10 Major Technology Trends in Education

We have a first look at the results from the latest Speak Up survey, which polled hundreds of thousands of teachers, students, administrators, parents and community members about technology trends in education.

According to the latest data, video for homework is on the rise; mobile computing is “beyond the tipping point”; and most kids don’t use traditional computers to connect to the Internet at home. Those are just three of the major trends revealed in the 2013 Speak Up Survey from Project Tomorrow, which CEO Julie Evans revealed at the FETC 2014 conference last week.

The 2013 results represent more than 400,000 surveys from 9,000 schools and 2,700 districts across the country. Respondents included 325,279 students, 32,151 teachers and librarians, 39,986 parents, 4,530 district administrators and, new to this year’s survey, 1,346 community members.

1. Personal Access to Mobile Devices

According to the 2013 results, students overwhelmingly have access to personal mobile devices. “If there was any doubt in our mind that we were beyond the tipping point in terms of kids carrying a computer in their pocket, backpack or purse,” she said, “we’re there.”

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Students Learn Job Skills as IT Techs

Far removed from the world of iPads for kindergartners and laptops for every student, Everton Schools in rural Missouri is struggling to keep up with the times.

Nearly 200 Everton students from elementary to high school share one computer lab stocked with outdated PCs—and at least half of his students don’t have computers or Internet at home says Albert Bryant, a first year math teacher at Everton High School.

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Families that do have computers need to travel up to 45 minutes each way for any repairs.

“It’s a very poor community and it’s obviously very expensive to drive to the nearest town … and then pay an arm and a leg to a tech to have them fix it, and then drive all the way back home,” Bryant says.

The scarcity of technology and support resources prompted Bryant to launch a new community technology initiative.

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U19 return to hero’s welcome

Việt Nam’s U19 squad received a hero’s welcome on Monday at HCM City’s Tân Sơn Nhất Airport after earning a berth in next year’s U20 World Cup. Plans are already under way to prepare the team for that event in South Korea.

The Việt Nam Football Federation (VFF) congratulated and thanked the players and coach for their success at the Asian championship in Bahrain, which was the Cup’s qualification.

The first ever Vietnamese World Cup contenders also receieved a bonus of VNĐ2.2 billion (US$98,600) from VFF, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Việt Nam Professional Football Joinstock Company and other groups and enterprises.

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Shooting: Vietnamese rejoice at first Olympic gold

‘Vietnamese sport has begun a new chapter’.

Vietnamese rejoiced Sunday after their country won its first ever Olympic gold medal.

Hoang Xuan Vinh, a 41-year-old a serving army colonel who first learned to shoot with AK47 rifles, made history in Rio overnight when a near-perfect final shot in the men’s 10-meter air pistol clinched him gold.

Vietnamese state media reported that Vinh would receive $100,000 from the state on his return — a handsome sum in a country where the average annual income is around $2,100. Continue reading “Shooting: Vietnamese rejoice at first Olympic gold”