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10 Ed Tech Stories of 2013

on December 17, 2013

The Maker Movement topped the list of most popular stories on the Center for Digital Education's website this year.

Some schools are emphasizing more active learning where students make things that solve problems. And that's reflected in two of our top stories this year.

In other news, schools take a page from Google by allowing students to spend 20 percent of their time on projects they're passionate about. And emerging technology continues to be a hot topic with the 2013 Horizon reports on K-12 and higher education technology.

1. Why the 'Maker Movement' is Popular in Schools
A number of forces are driving schools to rethink the way they teach students.

2. Google's 80/20 Principle Applies to Students
Educators from Canada to Mexico give students 20 percent of their time to pursue projects they are passionate about.

3. 7 Tips for School Leaders New to Twitter
Whether you have already started exploring the educational community on Twitter or have yet to set up an account, here are some tips to help you on your journey.

4. What College Students Really Think About Online Courses
Education leaders and politicians often make decisions about online learning without seeking student input. And since students are their customers, that's a big mistake.

5. 6 Emerging Technologies in Higher Ed
The 2013 NMC Horizon Project lists six technologies that could be adopted in colleges and universities over the next five years.

6. Top 5 Preschool Apps for 2013
A speech-language pathologist from Baltimore City Public Schools shares her app recommendations.

7. Google's 80/20 Principle Gives Students Freedom
A group of seniors spends 20 percent of class time on their own projects.

8. 6 Emerging Technologies in K-12 Education
The annual Horizon Report highlights six emerging technologies that could become mainstream in K-12 education.

9. The Higher Education Short List of Emerging Technology
The NMC Horizon Project will choose six technologies that could be adopted over the next five years.

10. The 'Maker Movement' Inspires Shift in STEM Curriculum
Science, technology, engineering and math curriculum is starting to emphasize projects including app development.


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