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Cool Tool | Alleyoop for Students

Today’s students face an enormous challenge when it comes to being ready for college and a 21st-century workplace that demands creative problem-solving, critical thinking, time management skills and leadership. Only one in six high school freshmen go on to graduate … Continue reading

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In Google We Trust

GUEST COLUMN | by Angela Maiers Without a doubt, my 14-year-old daughter can text paragraphs faster and more accurate than I can text one sentence. My 15-year-old son is my go-to person for all my TV, computer, and technology needs. … Continue reading

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Rocket Fuel for Youth

GUEST COLUMN | by David Neils Authentic student work is ‘rocket fuel’ for our younger generations, says an innovative academic mentoring program’s director.  It’s humbling and inspiring to see what happens when teachers and mentors work together to encourage, support, … Continue reading

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How Education Fails Technology (And What to Do About It)

SHIFT PARADIGM | by Mark E. Weston Education has failed technology. Yes, you read that correctly. Education has failed technology. To understand why this is, not vice versa, requires understanding what the research literature makes clear: It is possible to … Continue reading

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Trends | Digital Learning Day

Here’s a great way to raise awareness and celebrate innovative teachers and instructional strategies. With technology transforming classrooms everywhere, and changing the way we buy groceries, listen to music and read books—it’s time for action. Help leverage technology’s potential in … Continue reading

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Technology and its Power to Transform Education

CLASSROOM 21 | by Greg Limperis I’ve been lucky enough in my new position this year to see the power technology can play in transforming education. Thanks to a huge investment by our district in interactive whiteboard equipment, document cameras, … Continue reading

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College in the Digital Age

EDTECH CHALLENGE | by Jesse M. Langley Technology has completely transformed the way we approach everyday problems, from finding directions when we’re lost to calculating the appropriate tip to leave at a restaurant. For older generations, the advancement of technology is … Continue reading

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Innovation in Journalism and Technology

GUEST COLUMN | By Katie Zhu I came into Northwestern University as a Journalism major. A year later, I also decided to study Computer Science. On paper, the requirements for my Journalism and Computer Science degrees could not be more different. Reporting and … Continue reading

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E-Learning Trends Emerging for 2012

GUEST COLUMN | By Peter Bray Keeping students’ attention in presentations is always a challenge, particularly in large lecture halls and online courses. But there are several trends in 2012 that will help professors who are willing to try new … Continue reading

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2012 Prediction: Cloud Takes Video Conferencing to Ed Markets

GUEST COLUMN | by Tom Toperczer Video technology has permeated all walks of professional life, and education is no exception. Students come armed with video-capable mobile devices and video editing tools besting many A/V departments of the last decade. There is … Continue reading

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How Technology Can Transform Classrooms

EDTECH CHALLENGE | by Jesse M. Langley Getting technology integrated into classrooms is an extremely important move toward giving students the tools they need to succeed. But just getting new technologies into old classrooms isn’t enough. Reaching the true potential … Continue reading

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What the Future of Education Depends On

CLASSROOM 21 | by Greg Limperis So here it is. I sit here tonight typing this blog post on my new iPad 2 plus 3G. I’ve downloaded the “Pages” app that I am using to type this. I love this … Continue reading

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Interview | Marty Reed: RANDA Solutions That Just Make Sense

Since its inception, RANDA Solutions has been in edtech, initially managing infrastructure supporting large-scale assessments. Over the years, their offerings have expanded to include early development of cloud hosting and innovative solutions for school districts. Passionate about being a central … Continue reading

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Cool Tools | Teachers: How to Bridge the Gap Right Now

Looking to bridge the digital gap? Check this out, especially if you’re looking for reading comprehension tools—deadline’s coming right up, but you’ve still got enough time: DYMO/Mimio has introduced the third grant award in its classroom technology grant series—the “Bridging … Continue reading

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An iPad for the Teacher? (Not Only.)

GUEST COLUMN | by Jay King Recently, the small school district of Auburn, Maine approved an expenditure of $200,000 for 285 iPads, equipping both teachers and students in six schools beginning this fall. While the program by itself isn’t news, … Continue reading

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Why Educators Must Make Peace with Gaming

EDTECH CHALLENGE | by Jesse M. Langley Gamers have spent over 5.93 million years in Azeroth, the fictional land of World of Warcraft. This is one of the most significant statistics facing education today. One of the most significant problems facing education … Continue reading

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TakingITGlobal | Multilingual Community: The Power of Language

TakingITGlobal | By Jennifer Corriero “Multilingualism is an important concept to be recognized because it can be directly linked to equality. TIG is a great platform for advocating such a concept. The involvement in non-profit organizations creates a great opportunity … Continue reading

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Trends | Blended Learning Money

Want some money? Get some from Echo360, a lecture capture platform, as they launch a research grant project. They’re now accepting applications for their third annual research grant program that will award four $10k projects to universities looking to review … Continue reading

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Cultivating a Tech Integration Plan: 5 Simple Steps

21st-CENTURY LEADER | by Bryan O’Black In the world of laptops, interactive whiteboards, classroom performance systems and iPads—the role of the school administrator has changed. Many of us are becoming more tech-savvy, relying on various technologies to perform day-to-day responsibilities. … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Connect from McG and Bb

Here’s a powerful online learning assignment and assessment solution from a couple of the top names in education: merge the robust capabilities of Blackboard Learn with rich McGraw-Hill Connect content and you get an all-digital higher education learning platform allowing … Continue reading

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Teaching to the Common Core Standards

CLASSROOM 21 | by Greg Limperis Working for the past 15 years in an underperforming inner city school district, I have become intimately familiar with the need to align all lessons to the state—and now federal—standards. This year, our district … Continue reading

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Trends | Milton Chen’s Education Nation

Add this lucid read to your summer list: Milton Chen, senior fellow and executive director emeritus at the George Lucas Educational Foundation, brings together over a decade of great examples showcasing what’s working in our nation’s schools culled from his work on … Continue reading

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Leave Me Alone—I’m On Vacation

CLASSROOM 21 | by Greg Limperis Okay! So, it is officially summer vacation and I am off from teaching for two months. As I sit at home reflecting on one year of teaching, 13 years as a technology facilitator and … Continue reading

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Trends: Horizon Report 2011

The annual Horizon Report identifies and describes emerging technology considerably impacting these areas: teaching, learning and creative expression. For the second straight year, their K-12 Edition of the report identified cloud computing as a technology to watch. It’s an interesting … Continue reading

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Virtual Social Network, Real Social Change

TakingITGlobal | by Jennifer Corriero “Ten years ago TakingITGlobal led a movement as a social network for social change. Today, through programs like Sprout, TakingITGlobal is cultivating a new generation of changemaker as a catalyst for social innovation.”—Kristle Calisto-Tavares, Sprout … Continue reading

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