Enterprises might have struggled a little with security and compliance of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) issue in the beginning, but they are seeing the growing productivity rates associated with this trend. Professionals are taking their work everywhere. But it’s not just the business sector that is embracing BYOD – education is jumping on board.
Robin Flanigan -- Officials in the 24,100- student Academy School District 20 school system in Colorado Springs, Colo., came to this conclusion in the spring of 2011: If blended learning is one of the biggest trends in education, it should offer a way for teachers to practice the approach themselves.
Michael Horn -- I had the opportunity recently to revisit Doug Lemov’s book, Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College, which was published in 2010.
It remains a good work that describes how teachers in today’s factory-model education system can make improvements in their teaching practice to bolster student learning.
Liana Heitin -- Horn's vision recognizes Lemov's techniques as purely academic tools—while teachers are likely to also see them as more nuanced classroom-management and character-building tools. Having a computer prevent a student from moving on until he has mastered a skill is very different from having a teacher insist that the student persevere.
Tom Vander Ark -- For Pearson, this transaction signals a more rapid move into school management that was anticipated. Historically, the line between supporting and operating schools has been one they did not want to cross given the special venom for private enterprise when it takes outcome responsibility. I suspect when they considered accelerating rate of adoption of learning online, it made the decision easy.
A group of publishers and tech companies gathered in Washington recently to talk about getting digital textbooks into U.S. classrooms. The gathering, convened by the FCC and the Department of Education, included everyone from Apple to Intel to McGraw-Hill, and it was premised on the idea that digitizing classrooms is a good thing.
Michael Hiltzik -- Something sounded familiar last week when I heard U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski make a huge pitch for infusing digital technology into America's classrooms.
Every schoolchild should have a laptop, they said. Because in the near future, textbooks will be a thing of the past.
The age of technology is always growing in many schools, but one local private schools says students are required to have an iPad starting next year. Webb School plans to use the tablet computer for everything from communication to books.
The proliferation of mobile technology, which is leading some schools to experiment with one-to-one computing initiatives, combined with the expansion of traditional textbook publishers onto the Internet means that many students are reading in a whole new way.