With the new school season, teachers are experimenting with ways to engage kids better. And parents are always looking to avoid the "pulling-out-the-hair" moments with homework. Of course, what both groups want is to make sure the kids understand the concepts and demonstrate in real-life.
From K-12 through higher-ed, more tools and platforms are now churning out more highly detailed data than ever. Because of this new data, research is a more valuable and desirable tool than ever.
This is what we signed up for when we chose higher education as our vocation. Let's listen, really listen, to our students and consider their search for meaning. What is their gathering storm? What do they know that we have missed, our senses dulled by so many things?
Technology in moderation seems to be the way to go.
I am not talking about the much-hyped massive open online courses. I am talking about a complete transformation of the way teaching is done, with the computer taking the role of the lecturer, the teacher becoming a coach, and students taking responsibility for their own learning.
Despite the endless partisan gridlock in Washington, a groundbreaking vote by the Federal Communications Commission to restructure how it spends taxes on mobile phones will make a real difference in America's public schools.
As today's science affects our lifestyles exponentially, many districts now have line items in their budgets that reflect the changing landscape of high-tech learning. Is it justified? Will students continue to learn using yesterday's methods in preparation for a wireless, paperless future? Can they?