Monthly Archives: May 2013

Active PD

Generating genuine change in the classroom. GUEST COLUMN | by Leslie Kerner At my company, we believe effective professional development is something you do, not something you get. In 2011, that dynamic was at the essence of a Delaware program. … Continue reading

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Teacher Heroes

Early echoes of avatars, storylines and level-based achievement. GUEST COLUMN | by John Hammer In grade school, I struggled with the English language. I struggled with keeping specific sounds associated with specific letters and I struggled with reading and writing … Continue reading

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Go, Girl!

Technovation Challenge inspires pursuit of science, technology, engineering and math. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Tara Chklovski wants girls to have the confidence that they can innovate and create. “And, in this context, it all starts with looking at the … Continue reading

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Twitter Hire

My social media marketing experiment and what it means for education. CLASSROOM 21 | by Greg Limperis A few months, ago I was trolling Twitter like I used to do only occasionally. You see, there was talk in February in … Continue reading

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You Got Game?

Engaging elementary students to reinforce learning. GUEST COLUMN | by Beth Holland Managing an elementary classroom or a caseload of students takes equal parts skill, creativity, and patience. With a shortage of time—and sometimes resources—educators often have to sacrifice creativity … Continue reading

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Managing That Data

Emerging trends in education data management.  INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Education data management is becoming an increasingly essential part of school administration. Over the past few years, one such company helping administrators in this area, Skyward, has seen some … Continue reading

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(Teachers) Get Educated

How to compare online Masters for edtech careers (5 tips) GUEST COLUMN | by Vicky Phillips Online education for educators is booming. There are now a whooping 420+ accredited online master’s degree programs that cater specifically to educators and teachers. Columbia University … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Happy Geese

Designed for children with special needs, this app has been featured by Apple in 31 countries and has received fantastic feedback from parents and educators. Since it was launched on April 2nd (World Autism Awareness Day), the app has already been … Continue reading

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Easy as eChalk

Helping teachers focus on what’s really important. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero The idea came to Daniel Watts when he was teaching: his frustration around sharing materials with students and communicating with parents had hit a tipping point. “I remember … Continue reading

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Education in the Cloud

A panel of the nation’s top technologists discusses new technologies changing higher education. INTERVIEWS | by Victor Rivero CIOs from Cornell and Notre Dame, and the Director of Infrastructure Services at the University of Michigan, as well as Internet2’s Senior Vice … Continue reading

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Trends | Infographic: Google Apps Education Growth

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COBOL, Anyone?

Tackling the IT skills gap needs to begin at the university level. GUEST COLUMN | by Ed Airey The news is saturated with the hardships of young graduates unable to attain jobs. And, while job growth in the technology industry … Continue reading

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Reality Check

Is technology really the answer to understanding the Digital Generation? GUEST COLUMN | by Jean-Pierre Trudeau The digital generation is already more advanced in the use and understanding of technology than most teachers. So how is throwing more technology into classrooms … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Google Play for Education

It’s still early, but worth mentioning as it’s potentially pretty big news: engineering director Chris Yerga of Google recently announced Google Play for Education, an online destination where schools can find the right tablet content and tools for their students and … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Class Charts

Where a student sits and who they sit with can have a huge impact on the learning environment; Class Charts helps position students in the classroom based on behavioral or academic data. Tackling behavior issues and using this data effectively … Continue reading

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Trends | Invent to Learn

Now here’s some cool summer reading. Capturing the excitement of the maker movement and sharing the educational case for bringing making, tinkering and engineering to every classroom in America and beyond, education and technology pioneers Gary Stager and Sylvia Martinez … Continue reading

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Using Uzinggo

A closer look at at-home digital learning for deeper comprehension. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero More than 3 million students in the U.S., Europe, and Asia use their solutions. Designed for grades 6-12, Adaptive Curriculum’s web-based math and science solutions represent … Continue reading

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Trends | EdTech Idea Challenge

Following along trends that encourage innovation in education, here’s some great news: the Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI), Turning Technologies and Turning Foundation, have chosen two winners for the first-annual Ed Tech Idea Challenge. Four applicants were selected to make presentations to a selection committee. The presentations … Continue reading

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Read on the Future

Todd Brekhus has a good look at what’s working and what’s next for literacy.  INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero As president of Capstone Digital Solutions, creators of myON reader, Todd Brekhus has been a leader in technology-enhanced literacy solutions to … Continue reading

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LATAM Online

SMARTER SCHOOLS | by Michael Spencer Examining the drivers of the explosive growth in online learning here and to the South. It is a well-known fact that over 6 million students in the U.S. are enrolled in some kind of … Continue reading

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Smart in Singapore

Building the 21st century classroom with 3G smartphones in Sengkang New Town. GUEST COLUMN | by Tan Chun Ming Education has come a long way since the era of chalkboards and book-based learning.  While we as educators deeply value the … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Net Texts

Here’s a cool, new, free tool called Net Texts — The Net Texts system is an open educational resources (OER) content curator for teachers, that provides customized mobile learning for students. This system allows schools to supplement or even replace textbooks … Continue reading

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Platform Future

The future of mobile education belongs to platforms. GUEST COLUMN | by Andrew Cohen “What’s your go-to-market strategy?” “How are you going to cut through the noise?” “How are you different than ‘X’?” These are increasingly common questions that mobile … Continue reading

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Ticket to Your Dreams

Promising access to the very best instruction from the world’s experts could be interesting. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero In 2010, renowned sports photographer Chase Jarvis partnered with Craig Swanson to create an online space where professional photographers could teach … Continue reading

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Stating the Obvious

Closing the ever-gaping digital divide with a little bit of help. GUEST COLUMN | by Steve Lee Sometimes we need to state the obvious in order to effectively demonstrate how bad things are for some segments of society. So, it … Continue reading

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