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EdTech News Roundup – The Pros and Cons of Technology in the Classroom

Posted in Knerds on November 7, 2010 by

With media attention on educational technology thanks to generous grants from big-name companies and individuals, more people are assessing the advantages and disadvantages of technology in the classroom.  These articles provide a glimpse into various studies and opinions on developments in ed-tech today.

1. S.T.A.M.P.E.R. not S.T.E.M. for Public Education Reform

A professor from the University of San Francisco poses an alternative to the trendy S.T.E.M. acronym that w0uld emphasize other important aspects of a  education.  Learn more about his take in this Seattle Post-Intelligencer article.

2. Gates Boosting Ed-Tech with $20 Million in Grants

Bill Gates is investing a lot of money in educational technology developers with the hope that these efforts will increase the number of students who complete college.  Read more in this School Library Journal article.

3. Schools Starting to Allow Use of Digital Devices

Cell phones in a classroom?  Although some schools ban the use of cell phones during class, teachers in an Arizona school district are using them to enhance lessons.

4. Properly Implemented Technology Improves Learning and Saves Money for Beleaguered Schools

A study shows that using technology in the classroom can reduce the number of high school dropouts and save the school district money.

5. Technology in Schools: Weighing the Pros and Cons

This Huffington Post article discusses the whether technology can hinder or enhance classroom learning.