November 2011 Archives

What Age Should Children Start Using iPads, Education Apps, and Technology?

It's Thanksgiving week! It's that special time of the year when we recognize the special people and events in our lives. Then, after pausing to give thanks while eating lots of food, we will battle each other for parking spaces and limited quantities door buster sale items. So, as you prepare for the Thursday midnight sales and Black Friday, What technologies are on your shopping list this year? Are you planning to buy technology for any children? Cecilia Kang from the Washington Post published a timely article last week that examines if the expanding availability of education apps for kids ...


iPads in Schools: Replacing Backpacks?

Do you believe that all students will have tablet computers within 5 years? Gene Munster, a senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray, recently surveyed of 25 educational technology directors about their experiences and opinions of the potential of tablets in schools. The results of the survey were discussed on sites such as Apple 2.0 on CNN, the The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW), and the All Things D on the Wall Street Journal. While Munster admits that the sample size of 25 Technology Directors is small, the opinions of technology directors are important since they often make decisions on technology ...


What Makes a Good Teacher?

Can you define what makes a good teacher? Fareed Zakaria aired a Global Public Square (GPS) Special: Fixing Education on November 5 on CNN. During one of the segments, Mr. Zakaria asked Mr. Gates what he thought makes a good teacher. (The Gates Foundation is investing millions of dollars to understand, in their words, "how America can foster great teaching.") Fareed Zakaria: What do you think makes a good teacher? Bill Gates: Clearly, there's something about engaging the student. As I've watched the videos of great teachers, they are constantly looking out and seeing that the kids are starting to ...


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