Monthly Archives: April 2013

Blend It Up

How schools and policy makers can create a better blend, right now  GUEST COLUMN | by Bryan C. Hassel and Emily Ayscue Hassel Blended learning holds unique promise to improve student outcomes dramatically. Schools will not realize this promise with … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Middle School Math Apps

Remember learning “PEMDAS?” Despite the funny voice your teacher used while explaining it, “Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally” somehow failed to elicit unbridled enthusiasm for math. Today, the evolution of the classroom is focused around technology that teaches concepts … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | appoLearning

There are thousands of educational apps created for the iPad, yet only a precious few are worth downloading. appoLearning lets parents know which educational apps they should encourage their kids to use, while also detailing the skills that are taught … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | SCHOOLInfoApp

Here’s a company that has designed and built a platform to give K-12 schools and districts a simple, affordable way to provide parents, students, staff and all stakeholders with a custom-tailored mobile app for iPhones, iPads and Android phones and … Continue reading

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Online On Course

As online education changes, its strong commitment to students stays the same GUEST COLUMN | by Paula Bramante As technology continues to change rapidly, online learning is evolving alongside it, cultivating a new generation of learners and exciting new options … Continue reading

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Trends | Redefining College and Career Readiness

Career and college readiness has become an important topic of conversation across the nation. Policymakers, educators, community leaders, and business professionals are looking for ways to ensure all students are prepared to succeed after high school, whether their next step … Continue reading

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Smart Spaces

Why our learning environments must be re-invented INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Sean Corcorran is General Manager of Steelcase Education Solutions, a division of Steelcase, Inc., a global furnishings company designing modern and sustainable environments for workplace and academic settings. … Continue reading

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Trends | Making Searches Easier

As educators across the U.S. move toward implementing the Common Core State Standards, the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) and Creative Commons have been working on a project that will make it easier for teachers to zero in on content … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | VersaMate

Learning fractions is often a struggle for elementary aged students who are faced with the material for the first time. The concept of fractions is more abstract than other math problems they have been introduced to, so many students have … Continue reading

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Son of a Teacher Man

GUEST COLUMN | by David Siminoff For students seeking online help to guide them through their schoolwork, there are plenty of resources readily available. But what about teachers? Don’t they get any love? You betcha. Shmoop, a publisher of digital … Continue reading

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Trends | The 7 Billion Dollar Plan

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Paper to Cloud

As more states adopt stricter teacher effectiveness laws, emerging technologies are providing an efficient evaluation solution GUEST COLUMN | by Todd Whitlock School districts across the country are adjusting to new teacher effectiveness laws put into place during a wave … Continue reading

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The Facebook of Education

Edmodo CEO Crystal Hutter reveals the popular platform’s role in education today INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero “Education has always been a big part of my life,” says Crystal Hutter, CEO of the 19-million user strong Edmodo education platform. Growing … Continue reading

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Beneath the Surface

Learning from the Millennials without forgetting an important factor GUEST COLUMN | by Diana Muir “A renaissance is boiling beneath the surface.” These words were written by Reem Abdellatif, an Egyptian journalist who has been chronicling social unrest in Cairo’s … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Presefy

Enabling engaging audience-synced presentations, Presefy is a cloud service that helps your audience to view and interact with the presentation content in real-time using any browser. This allows you to engage with your audience, to broadcast your presentation content in … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Soo Meta

If you’re flipping your classroom or want to engage your students by letting them build mixed media stories, then Soo Meta, a new digital storytelling platform is a tool for you. Teachers and students can collect, sort, edit and present … Continue reading

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How Videos of Guinea Worms Inspire My Students

A teacher’s perspective on the world of possibilities media in the classroom provides GUEST COLUMN | by Emily Dawson As teachers, we are always looking for ways to ensure our students are not left behind. Responding to an increasingly high-tech … Continue reading

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Future Focus

The STEM of all workforce diversity solutions   GUEST COLUMN | by Cecily Joseph There are many business benefits to having a diverse technical workforce. Diversity provides different perspectives, which can help solve a challenging problem or inspire an innovative idea … Continue reading

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Directing Technology

A small southern school district makes its way forward into the 21st century INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero As the Technology Director for 3,400-student Alma School District in Alma, Arkansas, Thad Nipp wants more for his school: more interactive classrooms, … Continue reading

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Water on Mars

The amazing new world of interactive learning GUEST COLUMN | by David Straus Why Interactive Imagine you grew up in the 70’s, aka “the television generation”. Television as an interactive medium was your daily experience. Then one day, someone took … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | MimioScience

This series of 75 interactive whiteboard units provides more than 225 lessons for grades 3-8 and the first units will become available in June. Mimio, developer of educational technologies and solutions designed to increase effectiveness and engagement in K-12 classrooms, … Continue reading

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Keeping Track of What Matters

Kickboard platform demonstrates that data is more than just test scores INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero The idea came from her own experience in the classroom. “I built the platform to fill a need my colleagues and I had,” says … Continue reading

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Sifting Thoughts

Big Data and EdTech: a symbiotic relationship? GUEST COLUMN | by Kreigh Knerr As someone who spends the bulk of his time analyzing standardized tests and standardized test performance, you might imagine that Big Data promises to be my biggest … Continue reading

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Trends | HotChalk Education Index Q1 2013

Here’s a potentially great source of continuing data about online learning, technology in education and issues pertinent to teachers and students in today’s classrooms. The newly-launched HotChalk Education Index promises to deliver insights to publishers, policy makers, and educators about … Continue reading

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Eye on the Future

Tech-savvy Sunnyside Unified School District keeps a clear focus GUEST COLUMN | by Julie Smith According to the National Center for Education Statistics, a high school graduate can expect to earn $32,800 annually, but without a diploma, annual earnings drop … Continue reading

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