Connected Educators, BYOD & More in This Week’s EdTech Report

Each week, Boundless collects the best edtech news to keep you informed of the latest trends.

For ‘Connected Educator Month,’ Tips from 33 Educators We Admire 
via New York Times

To celebrate educators this month, Katherine Schulten, editor of the NYT Learning Network, asked 33 educators to answer two crucial questions:

  1. What is one important thing you’ve learned from someone in your Personal Learning Network (PLN), however you define that network?
  2. What one person, group or organization would you recommend every educator add to his or her PLN?

Together, these educators recommended more than 100 people, organizations and other resources that are crucial to building a PLN. Several suggested following education chats on Twitter, like #edchat, #engchat and #sschat, while others pointed to alternate social media sites for enhancing their networks. One educator said,

As silly as it sounds, Pinterest is full of great ideas from educators around the globe. Teachers are known for “begging, borrowing and stealing,” and Pinterest is a great place to start, especially for new teachers or those stuck in a rut who need fresh ideas.

5 Ways to Score Your Textbooks for Ridiculously Close to Free During Back to School Season
via BostInno

With the fall semester around the corner, it’s time for students to get creative with their money-saving tactics for new textbooks. From tried and tested methods, like reading your textbooks at the library, to new concepts, like free online textbook replacements, BostInno offers options for students hoping to keep their book budgets reasonable this school year.

Why the Online-Education Craze Will Leave Many Students Behind
via TIME

Positive news in the edtech sector makes everyone at Boundless very excited, but we also have to pause and listen to what the critics say. This piece from TIME comments on all hoopla surrounding recent announcements from Coursera, Udacity and edX. Though the goals of these initiatives are to provide stellar education for all, TIME blogger Noliwe Rooks says they could actually widen the learning gap. She writes,

Supporters of online learning say that all anyone needs to access a great education is a stable Internet connection. But only 35% of households earning less than $25,000 have broadband access to the Internet, compared with 94% of households with income in excess of $100,000.

BYOD in the 21st Century
via The Innovative Educator

When reading up on how the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend can help schools, educators must sort through a lot of information. A fun video from Marc-André Lalande takes a mere eight minutes to explain everything educators need to know about BYOD. This spoof clip offers some pros and cons of this important edtech trend so when educators approach administrators about starting BYOD in their classroom, they’ll know both sides of the argument.

Panel Shows What’s Possible in Education Technology
via Homeroom

A recent panel sponsored by two US Senators invited prominent edtech thought leaders to discuss where technology in education is heading. The author writes the panelists agreed,

The promise of technology to transform education has fallen short of the expectations for the past two to three decades.

Despite a seemingly gloomy outlook, the panelists also said that we’re in an important time for users to overcome high barriers to technology, like price, device and data, that could transform the edtech field. As these historic barriers to adopting edtech fall, education will need to rethink how to integrate technology.

Photo by Flickr user cybrarian77

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