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Cool Tool | AssignFocus by Print Program

Print programs are often a large part the main component of every student’s math experience. Because teachers are pressed for time, they must find quick and effective digital resources that align with and enhance their classroom lessons. DreamBox Learning’s latest cool tool, … Continue reading

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IoT in Edu

Five reasons the Internet of Things deserves a seat in the classroom. GUEST COLUMN | by Lisa Litherland It’s no secret that the Internet of Things (IoT) has exploded in popularity in recent years – Gartner predicts 8.4 billion connected … Continue reading

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Sharing the Genius

Chalkup founder Justin Chando talks growth, struggle, success – and students. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero They do everything a Learning Management System does, but “we hate learning management systems” says Justin Chando, Chalkup founder and CEO (pictured, left). “We … Continue reading

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Trends | Blended Perspectives

Educators integrating technology into their classroom practice experience some common benefits and challenges, identified in a new report from the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning (FBOL) and the Evergreen Education Group. In Teaching with Technology, a survey of teachers from 38 … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Book Creator

Putting publishing into the hands of students is what this cool tool does. With Book Creator, students aren’t doing busywork, they are creating content that they can then publish to an authentic audience. They create a finished product and are … Continue reading

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Trends | Next 20 for Higher Ed

As one of edtech’s oldest companies turns 20, how are they celebrating? Looking ahead to the next 20 years, naturally. “Future Forward: The Next Twenty Years of Higher Education” asks U.S. higher education leaders to share their insights into what the … Continue reading

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Trends | Increasing Equity and Awareness With Online STEM Programs

To address the high demand and current shortage of STEM workers (Maltese & Tai, 2011), CareerInSTEM initiated a pilot online summer camp to equip diverse learners with the knowledge needed for a meaningful, rewarding future as a STEM professional. The … Continue reading

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Promising Distractions

Three digital projects worth supporting in schools.  GUEST COLUMN | by Matt Renwick In a sea of new apps and digital opportunities, it can be challenging to determine what works in the classroom and what does not. A teacher might … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | ClassFlow Social Media Feed

For many teachers, students, and parents, social media is part of their daily routine. Recently, ClassFlow, a free lesson delivery software, launched a new, social media-inspired activity feed feature to serve as a communication hub for teachers, students, and parents. The … Continue reading

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Digital Delivery

Exploring the future of online degrees.  GUEST COLUMN | by Simon Nelson The digital shift in society has navigated its way into the higher education sector, prompting the reimagining of the delivery of education. My company’s partnership with Deakin University … Continue reading

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Classroom Replay

Using teacher-collected videos (vs. in-class observation) leads to better outcomes. GUEST COLUMN | by Emir Plicanic The Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard found in their “Best Foot Forward” study that using video instead of in-classroom observation, improved several … Continue reading

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Best Possible Experience

A different take on personalized instruction. GUEST COLUMN | by Cliff King As a grandfather, I’ve been around long enough to see some major changes in what education looked like for my kids compared to what it will look like … Continue reading

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Still Time to Enter 2018 EdTech Awards

There is still time to enter The 2018 EdTech Awards. The annual program recognizes people in and around education for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere. Featuring edtech’s best and brightest, the annual recognition … Continue reading

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An EdTech First: LiveEdu “ICO”

The future is already here and is now appearing in the edtech sector: this month, LiveEdu, a privately-held San Francisco based educational video streaming company, is launching a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. The main goal behind the campaign is to collect premium tutorial … Continue reading

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Cloud Concerns

For educational organizations, some key elements to a sensitive issue. GUEST COLUMN| by Michael Fimin Because educational entities deal with both education records and sensitive financial data related to loans and tuition fees, a secure and reliable networking infrastructure is … Continue reading

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Uber, Airbnb, Top Hat

A successful edtech startup founder discusses big changes for higher education. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero  “Let’s make education better.” That’s the simple idea that brought co-founder Mike Silagadze (pictured) and Mohsen Shahini together to create Top Hat. Being engineers, … Continue reading

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Powerful Models for EdTech

SAMR too complicated? Try “learning how vs. learning about”. GUEST COLUMN | by Matt Harris The SAMR model has been around for a while now. It is a model that helps teachers understand to what degree they have impacted their … Continue reading

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Committed to Doing Right for Students

IN CLOSE WITH | Ken Wallace As the superintendent of Maine Township High School District 207, Ken Wallace, Ph.D., holds the belief that every teacher deserves specialized coaching and professional development. Here, he talks about the importance of coaching, and … Continue reading

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The Process of Assessing Student Learning Is Broken

A product strategist’s perspective on data for teachers. GUEST COLUMN| by Hilary Scharton In the current assessment landscape, all schools are required to assess students because of past and recent legislature — the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and … Continue reading

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21st Century Show-and-Tell

Communicating beyond text in the classroom. GUEST COLUMN | by Ryan Eash Incorporating technology into the classroom can set the foundation for greater student and instructor success, especially in online or blended learning environments. However, technology should not play the … Continue reading

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Summer Repairs

An aerospace engineering student provides perspective on the future. GUEST COLUMN | by Thomas Schumacher I have heard that technology is the future of education. Now that I have used it extensively, I am convinced that technology is the future of … Continue reading

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Life Lessons

Building an online curriculum for economic empowerment. GUEST COLUMN | by Jared Kaplan When it comes to teaching personal finance, educators need all the help they can get. Nearly two-thirds of Americans can’t pass a basic financial literacy test, and … Continue reading

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Cracking the Code

Motivating bored-but-gifted students using some fiery competition – and technology.  GUEST COLUMN | by Christopher Godshall There’s a lot of both media and academic attention paid to students with learning difficulties acting as barriers to acquiring knowledge, and rightly so. … Continue reading

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Harvey HELP

Higher education taking a unified response, students helping students through GoFundMe. Texas and national leaders from higher education associations, institutions, foundations, and businesses have come together to launch the Harvey HELP Fund, a crowd-sourced relief fund dedicated to aiding the close … Continue reading

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Putting the ‘Fun’ in Fundamental Concepts

Two educators share how augmented reality and robots help them make lessons playful. GUEST COLUMN | as told by Mary Amoson and Amanda Puerto Thorne Every teacher wants her students to be happy at school and excited to learn, but … Continue reading

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