Teaching, Learning & Technology
Sharing best practices from faculty around the world who are using technology to transform teaching and learning.

Putting Education “Big Data” Conspiracy Theorists in “Time Out”

All of the suggested innuendos and evil uses of data are just speculation. When you look at some basic facts, you will find that what is proposed by inBloom is actually a safer, more reliable method of storing data than what is currently done by 14,000 individual school districts across the country. inbloom-student-data-bill-gates.jpg

Reason #1 your 1:1 program is failing: Sustainability

On the surface it seems so obvious, but I can’t even begin to count the number of initiatives I have witnessed that were designed as “one-hit wonders.” From the smallest school system to major country-wide initiatives, many schools and politicians look for short-cuts to quickly launch a 1:1 program without considering the future....lacking a long range plan to refresh the technology the 2nd, 3rd and 4th time.Weaknesses.jpg

Why do we keep choosing the device first?

After more than 15 years working with schools on technology and learning initiatives, the most common mistake we see, is when school systems start their plans by making the device choice FIRST…Device First.jpg

Re-Imagining Common Core

Common Core Map.jpgCould we leverage the spirit of Common Core and yet still embrace more of the local decision-making and control that was the foundation of our public education system? Could individual states collaborate on a state-wide level to address college and career readiness with the outcomes in mind, versus the initial test scores?

Demystifying the “BYOD” model in K-12 Education

BYOD has not only done more to re-emphasize the digital divide that exists in our schools, but it is introducing a whole host of issues that schools and many of the industry leaders have failed to truly consider, or are prepared to address.

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  • A former K-12 district administrator and adjunct professor of communication, Elliott has won over 60 state and national awards in school public relations, is a past columnist for Electronic School, School Administrator and American School Boards Journal, and has been interviewed for many leading educational publications. Recently, Elliott helped developed models for personal learning, which in testing increased successful completion of algebra from 33% to 71% versus traditional classroom instruction. His work is featured by HP at www.hp.com/makeitmatter
  • I am part of the HP Calculator team, working on the HP Prime graphing calculator. I taught mathematics for 20 years and have extensive experience in the professional development of teachers of mathematics. My area of interest is mathematics education; specifically, how technology affects the teaching and learning of mathematics.
  • Jim Vanides is responsible for the vision, strategy, design, and implementation of education technology innovation initiatives. His focus is the effective use of technology to create powerful learning experiences that help students around the world succeed. He has been instrumental in launching over 1200 primary, secondary, and higher education projects in 41 countries, including the HP Catalyst Initiative - a 15-country network of 60+ education organizations exploring innovations in STEM(+) learning and teaching. In addition to his work at HP, Jim teaches an online course for Montana State University on the Science of Sound, a masters-level, conceptual physics course for teachers in grades 5 through 8. Jim’s past work at HP has included engineering design, engineering management, and program management in R&D, Manufacturing, and Business Development. He holds a BS in Engineering and a MA in Education, both from Stanford University.
  • Mike is a passionate education advocate dedicated to helping schools design, build and deliver solutions that solve the complex instructional challenges that face K12 leaders every day. Mike is interested in working with individuals and organizations that share the same level of commitment to improving Instructional outcomes with and through the use of technology
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