January 07, 2016
As any parent or teacher could tell you, kids have no shortage of curiosity when it comes to new technology. The new generation of “digital natives” use tech all the time, and are quick to pick up new tools and platforms. Their teachers have a role to play too, helping them learn appropriate uses for tech in the classroom. But what’s next? When students have mastered the way to use digital tools at school, can they turn that knowledge around and become teachers themselves? That’s just what the Albuquerque, New Mexico, school district is trying to find out. Meet the SWAT Team at Petroglyph...
January 04, 2016
The days when you’d have to launch neighborhood-wide bake sales for four years to get your class a trip to a world-class museum are ancient history. Thanks to the partnership between the Google Cultural Institute and the British Museum, anyone with an Internet connection can virtually explore the seven acres of the museum’s floor space, and its 80,000 artifacts on display. With a 3-D, interactive timeline that visually stretches into the past (similar to the opening text in Star Wars), you can view collection items that are color-coded by their geographic origin, or you can filter them...
January 01, 2016
These days, technology changes and improves quickly – there are some things starting to show up in classrooms today that would have been solidly relegated to science fiction ten years ago (like holograms). Some of these, moreover, are poised for more widespread adoption in schools. Here’s a look at some technologies that could make a huge impact on education in 2016 and beyond: Virtual Reality There’s already been a ton of movement in Virtual Reality (VR) – Google, Samsung, and Oculus, among others, are all developing their own version of the technology. In the classroom, VR can serve a...