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Teachers of low-income students face more technology challenges

Posted on April 1, 2013

A new report released by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project shows that though digital tools are widely used throughout U.S. schools, teachers who serve the lowest income students have more difficulty using digital tools effectively.

“Digital technologies have become essential instructional tools for the vast majority of teachers in this study,” says Kristen Purcell, Associate Director for Research at the Pew... continue reading →

Are you an educator burdened by iPad acquisition?

Posted on March 25, 2013

iPads are entering schools more rapidly than any other technology in recent years. A million iPads were sold to the K-12 market in the month of June 2012 alone. More K-12 school boards, administrators, and IT departments answering “yes” to the question of whether to acquire iPads. But now a set of much more difficult and complex questions arises. Questions include:

How digital tools are changing K-12 education

Posted on March 18, 2013

The first three decades of the twenty-first century will go down in history as the years that changed education forever. And the transition is full of turbulence.

Will lecture-style classes disappear as digital learning rises?

Right now, in 2013,  the United States is just about in the middle of this thirty-year transition period from a low-tech to a digitally-integrated K-12 environment. How has digital learning affected education... continue reading →

Next year tablets will overtake laptops in US K-12 schools

Posted on March 15, 2013

As popular as tablets are in education, netbooks are predicted to be the computing device most frequently purchased by the education market in 2013. In the coming years, however, tablets such as Apple’s iPad, are going to take the lead, according to a report titled “Education Market for Computing Devices” by ABI Research.

An announcement by the company predicts that in 2013 educational instituions will still purchase more of these... continue reading →

1 million new iPads in US schools this year… what does that mean for education?

Posted on February 21, 2013

One million iPads. That’s the number of tablets Apple sold to schools and colleges in the year before the current school year. It’s roughly double the number sold in the education market during the previous year. In the same conference call where Apple announced the exponential growth of iPads, they also announced a decline in sales of Macintosh computers to schools and colleges.

Education, traditionally slow to adopt new technology,... continue reading →

Is “great story” different for e-books than regular books?

Posted on January 30, 2013

And the winner is….

On Monday I attended the Academy Awards of children’s books… the presentation of the Newbery (for middle grade), Caldecott (for picture books) and Printz (for YA) Awards at the midwinter meeting of the Association for Library Service to Children. When the winners were called, the room exploded with cheers.

What does it take to move a room full of librarians to get on their feet and… make noise? A really great... continue reading →

iPads improve kindergarten vocab 27% and other tablet facts

Posted on December 24, 2012

How are iPads gaining traction with children? Apple’s tablet is appealing to children starting at a very early age. Check out these interesting facts and a wonderful info-graphic produced by MDG Advertising

—Half of first-time iPad users are children under the age of five.
—iPads have been shown to increase vocabulary 27% among kindergarteners and 17% among three-year-olds
—The Apple iTunes App store already features 900 apps... continue reading →

Top 10 strategies for parents concerning kids’ screen time

Posted on December 10, 2012

"Monitoring" and "Parent Participation" are the top two strategies that parents use when dealing with their children's screen time, according to a new survey. This article, "What I learned from 100 parents surveyed about screen time" is from the creators of the blogs Moms With Apps and Digital Storytime and was originally published on December 3, 2012. Thanks to Lorraine Akemann and Carisa Kluver for allowing us to reprint their... continue reading →

A teen reviews The Hobbit book: “an honest good time”

Posted on December 3, 2012

(Review by JS age 17) The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien has won over generations of fans, young and old. It functions as a standalone or as a prequel to the epic story, The Lord of the Rings. The story follows a reluctant hero, the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, as he joins with a group of dwarves who seek to slay a dragon and win back their former home in the Lonely Mountain.
Although the plot may sound a bit overwhelming at first, the writing is... continue reading →

How Teachers Find and Buy Apps

Posted on November 20, 2012

GUEST ARTICLE by Patrick Larsson of Happi Papi — As you might already know, Happi Papi runs a free App Evaluation Program for Schools with almost 3000 teachers from all over the world participating. Normally, we use the program to let educators test our own and our partners’ iPad apps for free and provide us with valuable feedback on how to improve the apps.

About a month ago we deviated a little from our normal format and took the... continue reading →

Why the iPad is dominating the classroom

Posted on November 19, 2012

Tablets are becoming the next big learning tool in the classroom. Students love tablets and teachers are finding them valuable for self-paced learning.

A vast majority of these tablets are iPads. A recent survey by Follett found such a small number of Android tablets in the classroom that they concluded the impact of Android is negligable in schools. All device manufacturers are working for a piece of the education market. But it's... continue reading →