CEHD Blog Compilation: Education Technology

The University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) is a world leader in education technology. From educational apps that engage students through emerging mobile technology to developing best practices for using digital storytelling in the classroom, our researchers are at the forefront of innovation in use of technology in education. Here are just a few examples of the ways in which CEHD is pushing the boundaries of education in the 21st century.

Technology in Education with the iPad

Author: Jean K. Quam Date Posted:  June 22, 2012

The prevalence of electronic devices and Apple’s focus on education is revolutionizing the way teachers and students teach and learn. And not only at the college level. Apple is developing apps and products for pre-K and K-5 for younger students. No longer is a teacher the sole giver of information that’s supplemented with textbooks and discussions. Now students have all the information they need right at their fingertips, prompting a shift in a teacher’s role from giver to interpreter of information. (Learn More)

Social Dimensions and Digital Literacy Enhance Learning

Author: Cynthia Lewis Date Posted: March 21, 2014

Today young people have different assumptions about both written and spoken language. There are more avenues for creative participation and social connection, especially with access to digital media. If they don’t have this access at home, they often find it in libraries, community centers and their smartphones. It’s very important for young people to develop the capacity to read, interpret, analyze and critique the linguistic, visual and oral language that inundates all of our public and private lives. This forms the capacity for critical citizenship. (Learn More)

How CEHD’s Open Textbook Network Is Increasing Access to Education

Author: Dave Ernst Date Posted: January 15, 2016

In 2012, we launched the Open Textbook Library – an online catalog of free and openly licensed college textbooks – and started talking with CEHD faculty about adopting them. Digital versions of the textbooks are free, or print versions are available at a very low cost. Four years later, there are over 200 textbooks in the Open Textbook Library, and it continues to grow quickly. (Learn More)

How Technology and Learning Analytics are Transforming Education

Author: Bodong Chen Date posted: January 29, 2016

While computers and other digital technology have become commonly used in schools since the early 1980s, levels of technology integration in education vary across countries, districts, schools and classrooms. Research on the impact of technology on learning has arrived at mixed results, leading to heated debates on the need for expansive tech plans in schools. However, maybe we have been asking the wrong question, as technology is not a magic thing that can be plugged into a classroom and transform learning. (Learn More)

Grassroots Indigenous Multimedia—Preserving Ojibwe Culture through Language

Author: Mary Hermes Date Posted: March 25, 2016

Language frames different cultures’ ways of thought. It is both a point of entry and connection between cultures. That connection used to occur naturally; if you wanted to connect with people, you had to know how to talk to them first. Today, many indigenous languages risk extinction – including the Native American language of the Ojibwe. As a member of the Ojibwe community and avid researcher of the culture, I have committed much effort to the preservation and continuation of the Ojibwe language and dialect. These revitalization efforts, along with those of my fellow community members, have taken many forms, including the Ojibwe People’s Dictionary, the Waadookodaading Ojibwe language immersion school and a variety of learning materials. One of the most accessible outcomes of my research with the University of Minnesota is Grassroots Indigenous Multimedia, a non-profit dedicated to producing and distributing audiovisual materials for learning and exercising the Ojibwe language. (Learn More)

How Educators Can Use Learning Technologies to Engage Learners

Author: Cynthia Lewis Date Posted: November 25, 2016

Finding strategies to use technology in support of engaged learning practices requires educators and learners to be “border crossers.” The traditional boundaries between learning sciences and literacy are breaking down as we pursue teaching techniques that incorporate a wide variety of media, texts and activities. This also means breaking down the divide between research and community outreach as researchers partner and collaborate with districts, educators, librarians, media specialists, and youth workers to share approaches and tools that engage youth in learning. (Learn More)

Exergaming: Using Fitness Technology & Exercise Games to Replace Screen Time, Not Outdoor Time

Author: Zan Gao Date Posted: May 19, 2017

At the University of Minnesota’s School of Kinesiology, we’re researching the effects of exercise games on preschool children – an increasingly popular segment of the market thanks to the efforts of companies like LeapFrog and its LeapTV active gaming system, as well as Nintendo’s Nickelodeon Fit Wii games. We’re seeing promising results; I believe exercise gaming has the potential to drive better health outcomes for people of all ages. (Learn More)

To get the latest on Technology Innovation, Education Technology, and many other topics, check back at ImprovingLives.org to see the latest research from CEHD.

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