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7 of the Biggest Investors in Education Technology – and Why They Matter to You

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Thu, Jul 28, 2016


As the educational technology industry has grown over the past 15 years, certain investors have become well-known for their contributions to ed-tech startups. We’ve compiled a list of the most notable investors active in this sector right now. The first three on the list, NewSchools Venture Fund, 500 Startups, and LearnCapital, are known as the biggest investors in ed-tech entrepreneurs, but all seven are worth watching. As the leading venture capitalists and investors in education, their current decisions set future trends and help to drive development across the educational technology landscape. What they invest in today will shape the classrooms for schools, teachers, and students tomorrow. Take a look at this quick overview of the financial giants behind much of the tech in schools today, and learn why they do what they do.

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Tags: Education Technology, education industry, Educational influencers

10 Ways to Stay Sane, Focused, and Ready for the New School Year

Posted by Charli Mullen on Tue, Jul 26, 2016


August, I swear, is the shortest month of the year. The 1st rolls around, and all of the sudden it hits me that I have 22 days left to get my classroom, curriculum, children, and myself ready for the new school year. Adding to the mayhem of this year, my beloved husband, who spends most of his time as a stay-at-home papa, is gallivanting off with the Marine Corps for two and a half weeks, right as the school year is set to begin.

I thought it might prove useful to you all to share some of my personal strategies and tips for getting ready for the new school year. I have had the good fortune to learn some things from some amazing teachers and moms – advice on how to stay balanced and establish smart routines in my home and classroom. These strategies help me to stay sane during the start of the school year, and I want to share 10 of my favorites with you:

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Tags: tips fpr teachers, back to school

5 Websites for Saving Money on Classroom Supplies

Posted by Jessica Thiefels on Wed, Jul 20, 2016


School district budgets get tighter every year, leaving teachers with minimal finances for classroom supplies and for replacing old, outdated learning materials. And you know all too well what it costs to make sure your students have what they need to learn – budget or no budget!

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Tags: Free Content, tips fpr teachers, back to school

The Teacher’s Checklist to Start the School Year Off Right!

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Jul 13, 2016


It’s still summer, and we hope you’re taking time to relax and recharge your batteries. But if there’s a little voice in your head reminding you that another school year lies ahead – and you’ve promised yourself that you’ll be more prepared this time around – we can help you get a handle on things with this helpful checklist. It covers the pertinent categories: students, parents, curriculum, technology, organization, classroom management, and self-care, plus miscellaneous. With the checklist in hand, you can silence that nagging little voice and get back to the important work of summer: relaxation, with a bit of time spent reading, learning, and growing as a professional! 

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Tags: Lessons, curriculum, tips fpr teachers, back to school

Impressions, Insight, and News from ISTE 2016

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Thu, Jul 7, 2016

What the Boxlight Team Learned at ISTE

Our team has returned from this year’s ISTE Conference & Expo in the Mile High City. The event, as always, provided plenty of great opportunities to exchange ideas and information with educators, students, and journalists about all things related to education technology and technology implementation strategies.

We’ve asked our team members to share their most significant observations from ISTE 2016. So, whether or not you made it to Denver, you can gain some valuable information from the largest educational technology trade show in North America.

ISTE16_BestofShow_TNL2_ol.pngBut before we get down to business, we want to celebrate a milestone: the company’s first conference as Boxlight and Mimio combined! In addition, we are pleased to have won Tech & Learning’s ISTE Best in Show Award for our P12 laser interactive touch projectors.

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Tags: Education Technology, Tradeshow, education industry

How to Set Technology Goals and Make Purchasing Decisions

Posted by Lynn Reedy on Wed, Jun 22, 2016


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

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

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


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