Monthly Archives: May 2014

Watch This | Search On, Class of 2014!

SCORE! Sure, this is self-serving propaganda from one of the most successful tech companies in the world, but it helps tell the story of today’s grads. Enjoy! 0:56 Source: Google

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Technology On My Back

A seasoned traveler gears up for education marketing with lessons to share. GUEST COLUMN | by Richard Lakin In my youth, as an avid backpacker, I was a devotee of Colin Fletcher, who had walked the length of the Grand … Continue reading

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The Mobile Learner’s Life

Less all-nighters, no less junk food. GUEST COLUMN | by Christopher Klundt It’s a well-known fact in the education world that mobile devices are fundamentally changing the classroom environment, but what about the impact of mobile devices outside of the … Continue reading

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Upgrading the Future

Tablets are the educational supplements for our generations to come. GUEST COLUMN | by Danish Ahmed and Mayeen Farooqui Technology is changing the way humans learn – providing students, parents and educators with rich opportunities for connection and collaboration. It’s … Continue reading

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Trends | Advantages of Online Courses

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Money Matters

Teacher training and technology can be essential to improved financial literacy for students.  GUEST COLUMN | by Odysseas Papadimitriou Financial illiteracy is not an issue that can be addressed in a single month. Just consider the way we spent ourselves into … Continue reading

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Ready to Launch

Executives from New England’s premier organization supporting edtech activity talk expansion, talent and what it takes to launch a success. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero With over 200 education technology and learning-oriented startups currently based in the Boston area, edtech is … Continue reading

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EdTech Themes in 2014

Eight key themes emerging from the buzz of edtech conference discussions.  GUEST COLUMN | by Jennifer Corriero I recently had the opportunity to participate in conferences on educational technology including sxswEDU and DML (Digital Media and Learning). This video blog (see above) shares … Continue reading

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Trends | Changing Role of K-12 Librarians

New research by MDR’s EdNET Insight team, is revealed in a new report titled, School Libraries in the Digital Age. The report profiles the current role of K-12 school librarians and media specialists to examine the evolution of changes and responsibilities … Continue reading

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Trends | 2X Learning

Why is the performance of students and teachers so unaffected by technology? Moreover, what should be done to extract genuine benefit for education from the technology revolution? In this video above, EdTech Digest contributor and advisory board member Mark E. … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Odysseyware

Educators are a precious resource that should be treated as such is what the people at Odysseyware believe. Providers of online and blended learning, credit recovery support as well as career and technical education (CTE), this company has listened to their … Continue reading

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Opening the Cloud

Top Massachusetts universities and tech leaders join forces to make big data economical. GUEST COLUMN | by Bob Braham According to the 2014 Mass Big Data report, the global Big Data market is expected to reach $48 billion by 2017, … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Learning Bird

An innovative online learning tool for K-12 student success, Learning Bird enables students to learn their own way. Its proprietary learning algorithm matches digital lessons from teachers to the local curriculum, textbooks and the individual learning profile of each student. … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Channel One News

Channel One News is a Peabody and Telly-award winning daily news program produced specifically for kids in grades 3 – 12. Earlier this year, the company launched Channel One News Curriculum, a standards-aligned, three-part instructional routine tied to a segment … Continue reading

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Predicting Success

Can we predict what will help kids climb the ladder to college and career success? GUEST COLUMN | by Katie McClarty Teachers and parents have long been interested in learning how to best prepare children for the future, and identifying … Continue reading

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From Chaos to Curriculum

Readiness requires Common Core alignment of real-world content. GUEST COLUMN | by Kevin Baird College and career readiness requires new content — real-world content. Aligning that content to curriculum, analyzing current resources and determining what to buy can be chaotic at … Continue reading

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Digital Badging

As an effective learning tool, gamification in the classroom comes with a system of validation. GUEST COLUMN | by Kanista Zuniga and Michelle Macumber In an age of gamification, kids are learning from video games — whether on tablets, mobile phones … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Biomimicry in Youth Education

Looking for new ways to engage students in STEM subjects? The Biomimicry Institute just launched a free digital flipbook, called Biomimicry in Youth Education, filled with more than 80 nature-inspired lesson plans, activities, and videos geared to K-12 educators. Biomimicry … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Cyber Science 3D

Since 2010, Cyber-Anatomy Corp. has been developing Cyber Science 3D to assist students in learning and exploring science related topics in primary, secondary, and post-secondary education. Today, their software includes more than 400 interactive 3D-modules used globally for science lessons on Astronomy, Botany, Chemistry, … Continue reading

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Inside the Shark Tank

Edupreneurs endure intense, rapid-fire inquisition to emerge victorious. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero In just the past few years, the way readers consume media has changed, so it makes sense that the entire education sector must therefore lead, follow or … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | ParticiPoll

With this free audience polling system, educators can drop polls into their existing PowerPoint presentations without needing to input the questions and answers into a separate system. Students respond via the presenter’s own unique simple voting web page (http://username.participoll.com) which … Continue reading

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When Education Comes Alive

Reinventing education to make it fun, life-changing — and leaving indelible lessons. GUEST COLUMN | by Alline Kabbatende Every individual can point to a handful of experiences that transformed their lives, or touched them so deeply they are never the same … Continue reading

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Trends | EdTech Money from Robin Hood

Despite the long-term economic benefits of earning a college degree, many community college students, particularly those from low- and moderate-income families, do not make it to graduation. One significant reason is that they are underprepared for college-level work and must … Continue reading

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This Class is Different

Barely into the teenage years, these students are participating in something rare.   GUEST COLUMN | by Rob O’Leary It’s not precisely a class that looks as it seems. The syllabus clearly outlines topics: HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Content Management Systems. The students … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | JobDash

This tool helps improve student employment outcomes for colleges and their students. The combination of advanced technology and strategic job search methodology helps career services professionals track, report, predict and verify when students are hired. The tool also allows students … Continue reading

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