Monthly Archives: January 2011

Cool Tool: StudySync

An innovative learning tool that connects students to the great ideas of mankind through its extensive library of classic and modern texts, StudySync reminds me a bit of another more established tool, Shmoop, but with a video and multi-platform push-out … Continue reading

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Cool Tools: Education Apps in the Google Apps Marketplace

This you’ve gotta see—especially if you haven’t used Google Apps before (and even if you have). These offerings will continue to expand into the future, and will shift the way schools discover apps for learning. I would be curious to … Continue reading

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Sputnik Moment: 21st-Century Rocket Boys & Girls

NOTES FROM THE FUTURE | by Jim Brazell On the evening of October 4, 1957, at 1912 Greenwich Mean Time, an R-7 intercontinental ballistic missile lifted off from the former Soviet Union carrying a 23-inch shiny steel orb with four … Continue reading

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Interview | EdTech Associating with Kathleen McClaskey

In the fall of 2001, Kathleen McClaskey created EdTech Associates after working almost two decades in the field of educational technology as a computer teacher, technology integration specialist and Director of Technology in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.  “I knew I … Continue reading

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Cool Tool: “Social Books” (from Rethink Books)

Here’s an interesting company with a cool tool that is sure to become an unremarkable, normal way of operating: Rethink Books socializes (as in social media-izes) the way learners read and share their thoughts about what they’ve read. Think: Facebook … Continue reading

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Trends: Rise of K-12 Blended Learning

Is online learning sweeping America? Just compare: in 2000 there were roughly 45,000 students taking online courses; in 2009, more than 3 million K-12 students were doing so. But those courses are happening in a blended-learning environment where students learn … Continue reading

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Trends: ‘Sputnik Moment’

In Obama’s State of the Union address, he calls for a ‘Sputnik Moment’ as you can read about in this AOL Original article. Futurist and edtech advocate David Thornburg has been writing about this for some time now, as you … Continue reading

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TakingITGlobal’s Top 10 EdTech Projects in 2010

TakingITGlobal | by Jennifer Corriero These days, student dropout and disengagement rates are at all-time highs, and costing billions in lost economic opportunities and crime. At the same time, global awareness and understanding across cultures is key to the future … Continue reading

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Interview | In the School Loop with Mark Gross

Before becoming a teacher, Mark Gross had a successful publishing and Internet development career. He has held executive positions at Gralla Publications, Cowles Media Company, Business 2.0 magazine, and FutureNet. But Mark wanted more than just success in business. He … Continue reading

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Report: Empowering the 21st Century Superintendent

Of all the challenges you face as a superintendent, according to the Consortium for School Networking, “technology leadership may be the one that leaves you feeling the most unprepared, uncertain and vulnerable. You’re not alone.” Empowering the 21st Century Superintendent includes … Continue reading

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Interview | Ramon Toledo Searches for a Better Education

Ramon Toledo created BuscaCorp. to be the leading Spanish-language social networking platform, and had a target to be the number one video game site. In 2008, it won Best Website in Mexico and then once again in 2010 it … Continue reading

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Interview | Stephen Churchville Helps Teachers Write Better, Faster Lessons

“Writing a lesson is hard, creative work and doing it right is very time consuming,” says Stephen Churchville, the founder and creator of LessonWriter, an online solution for teachers to help them write better lessons faster. When reading is involved, … Continue reading

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Interview | Sandy Khaund Has VIRT2GO

Since taking his first online class in 2002, Sandy Khaund has always been drawn to online learning. “I loved my experience, and even then, I imagined how it could be a solution for time-constrained adults who needed to extend their education,” … Continue reading

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Interview | Nicholas Tee Provides a Zane Education

Nicholas Tee’s own son and daughter have gotten a Zane Education. How about your children? With over 1,000 online video titles teaching nearly 250 topics across 12 curriculum subjects, including online testing with multiple choice quizzes, creating the Zane video … Continue reading

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Cool Tool: ClassLink LaunchPad at Koogler

In this four-corner region rich with enchanted cultural adventures and history, Koogler Middle School, part of Aztec Municipal School District located in the northwest corner of New Mexico, serves grades sixth through eighth. With a very diverse student body, Koogler has … Continue reading

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Interview | The Integrity of Schools According to Dave Moravec

Dave Moravec is the president of Integrity Schools, a company that, at its core, is composed of individuals committed to the consultative approach to data integration. They serve three specific and distinct types of clients: At their roots, they have … Continue reading

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Interview | Why Sharon Lowe Believes in Habitat Heroes

Sharon Lowe is the Chief Crusader and Founder of Habitat Heroes. An Australian entrepreneur and mother, Sharon was inspired to create Habitat Heroes while watching her children enjoying online games; she came to the conclusion that while online gaming is great … Continue reading

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Learning Platforms: The Next Big Deal

CLASSROOM 21 | by Greg Limperis Learning Platforms are increasingly prevalent in education. From Blackboard, Moodle, and Edmodo to Ning and others, schools are dabbling in the use of learning platforms—but when will it become the Next Big Deal? In … Continue reading

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