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“No More Pencils, No More Books”: Can Schools Afford To Keep Up With Technology?

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Walk into any public school today and what do you see? Most likely groups of desks for students to sit, shelves filled with books intended to strengthen their imagination and support their pursuit of learning, or hopefully a room filled with computers. We’ve entered the 21st century, and technology is more prevalent now more than ever before. It’s common to see a child sitting quietly, playing the latest popular game on their iPad. Or teens (and adults!), completely consumed by their smartphones. But what happens to the institutions who are unable to utilize technology in real practice and keep up with the times? Should we simply let them fall behind?

EdTech Review explains why many schools are unable to utilize technology the ways others can. Many districts are unable to shell out thousands of dollars for computers; not to mention the teacher training and electricity bills that come along with it. Yet, research has shown that technology integration has the power to improve student, teacher, parent and administration engagement: a worthy investment to many. We see every day that technology is reshaping the world that we live in and completely changing industries. For instance, the medical field. How would a lack of technological resources and education affect students who sought after these careers?

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Reasons Why Teachers & Institutions Are Not Able to Bring Technology Into Real Practice

Priyanka Gupta | EdTech Review

Tech integration is important when introduced in the spheres of education, technology can help a lot.

In many countries around the globe, more and more investments are being made by the government and the institutions themselves in the field of ICT to improve teaching, learning and the working of schools. Despite all these investment and all the efforts on ICT infrastructure, equipment and professional development that are being made by the authorities for the better delivery of education, the adoption & the integration of ICT in learning and teaching have been limited and we cannot witness real practices that include tech and the blossoming outcomes that it brings along.  

What can be the reasons?

To read more visit EdTech Review

[Webinar] EdTalk - The Future of Technology in Schools Featuring David Udry

Priyanka Gupta | EdTechReview

The Campus Consortium 20-minute webinar featuring school leader David Udry was held on 30th June.

Mr. Udry has over 25 years of experience in education, the last ten being in India. He currently serves as the Principal of Himalayan International Residential School in Siliguri. He attempts to use technology to treat both teachers and students as individuals and improve both student achievement and teacher practice.

For those who unfortunately missed the webinar can check the details of what he shared in the webinar below. The central theme for the webinar was “What education will look like in 2020 and how edtech will evolve to meet the needs of students, faculty, and administration?”

With technology integration we see people obsessing over the tech ignoring the fact that tech must be used to make the teaching-learning processes efficient. Starting with the idea of tech integration and speaking of future of technology in education , he quoted “We as parents, administrators and teachers have to take the lead and check what is right. We can’t let technology drive us, education has to drive the technology.”

The webinar was focused on 4 key areas - Student Engagement, Teacher Engagement, Parent Engagement, and Administration Engagement.

To read more visit EdTech Review

Can new medical models cut patient mortality?

Nick Hall | 3D Printing Industry

French start-up Biomodex believes that its detailed models of a specific patient’s organs and body parts will help reduce surgical errors, save lives and potentially put an end to students carving up cadavers.

While models have proved useful as a visual representation, Biomodex aims to mimic the texture and feel of the organs with a multi-materials printer to create a surgical simulation. So the doctors basically get a dry run at the surgery and can cut the model to test their planned procedure.

Biomodex can already produce realistic models for cardiac, orthopedic and Ear, Nose and Throat procedures. This is just the start, though. It clearly wants to provide a full range of models that cover the whole human body and could even replace cadavers as educational tools in the long run.

To read more visit 3D Printing Industry

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