Monthly Archives: August 2010

PC World: 5 Ways Schools Are Using the iPad

Joel Mathis writes in Macworld about how both K-12 and higher education are putting the iPad to good use. He also reports on one school that may be the iPad’s most fervent educational proponent in this insightful and timely article. … Continue reading

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COOL TOOLS: Califone and GradeCam

IF YOU’RE A TEACHER, you’ll want to read this. Together, GradeCam Corp., and Califone International, Inc., have provided a solution to nix piles of paperwork and grading by hand. Combining GradeCam with the Diggiditto Smart Document Camera from Califone, educators can scan and grade … Continue reading

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COOL TOOL: Absolute Software

OVERWHELMED IT DEPARTMENTS LOOK NO FURTHER. With school districts moving to mobile, you can ensure software compliance, prevent hardware theft and do it all on a shoestring. Lifecycle management tools may not save the world, but they do allow you … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Google Apps for Education

CAN 8 MILLION STUDENTS be using the wrong tools? Google offers students and teachers a set of free and ad-free collaboration and communication tools. Email, calendars and video chat as well as document sharing and shared full-media sites (ability to build … Continue reading

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Interview | Dorothy Mikuska

For 37 years, Dorothy Mikuska watched students struggle with the research paper process. As a former high school English teacher, when computers appeared in schools and homes, she knew there was a better way. Now the president of ePen&Inc, Mikuska teamed … Continue reading

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COOL TOOL: LessonWRITER

LOVE TEACHING BUT HATE lesson planning? Quickly create a lesson plan and teaching materials from any digital text. Impressively simple with a clean interface, this tool is especially effective as a literacy improvement and vocabulary enhancement tool. You can keep … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | LaptopsAnytime

Press E-8 and your Twix bar falls to the bottom of the glass window whereupon you push through the one-way trap door and grab your goody to go. But a laptop to go? Talk about anytime, anywhere learning—what a very … Continue reading

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LA Times: A Billion eBooks

Michael Hart is on a quest to digitize 1 billion books. He’s got a head start: he began his attempt in 1971. How will the world change once all of its books are available in digital format? And what happens … Continue reading

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Interview | David Thornburg is Out of This World

Click here for PDF version The alarm has caught everyone’s attention on the ship. Control panels are showing alerts and an urgent video link from the Earth-based Space Weather Service at NOAA reports that a massive solar storm has ejected … Continue reading

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Chicago Tribune: Students, Teachers & Friending

Interesting article about schools facing the challenge of setting social media policies and the murky territory involved in what happens when friending occurs. A surprising number of questions come up, but what’s of interest is how some school districts are … Continue reading

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The Making of a 21st-Century Teacher

CLASSROOM 21  | by Greg Limperis Click here for PDF version A modern-day declaration of where things stand for educators in a social-media saturated world yet to fully hit our schools. Today’s teacher has to possess many more skills than … Continue reading

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Interview | Ellen Siminoff (Part 2 of 2)

(below is part 2 of 2; for part 1 of 2, click here) If Microsoft builds perfect tools to engage and get a lot of people to approach us on different platforms, then I’m a big fan of that. They’re … Continue reading

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NPR: Boost for Education Inventors

The education market needs some help: a business incubator dedicated to education entrepreneurs might just do the trick. Great Associated Press article on NPR about a University of Pennsylvania educator creating a space in which to foster much-needed innovation in … Continue reading

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Why Education Has Never Seen Better Days

Click here for PDF version SMARTER SCHOOLS | by Michael Spencer There’s a very good reason that our schools have never been in a better position to capitalize on the current state of affairs. Technology is opening the door to … Continue reading

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The Longest Snipe Hunt in History

Click here for PDF version TALK OF TOMORROW | by Ted Fujimoto Will we ever bag the beast of student performance? 5 steps for making a solid attempt—and not getting lost in the woods. Recently, my 16-year old daughter and her friends … Continue reading

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NY Times: Digital Age Plagiarism

Interesting article by Trip Gabriel in the New York Times about students with a different attitude toward copying stuff that’s not theirs. With access to so much information, so easily obtained and transferred (just cut-and-paste, so simple!) to their own … Continue reading

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COOL TOOL: BrainPOP

It’s been around since 1999 and is one of the coolest sites out there for animated, engaging content. With a 100,000-member strong teacher community, BrainPop offers free lesson plans, tutorials, professional development tools, graphic organizers and best practices. Interestingly, it … Continue reading

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