Monthly Archives: August 2014

Head of Class

Mobile/BYOD strategies enable innovative learning.  GUEST COLUMN | by Bill Odell These days when students get ready for school, they’re as likely to bring their own device as their own lunch. The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)/mobility phenomena is transforming … Continue reading

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Why Technology Isn’t The Only Answer

Marrying the best of both digital and analog worlds for greater student outcomes. GUEST COLUMN | by Shawn Collins When we think of the challenges affecting today’s educators, we can be overwhelmed with information. We have access to numerous whitepapers, … Continue reading

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Trends | Protecting Student Privacy

As school rolls forward nationwide, CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) and the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) just released a new resource for school leaders to help them smartly discuss the critical issue of student privacy. The infographic explains to … Continue reading

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A Direct Link

Low-income children with access to the Internet on mobile phones have college readiness help. GUEST COLUMN | by Keith Frome More than 28 million children who qualify for free or reduced-priced school lunches in the United States will not graduate … Continue reading

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Trends | Shaping Tomorrow

Check out this cool timeline from Education Technology Innovation Summit (ETIS) by browsing the above clip, then click on it and head over to the full infographic on their site. Their second annual summit (ETIS14) is being held on Thursday, … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Social Studies Techbook

This cool tool brings history to life with an innovative multimedia reference library that links key documents to people and places; interactive maps, digital explorations and activities; primary source documents; and informational text. It engages all learners through multiple reading levels … Continue reading

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Great Connectivity Expectations

Keys to unlocking the most value from new e-rate funding. GUEST COLUMN | by Jason King As many children and teachers head back to school, they are bringing with them a plethora of wireless devices to use as educational tools … Continue reading

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Trends | K-12 Market Trends in Technology

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Cool Tool | Recertified iPad 2s and 3s

District budgets are tighter than ever, and the prices of the latest and greatest edtech tools are getting higher each day. Is it possible to afford the best products on the market without straining your budget? With a little creative … Continue reading

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7 Digital Business Strategies for Educational Publishers

The dominance of digital publishing is inevitable – make the most of it. GUEST COLUMN | by Dovi Weiss, Yotam Kramer and Noam Green Educational publishers have invested heavily in digitizing their content, but many are disappointed with the market’s … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Fishtree

Fishtree is a place where teachers find resources for their lesson plans in seconds. Resources from textbooks, Open Education Resources, teacher lesson plans and even news from recently published, trusted sources, all easily accessible. With Fishtree, you’re able to make a … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Allowance Manager

This online and mobile tool empowers kids grades K-12 to save and spend their allowance money wisely. Created by a family for families, it enables parents and kids to track their allowance deposits and spending and provides children with a firsthand … Continue reading

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Rising to the Challenge

How are we leveraging the benefits of technology in the classroom while avoiding the pitfalls? GUEST COLUMN | by Philip Dolan A Catholic, co-educational college preparatory school in Santa Clara, California, Saint Lawrence Academy is one of several dozen schools … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Net Power & Light’s Spin

Originally developed to help musicians jam with other musicians in different locations in real-time, Spin, from Net Power & Light, has just become available for businesses and educational institutions in the Apple store. An industry-first application for mobile, multi-participant video … Continue reading

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Privacy and Security

How to safeguard student education data. GUEST COLUMN | by Ray Ackerlund With more than 90 percent of school districts in the United States electronically storing data on students’ attendance to test scores and everything in between, safeguarding student information … Continue reading

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Getting Social

How social media proves to be a valuable educational tool for children. GUEST COLUMN | by Carole Thompson Social media has a very ambiguous role in our education system. Nobody is sure what to make of it — whether to … Continue reading

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The MOOCs Completion Conundrum

Developing tools that empower professors and scale the best of teaching. GUEST COLUMN | by Dror Ben-Naim One of the great ironies of online learning is that a tool created to foster personalized learning is actually quite impersonal, in practice. It doesn’t have to … Continue reading

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Trends | We Are Smarter than Me

Becky Splitt, co-founder of StudyBlue, presented at TEDxMadison about the power of collaborative learning and the opportunities for technology to bring students together. As she argues, in today’s digital world, the opportunity to bring learners together is not just an improvement … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Ginkgotree

You may like this app – it lets you customize the world’s best educational content. It’s a web tool for educators to assemble all of their course materials in one unified resource. Essentially a content management tool for textbooks, Ginkgotree is really … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Follett Classroom Connections

Want to help struggling readers with a personalized approach? A new cool tool allows educators to connect the books on the shelves with classroom instruction: Classroom Connections from Follett Learning. Classroom Connections is the Follett Shelf ebook environment’s new functionality … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | TeacherMatch

An innovative way to advance, streamline and facilitate talent management in the K-12 education field comes from TeacherMatch. At the core of the software is a research-based hiring assessment tool called TeacherMatch Educators Professional Inventory (EPI). Their research partners and … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | 901 Wireless Headphone

A new wireless headphone from Califone connects multiple users with a single transmitter to help meet the goals of the Common Core State Standards. The rechargeable device connects students to listening activities on computers, laptops, tablets and other mobile devices. … Continue reading

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Famigo Approved

An exec from the educational app platform for families talks about our mobile future. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero  Schools focus on providing a safe learning environment for kids, one that’s conducive to students taking risks and learning new things … Continue reading

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Navigating the Move

You can’t tell the virtual server apps without a roadmap. GUEST COLUMN | by Adam Stern While educational institutions are often keen to move their applications to the cloud, the benefits of cloud migration don’t simply rain down from the sky. … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Listen for Life

How would you like to help Listen for Life win a Heritage Fund Grant? Listen for Life, a global nonprofit music-media organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of music culture worldwide, is one of seven finalists for the EMC … Continue reading

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