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The Future of Digital Education

A collection of podcasts and blog posts discussing the role of technology in education

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Blog Post

How School Districts Can Avoid the Pitfalls of Ineffective EdTech Implementations – Nicholas Svensson

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Implementation is one of the most underestimated, yet crucial steps in ensuring the effectiveness of education technology in the classroom. As many education leaders know, there’s a lot of room for error when it comes to successful education technology implementation. In order to avoid those pitfalls, there is a series of critical steps that must be taken to ensure this process ultimately provides value by making the end user’s job easier, not more difficult.

Despite the best intentions and planning, education technology implementations often do not deliver the anticipated value. The three large predictors that an implementation failure include: the lack to review the school’s entire edtech ecosystem, such as buying computers without considering software licensing or network load; failing to have a complimentary change management program in place that involves all appropriate stakeholders, such as the managers and users of the technology; and not critically reviewing implementation outcomes, continuously tweaking the process to specifically shape it to address unmet needs.

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K-12 Learning Solutions That Students, Parents, and Teachers Will Love – Jessica Schuessler, D2L

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The key to student engagement is teaching in a way that students love. However, reaching each student successfully depends on being able to provide a personalized learning path, one that accommodates the needs of learners at all levels. More and more schools and districts are moving towards adopting some form of education technology, to address the needs of teachers and students alike. However, the next gen EdTech is a K-12 LMS (learning management system) that enables teachers to do their work in a highly optimized way. Here are a few ways that a K-12 LMS can help reach students in a personalized way.

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All – Adaptive Testing

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Educators have always known that different students in their classes have different needs. One of their biggest challenges is how to meet the individual needs of each student while facing the inevitable constraints of time, money, and resources. If a student fails to learn one idea properly, it will have a large impact on their future learning, but with large classes and many concepts to teach, how can an instructor ensure that their students understand?

Podcast

Accommodating for Large and Small Class Sizes – Jim and Matt (Part 1)

Dr. Matthew Demers joins Jim Cooper to discuss technology’s role in accommodating for large and small class sizes.

Dr. Matthew Demers is an assistant professor at the University of Guelph.  After completing his Ph.D. in mathematics in 2012, he was hired at the University of Guelph as a teaching-focused professor within the School of Engineering and received a grant with the goal of transforming the delivery of two major first-year calculus courses.  Currently under the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, he instructs many very large undergraduate classes centering on calculus and differential equations for physical science and engineering students.  Dr. Demers has received many accolades for his contributions to the university, being voted “Professor of the Year” by engineering students in five consecutive years, and being recognized with the prestigious “Innovation in Teaching” award by the University of Guelph Faculty Association in 2016. In the first installment of this 2-part podcast, Dr. Demers talks with Maplesoft CEO Jim Cooper about scaling instructional technology to work with different class sizes.

Podcast

Education & Industry, Working Together – Jim and Mark (Part 2)

Mark Schneider discusses how digital education can be used to prepare students for industry, in the second half of his discussion with host Jim Cooper.

At the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Mark Schneider is best known not only for his passion for delivering instruction but also for his ongoing commitment to educational technology research. Since 2011, Mark has delivered mathematics instruction geared toward Engineering Technologies as well as Academic Upgrading. Quite recently, he was seconded to a consulting role to lead a campus-wide initiative to phase out a legacy Learning Management System. As a polytechnic, NAIT provides career programs in diverse areas where Mark has become actively engaged by providing these areas with assistance in developing an online footprint and crafting computer-mediated assessments to improve both faculty and student experiences. Mark graduated with degrees in mathematics and education, with a strong interest in computation and assessment in each respective area. In part two of this podcast, Mark and Jim Cooper, President & CEO of Maplesoft, discuss how to use instructional technology to properly prepare students for industry.