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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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Cool Tool | Kahoot!

Kahoot!, the game-based learning platform, makes it easy to create, discover, play, and share fun learning games in minutes. Games can be found for any subject, in any language, and are accessible on any device. With Kahoot!, you can introduce … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | TypeTastic by Typing Master

The latest typing course released from TypingMaster, TypeTastic, is specially designed for elementary school students. Learning is based on creative, pedagogical games, focusing on key memorization through color-coding and letter-grouping, hand-eye coordination, writing words, and building fluency. In the various … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Activate by Lightspeed

Lightspeed, a Learning Company, has expanded its focus on helping educators effectively use classroom audio systems to enhance instruction and further support student achievement. The company unveiled its new logo and newest product line, Activate, at ISTE 2017. The new line … Continue reading

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Trends | Shift to a Digital Workforce

ISDI Digital University, an in-person and online graduate school in Silicon Valley offering a Master’s degree in Internet Business, surveyed over 100 companies and found that 56 percent of talent professionals across the United States find it increasingly difficult to find digital talent. … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Letters alive Plus by Alive Studios

Alive Studios, a leading provider of augmented reality (AR) and early education software, has introduced a new method to excite young readers when learning letter sounds and letter names. Especially popular for English language learners (ELLs), at-risk, and special needs … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | ABC Mouse for Schools

ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy is a comprehensive digital learning resource for preschool through 2nd grade. ABCmouse offers an expert-designed curriculum with more than 8,500 learning activities that encompass reading and language arts, math, science, health, social studies, art, and music. … Continue reading

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Myths Revealed: Apple Devices in the Classroom

Modernizing, personalizing—and a closer look at technology helping to make it happen. GUEST COLUMN | by Sam Weiss and Dave Saltmarsh  As schools look to modernize teaching and personalize learning, it isn’t a matter of if technology is right for … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Discovery Education Streaming

Featuring tens of thousands of standards-aligned and searchable videos, images, primary source documents, podcasts, audio books, articles and more, Discovery Education Streaming has long been a “must have” cross-curricular K-12 digital content resource for educators across the country. However, the … Continue reading

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Teach, Love, and Learn!

IN CLOSE WITH | Katie Gutowski An ELA/ELL Specialist for the Colonial School District in New Castle, Delaware, Katie Gutowski shares her personal insight about being an educational leader and the current and future state of education technology in the classroom. … Continue reading

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How Video-Driven PD Favors Growth over ‘Gotcha!’

Instead of having teachers ‘put on a show’ during classroom visits, this principal implemented a collaborative feedback system that truly improves practice. GUEST COLUMN | by Kathryn Procope After 12 years of working in school administration, one aspect of the job … Continue reading

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A Quiet Revolution

Why learning analytics are exactly what’s needed to improve university graduation rates. GUEST COLUMN | by Viswanath Subramaniam and Sanjay Mohan One of the most important goals for universities in North America is to significantly drive up their graduation rates … Continue reading

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