Monthly Archives: March 2011

Interview | Mike Evans Wants You to Count on Digits

Mike Evans is Pearson’s senior vice president for mathematics. In past roles at Pearson, Mike was responsible for Pearson Digital Learning’s Product Management and Publishing organizations. Prior to that he was Chief Operating Officer for Bigchalk, a K-12 library database provider. … Continue reading

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Interview | Sesh Kumar is Taking Education Everywhere

“Taking education to everybody, everywhere” has been themotivational mantra of Sesh Kumar, who founded Emantras in 2000 and currently serves as CEO. With over 10 years of experience in digital education and eLearning, Sesh’s leadership has resulted in several educational products—including … Continue reading

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Trends: Digital Districts – March 2011

The latest report on technology use in school districts is out. Findings indicate that educators are increasingly using Web 2.0 and collaborative technologies—and with positive results. However, district policies and plans are lagging behind in addressing the barriers to widespread and … Continue reading

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Making a Case for Green IT

HIGHER EDTECH | by Mark Lafferty (guest columnist) Despite budget challenges, institutions can see real benefits with energy efficient IT Hefty federal and state-level budget cuts are having a huge impact on higher education institutions.  Reductions in either federal or … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Turnitin

See something you like? Old-time research meant scouring microfiche, World Book and stacks of periodicals, using notecards and carefully paraphrasing, properly quoting and citing your sources. In these e-file, virtual days, it’s all too easy for writers (including students and … Continue reading

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5 Areas (Mobile) Learning Platforms Should Address

SMARTER SCHOOLS | by Michael Spencer With (or without) an impending Android Tablet boom—blended learning should address these key education issue areas. Many of our students simply don’t get the individually focused, flexible learning they truly need in what we call … Continue reading

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Cool Tool: Glogster EDU

Check out this cool education platform—a digital poster-maker, really—that takes full advantage of technology and creates an educational tool category all of its own. The online multimedia posters that students can build with text, photos, videos, graphics, sounds, drawings, data … Continue reading

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Interview | Mary McCaffrey Wants You to TH(i)NQ

Mary McCaffrey is CEO of THiNQ Ed. Mary is responsible for setting the overall direction and strategy for the company and has more than 25 years of experience in technology and education through her various leadership roles at Pearson, Apple, … Continue reading

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Interview | Gary Hensley: The ABC’s of Prevent

Gary Hensley is founder of the data-driven, early warning dropout prevention software program, Prevent, and director for student growth at Pearson. Here, Gary shares the background for Prevent, his thoughts on education these days, and what the future holds. “It’s … Continue reading

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Interview | A Leads360 View with Jeff Solomon

“Education is undergoing a sea-change in both class recruitment and class delivery,” says Jeff Solomon, one of the founders of Leads360, a leads management software platform. Jeff is also Leads360’s Chief Evangelist. “Just as no one could have foreseen the … Continue reading

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Interview | CloudConnect with Pearson’s Steve Curtis

With more than 20 years experience in managing the development of software applications and solutions in the pre-K through 12 education market, Steve Curtis has held executive positions at World Institute for Computer Assisted Teaching, Jostens Learning and PlaNet Software. … Continue reading

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Interview | Christina Whalen Goes to TeachTown

Dr. Christina Whalen, PhD, BCBA-D, is an autism expert and Chief Science Officer of TeachTown, a developer of computer-aided instruction with fun animation to engage children with autism. In this interview, she discusses children with autism in K-12 schools, the … Continue reading

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$90 Million for ARPA-ED

Digital tutors as effective as personal tutors, courses that improve the more students use them, and educational software as compelling as the best video game — these and other mere ideas are part of the President’s FY2012 budget addressing under-investment … Continue reading

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Interview | The Secret of Study Island with Tim McEwen

Tim McEwen is the CEO of Archipelago Learning, creators of Study Island, a web-based instructional system helping students master academic standards in a fun, engaging manner. He has held that position since March 2007. Prior to that, he was CEO … Continue reading

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Interview | Yovel Badash: Education Starts With NaMaYa

Yovel Badash thinks it’s not enough to just ‘do no evil’ — “You’ve got to actually do some good in this world,” he says. “You’ve got to contribute to making it a better place, and you have to answer up … Continue reading

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“Houston, We Have a Problem”

CLASSROOM 21 | by Greg Limperis  “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” —John F. Kennedy Have you ever heard the saying “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink”? Well, what if a … Continue reading

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Are You Ready to Tread Lightly?

TakingITGlobal | by Jennifer Corriero For more than 10 years, TakingITGlobal (TIG) has continued to inspire, inform and involve youth from around the globe to become actively engaged and connected in shaping a more inclusive, peaceful and sustainable world.  For Katarina Rankovic, … Continue reading

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Interview | Nikki Navta: Online Learning from Z to A

Nikki Navta first became interested in technology in college, where she created her senior thesis project using a then state-of-the-art computer, the Commodore Amiga. She was a computer science and fine arts major at St. Lawrence University. For the last … Continue reading

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Trends: Personalized Learning

Defining personalized learning and building personalized learning solutions are among the hot topics to be discussed at the 8th annual Ed Tech Industry Summit (ETIS) on May 22-24 in San Francisco, hosted by the Education Division of the Software & … Continue reading

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