The idea of being tech savvy and computer illiterate at once is a paradox of this transitional moment. These students are effectively caught in between different models and different eras of digital technology. In order to apply for jobs and function in an office setting, they will need to be conversant with desktop computers, proper email etiquette, and basic software like Word, Excel and Office.
Many school districts that have the money and will to buy tablets for students are currently buying iPads from Apple or Android devices, which they customize for their students. Amplify aims to create a more education-focused tablet than tech rivals such as Apple or Google are currently offering.
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Jeff Livingston is a senior VP at McGraw-Hill Education, one of the “Big Three” education companies along with Pearson and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The privately held company has …
Marcos Meideros is a 100% iPad learner. He doesn’t print documents or use books or notepads. All his readings, highlighting, note-taking and other class organization at the EMBA program of The Berlin School of Creative Leadership happens on his trusty, white iPad.
Introduced this spring as a challenge to the Apple iPad, which is the most popular classroom tablet, Amplify is the first touchscreen tablet designed from the ground up for the classroom. The tablet can be used to run any app or curriculum, but it incorporates special classroom management features at the operating system level such as instant polls, a timer, a classroom timeline that works something like a Facebook news feed, the ability to block a custom list of apps, and an “eyes on teacher” button that suspends the student’s app and network connection with a message to focus on the teacher in the room.
In the future, books will reveal themselves differently to users, based on their reading abilities, prior knowledge, and learning objectives. Also, the data a user can generate will be as important as the book itself. In the near future, reading platforms will use biometric data rather than or in addition formal assessment to determine if someone understands what they are reading.
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Win-win-win? Students get free course materials to supplement their MOOCs, Chegg gets data on student usage of their ebooks, while Coursera expands resources for students.
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Elite colleges and universities may continue to develop and offer degree programs willy nilly, but for the other 95%, we’d go as far to say that if a program doesn’t have inherent within it some proprietary and moderately defensible distribution channel, it’s probably not a program that addresses a real social or economic need and therefore should be restructured or reconsidered. In other words, if your programs require lead aggregators and branding, you may be in the wrong business.
Schools put CourseSmart‘s big data analytics to work monitoring student engagement of assigned course materials. Earlier, we mentioned Desire2Learn, which analyzes student performance on the course level to improve graduation rates. Here’s …