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How to Help Students Develop Personal Responsibility

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Jan 25, 2018

With 1:1 devices in the classroom, teachers have run across a new challenge that is also an old one. Too often, students come to class unprepared to use the device—most of the time it is not charged, and other times it may be left at home. These devices are critically important to learning. A teacher with a lesson planned on Google Classroom can't just run an extra copy if a student has a dead battery.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, tips for teachers, Classroom Management

EdTech Goals for 2018

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Jan 9, 2018

A new year is a great time to look at our accomplishments from the year gone by. Traditionally, it is also the time when we seek out opportunities for growth as we look ahead. I thought I would share some areas in which I would like to grow in 2018. By sharing these with you, I hope that maybe you can be inspired to take on some new learning, grow as an individual and a teacher, and get out of your comfort zone to try something challenging.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Educational Software, Education Technology, Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

Six Great Engineering Apps to Try in the Classroom

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Nov 28, 2017

In the cult classic Office Space, the famous one-liner heard multiple times is, “So what would you say you do here?” It gets a lot of laughs because the high-level executives have no real clue what anyone in the office actually does. The truth of the matter is that in the world of education, teachers don't always know what other professionals actually do at their jobs, either. We know we can encourage students to become doctors, lawyers, welders, or accountants—some of these jobs we feel like we know well because we probably have experience with them. But when it comes to the field of engineering, I would guess that most teachers don’t really have a firm grasp on what the job actually entails.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Education Technology, Educational Apps, STEM

Even More Great Assessment Tools

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Nov 8, 2017

A little while ago, we shared our 10 best assessment apps with you. This article highlighted a number of great tools to use for formative and summative assessments in the classroom.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, MimioVote assessment, classroom assessment

Sensory Series Part 3: Sensory Sensitive Technology Tools

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Oct 19, 2017

In the previous two Sensory Series posts, we covered meeting the sensory needs of students and designing a sensory sensitive classroom. The final piece of the sensory puzzle is how devices can assist students in the classroom. Can technology help students with sensory issues? And can it impede their learning if we aren’t attentive to their needs?

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Topics: Classroom Technology, tips for teachers, Classroom Management, Sensory Needs

Improving Classroom Routines With Data

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Jul 20, 2017

At times, making changes in our teaching methods can be very hard. The way we teach is a very personal matter, as teachers (should) bring their personality into the classroom to help connect with students. Because we want teachers to teach from their heart, to change our teaching  methods means we need to change our mindset, our beliefs, or even what we are comfortable doing and saying in our classroom. Even more so than instructional practices, classroom management is one of these areas where change can be especially hard.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, curriculum, Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

EdTech Companies Educators Love

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Tue, Jul 18, 2017

 

Over the past several years, K-12 education has started to shift away from delivering technology that keeps the show running behind the scenes. Instead, there has been a fresh emphasis on main stage performances—engaging learners in innovative ways to improve student outcomes.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Educational Software, Education Technology, Educational Apps, education industry

Part 1: Three BIG Trends From This Year’s ISTE Conference

Posted by Stevan Vigneaux on Thu, Jul 13, 2017

Another successful year at the annual ISTE conference has come and gone, and this year’s latest trends have made a strong impression on the EdTech industry. Whether you were at the conference in San Antonio or following the action through the #NotAtISTE hashtag on Twitter, there was so much to learn about. The Boxlight team returned from ISTE this year full of new insights into the educational technology industry, but a few topics stood out to us more than others. Here are the top three trending themes our team found most impactful at ISTE 2017:

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Education Technology, education industry, 21st Century Skills, STEM

How to Hire a Teacher with Strong Instructional Technology Skills

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Jun 8, 2017

We are now at the time of the year when teachers are retiring or relocating to other schools. Administrators are looking to hire new teachers who will help take their schools to the next level in all aspects of education—especially in the area of technology.

What are some ways that principals can bring in educators who will be leaders in the area of technology? There are the basic ways to find out more about candidates, such as reference checks, resumes, applications, and cover letters. However, the traditional methods of exploring great candidates aren’t always enough to help find the right person. What are some other methods of discovering a candidate’s technical expertise and potential? Here are some ideas:

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Education Technology, Technical Challenges, education industry

10 Training Tips for a Successful Technology Integration

Posted by Lynn Erickson on Wed, May 17, 2017

We know what it’s like to attend a one-day professional development event and never have any follow-up training. It is just as frustrating to listen to a trainer and not be able to practice what you learned because the equipment is not readily available. Additionally, many of us have struggled through a training never being able to touch a piece of technology equipment.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Education Technology, Technical Challenges

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