Monthly Archives: February 2014

Passing the Test

A smart, cross-platform test prep company changes how students excel. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero When he was just 22, Ashish Rangekar (pictured, left) was an an adjunct lecturer in Mathematics at City University New York. He later ripened his … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | myCore

This is Insight Education Group’s cloud-based platform for teachers and district leaders to plan and share lessons aligned to the Common Core State Standards and any other state standards. It can be accessed on a variety of devices via the … Continue reading

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Choose / Assess / Refine

Selecting and assessing educational resources for teaching to Common Core. GUEST COLUMN | by Adam Blum Most U.S. teachers are now teaching to the Common Core State Standards. This is a curriculum and content shift for the majority of teachers … Continue reading

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Connected Reading

Using technology on National Read Across America Day. GUEST COLUMN | by Nicole Fonovich As National Read Across America Day (NRAAD) rapidly approaches, I reflect on how much the reading experience has changed. It is only fitting that NRAAD coincides … Continue reading

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Project Pen Pal

Connecting classrooms through sharing science.  FEATURE | by Joel Knopf At age 10, Amy O’Toole was one of the youngest people ever to have published a peer-reviewed science article. Her inspiring article, which she wrote with her classmates as part … Continue reading

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The Places You’ll Go

A logistical solution to making those unforgettable education experiences a reality. GUEST COLUMN | by Jillian Kando Looking back at the time spent at school, most people would point to field trips as some of their favorite and most vivid … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | cardwiki

This tool allows students to work together on their flashcards in realtime. This way, students save time, as the work of creating a set of flashcards can be split up between a group or a class. Students can copy the link … Continue reading

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Abundant Learning

An immigrant teacher from a world away makes the world his classroom. GUEST COLUMN | by Qazim Aliu After teaching English in Kosovo for over 30 years, I decided it was time for change. I retired and immigrated to the U.S. to … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | BirdBrain

BirdBrain provides teachers with independent reading for the highest and lowest readers in their classroom while also meeting the demands of the Common Core State Standards. To do this, BirdBrain Science serves differentiated science articles at multiple reading levels. Students … Continue reading

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Miraculous Together

The practice of education, online. GUEST COLUMN | by Alison Leigh Brown Over the last fifteen years I have taught a course on technology and its relationships to values. My students read Freud, Foucault, Haraway and assorted articles. I try … Continue reading

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Time on Journey

A solution that means less time preparing plans and more time teaching students. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Formed in 2010 by veteran entrepreneurs and software industry experts in consultation with experts in special education and autism therapy, ABPathfinder is … Continue reading

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Trends | Read Leaders, Real Success Stories

From traditional to digital classrooms is the theme of Future@Now, a forum highlighting a roadmap to the digital transition happening all across America. Building on last year’s meeting, this second live streaming event will feature innovative educators, association leaders and … Continue reading

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Massive Issues, Massive Benefits

A perspective on pitfalls and progress of MOOCs over the past year. GUEST COLUMN | by Anne Trumbore The biggest issue with Massive Open Online Course (MOOCs) may be almost everything that has been written about them. MOOCs have been … Continue reading

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Personalized Power

A company founder shares research results on adaptive learning.  INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero  John Boersma is the founder of Adapt Courseware and a former university faculty member. As a seasoned academic, he understands the science behind course development, delivery, … Continue reading

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Rescue Me

Student literacy in crisis? Digital technology to the rescue. GUEST COLUMN | by Gideon Stein Last month, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released a report that found that two-thirds of all entering fourth graders aren’t reading proficiently – and 80 … Continue reading

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Learning Games That Shine

A game production studio head keeps learning relevant and fun.  INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero While an undergrad at Cornell, Dan White developed virtual science museums, primitive games that introduced middle school students to complex genetics concepts. “We tested with … Continue reading

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A Time for Action

Welcome to the new world of E-rate. GUEST COLUMN | by John Harrington This year’s Digital Learning Day marked a significant announcement from the FCC about coming changes to the E-rate program. Chairman Thomas Wheeler outlined the current issues with … Continue reading

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Rollout Ready

How the nation’s schools gear up for Obama’s $3 billion education technology commitments. GUEST COLUMN | by Kowshik Bhat President Obama’s February 4 announcement of nearly $3 billion in education-technology commitments is an important step in keeping pace with other … Continue reading

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Access to Opportunity

Unlocking the potential of ConnectED through an inclusive approach.    GUEST COLUMN | by Zach Leverenz “We need you to make sure our children, when they leave school, are not living in a different century than more affluent kids.” —Secretary … Continue reading

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It’s a Magic Planet

A classroom staple gets a 21st-century facelift that literally brings students the world.  INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero  The globe has been a classroom staple for hundreds of years “because it’s such an important learning tool,” says Mike Foody, co-founder … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | The Radix Endeavor

MIT’s Education Arcade and Scheller Teacher Education Program recently received a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop an immersive virtual learning experience supporting high school math and biology instruction. Working collaboratively with teachers, they created The Radix … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Books That Grow

It’s already making somewhat of a splash in the publishing world and is now just setting up to make its way into classrooms across the country. Daniel Fountenberry is a former teacher that brought a talented team together to develop … Continue reading

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What Works

Applying professional practice successes that are stronger than education tradition. GUEST COLUMN | by Richard Welles Our classrooms are still buried in paper and pencil, textbooks, and narrow bubble-in call and response methods and materials. Despite exciting learning communities here … Continue reading

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Enrollment 1-2-3

Three resolutions for enrollment marketing professionals in the New Year.  GUEST COLUMN | by Gil Rogers Every year in January, it’s the same story: resolving to get in shape, give up sweets, be better about our work life balance — … Continue reading

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