Monthly Archives: March 2014

Cool Tool | Little Magic Books

Most kids in this digital age — digital natives — are more interested in iPhones and iPads than books. However, Pew research shows 65 percent of parents think the value of reading printed books to kids is still extremely important. Little Magic … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Localist

One of the only interactive calendaring platforms, Localist helps to increase engagement and improve student life for 1.5 million college students at institutions across the country. According to the students at Localist-using schools, 75 percent of university students think the … Continue reading

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Virtual Exchanges

Complementing in-person exchanges with online discussion forums in a movement to bridge cultures.  INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero The idea for Youth Allied to Learn, Lead and Help (YALLAH) was sparked from two 18-year-old participants in Qatar Foundation International (QFI) exchanges: Fahad Al-Nahdi, a Qatari from … Continue reading

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SaaS Explained

Why more SaaS options are needed in K-12 education. GUEST COLUMN | by Benjamin Heuston Over the past decade, the software industry as a whole has seen a swell in adoption of cloud computing and software as a service (SaaS) … Continue reading

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Informed Decisions

ConnectEDU CEO discusses how to unlock student success.  INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Doing big things with statewide education intiatives in Montana, Massachusetts, Texas, Hawaii and Michigan among others, ConnectEDU is a technology company helping students make connections between education … Continue reading

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Big Help

How Big Data can resolve K-12’s most fundamental challenges. GUEST COLUMN | by Joel Sackett Efforts to improve student achievement in the U.S. have skyrocketed over the years. Despite these efforts, several issues continually thwart America’s progress towards higher levels … Continue reading

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Balancing Act

New edtech funding solution protects local taxpayers. GUEST COLUMN | by Dale Scott Leaders of school districts and community college districts too often find themselves squeezed between two conflicting responsibilities, especially when it comes to technology. On one hand, they … Continue reading

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2014 – Finalists & Winners

EdTech Digest Awards Program 2014 | Spirit of Innovation For so many reasons, the education technology space is moving forward with great momentum and robust spirit. A confluence of factors — the right time, technology and people — has made … Continue reading

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Essential EdTech

Lessons from LearnLaunch in further expanding the education innovation ecosystem.    GUEST COLUMN | by Christina Inge   The LearnLaunch conference has rapidly become one of the essential edtech conferences in the U.S., and it’s little surprise: the event brings … Continue reading

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A Digitized District

Moving into the 21st-century means a ton of paper has got to go. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Most school districts are doing something with technology in the classroom these days, but why do so many central offices still have … Continue reading

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Going ‘Google’ in the Classroom

The power of passionate teachers shines through with the right tools. GUEST COLUMN | by Rob May Back in January, the City of Boston joined the growing number of organizations who made the switch from Microsoft to Google Apps. The … Continue reading

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Being Open

A next generation of OER. GUEST COLUMN | by Adam Blum The premise of Open Educational Resources has always been that making content available to educators and students freely and universally would help accelerate educational progress and democratize educational opportunity. … Continue reading

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Trends | Education Mergers and Acquisitions

Higher Education Media and Tech deal activity saw an 11 percent improvement between 2012 and 2013, according to the Berkery Noyes Education Industry M&A Report for full year 2013. At the same time, the number of transactions in the K-12 … Continue reading

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Begging to Differ

Isn’t a flipped class flipped learning? GUEST COLUMN | by Kari M. Arfstrom Turns out these terms are not interchangeable. The board and key leaders of the Flipped Learning Network™, all experienced flipped educators, released a whitepaper this week distinguishing … Continue reading

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What’s Next?

Helix Education CEO talks market trends impacting the student lifecycle. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero He’s worked with some of the most forward-thinking college and university leaders to develop and implement game changing solutions, including large online learning programs and … Continue reading

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Smooth Operations

Application performance and availability in educational environments. GUEST COLUMN | by Atchison Frazer Educational institutions face many demanding fiscal challenges when it comes to delivering critical application services for the smooth running of operations. For those people within the institutions … Continue reading

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Live from New York

Journalism students transform an iPad into a satellite truck with the right tools. GUEST COLUMN | by Phil Altiere Stony Brook University School of Journalism wanted to provide students with an innovative experience around what makes live broadcast news so … Continue reading

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2014 – Finalists

EdTech Digest Awards Program 2014 | Finalists A hearty congratulations to those who made the finalists list for the 2014 EdTech Digest Awards Recognition Program! There will be much more coverage in the weeks ahead; winners will be announced on Thursday, … Continue reading

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Trends | Education is Going Mobile

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Cool Tool | Achieve 3000 App for iPad

Achieve3000, the maker of online differentiated literacy programs, just released an iPad app that allows students to build critical literacy skills on the go, anywhere, anytime. With the Achieve3000 App, students learn with Achieve3000’s differentiated content, in a form accessible … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Glean

Searching for educational videos to find the best fit for students can be a time-consuming process for teachers. There are thousands of high-quality educational videos online – Glean structures and organizes these videos by topic and educational standard to make … Continue reading

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No More Final Exams?

Adaptive systems and continuous assessment puts testing to the test. GUEST COLUMN | by Christina Yu Testing today can be anything from a mere bureaucratic hurdle to a nerve-wracking, future-determining experience for students. As computerized adaptive systems enable us to … Continue reading

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Trends | Teaching and Technology

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