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The Technology and Learning Conversation Has Shifted

From transactional use to transformational learning experiences, 6 critical factors for teacher success. GUEST COLUMN | by Randy Ziegenfuss In a previous article, I shared a framework we’ve engaged to guide our digital transformation over the past seven years. During … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | New i-Ready Lessons

Plory, Yoop, and Snargg. I’m in! Phonological awareness and high-frequency words are important building blocks for young students as they develop their reading skills. To support these early learners, Curriculum Associates recently added more than 75 new lessons addressing these … Continue reading

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When the ‘SCI’ is the Limit

Applying technology to an all-too-common financial barrier for students. GUEST COLUMN | by Barbara Freeman and Reginald Berry Federal student loan programs were founded on the premise of access and equity. The aim: to enable young people to finance their … Continue reading

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School of Thought for Innovators

This ‘farmer’ has an interesting crop, and you’ll never guess what it is. GUEST COLUMN | by Nancy Conrad The occasion was an advisory board meeting of a young tech startup company. The group attending was filled with brilliant, millennial … Continue reading

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Generation Alpha

Teaching and learning with post-Millennial students. GUEST COLUMN | by Mark Wu During my years as an elementary school vice principal, I had the opportunity to wander in and out of all the classrooms in the school—ranging from junior Kindergarten … Continue reading

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The Tenets of Educational Technology Leadership

An opportunity for success—and some helpful principles on which to make it happen.  GUEST COLUMN | by Matt Harris Edtech leadership, worldwide, is a growing market. The complexity of schools, the challenges of modern learning, the ever-changing nature of technology, … Continue reading

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Backing Up to Get a Wider View of EdTech Funding for Your School

How a total cost of ownership approach to edtech can affordably power learning. GUEST COLUMN | by Charles Duarte Digital learning, though still in its youth, has been shown to enable students to learn more quickly and adeptly, while improving … Continue reading

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Secrets of a Lasting EdTech Company

Cliff King walks us through four decades of grit, growth, and success in building something of enduring value for customers and a community. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero In the early years of the company, there were only a handful … Continue reading

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4 Pillars on Which to Build EdTech

Creating dynamic, digital, and interactive learning experiences tailored to learner needs. GUEST COLUMN | by Tracey Roden Children are born into a world swimming in technology; most have a space in the digital world before they are even born. Parents … Continue reading

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Trends | 2017 Digital Study Trends

McGraw-Hill Education just released the results of their 2017 Digital Study Trends survey, the latest edition of an annual report examining the ways college students are using technology in their studies, and the perceived impact of tech-enabled studying. According to … Continue reading

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5 Collaboration Tools Teachers Shouldn’t Live Without

A 7th-grade math educator shares the tools she uses to stay connected with fellow educators, experts, and her students. GUEST COLUMN | by Stacey Ryan Connected educator month just happened, but in reality, the connecting never ends. “What does it … Continue reading

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For Long-Term Success, EdTech Needs to be Part of a School’s DNA

Starting early with curriculum and pedagogic models, how to effect authentic change. GUEST COLUMN | by Matt Harris We know that educational technology (edtech) offers the potential to enhance learning to meet the needs of contemporary students. It does what … Continue reading

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How to Teach Math Without Worksheets

An engineer’s perspective on making a digital shift in the classroom. GUEST COLUMN | by Marie Mérouze  When looking for alternative ways to teach math, avoiding the use of worksheets seems like it would be a simple task considering technology … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Streamline Higher Ed Tasks

Digital transformation has at last made its way to higher education, and staff need to take advantage of the perks. GUEST COLUMN | by Jamie Riepe It’s no secret that higher education staff are often spread thin across their many … Continue reading

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The Adventures of Alice in Jakarta

An international school educator rekindles a passion for exploration in her students and herself. GUEST COLUMN | by Stephanie Mathews After starting the British School Jakarta, with an Apple one-to-one student laptop program, I wondered how I would manage to … Continue reading

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The Vital Importance of Connecting College Students with Industry Experience

Re-examining current education models with ‘competent producers’ in mind.  GUEST COLUMN | by Randy Swearer Colleges and universities are a stepping stone between childhood and adulthood, a launch pad into professionalism and an educational haven for acquiring the necessary skills … Continue reading

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First STEM. Then STEAM. Now, STREAM.

Catholic School principal starts early, stays diligent on transformative full-tech journey. GUEST COLUMN | by Monica Haldiman Imagine you’re in a classroom, but instead of children sitting quietly at their desks, they are testing a model bridge built from pasta … Continue reading

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Students Are Texters, So Here’s a Company that Knows That

Scaling an edtech solution with a veteran scaler. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero An entrepreneur and executive who has spent most of his career building successful companies, Brian Kathman has deep experience across technology, philanthropy, and high-growth companies, often translating … Continue reading

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Leading a Digital Learning Transformation

How to lead, support, and evaluate an effective digital learning shift.  GUEST COLUMN | by Randy Ziegenfuss  “If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own … Continue reading

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Trends | Owl Swoops in with $185M

More big news for edtech: Owl Ventures has $185 Million in fresh capital for edtech startups. Owl Ventures debuted its second venture capital fund dedicated entirely to education technology startups. While this is the largest U.S. fund devoted to edtech, many … Continue reading

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The Write Idea

Technology-enhanced writing support: how it works. GUEST COLUMN | by Michele Israel Emily Bonack, English 9 and AP Language and Communications teacher at Merrill High School, in Merrill, WI, knows all too well what happens to students who are not … Continue reading

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The Brightest Future Possible

A Florida superintendent talks technology, learning, and full STEAM ahead. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero From sandy beaches to rolling pines, the Santa Rosa School District is situated in a bright, sunny, and aesthetically beautiful part of the country; the … Continue reading

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The Social Campus

Eight areas of opportunity for higher education in 2018. GUEST COLUMN | by Phil Chatterton In the past five years, social media has become a mission-critical communications technology in higher education. It is used by many stakeholders across campus for … Continue reading

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Tools Teachers Love

Some practical perspective from an online educator. GUEST COLUMN | by Dominique Baroco Long gone are the days of textbooks and chalkboards. Classrooms have evolved, and teachers are now turning to technology to develop lesson plans. This evolution comes as … Continue reading

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The Right Conditions for Learning

To foster a culture of positivity in your school, follow these five simple steps. GUEST COLUMN | by Susan R. Steele When I became the principal of Finger Lake Elementary School in Wasilla, Alaska, in 2015, we had about 250 … Continue reading

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