When using data to predict outcomes, consider the ethical dilemmas

When using data to predict outcomes, consider the ethical dilemmas

  Colleges and universities that use sophisticated data systems to analyze and guide students must be careful to avoid ethical dilemmas that can arise, like pigeonholing students unfairly or underestimating their abilities, according to a new report that analyzed common pitfalls of these systems. These… Read More

Bridging the divide between ed tech research and the classroom

Bridging the divide between ed tech research and the classroom

A high school library in a school district in Mentor, Ohio. Photo: Nichole Dobo There’s a lot of knowledge packed away in academic journals. But it can be difficult for education technology developers, teachers and administrators to find and comprehend that information. An interactive “Research… Read More

Be mindful: How a tech tool can help

Be mindful: How a tech tool can help

Cindy Price, a first-grade teacher, wanted a way to get her students focused and calm. Even after 24 years of teaching, Price isn’t afraid to try something new. She had heard about mindfulness practices, which include being present in the moment, observing without being too… Read More

Study explores effect of data dashboards on student performance

Study explores effect of data dashboards on student performance

Data dashboards and performance feedback can motivate middle-range students to work a little harder to earn a desired grade, a new study found. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan School of Information and the educational technology company Blackboard, explores a growing… Read More

How an #EdTech Lens Can Improve a Learning Culture

How an #EdTech Lens Can Improve a Learning Culture

I remember the days when I was not a very big believer in educational technology. For one, I saw the use of tools just as a means to become more efficient at delivering instruction. Man, could I rock a PowerPoint lecture. As Chris Lehmann says,… Read More

The Potential of Virtual Reality

The Potential of Virtual Reality

Many educators, including myself, routinely talk about the need for innovation in education. If we continue to employ the same type of thinking then we will get the same or results. We also run the risk of taking a step backwards and experiencing worse results… Read More

EdTech: Giving the ONE the power to dream

EdTech: Giving the ONE the power to dream

This article is published as part of our CSR initiatives. As the Director of Green Shoots, a Cape Town based education organisation that utilises EdTech, I am often asked about the benefits and impact of EdTech within a South African context. My answer is simple… Read More