Dell Education Challenge and Trending Ed Tech Stories

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I’m noticing a lot of education technology stories since my return from MIT. I don’t think there are more of them per se, the topic is just more top of mind. So here are a few ed tech stories that are trending, at least trending for me.

First, I neglected to mention this in my wrap-up post. Dell is again sponsoring the Dell Social Innovation Challenge, a university-level competition designed to affect positive change in K-12 learning environments.

I agree that technology can be a great boon for education, but it’s not without pitfalls and, frankly, it’s not for everyone. That’s why I’m shocked and a concerned that the state of Idaho will now require public high school students to take at least one online class.

Here’s a piece from NPR (bonus: you can listen or read!) about teachers that want students to “play” with their smartphones during class.

Here’s my favorite post. In the gifted community, we say that grouping children by age can be as arbitrary as grouping students by height, so even though it will be too late for my boys, it’s exciting to consider how technology will cause schools to rethink age-based classrooms.

This is not about tech, but it’s a good read from a school administrator who has the nerve to talk frankly about the dangers of our public school system’s over-reliance on high-stakes standardized testing

If you have any good reads, please share them in the comments.

I am part of the Dell Dozen Ambassador Program. I am compensated for my participation in the program and recently attended two programs at MIT related to technology in education thanks to Dell. All opinions and typewriters above are my own.

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  1. Daisy says

    Fascinating. My gut reaction to Idaho’s plan is “why?” I teach online. My students learn through traditional means, phone calls, individual attention, and virtual classes online with me. The virtual school structure is a method for teaching and learning; it’s not an end in itself. Now that I’ve spoken up, I need to read the article. Maybe it’ll answer my questions.

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