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    http://www.usnews.com/news/stem-index/articles/2015/11/20/op-ed-students-need-stem-education-for-21st-century-economy davidwdeeds Apr 10, 2016 More than STEM, I would argue that STEAM could do this better.cristiana.mattos Apr 23, 2016 Though I get a bit concerned when cost efficiency is a driver of education reform. mporter Apr 23, 2016 In my part of the world it is an unavoidable demand to get more for less in every public spending including educational reforms. claus.gregersen May 1, 2016 adrian_lim May 1, 2016 There seems to be a lot of talk about innovation this year. George Couros just wrote about the Innovator's Mindset. In it he says that schools don't need to think outside the box, they need to innovate within it. A major theme of the annual CoSN conference was innovation. This appears to be a trend. anton.inglese Apr 28, 2016 adrian_lim May 1, 2016 I know of very successful cases in both the UK and the USA where schools have taken the entrepreneurial model to heart, and I believe that in Finland a virtual on-the-job experience is offered to students. Most schools may not or perhaps cannot go entirely in this direction for various reason - whether financial or based on their governance. We have in the past offered Business as an after-school club; this is one option, but not robust. I think the approach has merit. kevin-johnson Apr 28, 2016 In Denmark we have a debate about whether the aim of education is to produce "Soldiers to the Competition State" or to bring the students literacy. Our government is negotiating a reform of our Upper Secondary education where Innovation will be a mandatory part of the curriculum for every subject. claus.gregersen May 1, 2016 shafika.isaacs May 1, 2016I think it is also important to engage with the attitudinal and behavioral shifts that are required of policy decision-makers that will enable an innovation mindset and a culture of change and innovation. The issue of change and innovation is both an issue of mindsets as well as vocabulary, the latter in the sense that both leaders as well as practitioners often use other words when talking about innovation.oysteinjohannessen May 1, 2016 While not specifically EdTech, maybe we should be talking about/looking at leadership, change management, and perhaps most important of all, shifts in professional development that support advancements in instruction. - {http://www.wiki.nmc.org/user/pic/shorr-lg.jpg} shorrhtmldiff3shorr htmldiff4Today 1:03 pm
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    Assessment Data
    Making it truly meaningful, digestible, actionable for teachers, parents, and learners. This EdSurge article captures some of the challenges associated with data surrounding teaching and learning. kstubbs Apr 13, 2016 Great article. michael.lambert Apr 15, 2016 Yes, great article, was going to add it myself. digitalroberto Apr 28, 2016 +1matt.harris Apr 30,
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    Increasing Cross-Institution Collaboration
    Collective action among schools and districts is growing in importance for the future of higher education. More and more, institutions are joining consortia — associations of two or more organizations — to combine resources or to align themselves strategically with innovation in K-12 education. Today’s global environment is allowing universities to unite across international borders and work toward common goals concerning technology, research, or shared values. Support behind technology-enabled learning in classrooms has reinforced the trend toward open communities and university consortia, as educators and administrators recognize collective action as a sustainable method of supporting upgrades in technological infrastructure and IT services. This is more like a challenge to me, but it is starting to happen...albeit slowly...within our foundation. We're one member of a group of six schools, but fostering cooperation, especially economic, has been difficult. It's finally come down to money. We Technology Integrators want innovations such as Robot/Drone Clubs. Why not buy, e.g., a bunch of robot kits together and then move them month by month to the different schools? It could happen! Schools in the USA seem to be getting better at this, esp. when there's a common theme/goal: http://blog.ed.gov/2016/01/large-school-districts-come-together-to-prioritize-sustainability/ davidwdeeds Apr 9, 2016 Deeper collaboration across schools, systems and countries is already strongly underway, even if some of the examples are not yet well known. In the US, school and districts are collaborating through consortiums such as
    http://edleader21.com/, http://digitalpromise.org/initiative/league-of-innovative-schools/ and
    http://education-reimagined.org/. Internationally, clusters of schools from 8 countries are collaborating to focus on implementing new pedagogies for deep learning: http://npdl.global/. All of these examples show how innovating systems can collaborate to share knowledge, tools, and the multi-faceted risk of taking on real change. maria Apr 22, 2016 I can agree with this trend for Brazil as well. Here many publishers have been shifting their roles to offer educational services as well as international institutions, both in K12 and Higher Ed. cristiana.mattos Apr 23, 2016 In January, a group of Educators from the U.S. was invited to take place in the Smart Learning Conference in Beijing, China. This was a wonderful opportunity to start to share ideas with Chinese Educators not only in the area of technology in education, but also about how to motivate and engage students in a positive impactful way. This dialogue between americans and Chinese was inspirational and a novel idea which will continue in the year to come. http://fe.english.bnu.edu.cn/html/003/1/201511/444.shtmllisagustinelli Apr 27, 2016 Fullan has been talking about this for a few years, referring to at as "leading from the middle," where school districts do not wait for leadership and policy at the state and national levels. They collaborate and innovate together to experiment, save resources, discover, and share what works. anton.inglese Apr 28, 2016 I think this is a great concept, but has some practical problems besetting it in certain settings. That many universities are already on this path and some schools indicates vision in their leadership - not always a plentiful quality! I work in an international school; essentially a private enterprise. Because we are essentially competing with our neighbours, I do not see such collaboration and cross pollination happening in our local neighbourhood - Japan, but why not with other international schools elsewhere in the world? I think this is an exciting new vista. kevin-johnson Apr 28, 2016 In the European context, collaboration across schools has increased a lot thanks to programmes such as the eTwinning programme of the European Union. A key challenge is how we can foster school2school collaboration without having to set up programmes like these. oysteinjohannessen May 1, 2016 I would love to see more collaboration across schools within districts as well as between districts. Unfortunately, the fact that we all tend to use different systems with different methodologies and procedures makes sharing data almost a full time job to make sure you are actually sending and receiving what you intend, as well as protecting the privacy of everyone involved. We need our vendors and legislatures to allow us to collaborate more, which will result in stronger systems everywhere.alex.podchaski May 1, 2016 eTwinning https://www.etwinning.net/en/pub/index.htm a community for schools in Europe is part of Erasmus+, a European programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport. eTwinning is a digital platform, launched in 2005 to promote teacher and school collaboration through the use of ICT. At the time of its inception, there were 11,100 registered teachers from 8,000 European K-12 schools. Today it comprises more than 340,000 teachers from 140,000 K-12 European schools. So far more than 45, 000 projects have been carried out in the safe online environment of the eTwinning platform. Collaborative projects connect students and teachers with their peers and help enhance their learning and teaching skills. arjana.blazic Apr 30, 2016 Our schools have been part of these programmes for over a decade and have gained immeasurably from them deirdre.butler May 1, 2016
    Assessment Data
    Making it truly meaningful, digestible, actionable for teachers, parents, and learners. This EdSurge article captures some of the challenges associated with data surrounding teaching and learning. kstubbs Apr 13, 2016 Great article. michael.lambert Apr 15, 2016 Yes, great article, was going to add it myself. digitalroberto Apr 28, 2016 +1matt.harris Apr 30, 2016

    Increasing Global Awareness
    With the use of new technologies, classrooms around the world are connecting to:
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    We are leaving out the whole classification of online tools that help keep us organized or provide information to voice enabled pieces. I see IFTTT.com being a huge part of being in the virtual assistant space, as I can automate tasks, assign work, collect work, provide information, collect information all via a connected ecosystem of tools. These types of tools are assistants, but not in the classical "voice" arena. alex.podchaski May 1, 2016
    Android jellybean? Update the operating system probably. Refer to "Ok Google" instead of the operating system maybe. mrskeeler May 1, 2016
    Chatbots adrian_lim May 1, 2016 This new software can now hold conversations...even with students. We are on the verge of a new virtual assistance–Mr or Ms Bot. Currently, the chatbot usually 'respond' rather than 'mould' the conversation. However, this formula is about to change. Definitely, a topic to follow. Here is one recent article: http://www.techinsider.io/bill-gates-on-chatbots-in-education-2016-4 [Editor's Note: Added here from RQ2.]
    (3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?
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    adrian_lim May 1, 2016 Given the huge impact on the internet of things (IoT) in the current state and the huge potential it has in the near future, there is scope to have IoT ideas in schools through subject areas like Science and Geography. ScienceScope (UK-Based) has successfully shown the way with 2 IOT@Schools projects in the UK and in Singapore.
    https://sciencescope.uk/internet-of-school-things/
    https://sciencescope.uk/2015/10/06/setting-up-iot-schools-in-singapore-looking-forward-to-measuring-the-haze/ (Editor's[Editor's Note: Great
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    which encapsulates IoT)IoT]
    Humanoid Robots
    http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/news/hacking-maker/uk-schools-get-humanoid-robots-make-tech-education-more-appealing-children/
    https://www.aldebaran.com/en/solutions/education-research
    https://www.ida.gov.sg/Tech-Scene-News/Tech-News/Tech-Adoption/2016/4/Pepper-spices-up-classroom-learning (Editor's[Editor's Note: Nice
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    RQ1 topic Robotics)Robotics]
    Ubiquitous access to wifi
    Google's Project Loon balloons travel approximately 20 km above the Earth’s surface in the stratosphere. Winds in the stratosphere are stratified, and each layer of wind varies in speed and direction. Project Loon uses software algorithms to determine where its balloons need to go, then moves each one into a layer of wind blowing in the right direction. By moving with the wind, the balloons can be arranged to form one large communications network. https://www.google.com/loon. Much of the world still is still not connected. Giving people in developing nations the opportunity to join in on our Global discussions and innovations will change how things are done in the world today.lisagustinelli Apr 26, 2016 Agree deirdre.butler May 1, 2016davidwdeeds Apr 26, 2016 arjana.blazic May 1, 2016. shafika.isaacs May 1, 2016I agree with Arjana. Microsoft's experiment with TV White Spaces are also worth exploring. https://africa.tvconnectevent.com/tv-white-spaces-broadband-connectivity-beyond-a-basic-human-right/ (Editor's Note: Very interesting! We will move these discussions to existing RQ1 topic Wireless Power. We also encourage you to check out Mesh Networks, too -- another compelling way to get everyone connected.)
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    (2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?
    RollandK Apr 9, 2016 ROI ( Return of investment ) and/or benefits of fully charged devices in the classroom.
    add your responseUbiquitous access to wifi
    Google's Project Loon balloons travel approximately 20 km above the Earth’s surface in the stratosphere. Winds in the stratosphere are stratified, and each layer of wind varies in speed and direction. Project Loon uses software algorithms to determine where its balloons need to go, then moves each one into a layer of wind blowing in the right direction. By moving with the wind, the balloons can be arranged to form one large communications network. https://www.google.com/loon. Much of the world still is still not connected. Giving people in developing nations the opportunity to join in on our Global discussions and innovations will change how things are done in the world today.lisagustinelli Apr 26, 2016 Agree deirdre.butler May 1, 2016davidwdeeds Apr 26, 2016 arjana.blazic May 1, 2016. shafika.isaacs May 1, 2016I agree with Arjana. Microsoft's experiment with TV White Spaces are also worth exploring. https://africa.tvconnectevent.com/tv-white-spaces-broadband-connectivity-beyond-a-basic-human-right/ (Editor's Note: Added
    here from RQ2.)
    (3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?
    lisagustinelli Mar 30, 2016 The Samsung Galaxy phones have a charge plate that allows charging anytime anywhere without the need for an electrical outlet. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Worlds-first-phones-with-fast-wireless-charging-Galaxy-Note5-and-S6-edge-get-fully-juiced-in-2-hours_id72628
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    I like the mention of robots having appeal to kids with...uh, "special needs" is the politically correct term, right? Elsewhere, I mentioned that games are being used for ADHD and other kids. We've noticed the same effect and indeed, our soon-to-arrive Special Educational Needs teacher and I have already been talking about using games, robots...and yes, drones...with some of our kids. What also deserves a mention is that GIRLS love robots too. We still get programming's-not-our-thing pushback from some gals, except when it's time to make games or direct robots. One other thing to mention is that I'm considering using virtual robots (http://www.robotvirtualworlds.com/) until we get the kwai...er, bucks... for a Makerspace full of robot kits. Sure, kids won't get to do it hands-on, but it's better than nothing, and they still learning programming! davidwdeeds Apr 4, 2016
    shafika.isaacs May 1, 2016 Are there prospects for robotics to support STEAM learning? Yes most definitely, our theme for working with the MindStorms materials was Story, Myth and Legend for many years (Martin, F., Butler, D., and Gleason, W. (2000). Design, story-telling, and robots in Irish primary education. In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, pages 730-735, Piscataway, NJ. Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers / Butler, D., (2007). A Constructionist view of what it means to be digitally literate. The Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy, Volume 2, pp. 61-77) deirdre.butler May 1, 2016
    Humanoid Robots
    http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/news/hacking-maker/uk-schools-get-humanoid-robots-make-tech-education-more-appealing-children/
    https://www.aldebaran.com/en/solutions/education-research
    https://www.ida.gov.sg/Tech-Scene-News/Tech-News/Tech-Adoption/2016/4/Pepper-spices-up-classroom-learning [Editor's Note: Moved here from RQ2.]

    (3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?
    Think I covered everything above. davidwdeeds Apr 4, 2016
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    http://www.geektime.com/2016/03/07/what-will-be-the-impact-of-iot-on-education/ mporter Apr 23, 2016
    (2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?
    add your responseInternet of Things (in education)
    adrian_lim May 1, 2016 Given the huge impact on the internet of things (IoT) in the current state and the huge potential it has in the near future, there is scope to have IoT ideas in schools through subject areas like Science and Geography. ScienceScope (UK-Based) has successfully shown the way with 2 IOT@Schools projects in the UK and in Singapore.
    https://sciencescope.uk/internet-of-school-things/
    https://sciencescope.uk/2015/10/06/setting-up-iot-schools-in-singapore-looking-forward-to-measuring-the-haze/ (Editor's Note: Moved
    here from RQ2.)
    add your response here
    (3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?
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    Both boys and girls face their own challenges in education. Girls often achieve better, but enter competitive STEM fields at lower rates. What accounts for this difference? This is a sociological question. brandon.olszewski Apr 26, 2016
    As with the boys in Science and Math, teachers need to help girls get into code and computing - the new gender divide to concern us. kevin-johnson Apr 30, 2016
    Regarding the area of females in STEM or in technology, more teachers should encourage female students to take technology courses. Many a guidance counselor still believe that technology is male specific and this reflected in the area of IT. As a female, minority, CTO of a school district, there are very few of us and many of us have been in IT trains where we are the only female in the room. Organizations such as NCWIT, Women in Tech by Cisco and Microsoft's DigiGirlz Day encourages female students to meet female IT professional where they talk about being in IT. At NJIT, Professor James Geller has been working on getting more females to be in his program of Computer Science because he sees the need in his University. He has developed a group of young ladies that have attended the Grace Hooper Celebration of Women in Computing conference and that are willing to go to the local high schools to talk about women in technology. -Sandra Paul
    http://ghc.anitaborg.org/, https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/diversity/programs/digigirlz/digigirlzday.aspx
    http://www.ciscolive.com/us/learn/programs/cisco-empowered-womens-network/
    https://www.ncwit.org/

    Internet Connectivity Issues: "Connectivity Gap" and Developing Country Connectivity Challenges Thanks to Pres. Obama's ConnectED Initiative, which aims to outfit nearly every American public school with high-speed internet, it is hoped that American schools will all be adequately equipped with high-speed internet in the next 5 years. However, there are signs that internet connectivity is another facet of the "digital divide" emerging. There are huge discrepancies of connectivity across school districts, especially between rich and poor districts. Furthermore, since students need good connections at home to complete their work, some are being hindered by their family's lack of high-speed internet. This is being called a "connectivity gap." Potential solutions (or stop-gap measures) are wifi on school buses or wifi kiosks in public housing projects. Agree, see Net Neutrality
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/net-neutrality jon.k.price Apr 29, 2016
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    If you consider network wait time, due to bandwidth and wireless coverage constraints. this continues to be a burr in our saddles. len.scrogan Apr 13, 2016 davidwdeeds Apr 17, 2016
    Yes, we are a relatively wealthy international school, but others in our neighbourhood have even deeper pockets. My experience in public school teaching in Manitoba, in the middle of Canada, showed me the problems here. Basically in Manitoba money is short, and where they cut costs is in not buying new books and resources, and in hiring less-educated and therefore less expensive teachers. They have it all backwards; international schools have this in the right way, often hiring highly educated people. In Canadian public schools, this is at root based on Federal government decisions, and the teacher and administrators have often severe financial restrictions. My limited understanding is that our bigger, wealthier neighbour Ontario has a wiser allowance on this, so in a country like Canada changes appear province by province, as they appear state by state in the USA. kevin-johnson Apr 30, 2016
    A major challenge is funding. As school budgets get cut, the need to maintain or expand becomes very limited in scope due to funding.
    Another major issue is mindset. Comments such as "past practice" or "we have always done it this way" does not allow for instruction or learning to move forward or prepare our students for the 22nd century. The 21st century is here now and we have to begin thinking on how to prepare the babies of today for a tomorrow we have no idea about. -spaul6414 (Sandra Paul)

    Moved to RQ3 Trends
    Programming's Fun, Everything Else Sucks. We all agree that teaching programming is the biggest thing to happen in education since the invention of blackboards and chalk...well, except maybe virtual worlds. BUT something that has been coming up over the past couple of years is the fact that Programming/Coding as a course needs to be separated from other Computer Science/ICT classes. Kids look at, e.g., an A Level Computer Science syllabus and many just roll their eyes. So much stuff they have absolute zero interest in. If we could have a course that focused on programming, we'd have a lot more students signing up, including if not especially girls. Can't really cite a source for this, can't find if anyone is actually doing it. But it's definitely a challenge to "Programming as the Fourth R." davidwdeeds Apr 6, 2016
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    A lot of potential here for bringing a semblance of experiential learning to topics where actual live experience isn't an option. I would argue that augmented reality, virtual reality and *maybe* holographic displays should be merged at this stage. There isn't enough out there to qualify them individually.shorr Mar 31, 2016
    I've used Aurasma Studio (https://studio.aurasma.com/home) in IT classes. It's cool, but as an end-in-itself exercise, AR quickly gets an "OK, now what?" reaction from kids. ;) Next I want to do some cross-curricular stuff...got a History teacher who's interested in transforming maps into "interactive" lessons, e.g., Europe during WWII. Although showing students and teachers how to do it is my focus, I think the biggest "sell" of AR is making lessons more interactive/interesting. AR augments reality, VR replaces reality...apples and oranges...no topic merging, please! davidwdeeds Apr 6, 2016
    If this is a bit late my apologies... the AR research that is taking place has great perennial I think as does the wonderful work on 3D design and creativity., I really like my Google Glass too - now with much "better" video input.
    Communications technologies now allows for working across different parallels and time zones so important for the way we engage our students with the world outside their classroom walls.
    Look at Pisa for 2018... on-line collaborative is a BIG bit of that future
    One pf the major challenges facing education I believe is that of equity.
    Both in internet access/speed and the provision of devices that permit connectivity for teaching and learning.
    How this is achieved comes down to government priority towards equity in education although clearly for many countries there is the
    concern of providing other very important infrastructure. -Peter Lelong

    What is Robotics?-(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?
    Kids looking at, e.g., a photo of an engine and seeing popups describing the various parts if great. BUT what would really be cool is if AR had a kind of VoiceThread functionality, so that every student who uses an AR creation would be able to add something...as a user versus editor. Is pointing a smartphone at a photo of a carburetor and getting a popup really "interactive" or is it "reactive"? ;) Don't think we're quite there yet. Or if we are, please let me know! ;) davidwdeeds Apr 6, 2016 I agree, David, we are not there yet. But AR has lots of potential and as big players are investing into it, I'm hopeful that in, let's say 5-years' time, we might get there - and become wizards in our own Harry Potter movie: http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_29749452/next-mind-bending-technology arjana.blazic Apr 20, 2016
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    Add your ideas here, with few complete sentences of description including full URLs for references (e.g. http://horizon.nmc.org). And do not forget to sign your contribution with 4 ~ (tilde) characters!
    The Achievement Gap
    Michael Fullan's statement on how to systemically improve education is simple: "Raise the Bar and Close the Gap." Standards and curriculums set the bar for learning expectations, and plenty of digital tools are and content are coming onto the scene already to support specific standards like the Common Core in the US. The new opportunity, which is potentially huge, is for a wave of technology and tools that specifically address the closing the gap - identifying the needs of lower performing student groups. The existing solutions for ESL / immigrant students (in the US), special learning needs, and low income minority groups do not see enough focus from the ed tech sector. The size of the achievement gap is arguably the highest priority of most education system leaders, not only in the US. It is time technology solutions fully come to the fore to see not if they can provide a silver bullet, but if they can accelerate and dramatically advance the kind of solutions that decades of research show work to address the very different needs of different student groups. maria Apr 22, 2016 I support the argument that technology can help close the gap. But to make it work, we have to embrace the attitude of working smarter not harder, which also means sharing resources rather than insisting on district and state autonomy for content, curriculum, assessments, etc. So much time is spent reinventing the wheel when most districts and states want to teach basically the same skill sets. If we chose to streamline that discussion, it would be easier to leverage technological resources to target achievement gaps. brandon.olszewski Apr 25, 2016 Games-Based Learning helping students with mental health:
    http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/app-tackles-teenage-mental-health-via-gaming-20160408-go1zi6?platform=hootsuite davidwdeeds Apr 27, 2016 Virtual reality also has potential (as yet untapped in the K-12 setting) for helping intellectually impaired children. Unfortunately VR with Facebook Oculus Rift comes at $600 a piece, not quite as low yet as we hoped - https://shop.oculus.com/en-us/cart/. I think the multi-modality approach of VR also has great potential in helping embed underprivileged kids in Science - i.e., walk through the body, visit a nucleus etc... This is an area I see of such rich possibilities. kevin-johnson Apr 28, 2016

    Balancing our Connected and Unconnected Lives
    With technology now at the center of many daily activities, higher education institutions must help learners understand how to balance their usage with other developmental needs. To prevent students from getting lost in the abundant sea of information and new media, universities and colleges should encourage mindful use of digital tools while making them aware of their digital footprint and the accompanying implications. As education aligns closer with technological trends, instructors will have to promote this balance, facilitating opportunities where students feel, digest, reflect, touch, and pursue sensorial experiences that are crucial to developing character and integrity. Striking a balance and guiding learners to personal success in their own habits is especially critical for incoming generations of students that have come to rely on technology. While there are plenty of studies and articles discussing healthy amounts of screen time for children, there are no prescribed or agreed upon models for adults when it comes to learning. Furthermore, institutions have a responsibility to ensure that when students are connected it is with the purpose of transformation — not just replicating an experience that could easily take place without technology.
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    Hacking/Cyberattacks Many publics schools seem be targets of low level cyberattacks or DDoS attacks. However, given the complexity of data, our move towards data analytics, and the increased ability of hackers to get into any system Education seems to be in greater danger as the days go by. At this point, we haven't been targeted for a major attack, but it could be coming. matt.harris Apr 30, 2016 This is coming, as overall attacks are increasing. It is no longer a matter of if but when. We take certain aspects of security serious as an industry, such as student grades and testing outcomes, but not enough to avoid attention from those who would love to expose an entire system as incompetent. This should worry every school administrator.alex.podchaski May 1, 2016
    Yes, no doubt, but with so much out there for hackers of higher monetary value, schools may never enter their sites. kevin-johnson Apr 30, 2016
    Targeting Technology To Close Gaps
    Michael Fullan's statement on how to systemically improve education is simple: "Raise the Bar and Close the Gap." Standards and curriculums set the bar for learning expectations, and plenty of digital tools are and content are coming onto the scene already to support specific standards like the Common Core in the US. The new opportunity, which is potentially huge, is for a wave of technology and tools that specifically address the closing the gap - identifying the needs of lower performing student groups. The existing solutions for ESL / immigrant students (in the US), special learning needs, and low income minority groups do not see enough focus from the ed tech sector. The size of the achievement gap is arguably the highest priority of most education system leaders, not only in the US. It is time technology solutions fully come to the fore to see not if they can provide a silver bullet, but if they can accelerate and dramatically advance the kind of solutions that decades of research show work to address the very different needs of different student groups. maria Apr 22, 2016 I support the argument that technology can help close the gap. But to make it work, we have to embrace the attitude of working smarter not harder, which also means sharing resources rather than insisting on district and state autonomy for content, curriculum, assessments, etc. So much time is spent reinventing the wheel when most districts and states want to teach basically the same skill sets. If we chose to streamline that discussion, it would be easier to leverage technological resources to target achievement gaps. brandon.olszewski Apr 25, 2016 Games-Based Learning helping students with mental health:
    http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/app-tackles-teenage-mental-health-via-gaming-20160408-go1zi6?platform=hootsuite davidwdeeds Apr 27, 2016 Virtual reality also has potential (as yet untapped in the K-12 setting) for helping intellectually impaired children. Unfortunately VR with Facebook Oculus Rift comes at $600 a piece, not quite as low yet as we hoped - https://shop.oculus.com/en-us/cart/. I think the multi-modality approach of VR also has great potential in helping embed underprivileged kids in Science - i.e., walk through the body, visit a nucleus etc... This is an area I see of such rich possibilities. kevin-johnson Apr 28, 2016

    Teaching Complex Thinking
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