Tagged with technology

How Cell Phone Usage Impacts Cyberbullying

How Cell Phone Usage Impacts Cyberbullying

Many of us probably assume that when cell phones are allowed in school, cyberbullying is more common. However, according to the U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics, this is not the case. A recent data point mentioned that schools who allow cellphones had less reports of cyberbullying. NCES asked principals about the … Continue reading

Computational Thinking: The Skill Set for the Future

Computational Thinking: The Skill Set for the Future

As we mentioned in our previous blog post “What’s Ahead for EdTech in 2019”, schools will be focused on developing students’ computational thinking skills with the help of robotics and coding. What is Computational Thinking? Computational thinking is a problem-solving skill that focuses on critical and logical thinking. It’s about solving problems systematically, then reaching … Continue reading

Top EdTech Trends from 2018

Top EdTech Trends from 2018

As we start our 2019 fiscal year, let’s take a trip down memory lane and talk about what EdTech was trending in 2018. STEM/STEAM We saw a huge push for STEM/STEAM learning opportunities, making 3D printers and coding and computer science products a huge hit in classrooms. At The Douglas Stewart Company, we launched new … Continue reading

Top 5 Posts of 2018

Top 5 Posts of 2018

Can you believe that 2018 is coming to a close? 2018 has been a great year to say the least. We’ve heard a lot about STEAM education, collaborative classrooms, and so much more. Here is your 2018 recap from VAR Connection. #1 Infographic: Decision Makers in School Districts #2 How to Increase Girls’ Interest in STEM … Continue reading

9 Way to Make a Better Makerspace

9 Way to Make a Better Makerspace

Makerspaces are becoming the favorite way to bring STEAM learning to the classroom. Research shows that makerspaces help elementary students develop critical thinking, design thinking, and problem-solving skills. Research from Macquarie University in Australia shows how teachers can use makerspaces to improve teaching and learning outcomes. Using makerspaces has led to higher student engagement, confidence, … Continue reading

Where Tech is Headed in 2019?

Where Tech is Headed in 2019?

The end of the year is upon us and it time to start talking about trends for next year. The IT analyst group at Garner released their top ten tech trends for 2019. While some school districts have started implementing some of these tools, we’d like to highlight what’s ahead for 2019 technology. Autonomous machines: … Continue reading

What’s Next with Wireless Internet

What’s Next with Wireless Internet

Schools are relying more and more on technology for classroom instruction. As schools add more technology, they need to rely on a fast wireless connection. Telecommunication giants are racing to roll out the fifth generation of wireless technology to keep up with the changing technology. 5G will expand VR/AR for classrooms, create a more personalized … Continue reading

6 Reasons Why Microlearning is Important

6 Reasons Why Microlearning is Important

Have you ever heard of microlearning? Microlearning is a short burst of learning lasting 10 to 15 minutes. Educators have been doing this for quite some time but have been calling it microlearning. Let’s look at why microlearning is important. Microlearning aids retention. When students are learning bits and pieces of content at a time, … Continue reading