Monthly Archives: April 2014

The Mathematics of Effectiveness

An edtech CEO shares his perspective on all the big data buzz.     GUEST COLUMN | by Jose Ferreira I was on a panel at SXSWedu this year. At the beginning, our moderator, Dr. Rod Berger, invited the audience … Continue reading

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Freedom from Busywork

A modernized approach to student information and learning management systems. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Based on the belief that schools deserve a modern technology system that provides all their administrative and classroom management needs in one intuitive, flexible platform, Andrew … Continue reading

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A Critical Facet

E-rate funding for web hosting connects parents to district and student success. GUEST COLUMN | by Edward S. Marflak  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently working to develop new regulations to modernize the E-rate funding program for K-12 districts. One of … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Gradeable

These days, teachers are being asked to do so much more — use “good data” to create lessons, grade tests within 24 hours, and of course, there’s teaching as well. Grading wasn’t easy in the first place, but now it … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | ST Math for Middle and High School

ST Math, which has repeatedly proven effective for improving math proficiency in elementary schools, is now offering its revolutionary game-based software with expanded curricula for middle and high schools. ST Math: Grade 6 contains on-grade-level curriculum that complements the core curricula and … Continue reading

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Trends | Swimming in a Digital Ocean

Technology is ubiquitous and pervasive in our society, each day capturing numerous aspects of our lives, creating oceans of data ready to be recalled, analyzed, and used. In a new report, Impacts of the Digital Ocean on Education, Kristen DiCerbo … Continue reading

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The Social Challenge

Groundbreaking technology that could have significant implications in autism therapy. GUEST COLUMN | by Richard Margolin The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just announced a study stating 1 in 68 children have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) – … Continue reading

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STEM Matters

Attracting K-12 students to science, technology, engineering and mathematics through competition. GUEST COLUMN | by Bernie Skoch The United States is losing the global race in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies. Results from the 2012 Program for International … Continue reading

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Left to Their Own Smart Devices

3 lessons educators can learn from the enterprise BYOD trend. GUEST COLUMN | by Omer Eiferman As anyone immersed in education will tell you, today’s students rely on their mobile devices more than ever before. According to a recent Pew … Continue reading

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E-Rate Update

The program’s guidelines haven’t been updated since its 1996 introduction.   GUEST COLUMN | by Cathy Cruzan On March 6, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a Public Notice revealing E-rate program reforms under consideration by the agency. The notice … Continue reading

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Not Your Daddy’s Printer

How a 3-D printer enhances learning in the classroom. GUEST COLUMN | by Darin Petzold Think of it, model it, make it – that’s our motto at Serrano Intermediate School’s Tech Academy where we embrace Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and … Continue reading

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Irreversible Momentum

Promethean CEO Jim Marshall discusses the future of technology in schools.  INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero  Jim Marshall is the CEO of Promethean. He was appointed to the Board in July 2012 having joined the Company in 2011 as President … Continue reading

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Rugged Connections

One state’s mission to harness the power of data for student success. GUEST COLUMN | by Judy Chappelear Like much of the nation, Montana faces a challenging academic and economic landscape for supporting college and career readiness.  Though this is … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Teaching Games for Understanding App

Nicholas Stratigopoulos is a physical and health education teacher based out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is a graduate from McGill University’s physical and health education program and a master’s candidate in Concordia University’s educational technology program. Through his educational … Continue reading

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Ready or Not

Four must-do’s for building next-gen wi-fi for Common Core and beyond. GUEST COLUMN | by Kezia Gollapudi Ready or not, Common Core is here now! If you are a school district getting ready to roll out the Common Core-based Smarter … Continue reading

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Robots Go To School

Fun and learning with NAO robots at Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy. GUEST COLUMN | by Mark Sills Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy, located in Orange, Conn., is integrating NAO robots into its technology program, designed to promote the use of technology as … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Performance Matters

Over the last year, a growing number of states, including New York, Florida, Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey, have enacted laws specifying that student achievement will comprise a percentage of teacher and principal evaluations. For classes where there are no state … Continue reading

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Concept Mastery

In today’s digital world, students read, examine, manipulate and interact on their device. GUEST COLUMN |by Jim Bowler As I travel around the country visiting schools, I observe one noticeable absence in many classrooms―no textbooks. Increasingly, teachers are turning to … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | The EDvantage

A new online resource from the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, The EDvantage is a free, online curriculum hub that searches the realm of online content, collecting high-quality and creative resources that educators can incorporate into instruction. The content is curated from educational videos, articles … Continue reading

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Turning on the Quadcopter

Boy, there must be a better way to teach math and science! GUEST COLUMN | by Elad Inbar Victoria is a 10th grader at a school in Austin Independent Schools in Texas. Some of her fellow students have already had babies, which they … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Smart Sparrow

Finally, an adaptive eLearning platform built specifically with the teacher in mind. Most adaptive learning platforms are based on multiple choice questions and the content is limited. Today, teachers want to be in control of the content they teach with and are … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | SupplyChaser

A new website that allows teachers to create and share supply lists, SupplyChaser is free and allows teachers to reuse and refine their lists from year to year. Teachers are given a unique link for each list so they can … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | SlideDog

A presentation platform, SlideDog lets teachers combine all sorts of presentations and multimedia files into one seamless experience, with no quality loss or awkward software switches. It also enables presentation sharing with students though their own devices in real-time and … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | EvaluationKIT Text Analytics

Student’s text-based course evaluation and survey responses offer important insights to an institution, but reading and analyzing massive amounts of student comments one-by-one has meant an enormous drain on operational and technical resources, until now. EvaluationKIT’s breakthrough in the use of text analytics … Continue reading

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The International Startup

How to establish your presence across borders without limits. GUEST COLUMN | by Justin Hutchings A startup, regardless of the industry, faces three common challenges: 1) developing a plan; 2) finding the right people; and 3) executing the plan. Add the … Continue reading

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