Should Professors Ban Laptops? – by Susan Payne Carter

Laptop computers have become commonplace in K–12 and college classrooms. With that, educators now face a critical decision. Should they embrace computers and put technology at the center of their instruction? Should they allow students to decide for themselves whether to use computers during class? Or should they ban screens altogether and embrace an unplugged approach? The right way forward is unclear, especially at colleges that pride themselves on connectivity. The vast majority of students carry laptops or tablets from class to class to take notes, consult references, collaborate with professors and classmates—and to update social-media sites, order takeout, and ...

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An opportunity to receive funds for your district

Hi CIOs,   Earlier this month the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation issued a call to all districts interested in tackling their tough data problems. Please feel free to share the information below with districts in your state. If you are interested in talking more about state level opportunities for support around Ed-Fi implementation please let me know.   The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation is seeking to fund and support school districts, district collaboratives and charter management organizations across the country in implementing the Ed-Fi technology and data standard to improve data quality and accessibility. To get the full ...

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Seeking 5 Innovative Districts in Mississippi for a Semester Pilot

Mathspace seeking 5 innovative districts in Mississippi for a semester pilot INNOVATION TOP INNOVATION COMPANY FOR 2017 “Star of Tomorrow”   We think the districts in your state need to be kept apprised of advancements in digital content and cutting edge technology. That is where we need your help. YOU know your districts. YOU know who is ready for digital curriculum. We are asking for your help to identify 5 LightHouse Districts in your state for a semester pilot.   The district can choose which schools, which classes, and grade levels to participate in the pilot. They can pilot with ...

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Nest says Hello with a new doorbell camera – CNET

Nest showed off its new Hello Doorbell Camera at an event here in San Francisco this morning. The company says the camera can do both person and face recognition.  Among the other features of the new camera, the Hello doorbell has a microphone and a speaker for two-way audio, an LED ring that can provide some front door illumination, a 4:3 HD camera with HDR capability for better image quality and a 160-degree field of view. It will communicate over both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.  Nest has other camera products, including both indoor and outdoor cameras, including the new Nest Outdoor ...

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Apple sees a big jump in iPad unit sales

Begin: WordPress Article Content Apple’s third-quarter earnings are out and the company was quick to highlight its solid iPhone sales and burgeoning services segment. The big surprise, however, was the 15 percent year-over-year increase in iPad unit sales, which seems to contradict the dominating narrative that the company’s iPad segment was losing steam due to lengthier upgrade cycles. The 15 percent increase brings unit sales for Q3 to 11.4 million on revenue of $4.96 billion. Interestingly, while iPhone unit sales declined 19 percent quarter over quarter, iPad sales shot up 28 percent thanks to new product introductions. Apple has been ...

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