Kipp Bentley

Contributing Writer

Kipp Bentley is a senior fellow with the Center for Digital Education. He has been a teacher, a librarian, and a district-level educational technology director. He currently writes and consults from Santa Fe, New Mexico.

School districts continue to get hit by ransomware attacks. But it’s not just IT’s job to keep networks and data secure.
Few unbiased evaluations have been available for schools purchasing tech-based tools and curricula. That may change, but the challenge remains in getting these resources used effectively in classrooms.
The American Rescue Plan presents schools with some high-stakes opportunities to make lasting changes.
Many schools have moved their teacher professional development programs online out of necessity, and probably for good, which has created a chance to update the training to suit evolving needs.
Aside from dealing with the many losses brought on by COVID-19, as schools reopen, educators must also consider how to capitalize on the opportunities for change the pandemic has presented.
Recognizing the difficulties of administering tests during remote learning, teachers are adopting new assessment strategies.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt schools, doing so by making it far more difficult for teachers and other educators to effectively assess students’ academic progress in traditional ways.
In order to help both parents and students stay informed about evolving plans related to the COVID-19 pandemic, some school districts are attempting to find new and improved ways to communicate.
Amid COVID-19, video conferencing is an integral component of remote learning for students at all levels, but so far it’s only been a marginal success. What tools can educators use to improve at-home learning?
With remote learning again underway in schools across the country, many students are spending more hours each day staring at computer screens for their classes, and parents are voicing concern.
As COVID-19 continues to make it unsafe for many U.S. school districts to reopen for in-person instruction, some schools are now planning to start the year with remote learning, or have already done so.
Many school districts are planning to reopen in the months to come by using a hybrid learning model, but with specifics varying so wildly, it is worthwhile to examine what that will mean for students and teachers.
As schools made a fast transition to remote learning amid the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis, many students fell behind due to a lack of high-speed Internet connectivity within their homes.
Santa Fe Public Schools already had the infrastructure in place for remote learning before the crisis, and now the COVID-19 pandemic has compelled teachers to learn how to fully use the digital tools at their disposal.
Amid the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, schools nationwide have rapidly moved to embrace online instruction, yielding a wealth of information that should not be forgotten, even as many unanswered questions remain.
In the spirit of not letting a serious crisis go to waste, the coronavirus may provide online learning with a breakout opportunity.
Even with increased 1:1 laptop initiatives, schools’ purchase and use of ebooks has leveled. A big reason for this is the draconian restrictions book publishers have imposed on ebook lending.
As Amazon enters the field with its new Ignite offerings, a recent Fordham Institute study has found significant shortcomings in the currently available teacher-created high school English materials online.
One-on-one laptop computers, broadband networking and advance planning have allowed the spread of e-learning programs in more school districts across the country, rendering the snow day obsolete.
With national support and the possibility of college scholarships, a growing number of high schools are organizing their video gaming students into competitive esports teams. But the activity has raised a few concerns.
Demand for computer science programs is higher than ever, but challenges, ranging from lack of qualified instructors, poor funding and disagreements over course work, stand in the way.
In many underserved areas of the country, to the chagrin of some early childhood experts, online early learning programs are growing as an alternative to traditional brick and mortar preschools.
As teachers become better skilled in using digital tools, school districts are reconsidering their instructional technology support staff positions. But it's important to ensure the necessary support is in place.
Public education technology administration works best from experience and insight. A veteran administrator shares his thoughts on the keys to success based on years of leadership and team-building.
While technology, such as 1:1 laptop programs, can help students become proficient in core competencies, nothing beats problem-solving, critical thinking and creativity.
Technology can have a huge, positive impact on managing the growing load of student records. But district leaders need to prepare carefully before digitizing all that paper.
For students with long commutes, Wi-Fi on a bus gives them an opportunity to do some homework.
An open letter to a teacher who doesn’t know how to begin in a classroom that is full of change.
Virtual reality has potential as a learning tool in classrooms, but don’t rush its use until the technology has been well-tested by teachers and students.
With the use of technology growing inside classrooms, educators must monitor and balance the amount of time students spend with digital devices.