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The Future of Classroom Education

Excerpt from the article (By Greg Limperis,

The Year in EdTech, instead of giving you the Best 100 Education Apps, let’s do something different: let’s look forward.

We all have some idea of what’s out there. Here are my predictions for the next few years in edtech. What will the classroom of the future look like? What’s the Next Big Thing in education?Have a look at what classrooms currently look like, where technology currently stands, and you’ll get a better idea of what could easily be adapted to help make such a class of the future a reality

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Why Edtech, Why Now, and How It Will Change Public Education Forever – Eventually

Excerpt from the article (By Jack West on

… Enter the edtech entrepreneur or edupreneur. The edupreneur is a new breed of motivated hero-genius. She is the TFA alum who spent just enough time in a classroom within a school that was more like a prison than a Utopian city on a hill to be inspired to change a system that would do that to children. He is a former Paypal, Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn, and Zynga engineer/executive who called in rich and wants to be a part of a growing movement of like-minded individuals applying the same collaborative/competitive energy to solving a problem whose solution truly has the potential to save the world.

They are seasoned nonprofit executives who have joined forces with others and found a way to fund making quality educational content free to everyone. All of them come to the wire-frames with at least two things in common: they have all been to school, and they all want to make it better…

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How to tap corporate philanthropy in support of ed tech

Excerpt from the article (By Deborah Ward, eSchool News):

Is corporate philanthropy a part of your grant-seeking efforts? If not, here’s some basic information to get you started in examining this potential source of support for your school or district.

According to the book Everybody’s Business: Managing Risks and Opportunities in Today’s Global Society, by David Grayson and Adrian Hodges, corporations provide support with a variety of words beginning with “p”—profits, people, product, power, purchasing, and promotion. Corporations have a variety of different models they use to provide this support.

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The Education Technologies That Educators Believe Can Have The Biggest Impact On Student Learning (Survey Results)

Excerpt from the survey (By K. Walsh,;

Survey results indicate several specific technologies as those that we should be investing in and focusing on if we want to effectively leverage technology in education.

Tough economic times have more people questioning what we are getting out of technology spending in our schools. Unfortunately, results are often being sought in overly broad terms, like improved grades and graduation rates, without trying to more directly relate technology program goals to specific outcomes.

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In Classroom of Future, Stagnant Scores

Excerpt from the article (By Matt  Richtel, NY Times):

CHANDLER, Ariz. — Amy Furman, a seventh-grade English teacher here, roams among 31 students sitting at their desks or in clumps on the floor. They’re studying Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” — but not in any traditional way.

In this technology-centric classroom, students are bent over laptops, some blogging or building Facebook pages from the perspective of Shakespeare’s characters. One student compiles a song list from the Internet, picking a tune by the rapper Kanye West to express the emotions of Shakespeare’s lovelorn Silvius.

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Learning to Change/ Changing to Learn: Student Voices

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The third PSA in a series created by Pearson Foundation and the Consortium for School Networking, focusing on the challenges and opportunities of integrating technology into teaching practice around the world. Students discuss the ways in which they use technology at school, at home, or in their everyday lives.

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Technology In Education – Why?

Excerpt from the article (by: Jake Glasgow; Instructional Technology Specialist from Upstate NY):

There has been a lot of chatter lately about whether integrating technology into the classroom is having an impact on student learning.  “Where is the data that justifies the millions of dollars spent on technology?”   I urge you to read the September 3rd, 2011 NY Times article by Matt Richtel entitled; “In Classroom of Future, Stagnant Scores”, A fantastic article which thoughtfully pokes at many of the uncertainties regarding technolgy that school districts face today.

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