College officials should avoid using jargon such as "disruptive" or "innovate" when talking to faculty to get their support for technology initiatives, industry and higher-education leaders say. A "roadshow" approach, which includes conversations with department heads to learn their needs, has been successful for Paul Jurasin of California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo.
Concerns about how Facebook has used its users' data have some pledging to delete their accounts. However, some students and educators say it may not be that easy, including University of North Carolina Wilmington's Bruce McKinney who says that some access to social media is needed to stay "in the loop."
As higher-education business models change, institutional survival depends on leaders focusing on accessibility, student outcomes and students' return on investment, Abhi Ramesh of the Horizons School of Technology writes. In this commentary, he outlines the flaws in today's university system and what must change if these institutions want to survive.
Preparing students for 21st-century careers in science, technology, engineering and math will require that K-12 IT, curriculum and facilities departments work together, asserts Bill Latham, CEO and senior program designer at MeTEOR Education. In this commentary, he describes how a Florida school district overhauled its STEM education with a collaborative approach.
The US Department of Education would receive a $3.9 billion funding increase under a proposed spending bill released Wednesday. Congress rejected Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' call for more funding for school-choice programs.
Some teachers are using videos created by rock bank OK Go to teach art, math and science. The band collaborated with the Playful Learning Lab at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota to create a free website for educators called OK Go Sandbox.
Child-development experts are considering how smart speakers affect learning and development. Some suggest that without intentional planning, the devices could reduce "serve-and-return conversations" and one-on-one reading time.
Executives at Apple are expected next week to introduce lower-cost devices to help regain a share of the education marketplace it has lost in recent years to Google and Microsoft. Apple also aims to help foster product awareness among students and convert them into long-term end users.
US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos appeared before a House Appropriations subcommittee this week to defend a budget proposal that would cut $3.6 billion from the Department of Education. Lawmakers asked DeVos about issues other than the budget, including school safety and school choice.
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