Weekly Education Roundup 11/6/11


Weekly RoundupIt’s Sunday afternoon, and the last seven days already feel like a distant memory. We invite you to sit down and rifle through some interesting education articles (with a strong focus on education technology) we collected over the past week. Presenting ShowMe’s weekly education roundup!


Apple for the Teachers: iPad Shows Promise in the Classroom
A small survey of ed tech directors found nearly all of them testing or deploying iPads in their schools. Is this trend proof that Apple is delivering on their promise of handheld education?

The Benefit and Danger of Education Technology
There is an inherent lack of fairness in the funding of schools, something that greatly affects the new technologies schools can adopt. However, this also threatens the American ideals of democracy and equality.

Response to NYT article about Waldorf School
We’ve seen some excellent responses to the NYTimes article about the Waldorf Schools, and now Jeff Novich of VocabSushi shares his thoughts. Waldorf schools are private schools that focus on physical activity and learning through hands-on tasks. Technology is not allowed in the classroom. Like most things in life, there is no clear cut answer to the debate.

Educators Evaluate Learning Benefits of iPad
There are stories everyday about another district or school buying iPads. These are surprising statistics considering that K-12 educators are traditionally slower adopters of new technology. However, as Rob Residori puts it, “Is this the best use of our funds, or is it simply a tool to engage and motivate our students?”

Are teachers paid too much?
A new report called “Assessing the Compensation of Public-School Teachers” makes the argument that teachers are overpaid. Are public school teachers really earning more money than people with the same skills in the private sector?

Khan Academy Gets $5 Million to Expand Faculty & Platform & to Build a Physical School
The $5M recently raised from the O’Sullivan Foundation will be used to expand the faculty, create a content management system, and also build a physical brick-and-mortar school. Khan Academy summer camps, anyone?