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Raths, David – Campus Technology, 2013
With collaborative learning one of the hottest buzzwords in higher education today, it is tempting to believe that schools have taken to the concept like ducks to water. Sadly, that is not the case. The old-style lecture format has been employed for so long that faculty--even students--often struggle to transition to a more engaged approach to…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Technology Uses in Education, Courseware, Educational Practices
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Raths, David – T.H.E. Journal, 2013
Eric Sheninger, the principal at New Milford High School in Bergen County, NJ, is well-known in ed tech circles as an evangelist for the use of web 2.0 tools in K-12 education. New Milford has made collaboration a pillar of its educational platform, and Sheninger believes that social media helps students learn how to collaborate. In fact, he…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Cooperation, Early Experience, Elementary Secondary Education
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Raths, David – T.H.E. Journal, 2013
Could new types of pedagogy that involve more classroom projects and peer instruction encourage school districts to replace outdated furniture and redesign classrooms? Or could new classroom designs using modular furniture have an impact on how teachers engage their students? These are just a few of the questions that educators, instructional…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Improvement, School Districts, Classroom Environment, Classroom Design
Raths, David – Campus Technology, 2012
This is the first article in a six-part series on the elements of a collaborative classroom: furniture, social media, video/web conferencing tools, collaborative software, interactive devices, and mobile devices. With most universities facing tight budgets, convincing administrators to invest in expensive new classrooms is a challenge. Many higher…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Internet, Video Technology, Furniture
Raths, David – Campus Technology, 2012
For tech-savvy educators looking to connect with students, social media have a powerful allure: Not only are sites such as Facebook and Twitter inherently designed for discussion and the exchange of ideas, but most students are already immersed in the technology. While these sites have their critics, social media's potential for collaboration is…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Internet, Mass Media Role, Mass Media Effects
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Raths, David – T.H.E. Journal, 2012
January brings many opportunities for change. The new year also allows district technology leaders and innovators to reflect on how the rapid pace of technological change is impacting what happens in their classrooms. Instructional technologies that were all the rage a year ago (netbooks) can be swept aside by this year's favorite (iPads).…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Influence of Technology, Technology Integration, School Districts
Raths, David – Campus Technology, 2012
Vendors sometimes get the chilly on-campus reception. While they believe in building long-term relationships to make universities more competitive, some CIOs simply aren't interested. On the flip side of the coin, many administrators feel such coolness is warranted. Indeed, anyone who has attended a higher education IT conference can detect a…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Vendors, Colleges, Educational Technology
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Raths, David – T.H.E. Journal, 2012
Many districts around the country face some issues as they launch their own bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives. Putting aside the instructional questions, the infrastructure issues alone can be daunting. In this article, four K-12 technology leaders from all over the United States describe the paths they took to BYOD, the preparations they…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, School Districts, Educational Technology, Technology Integration
Lloyd, Meg; Raths, David; Namahoe, Kanoe – Campus Technology, 2012
In this article, the authors present the 2012 Campus Technology Innovators. These IT leaders have deployed extraordinary technology solutions to meet campus challenges. The authors also recognize the vendors and products involved in making these innovative projects a success. The 10 winners are: (1) University of Arizona (Student Systems and…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Innovation, Awards, Information Technology
Lloyd, Meg; Raths, David – Campus Technology, 2011
Out of a total of 393 entries for the 2011 Campus Technology Innovators award, 10 winners rose to the top in six categories: (1) Leadership, Governance, and Policy; (2) Teaching and Learning; (3) Student Systems and Services; (4) Administrative Systems; (5) IT Infrastructure and Systems; and (6) Education Futurists. These innovative IT leaders…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Higher Education, Information Technology, Innovation
Raths, David – Campus Technology, 2011
Across the nation, student enrollment is exploding, while budgets are being slashed to the bone. A March 2010 report by the League for Innovation and the Campus Computing Project says it all: "Still Doing More With Less." In a survey of 128 community college campus presidents and district chancellors for the report, 94 percent of respondents said…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Administrator Attitudes, Change Strategies, Educational Change
Raths, David – Campus Technology, 2010
As soon as the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) announced last May that it would be giving all 400 incoming freshmen Apple iPads, a lively debate broke out online at (The Unofficial Apple Weblog) between people who saw it as a marketing gimmick to attract students and others who believed it was an honest attempt to implement a new…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, College Students, Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education
Raths, David – Campus Technology, 2009
This article features new library designs that offer flexible, people-centric, tech-driven environments that reflect the increasingly synergetic nature of today's campuses. Among these new library designs is the University of Calgary's Taylor Family Digital Library, a 265,000-square-foot building scheduled to open in fall 2010 and touted as the…
Descriptors: Electronic Libraries, Academic Libraries, Foreign Countries, Educational Technology
Raths, David – Campus Technology, 2009
Students at Tompkins Cortland Community College (commonly known as TC3) in upstate New York can use mobile phones to check their grades and course schedules, sign up for text alerts about class cancellations, and view a campus weather cam. They can even view their debit card account balances--all courtesy of the TC3 Mobile portal. The students at…
Descriptors: Internet, Handheld Devices, Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education
Raths, David – Campus Technology, 2009
As much as it is eagerly anticipated, freshman year is often a time of confusion, disorientation, and even alienation for many students. One in four college freshmen will drop out before completing sophomore year. The reasons for this high level of withdrawal vary, but a report suggests that new students often feel overwhelmed and unprepared for…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, School Holding Power, Adjustment (to Environment), Case Studies
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