Monthly Archives: May 2012

50 Fascinating Edupreneurs – update

UPDATED May 31, 2012 – additional edupreneurs   There’s something about an edupreneur … Thanks for your feedback—keep it coming! We’ve been flooded and are continuing to sort through your emails. Meanwhile, click here and scan down the list for several more fascinating people!

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Paper Books vs. iBooks — An Overhyped Debate?

GUEST COLUMN | by Jane Wolff Apple sold 11.8 million iPads during the second quarter of its 2012 fiscal year, a phenomenal 151 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter. With an iPad mini rumored to be launching this year, … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Kidzmet Like a Web-based Guidance Counselor

Like a web-based guidance counselor, this cool tool helps K-6 classroom teachers leverage the power of learning preferences with their students. After students take an age-appropriate (K-2 or 3-6) preference profile in the computer lab, teachers can use: 1) Kidzmet’s … Continue reading

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The Best Presentations in the World: Your Money-Back Guarantee

GUEST COLUMN | by Lynell Burmark You have them for less than an hour. You want to make it an experience they’ll always remember. You need to connect with them right away and break down any resistance to your message so … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Mentor Mob is a VIP version of the Internet

More and more people consume information and learn online. Problem is, a Google search returns millions of disorganized results leaving it up ot the user to sift through the chaos. MentorMob helps solve this by allowing anyone to create a … Continue reading

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Trends | Take the Vision K20 Survey Now

Last minute chance—SIIA seeks your participation in their Vision K-20 Survey. An important national study, the report will assist policy-makers on the local, state and national levels. It takes about 15 minutes to complete online—and guess what? All responders will … Continue reading

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50 Fascinating Edupreneurs

There’s something about an edupreneur (you know, an entrepreneur in the education sector). It’s one thing to have all that extraordinary drive, innovation and passion for creating a business—this moves our economy forward. But combine that with an area of existence so vital … Continue reading

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Driving Miss Daisy and Her Data

CLASSROOM 21 | by Greg Limperis These days more than ever, data is driving our instruction. In this day of standardized testing, formative and summative assessment, MAP testing, and so much more—there’s a ton of data that follows our students … Continue reading

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Trends | Teachers Mobile Guide from EDC

It’s a small world after all, and Education Development Center has published a helpful free guide on distance education for teacher training—including discussion on mobile devices—Distance Education for Teacher Training: Modes, Models and Methods. The guide details modes of distance … Continue reading

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Interview | Course Hero Rescuing Education with Curated, Crowd-sourced Courses

It’s already been a busy 2012 for Andrew Grauer (pictured, right). His company, Course Hero, kicked off the year with a relaunch of their Flashcards app, featuring a bold new redesign and the addition of Optimal Learn  proprietary technology to help … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Mendeley: Changing the Way We Do Research

A free reference manager, academic social network and crowdsourced research catalog, Mendeley helps researchers organize their documents, collaborate and share with others online and discover the latest research. Through both a desktop application and website, this tool lets researchers build … Continue reading

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Interview | The Smart Thing About Pocket Literacy Coach

It pays to have super smart sisters and a good idea. Chris Drew has both. Chris has taught English reading and writing skills at universities and colleges across the country. He has published and lectured about his research on pedagogy … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Bookboon Makes e-Textbooks Free

An e-book publisher offering free e-books? Really. With e-textbooks from Bookboon, a few ads appear in the books matching your work or field of study. Arrive on the homepage and decide between college textbooks (engineering, IT and business), business books … Continue reading

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Constant Connectivity in Life Means More Connectivity in the Classroom

GUEST COLUMN | By Andy Lausch College students have high expectations for technology, digital content, and connectivity inside the classroom – not surprising given their access to technology outside of the classroom. It’s this environment that is driving institutions to … Continue reading

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Interview | Getting Cozy with Nearpod

After just a few seconds you’ll feel it—the wow factor. Some products are like that, and Nearpod is one of those. As a highly-seasoned entrepreneur, Felipe Sommer (pictured, left) co-founded Nearpod, a U.S.-based company focused on developing original mobile applications … Continue reading

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Learning Analytics: The Future is Now

GUEST COLUMN | By Deb Everhart Everyone is talking about analytics applied to education and how “big data” can (will?) transform many aspects of our educational institutions. And for those of us passionate about improving opportunities for learning, the phrase … Continue reading

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Interview | Fun with StudyDog

It’s been named the best reading program in the country, selected by thousands of teachers and selected by AOL. Co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak said it’s “the best educational product I’ve ever seen. Period!” It was developed on principles described … Continue reading

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Trends | Infographic: E-book Nation

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Interview | A Closer Look: Managing the Network at WKU

Jeppie Sumpter has been with Western Kentucky University for thirteen years now and has been in his current role for the past nine. His background involves a degree in Computer Science that focused on programming along with experience in many … Continue reading

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Interview | On a New Mission with Knovation

A pioneer in creating personalized learning solutions, Randy Wilhelm fosters dialogue, opportunities and innovation among education leaders and stakeholders. He has formed collaborative partnerships throughout education and technology industries with hardware manufacturers, educational publishers and software developers. Randy co-founded netTrekker, … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Present.me is YouTube Meets Slideshare

Present.me is your slides, and a video of you presenting them, side by side, on the screen at the same time. On demand, it’s available to view whenever it suits the viewer. Think YouTube meets Slideshare. It’s cloud-based; no need to install … Continue reading

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Is Data-Driven Instruction Dehumanizing?

GUEST COLUMN | by Lori Fey Data is a hot topic in education. For some people it raises a lot of fear. Is data-driven instruction really good for students and educators? Is it dehumanizing? Does it demoralize teachers? Does it … Continue reading

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A Brief History in Digital Literacy

GUEST COLUMN | by Brian Stephens Do you remember bulletin board systems? If you don’t, that’s okay – it’s a pretty computer-geekish thing to remember. BBSes were ad-hoc computer networks – primitive by today’s standards – that existed in the … Continue reading

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