Monthly Archives: April 2014

Parallel Universe

How founding a startup is like being a first-year teacher.  GUEST COLUMN | by Alix Guerrier A few years after college, I left my job at an investment bank to become a public school math teacher. A decade later, I … Continue reading

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Trends | Teachers Know Best

In their work with schools over the last few years, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has heard a common theme: Teachers are trying hard to challenge and engage their students, but they don’t have sufficient choices for effective digital … Continue reading

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A Little Magic

My quest to get kids reading real books, with the power of smartphones. GUEST COLUMN | by Dave Fahrer Most parents — luddites and the Amish aside — are raising digital natives: kids who know how to use smartphones better … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Silverback Mileposts Parent Portal

An educator-founded technology company, Silverback Learning Solutions is the developer of Mileposts, a student achievement solution installed in schools K-12 nationwide. Now, they’re introducing Silverback Mileposts Parent Portal, a comprehensive solution and parent resource, which will be included in every subscription of … Continue reading

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7 Apps to Survive Finals Season

We know finals can be a stressful time for students. Thankfully, the answer to surviving exams season is not out of reach. There are hundreds of apps available for your phone or tablet that promise to help these last few … Continue reading

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Special Devices

Bringing augmentative and alternative communication into the classroom. GUEST COLUMN | by Holly Chrostowski  It’s amazing how technologically advanced our society has become in the past decade. Just a few years ago, cell phones were reserved for traveling salespeople and … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Listen Edition

Edmodo users now have an easy way to connect real world events to their classroom teaching with the FREE Listen Edition Current Events app.  This unique app brings the power of public radio to the classroom by giving teachers a … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Aerva Digital Display Network Technology

Aerva’s software platform offers a suite of easy-to-use capabilities for creating, managing, and delivering compelling content and experiences across digital media channels. Their software helps universities, enterprises and brands engage audiences by enabling real-time interactivity between mobile, social media applications … Continue reading

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Early Childhood Education and the Cloud

New ways the cloud can benefit education and what to look for in a cloud-hosted curriculum for early learners.    GUEST COLUMN | by Mikkel Storm As more and more elementary schools make the jump into using cloud-hosted curriculum, they’re … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Shakespeare at Play

Shakespeare. The bane of every teenaged English student in the English speaking world, right? Even though the scripts are in English, seems like there’s something lost in translation over four centuries of linguistic change. Nonetheless, teachers work with what they’ve … Continue reading

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Of Course

Mapping the way to more relevant professional development. GUEST COLUMN | by Leslie Kerner Professional Development, or PD. If you’re a teacher, these words can bring on mixed emotions. On one hand, you clamor for more time to work with … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | UClass.io

A powerful K-12 content management system and resource exchange for schools and districts, UClass.io is equipped with over 17 million Common Core-vetted resources and a mobile cloud workspace. A curriculum-planning tool for teachers and administrators in over 5,000 schools, the … Continue reading

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Pitching for Principals

In search of a single set of utilities to truly help a school leader lead.   GUEST COLUMN | by William McCoy As time has passed, the job of school principal has shifted from one of Instructional Leader to Administrator. … Continue reading

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Flash Answer

Higher education faces user demand for ever-better performance of core applications. GUEST COLUMN | by Jeff Whitney Flash storage technology has made great inroads into IT in recent years, a trend that is accelerating rather than abating today. And the … Continue reading

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Taking It All In

Common Core and headsets: what you need to know. GUEST COLUMN | by Tim Ridgway As the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are implemented across the country, much of the focus has been on the equipment schools and educators will … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Tico Timer

“I’ve had numerous reports of teachers using it in classroom in a pre-school setting, and also in a special needs context,” says Ricardo Fonseca, creator of Tico Timer, a visual cue tool for students and teachers. “I loved the process … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Learning List

“I’m overwhelmed by the number of new instructional materials out there. We don’t have the staff or the time to review them all. How do we figure out which would be best for our students?” If this sounds familiar, Learning … Continue reading

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Tech and Learning

How to unlock the most value out of your tech assets and streeeetch your tech budget. GUEST COLUMN | by Robert Baker Isn’t that everyone’s goal? To get more out of what you have, to maximize dollars already spent and … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | ExamTime

A free, web-based tool which students and teachers can use to create, share and discover learning resources such as Mind Maps, Flashcards, Quizzes and Notes plus a personal Study Planner — ExamTime is an online learning platform created to help … Continue reading

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Watch Mobento Grow

A young, can-do CEO shows how to build a world-class educational video library.  INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero A new, cloud-based video learning platform created to make multimedia learning easy to implement, Mobento is for all age groups (K-12, higher education … Continue reading

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Summer Fix

Making the most of your endpoints (and summer).   GUEST COLUMN | by Ron Falkoff As one of the nation’s leaders in independent education, Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS) makes the most of its technology investments … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Hooda Math

As other edtech tools get more and more expensive, Hooda Math provides students with completely free math resources. Michael Edlavitch, a former middle school math teacher, launched hoodamath.com after he realized students needed math games that were both fun and … Continue reading

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The Redesigned SAT

Using a MOOC model to advance equity of access. GUEST COLUMN | by Emily Kissane The College Board’s announcement of a significant redesign of the SAT garnered wide attention from prospective college students, educators, policymakers, and the press.  From vocabulary … Continue reading

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A Digital Diet

A teacher’s perspective on how edtech is leading to more effective instruction time. GUEST COLUMN | by Steve Beard Incorporating digital resources and various forms of edtech into classrooms is expanding education and inspiring minds. In my own experience, edtech has … Continue reading

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