Monthly Archives: June 2014

Desktop Virtualization

Opening the door for student success on a shoestring budget. GUEST COLUMN | by Scott Savage Like most school districts around the country today, Pana Community School District #8 is consistently challenged to meet technology needs on a shoestring budget. … Continue reading

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Watch This | Teach to One

THAT’S A FACT. When a teacher teaches to the whole class, somebody gets left behind. Approaching instruction through multiple modalities, or ways of teaching (leveraging available technologies), all students get a chance to learn in a way that is engaging to … Continue reading

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Using ‘The Force’

When the tickets pile up, who will come to save the day?  GUEST COLUMN | by Eric Schommer  Budgets always play a role in choices schools make. Our school is not able to hire a full time tech support staff member … Continue reading

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Every Student Can Learn

Students aren’t defective, materials and resources are. GUEST COLUMN | by Mark Gura This past semester I taught a required course for Instructional Technology majors. Trust me, there’s nothing like swapping ideas with 30 early-career technology teachers to give you … Continue reading

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Mobile Device Management

Teachers reduce classroom chaos and enhance student learning experiences. GUEST COLUMN | By Dave Saltmarsh It’s no secret that the rapid evolution of technology has paved the way for extraordinary growth in education, from advancing the way teachers do their jobs … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | YouScience

Using 90 years of research-backed science to help students successfully transition from high school to post-secondary education opportunities to their career, the YouScience College Success Profile combines aptitude and interest assessments with a patent-pending education and career-mapping process. Through a series … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Ekualiti

The first cloud platform designed to host an entire suite of Kuali-based ERP software, Ekualiti from Vivantech has recently been released. Vivantech is the first company to offer enterprise grade, open-source software for higher education institutions. Typically, the high cost … Continue reading

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View from Peru

Impressions and key lessons from an international conference in Lima. GUEST COLUMN | by Julie Keane  Our 24/7 information age has given us all powerful tools that enable us to create, share, and collaborate on a scale that amplifies innovation … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Classcraft

A new online role-playing game that teachers and students play together in the classroom, Classcraft was created by high school physics teacher Shawn Young. Looking for a new way to engage and motivate his students, Shawn came up with the idea for … Continue reading

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Fun and Games Meets Education

Digital media in the classroom at Dwight School in New York. GUEST COLUMN | by Daniil Frants I have always loved working with technology and cyber art, and was drawn to Dwight’s ninth-grade digital media class because it offered me … Continue reading

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Second to None

Beyond video games, online program aspires to help students master mathematics. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero While the national media has been putting a lot of focus into harnessing games in the classroom to teach core subjects, a local company has been … Continue reading

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Life After Graduation

Revitalizing career and technical education programs. GUEST COLUMN | by Jeff Lansdell With the introduction of Common Core State Standards and the demand for 21st century learning, K-12 districts around the country are putting an increased emphasis on preparing students … Continue reading

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Trends | EdTech Bubbles

Looking for an edtech bubble? Here are plenty of them. As venture capitalists continue to pour the big bucks into edtech, reporter Dan Abendschein shares an interactive graph with New Schools Venture Fund data. Each bubble represents one of over a … Continue reading

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Helping Teachers Help Students

Former educators create technology platform to aid teachers in reaching every student.  PROFILE | by Victor Rivero “At Goalbook, teachers are heroes.” This philosophy has clearly guided the company from its inception in 2011. Two years later, the company has … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Universal Search

Destiny Library Manager 12.0, released by Follett recently, includes Universal Search, the new interface that allows students to seamlessly search and access all print and digital content. Whether reading ebooks or conducting research, students can now access the content they … Continue reading

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Digging Deeper

Cross-curricular learning using video games. GUEST COLUMN | by Suzi Wilczynski For thousands of years, excellent teachers have known that games and learning belong together. Today we have remarkable technology available to us that makes the game experience more comprehensive … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | bettermarks

Their goal is to improve math education worldwide and their tool is currently available in English, Spanish, and German. To achieve this goal, the company, and their tool – “bettermarks” – provides personalized math learning online with the following features:  … Continue reading

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Exploring the Iceberg

Why selective adaptive learning meets the needs of students. GUEST COLUMN | by Jefferson Flanders My company has employed the metaphor of an iceberg as a way to frame its approach to online adaptive learning for colleges and universities. The top … Continue reading

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The ABCs of CBE

Five things to think about when transitioning to competency-based education. GUEST COLUMN | by Steve Pappageorge Even as institutions continue to wrap their arms around competency-based education (CBE) – what it means, how one should think about it, and how … Continue reading

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Watch This | Day in the Life of a Virtual School Teacher

237 STUDENTS. Staci Kreitz, a teacher with Pasco eSchool, shares her love of teaching and provides a day in the life walkthrough clarifying misconceptions and filling in details on what being a virtual school teacher is really like. 4:12 Source: Pasco … Continue reading

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EdTech’s Next Phase

Empowering teachers to achieve learning success. GUEST COLUMN | by Crystal Hutter Edtech is on fire. So much buzz, so much energy (investment and otherwise), so many ideas, and one of the last sectors to be fundamentally transformed by technology. … Continue reading

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The Time is Now

Tech procurement and the next generation assessments. GUEST COLUMN | by Roscoe Anthony These are unprecedented times in education. Not only are new standards changing how instruction is delivered in the classroom, but they are also creating what could be … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | GradeStack

GradeStack is a mobile education startup founded in 2013 with the goal of giving the student an option to learn on the go in a quick 5-10 minute timespan. Technology enthusiasts with experience in consulting, large scale Internet products, android … Continue reading

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Faster, Stronger

Enabling digitized testing with flash storage — despite the obstacles. GUEST COLUMN | by Eric Herzog Technology touches on everything that we do; we are a heavily digitized society and co-dependent on the enabling technology. Test taking is no exception. … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | lea(R)n

With more than 20,000 education apps out there, from lesson planning tools to learning games, teachers and administrators have plenty to review. Karl Rectanus, co-founder of lea(R)n, believes he has an evaluation and certification system that would make that easier, … Continue reading

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