News You Can Use: Cipafilter Digest – Issue #1

Here at Cipafilter, we want to be more than just your firewall or web filter. We want to help you make your school the best it can be through technology. Posts like this are just one more way we hope to bring useful information to you.

In these digests we'll share a collection of articles that we believe will be of interest to our customers and prospective customers. They will relate to education, technology, ed-tech, the state of the internet, educational software, or other fields of interest.

We hope that you find these resources interesting and helpful.

Imaging the Future: How Innovative School Districts Are Looking Ahead

In this article, Megan Mead looks at how current trends in education can help us think about things might change looking forward. At the intersection of these two, we have a glimpse of potential futures in educational technology.

For the last 50 years, school districts have acted as a central pillar for American communities. They not only provide education for our students, but they provide a sense of culture and community in neighborhoods that is difficult for anything else to match. As we look to the future, innovative school districts will take this responsibility to new heights by extending the options, opportunities and services they provide.

Why I’m Optimistic About the Next Wave of Education Technology

This article, by Jason Palmer, looks back at the last 25 years of education technology. Over this time, he argues, all the key building blocks have been put into place, setting the stage for the next steps in innovative ed-tech.

Edtech, I believe, is going through a similar rebuilding moment powered by three trends: widely available infrastructure, the catalytic impact of spending by both the government and philanthropy in education, and finally the embrace of edtech by educational institutions and educators themselves. Not yet convinced? Join me on a quick tour of the past quarter century in education technology history.

What is the future you would like to create?

George Couros wrestles with the idea that we have devices that can access much of the information known to mankind, and yet we ban them in classrooms. What does that mean for education? Are the best educational devices the ones we provide, or the ones that students already have?

I am firm believer that the best device for any learner is often the one they own already. I am never one to make sweeping generalizations over what any school or district does to serve their students as I do not totally understand their context, but I always think it is okay to ask questions... How do we teach responsible use of your own device if you do not have access to your own device?

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