Monthly Archives: August 2011

Interview | Dusty Heuston: Waterford, Reading and the Third Source

Dr. Dustin Heuston founded the nonprofit Waterford Institute in 1976 to create educational software that would help manifest his passion and vision—to provide excellence and equity in education—for all children—via the power of interactive, personalized technology. While running the Spence … Continue reading

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Interview | Chong Yew Shares Gnowledge

A friend approached Chong Yew one day and asked him if he could develop for his kids a simple application that might randomize the order that questions and answers were presented. “They were memorizing answers and answer locations of all … Continue reading

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Trends | Classroom Makeovers

Time for a makeover! eInstruction just kicked off its fifth annual Classroom Makeover Video Contest, inspiring teachers and students worldwide to compete for more than $170,000 in cutting-edge education technology. Classes in the U.S., Canada (excluding Quebec), South Africa, the … Continue reading

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Trends | Blended Learning Money

Want some money? Get some from Echo360, a lecture capture platform, as they launch a research grant project. They’re now accepting applications for their third annual research grant program that will award four $10k projects to universities looking to review … Continue reading

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Trends | Burck Smith: Higher Education at Lower Costs

Here’s an interesting take on higher education from a longtime edupreneur and leading voice in the postsecondary learning space. Burck Smith, CEO of Straighterline (billing themselves as “the shortest distance between you and your college degree”), discusses rising costs of … Continue reading

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Cool Tools | STEM: How to ‘Change the Equation’

Take four visionary leaders—former Intel CEO Craig Barrett, Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt, Xerox CEO Ursula Burns, Eastman Kodak CEO Antonio Perez—add the inspirational Sally Ride Science CEO Sally Ride—include support from Carnegie Corporation of New York and the … Continue reading

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Cultivating a Tech Integration Plan: 5 Simple Steps

21st-CENTURY LEADER | by Bryan O’Black In the world of laptops, interactive whiteboards, classroom performance systems and iPads—the role of the school administrator has changed. Many of us are becoming more tech-savvy, relying on various technologies to perform day-to-day responsibilities. … Continue reading

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Cool Tools | CoSN’s 2011 Top 10 Back-to-School Tools for EdTech Leaders

Summer’s done but the work’s just begun: here’s a helpful list providing all kinds of cool tools for those dealing with school technology issues. You may need to be a CoSN member for some of these items. These tools are … Continue reading

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Interview | Rohit Agarwal and Andrew Joseph: Getting TenMarks

The U.S. is behind most economically developed nations when it comes to students’ math skills, ranked 34th according to a PISA report in 2009. “In order for the U.S. to maintain global competitiveness, and for our economic development, it’s critical that … Continue reading

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Trends | Social Networking and Education

In case you missed it (this one came out nearly a year ago from SocialCast and Mark Horton), here are a few stats brought together in an attractive format for your viewing pleasure (yep, that’s what an infographic is all … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Connect from McG and Bb

Here’s a powerful online learning assignment and assessment solution from a couple of the top names in education: merge the robust capabilities of Blackboard Learn with rich McGraw-Hill Connect content and you get an all-digital higher education learning platform allowing … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Discovery Education Science Techbook

From Discovery Education comes a technology tool built from scratch to address state and core standards for science education. Discovery Education Science Techbook is a primary instructional resource for elementary and middle school classrooms that appeals to digital natives with … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | DreamBox Learning

With a rigorous math program relying on adaptive learning, DreamBox Learning executives believe that every student can become a proficient, mathematical thinker with the right learning environment. Their intelligent adaptive learning technology really goes beyond engagement with a strong K-3 math … Continue reading

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Trends | Infographic: Students Love Technology

Alright, here’s one more infographic to stir some thought. We won’t overdo it, we have a lot of great interviews coming up, more cool tools and other trends to share—but this one has a great back-to-school feel and some lessons … Continue reading

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Trends | Infographic: How the Internet is Revolutionizing Education

Via: OnlineEducation.net

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Cool Tool | One Idea for Learning = $5,000

You’ve got cool ideas—and you were going to make a video, anyway. So consider this: Pearson OLE  (Online Learning Exchange) is giving away $10,000 to the most creative, influential ideas that will better teaching and learning. Video submissions will be voted on … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Chegg Goes Digital

Students heading back to college and purchasing their books may have a slightly lighter load to carry: textbook rental giant Chegg is going digital, and will be steadily rolling e-textbooks on its platform offering millions of both print books and … Continue reading

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Trends | Wise, Vander Ark Discuss Digital Learning Poll

Here’s to leadership in moving education forward: Alliance for Excellent Education President Bob Wise and Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Open Education Solutions, continue to discuss the benefits of digital learning when they review the findings from the 2011 PDK/Gallup … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Curiosity in the Classroom

What a concept: curiosity in the classroom—and that’s exactly what Intel and Discovery Education have teamed up for in launching Curiosity in the Classroom—to satisfy students’ curiosity and extend learning concepts found in Discovery Channel’s television series of the same name. Examining a … Continue reading

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Teaching to the Common Core Standards

CLASSROOM 21 | by Greg Limperis Working for the past 15 years in an underperforming inner city school district, I have become intimately familiar with the need to align all lessons to the state—and now federal—standards. This year, our district … Continue reading

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Trends | Infographic: State of Digital Education

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Trends | End-of-Summer Reads: Top 25 EdTech Books

Looking to squeeze in a final summer read? Look no further. These excellent titles from some brilliant minds are enough to keep the conversation about 21st-century learning very much alive. Unfortunately, Vander Ark’s Getting Smart isn’t out yet (18 Oct release) … Continue reading

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Trends | Report: Digital Learning and Technology

A report from the Alliance for Excellent Education suggests how federal efforts can enable states, districts, and schools to maximize technology and digital learning to improve student outcomes—recommending specific ways for the federal government to assist local and state educators … Continue reading

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Interview | Rafi Holtzman: Giving Education A Stronger Reach

In 1995, while working at Electronics for Imaging (EFI), a company specializing in digital print controller technology, Rafi Holtzman noticed that his team had difficulty interacting with their engineering counterparts abroad when discussing product changes and developments. “Unfortunately,” says Rafi, … Continue reading

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Interview | Marcus Kingsley: Classroom Management Made Easy

Back in the early 1990s, NetSupport Manager had already made their name in the PC Remote Control market. During the middle of the 90s, the company started to see a new trend within the education space—larger classrooms with a growing … Continue reading

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