CEDIA Tech X Design Virtual Summit Aims to Educate Designers

CEDIA has announced a new series of virtual education events that have been curated for the design community and are being supported by CEDIA Trade Supplier members. Tech X Design, planned for Wednesday, September 23 and Tuesday, October 6, will offer two unique half-day programs to provide designers and architects with an unparalleled opportunity to learn how technology can add value to their projects and drive new business.

A key element to CEDIA’s three-year strategic plan is outreach to the design and build community. Tech X Design is the next step in this plan to raise the profile of CEDIA members among interior designers, architects, builders, and other design professionals to help build their business on strong foundations for the future.

“CEDIA is committed to fostering an understanding of home technology with the design community — and providing a platform to learn, earn CEUs, and have open discussions,” says Giles

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Fixing education during the pandemic means fixing an uneasy relationship with ed tech

The relationship between education and technology has never been an easy one. The role of technology in the classroom has been subject to all sorts of scrutiny over the years, much of it justified, some not. 

Worries have included the effects of screen time on young minds, along with questions about whether robots will replace teachers.

Ed tech consists of thousands of tools. As with any other tools, some are better than others, and not every tool is right for every job.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, it was clear that technology was going to be part of education now and for the future. More than $13 billion is spent on technology “solutions” annually.

One prevailing narrative before the pandemic was Silicon Valley’s purported desire to take over our schools. It was at the heart of stories about an anti-technology rebellion in Kansas schools, the implications of big data for student

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After six months of remote learning, tech for students still a work in progress, limited by funding | Education

The shift to remote learning over a weekend in March meant Manchester had to make sure every student had a computer to use for schoolwork.

Six months later, it’s still a work in progress, said Stephen Cross, the school district’s chief information officer.

At the beginning of 2020, Manchester was a “two-to-one” district — two students to one computer, he said. Cross had replaced thousands of outdated laptops before the pandemic and has purchased thousands more, but some students are still waiting.

“We have 3,100 Chromebooks on order, and we have no idea when we’re going to get those,” he said. 

Some schools had a surplus of Chromebooks, so Cross engineered a way to loan some of those schools’ devices to other schools.

“That’s how we’ve been getting devices into the hands of families, moving things around,” Cross said. “We had to scrounge. It was ‘do whatever we can,’ to

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Increased Use Of Tech In Higher Education During Covid-19 Exemplifies True Grit

The business world teems with buzzwords. Buzzwords reach epic heights, then tragically die after rampant overuse. Grit is one word that ebbs and flows in popularity, but, by all appearances, has yet to be marked with the scarlet b and remains a respected word that signifies a propensity for success.

American psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth took the term grit to new heights in her 2013 TED Talk titled Grit: The power of passion and perseverance where she shared her five characteristics of grit.

At a time where opinions on today’s hybrid learning delivery methods are nothing short of loudly divided, beyond the hysteria our fall 2020 higher education experience exudes true grit of those on the education delivery front lines.

It is easy to show how Duckworth’s 5

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