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How to Set Technology Goals and Make Purchasing Decisions

Posted by Lynn Reedy on Wed, Jun 22, 2016


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Summer is here! For many this is a time to relax and take it easy, but for some of us this is the time to get busy thinking about and planning for the coming school year. With the day-to-day demands of school out of the way, we have the space to start thinking about what technology we want to start implementing – and how we can make those plans a reality. 

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Tags: Classroom Technology, Education Technology


How to Run a Successful Pilot Program for New Technology [NEW GUIDE]

Posted by Lynn Reedy on Thu, Jun 16, 2016


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You may think you have determined which technology product is the best fit for your educational needs, but a pilot program is an excellent way to be sure before making that big purchase. It’s a sad truth that more than a few products end up sitting on shelves or taking up space on a server, never to be used. Setting up a successful pilot program is an important part of evaluating classroom technology before spending district funds.

Prior to setting up a pilot, design a pilot process. Schedule a timeline of usage with the vendor, and use that time wisely. Pilots should coordinate with academic calendars, budget discussions, and purchasing time frames. Gather as much data as you can while you have the products. Gather input from all stakeholders, and be sure to speak to your students, as well.

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Tags: Education Technology


10 Cool Things to Do at ISTE 2016

Posted by Travis Rink on Tue, Jun 14, 2016


ISTE-2016-Logo_Full-Logo_Full-Color.jpgFinals are over and, hopefully, you had a chance to unwind during the Memorial Day weekend. So, are you rested and ready for the 2016 ISTE Conference & Expo? This annual event, the biggest ed-tech conference in the United States, is just around the corner: June 26-29.

For 2016, the conference and expo are being held in the “Mile High City” – Denver, CO – and we’ve compiled a short list of conference and city attractions that you won’t want to miss. To enjoy the full experience of ISTE 2016, consider doing the following:

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Tags: Education Technology, Product Announcement, Tradeshow, education industry


Make Your Summer Break a Vacation with These End-of-Year Ideas

Posted by Travis Rink on Wed, Jun 8, 2016


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With the current school year quickly coming to an end, you probably have a gazillion things to cross off of your end-of-year checklist. But because you’re a teacher, we’re sure there’s a little voice inside your head challenging you to prepare for back to school time right now. You know that if you do, your summer will be that much more relaxed and restorative.

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Tags: Education Technology, Educational Apps


Professional Learning Opportunities at Your Fingertips for Summer and Beyond

Posted by Lynn Reedy on Wed, Jun 1, 2016


ProflearningSummer-820788-edited.pngAs summer approaches and the gifts of time and relaxation come into play, consider spending some of that time on professional learning opportunities that you might have missed during the hectic school year.

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Tags: Professional Development for Teachers


11 Time Savers for Teachers and Principals

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, May 25, 2016


TimeSaversforTeachersPrincipals-01.jpg“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot.” ‒ Michael Altshuler

 Over the past 10 years in the world of education, life has not become simpler. We have increasing stacks of student data, growing lists of apps and tech ideas, a wall full of Pinterest pins, and parents and students with individual and widely varying needs. And as the end of the school year grows closer, we are even busier!

It can be overwhelming, but we’re here to offer some support. Take a look at these 11 time savers, which may help you simplify your day and free up time for other activities:
 

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Tags: Educational Apps, tips fpr teachers


8 Ways to Inspire Student Learning All Summer Long

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, May 19, 2016


Summerlearning-01.jpgLet me begin by saying that summer should be summer – our students should have time to play and relax! Even though my wife and I are both educators, we believe that summer downtime is essential for all of our kids, regardless of their age. In our house, we “summer” hard. We stay up late, sleep in, often have no real plan for the day, and enjoy the freedom of summer.

That being said, once the summer rolls on for a little while, we usually find that our own kids start needing some engagement and some mental stimulation. We’ve found a number of ways to help maintain active brains over the long summer break. Here are eight ideas for your students and their parents.

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Tags: curriculum, Project-Based Learning


Class-Wide Collaboration with Ed Tech: Part 2 - IWBs, Digital Displays & Web Tools

Posted by Paul Gigliotti on Tue, May 17, 2016


LasClassWideCollaboration_IWD_Displays_Web.jpgt week we discussed why accustoming students to whole-class collaboration is critical to their future success in the workplace, and looked at the ways that mobile applications can facilitate that type of classroom collaboration.

Today we’ll consider other types of ed tech: interactive whiteboards, digital displays, and Web 2.0 tools.

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Tags: Educational Software, Education Technology, Classroom Collaboration, Educational Apps, Curr


Class-Wide Collaboration with Ed Tech: Part 1 - Mobile Applications

Posted by Paul Gigliotti on Wed, May 11, 2016


ClassWideCollaboration_MobileDevices.jpgIt has become clear that student collaboration is now an important focal point of modern education. The Common Core standards found in many states require that students participate in a diverse range of collaborative activities. That’s because teaching students collaborative skills has become paramount to their success in the 21st century global economy.

 

Collaboration Creates Tomorrow's Successful Workforce

When today’s students enter the workforce, they will be asked to collaborate with others, both in person and via technology. To prepare students to perform their future jobs successfully, many schools have adopted curricula, materials, and lessons centered on the concept of student collaboration. Programs such as College Prep Math (CPM), which requires students to work and to solve problems together as a team, are becoming more common in schools across the country and around the world. 

 

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Tags: Education Technology, MimioMobile, Educational Apps


How to Create a Makerspace in the Classroom

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Thu, May 5, 2016


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America has always had a culture set on dreaming up possibilities and then taking action to make them happen. I believe that the amazing innovation we have seen in the United States (and, in some cases, don’t even know about yet) is due to the “maker” mentality. Because the art of making is inherent to the very fabric of our culture, it’s central to 21st learning.

Childhood has long been a time when young minds are allowed – indeed, encouraged – to play and “make.” It’s important to understand that allowing students to be makers opens the doors to both personalized and authentic learning.

The current Maker Movement in education puts greater emphasis on allowing students to imagine, envision, create, innovate, play, formatively learn, experiment, collaborate, share, and – most of all – dream of possibilities. Creating a classroom makerspace seems to be a natural progression in today’s schools.

 

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Tags: Lessons, Activities, curriculum, The Maker Movement


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