Research and Ed Tech
In this episode, Ricky and Kristy talk about the Ed Tech news of the week, research and show their appreciation to teachers although Ricky’s stories fall short.
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Ed Tech News Run Down:
Grammarly Ain’t No Small Thing –
Nibletz.com reports that Grammarly raised $110 million in their latest round of funding. For those unfamiliar with Grammarly, it’s basically a spellchecker on steroids. It uses algorithms and artificial intelligence to help correct grammar via it’s web app or chrome extension. With 6.9 million users Grammarly is a force not only for students but business as well. It is a freemium model but for around $12 a month… billed annually you can unlock all the grammar features you can handle. I imagine we should all be users for email if nothing else. Chrome extension is free and I downloaded it today.
Research Symposium –
The 74 million.org gives us the first in a series of essays about building a movement around research and impact in Ed Tech. The premise is that we all have a role to play in ensuring money spent on ed tech is living up to its promises. That’s the challenge to be taken up by the EdTech Efficacy Symposium in Washington, D.C.. They are exploring and will report back with findings but have shared 3 broader issues they’ve learned about efficacy and evidence so far. They are…
- Everyone wants research and implementation analysis done, but nobody wants to pay more for it.
- We need to recognize that evidence exists on a continuum.
- It’s easy to blame other actors for the current lack of evidence-driven decisions in education.
You can follow and join in the conversation on twitter at #ShowTheEvidence
Schools Aren’t Even Asking for Research Evidence –
Another article from the 74 million.org, and this one is from info that happened on the first day of the Edtech Efficacy Research and Academic Symposium. Among the interesting things this article mentions is that only about half of school districts even asked for evidence and only half of the ed tech companies, when asked, actually had research to back up their assertions. To me this means that the onus is on the school systems… They all have to ask for research and not just research that promotes the concept but actual research that shows these ed tech tools are effective. Only then will companies selling ed tech be compelled to spend the time and money to do these studies.
Teachers Share Ed Tech Successes –
In honor of teacher appreciation week, EdSurge asked educators to share their most transformative ed tech moments. Some cool stories to look at including how effective something as simple as directing an English language learner to an audiobook version of a text helped that students confidence level. Other educators mention how using apps like Trello and SeeSaw helped their students excel in areas they had previously struggled with. Take a moment to read these stories for some ideas and perhaps a little inspiration as you start preparing for next fall.
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