Category Archives: cool tools

Ahead, Online

Europe’s largest online course provider answers questions. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Formed in December 2012 by The Open University, following the rapid development of massive open online courses (MOOCs) in the global higher education sector, FutureLearn began running their … Continue reading

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Creating Time

A teacher’s perspective on how tech helps address time constraints of language learning. GUEST COLUMN | by Gisele Vázquez Falls As a language educator with more than 20 years of classroom experience, I’ve witnessed the countless ways technology can transform … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Georama

While field trips provide for great learning experiences for students, they can only be done so often and usually can’t go that far due to financial and/or logistical reasons. Almost 75 percent of educators think that technology has a positive … Continue reading

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Digital Privacy in Education

Our voices can go anywhere.  GUEST COLUMN | by Jennifer Dalsen and Caroline Hardin We live in a technological world where sharing videos, uploading photos, and sending text messages are part of our daily routine. This strong and constant engagement … Continue reading

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Virtual Mentoring

Harnessing the power of technology to connect college and career ready leaders. GUEST COLUMN | by Matthew Olson Welcome to CAMP! Collegiate Achievement Mentoring Program, or CAMP Osprey, is a mutually beneficial leadership-development program where collegiate students from the University … Continue reading

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Trends | Get into the FLO

The people at EdChat Interactive are excited to roll out their first course on April 17: When We Stop Playing, We All Lose. It’s a micro-course that will be run over two weeks teaching the “FLO” pedagogy to provide practical … Continue reading

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Practical in Prosek

A Czech school’s story of engaging students in the hands-on world of 3D printing. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Engaged students, creating students — are motivated students. That’s the premise of 3D printing for education from Y Soft, a provider … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Exact Path from Edmentum

Rising class sizes combined with increasing awareness of ever-changing academic levels leave teachers feeling short of their most valuable resource, time. The time required to create individualized curriculum for each student makes it prohibitive more for most teachers. Exact Path, … Continue reading

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Lecture Capture 2.0: The Evolution of Video in Higher Ed

Four guiding principles for shifting to deeper engagement platforms between faculty and students. GUEST COLUMN | by Bradley S. Fordham While it’s impossible that the Greek philosopher Heraclitus had campus technology in mind when he postulated that “the only thing … Continue reading

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Supercharging Student Voices

A veteran designer creates a remarkable video platform for millions of learners. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Charles Miller is changing the world. And it isn’t by accident. He is co-founder and Chief Design Officer of Flipgrid, a Minneapolis company focused … Continue reading

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Trends | Afterschool & STEM System Building Evaluation 2016

Students participating in afterschool programs that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) reported increased interest in STEM careers and gains in important 21st century skills such as critical thinking and perseverance. Those findings emerge from new research, Afterschool & STEM System … Continue reading

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Future-Proofing Our Students

An advisor to some of the world’s leading companies talks edtech, students, learning. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero This Silicon Valley-based global talent expert and HR (Tech) guru advises some of Silicon Valley’s most reputed companies on issues of talent, … Continue reading

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2017 – Finalists & Winners

EdTech Digest Awards Program 2017 | Shaping Our Future  Any education company is, by the era in which we now live, an edtech company. And today, any educator, learner, or leader is at least a nascent technologist. Billions of dollars … Continue reading

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More Than The Robot

Integrating student competitions into the classroom. GUEST COLUMN | by Lauren Tabolinksky Student competitions provide hands-on learning opportunities to children. In engineering student competitions, elementary and middle school kids are challenged to design and build a robot that will play … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Spark Board from Cisco

Every teacher wants to close gaps in education. And schools are using technology to help learners achieve more. Cisco sees great potential in integrating disparate tools, and turning “static” learning into “continuum” learning (skills that build progressively). The company’s Digital Education … Continue reading

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2017 – Finalists

EdTech Digest Awards Program 2017 | Shaping Our Future  Any education company is, by the era in which we now live, an edtech company. And today, any educator, learner, or leader is at least a nascent technologist. Billions of dollars … Continue reading

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EdTech: The Secret Weapon

Is edtech the route to STEM integration in the classroom? GUEST COLUMN | by Na’ama Y. Rosenberg The United States National Academies has emphasized the need for enhanced STEM education in the United States. Its top three recommendations were to: … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | QwertyTown 2.0

In an age of students thumbing away on their smartphones, there are still plenty of desktop computers, laptops, and tablets—and thus there remains a type of literacy that’s just as vital as clearly pronouncing your words and speaking articulately for … Continue reading

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What’s Happening in 2082?

Educating a generation for a future we cannot possibly predict. GUEST COLUMN | by Christine Zaremba In his seminal 2006 TED Talk, Sir Ken Robinson discussed the importance of creativity in education, and in doing so, made a point that … Continue reading

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Helping the Greatest Number of Students

A teacher’s perspective on edtech that works for everyone.  GUEST COLUMN | by Erin Redden My school district, in Caddo Parish, Louisiana, might be a lot like yours. We have strengths and we have challenges with academics. Students in some … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Learning Upgrade Android and iOS Apps

With more and more students using smartphones for learning, Learning Upgrade, provider of literacy and math curriculum for English language learners (ELLs), has taken its ELL programs mobile. With their apps for iOS and Android, the millions of learners who … Continue reading

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Let Them Read!

Hey tech-savvy teacher, here are some cool tools for improving literacy skills. GUEST COLUMN | by Rita Platt Most teachers would agree that increasing both differentiation and integration of content is the key to maximizing learning. For the tech-savvy teacher, … Continue reading

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Creating Blended Learning Models That Work

For district leaders, finding the right blend of technology, commitment, and support can be the difference between success and failure. GUEST COLUMN | by Eileen Murphy Buckley Not long ago, while hosting a blended learning training for a large, high-performing … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Boxlight’s ProColor Interactive Flat Panel Displays

Designed to meet the current and future needs of students, educators, and school IT administrators, Boxlight recently unveiled the ProColor interactive HD and UHD/4K displays. They bring touch-enabled collaborative learning from the front of the class to the back: promoting … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | SchoolMint

Administrators are finding that their current paper-based process for managing school choice and student enrollment means long hours of data entry for staff and a confusing, time-consuming process for parents. Instead, SchoolMint provides an award-winning, cloud-based enrollment and school choice … Continue reading

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