Monthly Archives: February 2011

A Sputnik Moment for Education: The Role of CTE and Arts in STEM Innovation

NOTES FROM THE FUTURE | by Jim Brazell Hailed as this generation’s “Sputnik moment,” science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education is slotted to receive $3.4 billion in President Obama’s 2012 budget request. The President’s “Winning the Future” strategy includes … Continue reading

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Interview | Getting Personal with Todd Brekhus and myON

Todd Brekhus has a vision for keeping education relevant, and it’s fast becoming a reality. Todd leads the digital product vision and strategy at Capstone Digital. He was previously VP and chief marketing officer for PLATO Learning, president and COO … Continue reading

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Interview | Taking Wiznotes from Eli Cohen

In this curious interview, Eli Cohen shares what drove him to create an interesting piece of software that helps students take notes using hyperlinks, imported media, wikipedia and other sources of information on what he calls “leaves”. Read Eli’s story … Continue reading

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Trends: Mobile Learning in K-12

An interesting report from EdWeek focuses on data showing school and district level data on growth in online curricula, opportunities for online coursetaking, the use of multimedia digital content, online assessments, and school policies on cellphones, iPods, wikis and blogs, and various forms … Continue reading

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Interview | Tech Into Class With Rich Kiker

Education is poised to make dramatic shifts right now, according to Rich Kiker. He should know. He’s been through some himself. While Rich grew as an educator, the training and pedagogy of Kiker Learning matured as well. Rich developed the … Continue reading

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It’s Not Just a Package — It’s Our Future

TALK OF TOMORROW | by Ted Fujimoto It was the end of the business day on Tuesday, April 17, 1973, in Rochester, N.Y.. A van pulls up quickly to the curb, the driver jumps out, runs into the building and … Continue reading

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Interview | Ji Shen Accidentally Invents a HoverCam for Education

In early 2008, Ji Shen, a U.S. citizen of Chinese descent, was two years into his international educational venture called iClassmate Educational Technologies, building a learning management system with the aspiration of digitizing the entire teaching and learning process for schools. … Continue reading

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Interview | In StudySync with Robert Romano

Robert Romano is the Founder and CEO of BookheadEd Learning, LLC, the creator of StudySync. With an M.A. in Literature and the Teaching of Writing, Robert developed the successful EdVantage Software with renowned educator James Moffet, which sold to Riverdeep … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Project-based e-Mentoring

Here’s a tool with tremendous potential upon scale-up and one that answers a lot of key education questions with flying colors, such as: __Will it help advance Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the classroom? __Can it easily and … Continue reading

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Interview | David Lynam’s WordStash

David Lynam used to keep a text file of interesting words that he came across while reading. “I kept losing it. WordStash was a site that solved this small problem,” he says. Over time, he started adding features to help … Continue reading

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Trends | 100 People Making a Difference for Digital Learning Now

With more than 100 people from across the nation, Jeb Bush and Bob Wise convened the Digital Learning Council, a group of leaders in education, government, philanthropy, business, technology and think tanks last winter to begin defining the actions that lawmakers … Continue reading

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Interview | Sublime Learning with Jonathan Mann

Jonathan Mann has long been passionate in helping teachers to understand how technology can help their students. In his own learning experiences, he didn’t always have an easy time of it, but like he’s doing in his business today—he’s surrounded … Continue reading

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Adobe Youth Voices: Empowering Youth through Technology

TakingITGlobal | by Jennifer Corriero “I think social change can come from any direction. Creative expression can be spread globally, which means it goes beyond culture, generation, gender, religion, and location. Creative expression doesn’t say ‘you should do this’ but … Continue reading

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Interview | Smart Scientist Harry Keller

For more than a century, it’s been a controversial topic among scientists and educators: what is the correct way to teach science? These days, meet Harry Keller, who claims his solution is the first to achieve this goal with a … Continue reading

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Trends: AOL Series Highlights Digital Learning

There’s a nicely done series of articles by Dana Chivvis for AOL News Nation section online, where “joining the digital learning revolution in America” gets some great press. The series includes “Homepage High: Teachers, Computers, No Textbooks” – highlighting the … Continue reading

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Federal EdTech Agency Part of Obama Strategy

President Obama is requesting fiscal 2012 funding for an edtech agency within the Department of Education, along with a $2 billion grant program to fund sharable, web-based tools. Advanced Research Projects Agency – Education would support research on breakthrough technologies … Continue reading

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Trends: Guidance from the eduCloud

Nowadays, having your head in the cloud isn’t so bad. Education is going just that way: a new consortium is forming that is indicative of a major trend in education regarding the use of cloud computing*. Under the direction of New York-based Visions … Continue reading

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Interview | Alex Inman and the Education Collaborators

Alex Inman is a school technology director who works at Whitfield School in St. Louis, Missouri, and as other places he’s worked, Alex loves it. “The kids keep me laughing and give my work purpose,” he says. Previously, Alex launched … Continue reading

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Trends: Learning in the 21st Century: Taking it Mobile!

Learning in the 21st Century: Taking it Mobile is a Blackboard report based on Project Tomorrow’s Speak Up survey, the largest of its kind survey about student attitudes toward technology in schools. Findings include: -Access to smartphones has more than … Continue reading

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Interview | Richard Lang’s Passion for Collaborizing Classrooms

A pioneer in the technology industry (co-inventor of the world’s first, patented dual-deck VCR back in 1983 and co-founder of Go-Video, as well as inventor of a video and audio delivery solution creating the foundation for today’s video-on-demand systems), Richard … Continue reading

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Trends: e-Learning Grows 16.8 percent

Market research firm Ambient Insight reports that over the past five years the U.S. market for pre-K through 12 self-paced e-learning products and services has increased by 16.8 percent. In 2010, the e-learning industry (healthcare, higher ed, pre K-12, nonprofits … Continue reading

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Innovation, Change—and Gadgets!

CLASSROOM 21 | by Greg Limperis The time has come for change in our schools. How can it not? What will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back and allows for innovation within our school system? Lord knows we … Continue reading

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Interview | Shantanu Bala Writes a Quicklyst

Shantanu Bala created Quicklyst because the software he normally used to take notes—Microsoft Word and OneNote—wasn’t simple enough and didn’t lend themselves well to his favorite type of notes—outlines. “Since I personally really liked outline-style notes, and I wanted an … Continue reading

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Trends: K-12 Teachers Relying on Free, Quality Content

From PBS and Grunwald Associates LLC comes a national research report on teachers’ media usage, “Deepening Commitment: Teachers Increasingly Rely on Media and Technology“. Surveys show an insufficient capacity of computing devices and technology infrastructure to handle teachers’ Internet-dependent instructional activity. Further findings: more … Continue reading

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Interview | Lawrence Levy Has a Prescription for Enrollment

Lawrence Levy saw an opportunity within higher education to improve upon the existing Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) technologies, “or better put,” says Lawrence, “a lack thereof.” Higher education is “plagued with antiquated technology systems, or in many cases, continues to operate … Continue reading

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