classroom setting?

FROM  |  Mar 29, 2016  |  2 years ago

The Pros and Cons of Paper vs. Digital Textbooks

Though the promise of digital textbooks or eBooks is enormous, adoption both in higher education and K-12 has been slow.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Mar 28, 2016  |  2 years ago

Slack Collaboration? Not for Long.

The latest and greatest collaboration apps, such as Slack, are making way for real-time teamwork through voice and video chats. Is there a practical way for these innovations to make a difference in your classroom?

FROM  |  Mar 25, 2016  |  2 years ago

Using VR to Spark Interest in Science

While science is a fascinating subject for some, it can be challenging and uninteresting for others. Innovative teaching options, such as virtual reality through BioBeyond, could be a cost-effective way to engage the masses.

FROM  |  Mar 25, 2016  |  2 years ago

Who Will Be the Future of IT?

In a recent multigenerational workforce survey, CompTIA found that despite GenZ’s clear ties to technology, they have little interest in working IT-related jobs. What role can school systems play in turning this dynamic around?

FROM  |  Mar 23, 2016  |  2 years ago

Building Apps, One Student at a Time

Students don’t just have to consume technology—they can create it, too. That’s what one Bronx campaign is hoping to illustrate by giving students the option to build their own competitive apps.

FROM  |  Mar 22, 2016  |  2 years ago

Digital Textbooks, Part 1: The State of the Market

There’s no denying the unstoppable reach and increasing sophistication, connectivity, and richness of digital media. The most avid consumers, to no one’s surprise, are school-age children, or teens and tweens.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Mar 22, 2016  |  2 years ago

Teaching Digital Citizenship Early

Social media is still a fresh concept; it’s hard for students to comprehend its lasting impact on their lives. How can your organization teach appropriate online behavior and promote positive digital citizenship?

FROM  |  Mar 21, 2016  |  2 years ago

PD: It’s Time to Get Technical

For teachers, keeping up with changes in technology is practically a full-time job. How can professional development play a role in keeping teachers up to date with advancements in technology?

FROM  |  Mar 18, 2016  |  2 years ago

Logging in for Class Time

Many employers have had success with “work from home” models, but what about educators? Park Ridge high school in New Jersey is experimenting with “virtual days,” which allow most students to log in for lessons instead of coming to class.

FROM  |  Mar 17, 2016  |  2 years ago

The Value of an Inside Perspective

As showcased in this article, some education organizations are challenging teachers to shadow their students for a better understanding of their technology usage. Could this type of strategy yield valuable insights for your organization?

FROM  |  Mar 17, 2016  |  2 years ago

Evaluation & Assessment: Using Tech to Monitor Progress

Though most teacher tasks are, by nature, labor intensive and time consuming, there is one that is particularly burdensome: assessment delivery and scoring. Technology, if smartly applied, has the potential to aid both teachers and students in assessment and evaluation.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Mar 16, 2016  |  2 years ago

Can We Learn From Selfies?

Knowing how students interact with technology, such as through selfies, social media, and text messaging, can be helpful when deciding how technology should be implemented in the classroom. Could shadowing students be a beneficial first step for your organization?

FROM  |  Mar 15, 2016  |  2 years ago

Putting Incentives Behind PD

Lifelong learning is important, but it can be challenging to keep teachers engaged. How can badges make digital PD options, like webinars, seem more fulfilling?

FROM  |  Mar 14, 2016  |  2 years ago

Beyond Lectures: Tools to Help Engage Students

Striving to better engage students is a huge part of being a teacher. What tools can help inspire inquiry-based learning?

FROM  |  Mar 11, 2016  |  2 years ago

School Libraries: From Catacombs to Cafés

The hallowed halls of historic libraries are a reflection of an era in the organization and dissemination of knowledge when books were precious and protected, when access was for the privileged few, and when librarians were more gatekeepers than educators. Times have changed and libraries are following suit.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Mar 10, 2016  |  2 years ago

Computer Education: Going Beyond Code

Coding is a big part of computing, but that’s not all there is to know. How are you approaching computer instruction in your school system?

FROM  |  Mar 08, 2016  |  2 years ago

Social Media in Education: All Eyes on Periscope

Social media is an unavoidable part of today’s world, and as such, it is definitely relevant to students. How can new tools, such as Periscope, help instructors creatively incorporate social media into lesson plans?

FROM  |  Mar 08, 2016  |  2 years ago

STEM, With a Creative Touch

STEM is definitely a priority within many school districts, and going about instruction creatively can help boost engagement. How might upcoming conferences inspire your district to achieve STEM/STEAM learning most effectively?

FROM  |  Mar 03, 2016  |  2 years ago

Put Me in Coach, I’m Ready to Teach

Teachers need constructive feedback, inspiration, and goals to reach for, too. Could trending online teacher-coaching services be a beneficial form of personalized professional development?

FROM  |  Mar 03, 2016  |  2 years ago

Online Learning: Not yet the ‘Popular’ Choice

Online learning has absolutely improved in terms of availability, yet still, a recent survey shows that most students prefer to take a majority of their classes in person. How can your organization generate more awareness and interest in online options?

FROM  |  Mar 02, 2016  |  2 years ago

E-Books: Reading Between the Lines

Digital textbooks have potential, but some worry that they might not live up to traditional textbooks. What are the pros and cons of using e-books at your organization?

FROM  |  Mar 01, 2016  |  2 years ago

Finding the Right Interplay Between Teacher & Technology

No matter how big technology’s role in the classroom becomes, there is one component of learning that it can never replace: teachers.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Feb 29, 2016  |  2 years ago

Blogging and Coursework: A Perfect Pair?

Do blogs have a place in schoolwork? Yes, according to the author of this article—but instructors need to establish a framework of guidelines to ensure efficacy.

FROM  |  Feb 26, 2016  |  2 years ago

When It Comes to Technology, Tinker

Making mistakes is an integral part of the learning process—and technology is no exception. Are instructors putting enough time aside for tinkering?

FROM  |  Feb 24, 2016  |  2 years ago

Online Charter Schools: A Classroom Alternative

The traditional classroom has many advantages, but can also be distracting for some students. Could online charter schools, such as Oregon Connections Academy, better serve some audiences?

FROM  |  Feb 22, 2016  |  2 years ago

Reading for Class: Beyond Textbooks

Textbook material can quickly become dated and irrelevant. How can modern tools, such as Flipboard, help to keep course materials up to date?

FROM  |  Feb 17, 2016  |  2 years ago

Encouraging Teachers to Work Hard, Play Hard

For teachers, technology’s expanding presence and growing list of options can be overwhelming. Could a simple concept, such as mimicking play dates, boost educators’ comfort levels?

FROM  |  Feb 16, 2016  |  2 years ago

Putting MOOCs Under a Microscope

A newly released report has surveyed Coursera students to examine perceived benefits. What could these insights mean for online learning models?

FROM  |  Feb 15, 2016  |  2 years ago

Students These Days

NCES data suggests that the vast majority of undergraduate students can be classified as “nontraditional.” How should this data impact instructional delivery?

FROM  |  Feb 11, 2016  |  2 years ago

Technology in the Classroom: A Balancing Act

How much technology is “just right” in the classroom? While there is no one-size-fits-all answer to that question, educators are beginning to learn that moderation is key.

FROM  |  Feb 10, 2016  |  2 years ago

Coding Lessons Disguised as Minecraft

Whether you are talking to teachers or students, Minecraft is a popular game. How can educators best take advantage of its educational potential, such as the new tutorial that introduces basic coding skills?

FROM  |  Feb 09, 2016  |  2 years ago

Education Broadband: Enough to Go Around?

Students varied access to high-speed broadband Internet has created a “digital divide” in many districts. Could Kajeet’s Education Broadband be a potential solution?

FROM  |  Feb 08, 2016  |  2 years ago

Avoid Distraction in the App Store

In today’s app stores, the education aisles are far from barren. How can educators best determine which apps are actually worthwhile?

FROM  |  Feb 05, 2016  |  2 years ago

Web Literacy: A Lesson Worth Teaching

It’s easy to assume that all students come into the classroom armed with enough exposure to technology to take it and run with it – but that’s not always the case. How teachers better promote web literacy?

FROM  |  Feb 05, 2016  |  2 years ago

What’s the Deal With Lesson-Sharing Sites?

The Internet has made way for easier lesson sharing, which has the potential to relieve teachers of the constant burden of figuring out what’s next. Still though, it’s important for those sharing and those using to be aware of the associated legalities.

FROM  |  Feb 04, 2016  |  2 years ago

Disney: Making Coloring Books Cool Again

Coloring books are a favorite pastime of many, but how can they compete with today’s tech toys? Disney and Crayola seemingly have the answer; they are making coloring books 3D.

FROM  |  Feb 03, 2016  |  2 years ago

Adjusting the Length of Learning

As time goes by, the needs and expectations of learners and employers are changing. Will shorter routes to learning objectives change higher education as we know it today?

FROM  |  Feb 02, 2016  |  2 years ago

Classroom Technology Use on the Rise

Technology’s place in the classroom has long been established, but what about embraced? Research suggests that teachers are now more often making use of the technology that is at their disposal.

FROM  |  Feb 02, 2016  |  2 years ago

Ladies First in Online Learning Environments

Flexibility is an aspect of online learning that can benefit many, but for some reason, tends to appeal to women more than men. Should online learning’s gender tendencies impact recruitment efforts?

FROM  |  Feb 01, 2016  |  2 years ago

2015 Ed Tech Year in Review

2015 was a year of continued progress for several key ideas, trends, and technologies that were set into motion long before the start of the year. While these focal points were not introduced in the last 12 months, their progress in 2015 is worth noting.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Feb 01, 2016  |  2 years ago

Coding Lessons Disguised as Minecraft

Whether you are talking to teachers or students, Minecraft is a popular game. How can educators best take advantage of its educational potential, such as the new tutorial that introduces basic coding skills?

FROM  |  Jan 29, 2016  |  2 years ago

Successful eLearning: Keep It Simple

Technology can certainly be an aid to learning, but what about a barrier? This article points out tips to help ensure that teachers are using technology wisely and not overwhelming students.

FROM  |  Jan 27, 2016  |  2 years ago

Will Online ELL Tests Improve Assessment Abilities?

When assessing English-learners, it can be hard for teachers to get a comprehensive view of mastered skills. Could new computer-based initiatives help improve assessments?

FROM  |  Jan 27, 2016  |  2 years ago

Educational Use: Laptops vs. Tablets

In a new Harris Poll conducted for Pearson, college students reveal that while tablet ownership is on the rise, they still prefer laptops for learning. How might these preferences evolve in the future?

FROM  |  Jan 22, 2016  |  2 years ago

Are You Ready to Tango?

With the recent announcement by Google, Qualcomm Technologies and Lenovo of the introduction of Project Tango—a 3D, virtual world that works indoors as well as in the great outdoors, allowing users to explore spaces around them that could include retail stores, and classrooms.

FROM  |  Jan 20, 2016  |  2 years ago

Computer Science: Come One, Come All

Many school systems, such as the New York City school system, are planning to make bold strides toward stronger STEM-related offerings. What kind of professional development will be necessary to ensure that teachers are sufficiently prepared?

FROM  |  Jan 19, 2016  |  2 years ago

Stronger Design for PD Programs

Students aren’t the only ones who require learning; teachers need to progress, too. How can you better construct PD initiatives to effectively engage and educate teachers?

FROM  |  Jan 18, 2016  |  2 years ago

Virtual and Augmented Reality Enters the Classroom

For many industries, the technology that is currently generating buzz is virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR). VR and AR are already being utilized in a number of different settings, such as healthcare, sports, and retail – and for education, it seems like it’s only a matter of time.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Jan 18, 2016  |  2 years ago

STEAM: Thinking Outside of the ‘STEM’ Box

Art and science don’t always go hand in hand, but creative and critical thinking can easily complement each other. STEAM has surfaced as an augmented version of STEM that better incorporates creativity.

FROM  |  Jan 15, 2016  |  2 years ago

Juggling the Evolving Roles of Teachers

Technology has significantly impacted the way students learn, and teachers teach, in the 21st century. Yet, despite the new tools and technologies, the foundational elements of instruction have not changed. So then, why has the overarching view of the role of teachers shifted?

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Jan 14, 2016  |  2 years ago

Ensuring Flipped Classrooms Aren’t a Flop

Flipped classrooms are promising, but also demanding. How could your school modify the flipped classroom concept to overcome barriers?

FROM  |  Jan 13, 2016  |  2 years ago

Personalized Learning for Teachers

If personalized learning is beneficial for students, couldn’t it be advantageous for teachers? Getting input from teachers regarding professional development offerings can help positively impact how your school system is meeting teachers’ varying needs.

FROM  |  Jan 12, 2016  |  2 years ago

GROOCs: Facing MOOCs in Groups

MOOCs have taken a new form – GROOCs, or group-based online learning courses. Could this new take on online learning have a place at your organization?

FROM  |  Jan 12, 2016  |  2 years ago

Gamification in Education: Time to (Not) Get Serious

Gartner defines gamification as “the concept of applying game mechanics and game design techniques to digitally engage and motivate people to achieve their goals.” Gamification in education is not necessarily about technology, though technology can certainly play a role. Instead, it is about tying gaming principles in with learning initiatives.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Jan 11, 2016  |  2 years ago

Touchdown! A Math and Science Game

Technology is regularly providing educators with new ways to engage students and present learning concepts. Recently, the makers of the well-known Madden NFL video game have launched “Madden NFL: Football by the Numbers,” which uses football to teach math and science.

FROM  |  Jan 08, 2016  |  3 years ago

Misconceptions Surrounding Girls and STEM

A study directed by Gallup and Google reveals that opinions from parents, teachers, and students make computer science seem like a “boy’s world.” How can educators help diminish STEM-related misconceptions?

FROM  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  3 years ago

Video: Education on Demand

Video is more than just a unique way to present content; it can also be used to engage students outside of in-class instruction. Florida International University’s College of Business serves as a successful example of using video to augment lectures.

FROM  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  3 years ago

Immediate Feedback for Better Outcomes

For teachers, it can be hard to distinguish what is working and what is failing in the classroom. Learning analytics and the ability to get instant feedback (adaptive learning technology) can help teachers gain insights and boost learning outcomes.

FROM  |  Jan 06, 2016  |  3 years ago

Helping Students Sift Through Information Overload

There is an abundance of information available to today’s students, but they need to be able to do more than a simple Google search. How can instructors build students’ research skills?

FROM  |  Jan 05, 2016  |  3 years ago

Unleashing Student Creativity Through Digital Technology

Creativity is perhaps the greatest gift of childhood. Kids are armed with an endless supply. Acting as natural problem solvers, their imagination and curiosity have the potential to translate to valuable learning. However, harnessing that creativity can be a difficult challenge.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Jan 04, 2016  |  3 years ago

A Fresh Tactic for Professional Development

Micro-credentials, also known as digital badges, could hold promise for professional development, but they are not well known as an option. Could they be beneficial in your professional development initiatives?

FROM  |  Jan 01, 2016  |  3 years ago

DIY Textbooks Offer Enhanced Digital Content

If digital textbooks are going to replace traditional textbooks, they will need to offer more value. Penn State is attempting to solve this conundrum by creating a tool that allows faculty to easily influence their own textbooks with additions, edits, and more.

FROM  |  Dec 23, 2015  |  3 years ago

Art and Science: The Perfect Pair?

Each student prefers different subjects, but exposure and mastery of many is imperative to success. Could creatively blending different subjects improve learning across the board?

FROM  |  Dec 23, 2015  |  3 years ago

Achieving Student Engagement via Text

Student engagement is a desirable outcome for any professor, but achieving it is no small feat. Could texting be a potential source of stronger communication between teachers and their students?

FROM  |  Dec 22, 2015  |  3 years ago

Blended Learning: Changing the Way Teachers Teach and Learners Learn

Blended learning is a term used to describe the combination of traditional, instructor-led learning with any one of a number of online features, creating a learning environment that balances face-to-face and online learning experiences. However, blended learning has the potential to transform learning beyond simple space-time enhancements.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Dec 22, 2015  |  3 years ago

Develop Better Video Content

Video is a common way for teachers to engage students in learning, but that doesn’t mean it’s always the best it can be. Implementing simple tricks and tips can help teachers improve quality for optimal results.

FROM  |  Dec 18, 2015  |  3 years ago

Restructuring Education for Improved Outcomes

Competency-based education is the buzzword that is threatening to evolve education as we know it, but is this trend noteworthy? Some experts say yes, encouraging the shift from standard processes to desirable outcomes.

FROM  |  Dec 17, 2015  |  3 years ago

Analyzing the MOOC Experience

Online learning initiatives, such as MOOCs, tend to inspire different behavior than face-to-face courses. One recent study examines the experiences and practices of learners participating in MOOCs.

FROM  |  Dec 17, 2015  |  3 years ago

The Alphabet Soup of Curricular Acronyms

STEM, STEAM, STEAM-D, STREAM, ESTEAM – the variations are many, but shouldn’t the vision be one and the same? Brimming with ever more letters, and bogged down with weighty political and budget baggage, growing curricular acronyms risk becoming more like alphabet soup than a strategy for learning.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Dec 14, 2015  |  3 years ago

Driving Collaboration Through Strategic Technology Adoption

Gone are the days of classrooms with desks arranged in rows facing forward to direct students’ attention to the teacher. Today’s classroom is – or should be – more focused on creating meaningful interaction and collaboration, often with the help of digital tools.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Dec 11, 2015  |  3 years ago

Questions Surround E-Rate

E-rate, or the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund, was recently given a facelift and a boost in funding, helping to ensure Internet access and wireless coverage for school systems around the country. How will changes to E-rate support improved learning outcomes?

FROM  |  Dec 04, 2015  |  3 years ago

Using Technology to Discourage Dropouts

What technologies can work alongside institutions to improve student retention?

FROM  |  Dec 04, 2015  |  3 years ago

Test Your Tech-Savvy Teaching

Take this quiz to evaluate how your use of classroom technology stacks up.

FROM  |  Dec 03, 2015  |  3 years ago

Teachers Get Social on Twitter

It’s no secret that Twitter is used professionally just as it is used socially – and it looks like teachers are no exception. Education professionals are taking to the social media outlet to discuss success, failures, and ideas.

FROM  |  Nov 30, 2015  |  3 years ago

Encouraging Engagement with Augmented Reality

Augmented reality (AR) is new in the classroom, meaning educators are beginning to experiment and uncover best use cases. How can augmented reality reach beyond the “cool” factor to encourage student engagement?

FROM  |  Nov 26, 2015  |  3 years ago

Training Teachers is a Necessity

The job of teaching is overwhelming, and throwing new technology into the mix does not ease the burden. Schools should provide training and time for feedback to help teachers unlock technology’s full potential.

FROM  |  Nov 25, 2015  |  3 years ago

What Will Education Look Like in 3D?

Advancements in technology have already improved education, and the transformation is still in motion. New options, such as 3D technology and holographic imaging, are changing what classrooms might look like in the future.

FROM  |  Nov 24, 2015  |  3 years ago

The Upgrade to Windows 10: Is it Worth It?

Windows 10 is here and with it comes a new array of features fit to help teachers and students streamline online tasks. Although new operating systems can be challenging at first, this one holds promise for empowering classrooms.

FROM  |  Nov 23, 2015  |  3 years ago

Blogs Give Learning Greater Meaning

Communication is a skill that is needed for more than just English class. One fifth-grade teacher uses blogs as a way to make student communication more meaningful and “real-world” applicable.

FROM  |  Nov 20, 2015  |  3 years ago

YouTube: An Education Treasure Trove

The Internet can do so much for students, but it can also prove to be a great resource for teachers. Sources such as YouTube allow dedicated educators to share creative learning content, best practices, and more.

FROM  |  Nov 20, 2015  |  3 years ago

Level Up Village Promotes Global, Collaborative Learning

Level Up Village is an online education program that works to connect students across the globe. Programs like this one are a great example of how technology can enhance learning in the classroom and beyond.

FROM  |  Nov 19, 2015  |  3 years ago

Blended Learning: The Best of Both Worlds

Online and traditional learning methods don’t need to be all or nothing. Using a blended learning approach gives schools the potential to bring forth the benefits of both approaches.

FROM  |  Nov 18, 2015  |  3 years ago

Higher Ed Isn’t All Fun and Games…Yet

Gamification is spreading to higher education. As schools and professors attempt to make learning more competitive and creative, instructors should keep the focus on learning outcomes and be careful not to overdo it.

FROM  |  Nov 18, 2015  |  3 years ago

Creating Individualized Learning Experiences

At its core, learning is ultimately a personal experience. Auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learning are three broad categories some educators have subscribed to, and they’ve often been challenged to effectively incorporate all three to meet a wide range of student preferences. As a result, educators are looking to create individualized or personalized learning experiences where each student can leverage his or her preferred style to best learn and demonstrate new knowledge and skills.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Nov 17, 2015  |  3 years ago

Where Will Wearable Tech Take Education?

The 2015 New Media Consortium Horizon Report has revealed a prediction that wearable technology will be mainstream in schools within four to five years. What will wearable tech look like in education?

FROM  |  Nov 13, 2015  |  3 years ago

Find Potential in Professional Development

For lots of education professionals, professional development opportunities offered by administrators leave much to be desired. This article suggests ways that both administrators and teachers can work to make PD more productive.

FROM  |  Nov 11, 2015  |  3 years ago

The Scientific Method Can Serve Every Classroom

The ideas behind the scientific method can promote success outside of lab experiments. Teachers can use similar steps to measure what approaches are (and aren’t) working in the classroom and adjust and progress accordingly.

FROM  |  Nov 10, 2015  |  3 years ago

The Do’s and Don’ts of Using Technology in the Classroom

Teaching is notoriously overwhelming – and while technology can certainly help lessen the load, knowing where to start can also be daunting. There is no shortage of options, but before educators impulsively add technology to their mix, they should be sure that the tools they choose will help students acquire knowledge.

Lenovo ExclusiveLENOVO PERSPECTIVE  |  Nov 10, 2015  |  3 years ago

Math Anxiety? There’s an App for That.

Math can be a trying subject – for students and parents. A new study has found that a math app can help children learn, all the while helping to diminish anxiety that might surround the subject.

FROM  |  Nov 09, 2015  |  3 years ago

Making the Most of Virtual Classrooms

As learning continues to extend beyond classroom walls, it’s important for educators to ensure quality and maintain students as the top priority. This article explores how virtual classrooms might work best.

FROM  |  Nov 04, 2015  |  3 years ago

Using Social Media for Class

Social media is a driving force in students’ lives, but for many teachers its purpose in the classroom is still evasive. With the right practices in place, a connected classroom has the potential to expand learning horizons.

FROM  |  Oct 27, 2015  |  3 years ago

Create Rich Technology-Driven Learning Experiences

Instructors at any level might find it challenging to incorporate digital and digitized learning in a meaningful way. The SAMR Model may be helpful in identifying substitution, augmentation, modification, and redefinition to ultimately hone in on best practices.

FROM  |  Oct 27, 2015  |  3 years ago

OneNote: A Worthwhile Educational Tool

For today’s teachers, it is critical to have low-cost, high-quality tools that complement learning in a meaningful way. This article names Microsoft OneNote as a worthwhile tool that aids in collaboration, group projects, sharing, and more.

FROM  |  Oct 13, 2015  |  3 years ago

Tips for Teaching With Video

Many faculty seek to make creative use of films in their teaching, whether in traditional class screenings or through flipped classrooms. However, there are many obstacles to teaching with videos.

FROM  |  Oct 12, 2015  |  3 years ago

mLearning: Generational Opinions

mLearning is a unique way for students to engage with course material – but is it a good way? This article examines the varying perspectives different generations have regarding mLearning.

FROM  |  Oct 09, 2015  |  3 years ago

Edmodo Leads the Way for Blended Learning

Blended learning is about more than implementing technology – it involves innovative applications that meet student needs. Edmodo is the leading K-12 learning network in the world, with hopes to engage learners and teachers through a unique content-focused platform.

FROM  |  Oct 07, 2015  |  3 years ago

Quality eLearning Courses: Tips and Tricks

How can eLearning professionals cut costs without sacrificing quality?

FROM  |  Oct 01, 2015  |  3 years ago

Keep a Watch on Wearables

“Wearables” is an umbrella term that encompasses many things – headsets, fitness trackers, smartwatches, and more. As these items become more available in the education industry, it will be imperative for teachers to push past the “wow” factor and find smart applications.

FROM  |  Sep 30, 2015  |  3 years ago

Learning Challenges vs. Apps

Offering a fresh perspective or changing the way material is presented can be a great strategy for overcoming learning challenges. At Stanford University, students have taken this idea to the next level by creating apps that battle common challenges.

FROM  |  Sep 30, 2015  |  3 years ago

Technology: A Remedy for the Brain

Technological advancements have certainly made their mark on other industries – such as healthcare. With those successes in mind, education has begun to uncover what appears to be the tip of the iceberg in terms of how technology could advance the brain and how it learns.

FROM  |  Sep 29, 2015  |  3 years ago

A Blended Approach to Online Credit Recovery

A recent report attempts to uncover what makes credit recovery programs successful. Is it time to review, and potentially revise, your district’s credit recovery programs?

FROM  |  Sep 23, 2015  |  3 years ago

The Flipped Learning Environment: Best Practices

How can educators create successful flipped learning assessments?

FROM  |  Sep 18, 2015  |  3 years ago

Mastering Machine Teaching

Research from the University of Wisconsin at Madison poses the question: could machine teaching mean the perfect lesson plan?

FROM  |  Sep 18, 2015  |  3 years ago

Putting Technology in Teachers’ Hands

Many are exhorting educators to make more use of a growing number of technology tools and options in their classrooms, but they need training and education to help them identify and implement the most effective options.

FROM  |  Sep 11, 2015  |  3 years ago

MOOCs: Common Student Concerns

The MOOC experience isn't resonating with some students; these findings may hold value for educators considering, or currently using, alternative forms of delivery to ensure they are addressing potential barriers to adoption.

FROM  |  Sep 11, 2015  |  3 years ago

The “Flipped Field Trip”

Using technology to create a sense of community among students as they explore new material both virtually and in real time can provide a broader, more meaningful and, ultimately, more successful learning experience.

FROM  |  Sep 11, 2015  |  3 years ago

Today’s Classroom Challenge: Introducing Technology

Educators are not alone when it comes to the challenges of incorporating technology into the classroom, but sometimes they may feel that they are; accepting and learning from the inevitable "fails" is just a part of the technology adoption process.

FROM  |  Sep 11, 2015  |  3 years ago

Textbooks and Technology: Analyzing Student Preferences

VitalSource Technologies reveals the results of their technology-focused educational survey.

FROM  |  Sep 11, 2015  |  3 years ago

mLearning: A New Perspective

Schools are creating flexible learning environments that embrace nontraditional learning methods

FROM  |  Aug 25, 2015  |  3 years ago

Gamification: Leading the Way to Gradation?

Ball State University has created an app with hopes to improve student retention and outcomes

FROM  |  Aug 19, 2015  |  3 years ago

Using Technology for Better Teaching

Universities are using technology to improve the student experience, in and out of the classroom

FROM   |  Aug 18, 2015  |  3 years ago

Education’s Top Tech Trends

How will technology impact the education industry?

FROM  |  Aug 11, 2015  |  3 years ago

Teachers Take On Technology

The SIAA Vision K-20 survey showcases how teachers are applying technology in the classroom

FROM  |  Jul 31, 2015  |  3 years ago

Innovation Lessons Learned

NC schools face challenges amidst the freedom to innovate with technology in the classroom

FROM  |  Jul 29, 2015  |  3 years ago

Using Data to Design Instruction

AltSchool is using data gathering to change education’s course

FROM  |  Jul 27, 2015  |  3 years ago