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Volume 1 Issue 3


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(ET) Magazine is dedicated to providing the information and context necessary to advance the efficacy of technology used in education. Our articles are carefully selected by our editorial advisory board and are written by the finest minds in the world of EdTech.

(ET) Magazine is published four times per year by Digital Education Media.

Editorial Board of Advisors

Robyn Shulman, CEO, EdNews Daily; Robert Iskander, CEO, GG4L; Adam Gellar, Founder, Edthena; Victor Rivero, CEO, EdTech Digest; Daylene Long, CEO, CatapultX; Olli Vallo, CEO, Education Alliance Finland; Stephen Wakefield, EVP, Discovery Education; Sal Gerardo, Chairman Value Spring Technology; Charlie Warhaftig, CEO, SBA Global Consulting; Dave Whitmire, Managing Director, Digital Education Media; Jim Snyder, CMO, Quality Matters, Kevin Dorsey Ed.D., Strategic Solutions Engineer, Beacon; Eileen Belastock, CEO, Belastock Consulting

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From the Editor
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In EdTech, We are Having
the Time of Our Lives

It was the best of times, it was, well, even better than that. It was the time of our lives. Being in the EdTech biz, I think we can safely say that.

AI Tools in Education:

Balancing Opportunities and Risks for Students

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AI Tools in Education:

Balancing Opportunities
and Risks for Students

By Adam Geller
In recent years, artificial intelligence tools have rapidly gained popularity and become easily accessible to the everyday user. Chatbots like ChatGPT by OpenAI have been making headlines and raising concerns in the education sector as they are being used to help students cheat in school. However, simply banning these AI tools will not solve the problem, as students will always find ways to bypass restrictions.

(Conferencing) The Future of Education Technology

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By Angelo Biasi

AI, VR, XR, SEL, AR, ML, and BCI were among some of the acronyms to fill the halls at the recent Future of Education Technology Conference, or FETC, that I recently attended in New Orleans, LA. Granted, given the powerful title of this event, I was desperately seeking the next big thing(s) that the market could not live without. Despite the disruption eruption and acceleration celebration of new technologies that lay claim to such, including whiz-bang, non-acronym-based innovations that simply solve problems by doing things better, faster, and/or less expensively in the Education Technology space, I walked away with more questions than answers.

AI for Everyone Else?
With the viral advent of ChatGPT, the concept and application of Artificial Intelligence, or AI, as an education technology is today, more clearly understood by the masses. So too, however, is the fear of its disruption on traditional teaching and learning methods, theories, and outcomes among key stakeholders. As a result, embracing AI in EdTech is a glass half-empty/half-full conversation depending on who you talk to. Will auto-generated intelligence solve all our teaching and learning challenges or create new ones? The bottom line is that we have not seen tech this awesomely powerful and inevitable (there, I said it) in quite a while. Therefore, it is worthy of attentive, rapid-paced ideation, development, and continued scrutiny.
Can Technology Make Learners Smarter?

By Betsy Hill


Is ‘Hands Off’ the best way to go for districts?

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Is ‘Hands Off’ the best way to go for districts?

By the (ET) Magazine Editorial Staff

This is something school districts have talked about for years. They have dreamed about it. They have danced around it. They have spent billions to warehouse it. They have pulled their hair our worrying about it. They have worked their teachers to tears, to exhaustion, and often to quitting to try to organize and control it. They have stockpiled untold quantities of it. They can’t live with it, and they certainly can’t live without it. They can’t get a moment’s piece because of it. And if there was a company that could simply handle it for them, then that company would be opening a new world for them.

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ESSER Funding:

An Innovation Opportunity
By Dr. Todd Wirt
The Elementary and Secondary School Relief Fund or ESSER, is an unprecedented opportunity to jumpstart innovation in K-12 education nationwide. Based on discussions I have had with school superintendents across the country, I have learned that there are several critically important factors school leaders must keep in mind when evaluating how they will utilize their remaining federal stimulus funding.

An English Teacher’s Reflections On Good Writing In An AI World

By Alli Minch

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Even with 28 years of classroom experience, I’m often surprised by the impact of technological innovations on my teaching. So, the articles about ChatGPT answering questions and generating college-level essays just blew my mind.

Designing Protection Against Ransomware and Cyber Attacks

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By Richard Luna

As a person who has dedicated his life to technology, I can tell you with the utmost certainty that every school and educational environment can be modified to be protected from both cyber and ransomware attacks.

Ensuring the Future
of Technology:

Replicating the Massachusetts Model of Vocational-Technical Education

By David Ferreira and Chris Sinacola
Massachusetts has long been a national leader in vocational-technical education, nurturing the growth and development of successive generations of schools to meet the state’s changing needs. A system of industrial schools founded primarily to supply workers to factories and shops grew more diverse throughout the twentieth century, training generations of auto mechanics, plumbers, electricians, machinists, farmers, hairdressers, cooks, and homemakers. Today, an increasingly sophisticated and diverse economy has given rise to a vocational lineup that includes training in computers, graphics, automation, and precision technologies.
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AI Coach by Edthena
Teacher growth, guided by Artificial Intelligence

The AI Coach by Edthena is a first-of-its-kind solution that helps schools and districts provide all teachers with more coaching in order to improve teaching effectiveness. The AI Coach platform uses artificial intelligence to guide teachers through coaching cycles aligned to common growth areas. The AI Coach platform personalizes the coaching cycle for each teacher’s self-identified focus areas, complementing the efforts of school leaders and instructional coaches and enabling teachers to receive the benefits of coaching in-between their person-to-person coaching and mentoring conversations.

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Share the Board
Turns any whiteboard into an interactive teaching device

ShareTheBoard is whiteboard AI that enables educators to deliver a front-row experience to students – no matter where (or when) they’re learning from – by instantly turning any whiteboard into an interactive teaching device. ShareTheBoard puts educators – not digital tools – front and center. It gives them the comfort of using their historically preferred teaching tool when addressing remote students. In turn, students enjoy the familiarity of seeing their teachers in a natural context.

Viewers can activate Board View, to isolate the board itself and even add content of their own. Their content shows up right alongside the presenter’s, in real time.

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