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The Future of STEM

A real-world approach fosters globally connected project-based learning. GUEST COLUMN | by Richard Larson and Elizabeth Murray Learning in the classroom should be a source of excitement and curiosity, not a boring and dreaded task focused on the memorization of … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Kids Discover Lessons: History and Science of the Solar Eclipse

Kids Discover, a leading provider of engaging science and social studies curriculum for elementary and middle school students, has curated a collection of digital resources for teachers looking to give their students scientific and historical context for the upcoming solar … Continue reading

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Making the Most of Technology while Keeping Students First

Creating conditions for success with technology starts with smart, strategic implementation. GUEST COLUMN | by Sam Weiss and Dave Saltmarsh Schools, educators and IT professionals provide students with the best conditions for success when they learn how to move beyond … Continue reading

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Education’s New Frontier

Using VR, unlocking human potential for a better outcome. GUEST COLUMN | by Turner Nashe Perhaps the newest frontier in education is the ardent effort that is now underway to transform the lives of over 3 million residents. These residents … Continue reading

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Technology, Student Voice, and Shining a Light

IN CLOSE WITH | Andy Plemmons As a media specialist at David C. Barrow Elementary in Athens, GA, Andy Plemmons is focused on giving students a voice. Here, he talks about the technology and pedagogy he uses to inspire those … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Learning Journey

Providing true alternatives to a one-size-fits-all approach to public education.  GUEST COLUMN | by Steven Guttentag In 2013, 3.17 million students graduated from public high schools throughout the United States. Among them, a young woman in Ohio who had overcome … Continue reading

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Taking MOOCs to the Next Level

Effectively helping to bridge the online learning credibility gap.   GUEST COLUMN | by Alice Bonasio The popularity of Online Courses has steadily increased in recent years. Millions of students have enrolled onto MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) offered by … Continue reading

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In the Business of Learning

A veteran educator focuses on implementing what schools actually need and want.   INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Karen Beerer began as a grade two elementary teacher, then also taught fifth grade, seventh grade and graduate level courses. She served … Continue reading

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Making a Choice

Concerned parents take a fresh new idea and make it work for others. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero In 2010, Jinal Jhaveri and his wife, Forum Desai, set out to enroll their daughter in pre-school in the San Francisco Bay … Continue reading

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E-rate: How to Broaden Connectivity, Achieve Funding Success

On a mission to connect learners of all ages to the internet no matter their economics.  GUEST COLUMN | by John Harrington The E-rate program has been largely responsible for connecting our nation’s schools and libraries to the internet. Yet … Continue reading

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I Deployed Chromebooks for Our Students, Here’s What I Learned

Perspective from a public school technology director in Michigan.  GUEST COLUMN | by Luke Brown IT departments in K-12 schools support everything from students’ and teachers’ devices to the campus network to security cameras. Given the nature of an educational … Continue reading

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Key Takeaways from ISTE 2017

Lists, insights, goal setting, and perspective from an edtech solution-provider. GUEST COLUMN | by Jon Roepke Riverwalk, The Alamo, robots and VR. Naturally, I had been looking forward to ISTE this year ever since last year’s conference wrapped. My team … Continue reading

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Future-Proofing with Gigabit Wi-Fi

IoT capabilities and a myriad of benefits come with wireless refresh. GUEST COLUMN | by Dan Corbeil At the turn of this decade, about the time Apple unveiled the iPad, we rolled out a system-wide wireless implementation to address the … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | LeapFrog Academy

LeapFrog recently announced LeapFrog Academy™, an interactive learning program for 3-6 year olds that guide children on a variety of fun Learning Adventures that they can play anywhere, on a variety of devices. Featuring a well-rounded curriculum, where children can … Continue reading

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Advancing Literacy

Upgrading an ancient experience to bring boundless benefits to millions of people.  INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero One of the founding directors of Teach for America, Matt Bardin (pictured) is as dedicated to literacy as they come. A graduate of … Continue reading

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Teachers Forecast 2020: Breaking the Mold

A school administrator on the theory versus practice of adopting technology. GUEST COLUMN | by Melissa Saunders We educators are on the precipice of breaking the mold and doing things differently. Within just three years, I predict how we work … Continue reading

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Everything is a Learning Opportunity

IN CLOSE WITH | Brenda Betancourt  Principal of Kenneth White Junior High in the Mission CISD in Mission, Texas, Brenda K. Betancourt is a dedicated and passionate educator who worked her way up the ranks but has been a successful educator … Continue reading

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From Raleigh to Rochester

Everyday adventures of a PD coach using technology for improved literacy. GUEST COLUMN | by Christina Magee Whether it’s in Raleigh or Rochester, every new day brings an exciting adventure as an Instructional Coach. This is a day-in-the-life account from … Continue reading

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A Calling, A Mission, An Honor

IN CLOSE WITH | Susan Grigsby A Media Specialist in Forsyth County Schools; curious and creative teacher librarian, and on top of all that a singer, actress, mom, horsewoman, writer, wanderer, seeker and storyteller — Susan Grigsby and her love for … Continue reading

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What is Unlearning

Being willing to examine something before you know it, is a 21st-century skill.   ROUNDTABLE INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero What we already know may be what prevents us from knowing more. In our current age of learning, and in … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | CommunicoTool

Created in late 2012 by Frédéric Guibet, CommunicoTool is a French startup specialized in communication applications, originally under the CTEXDEV masthead. Frédéric, who has an autistic daughter, quickly realized that the tablet was to his child what a wheelchair is … Continue reading

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Reflections on ISTE 2017

All grown up, edtech is ready to show ‘vanilla ed’ how to get the job done! UNPACKING EDTECH | by Mark Gura I’m back home a few days now from San Antonio where I attended ISTE 2017 — the ever … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | ClassTag

Here is an excellent parent engagement platform, a suite of very simple tools empowering teachers to build personal connections, encourage parental involvement, and get visibility into who is engaging and who needs additional support. With it, teachers and parents can stay … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Mrs Wordsmith

Applying machine learning and Hollywood visuals to make the dictionary more relevant, useful and fun – and to help improve literacy in young people—this is what Mrs. Wordsmith, a venture-backed edtech startup, is all about. They hope to create the … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Reading Horizons Discovery

Reading Horizons Discovery® provides teachers with the resources and method to give K-3 students a solid foundation for reading and spelling to put them firmly on the path to reading success. The strategy-based reading program offers both direct instruction and … Continue reading

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