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The Future of Keyboarding Instruction

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Apr 26, 2017

What is the role of keyboarding instruction in the classroom—especially the elementary classroom? Over the past few years, as one-to-one devices become more widespread and accessible to students at younger grade levels, this question has become more and more pertinent. I know our own school has struggled with student keyboarding skills over the past few years.

Three main issues we grapple with as educators.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, curriculum, 21st Century Skills, tips for teachers

The Best Books About Teaching and Learning of 2017—So Far

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Apr 12, 2017

We are only about 25% of the way through the year, but there has already been a number of exciting books published in the world of education. From scholarly books to practical guides and straight-talking classroom help to intellectual political thought, there is something new to be found for every type of teacher leader.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Education Technology, education industry, tips for teachers

Best Practices for Grading Tech Integration

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Apr 11, 2017

When it comes to technology, most schools don’t assign separate grades for “computing.” Most of us in the EdTech world probably wouldn’t suggest doing that anyway. Technology should be integrated rather than being treated as an add-on; it is just part of “what we do” in the classroom, and not a separate subject.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Education Technology, classroom assessment, Technical Challenges

Turning BYOD Student Devices Into Learning Tools

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Mar 30, 2017

Whether it is a school-owned computer or a student BYOD cell phone, classroom management with devices can be challenging. Most students probably see their own device as a gaming/texting/social media gadget—and not as a learning tool. So when teachers ask students to use their devices to learn, and not to play, it can be very challenging. From social media and games to learning tools, most students are highly adept at flipping from one thing to the next, such as hiding apps they shouldn’t be on and masking their social media action. Because of all this, monitoring and managing can be difficult from the outset.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Education Technology, MimioMobile, Mobile Devices, BYOD

Finding the Right Classroom Solution: Interactive Touch Boards

Posted by Stevan Vigneaux on Wed, Mar 8, 2017

Whole-class learning is a key aspect of the modern classroom, but how do you find the right solution for your school? There are a variety of options, so you need to take a closer look at each one to determine which is the best choice for your students, teachers, curriculum, and budget.

Last week we looked at interactive projectors, which offer large interactive spaces more affordably than flat panel displays. This week, we're going to explore interactive touch boards, which can be used as both a conventional whiteboard and a touch board. Some of the most important considerations are what will work for your classroom configurations and for the teaching and learning styles of your educators and students.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Education Technology, touch board, Whole-Class

FETC and TCEA: A 2017 Recap of EdTech Trends and News

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Thu, Feb 23, 2017

The Boxlight Mimio team has settled back into their daily routines after FETC (January 24–27) in Orlando, Florida and TCEA (February 6–10) in Austin, Texas. As always, both events were exciting and enlightening, and reminded us how our tech-savvy educators know they must stay on top of education trends in order to learn how teaching and learning can best benefit from technology’s near-constant changes.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Educational Software, Education Technology, Tradeshow, education industry, STEM

Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Selecting New Education Technology

Posted by Lynn Erickson on Tue, Feb 7, 2017

New education technology purchases can be just as exciting as that shiny new toy given to a kid as a gift. But without proper planning, these new purchases can result in disastrous effects. Here are some mistakes to avoid when planning for new technology purchases: 

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Education Technology

Performing Whole-Class Checks When Assessment Tools Aren't Available

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Jan 17, 2017

Do They Get It?

A few months ago, I shared an article on checking for understanding in a 1:1 classroom. Because there are many classrooms that do not have aa assessment device for every student, I wanted to share some other ideas for how to check whole groups of students to see if they are understanding the content and confident in their learning.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, classroom assessment, curriculum, Whole-Class

EdTech Resolutions for 2017

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Jan 11, 2017

As we turn the calendar, we have a new year full of possibilities. Even with all these possibilities, we also know that old habits die hard—this is why listing our new year’s resolutions is a popular practice and can be very profound. The list either helps us to do something new that we have always wanted to try, or start doing something we have known for a while and need to pick up again. 

So for 2017, I have developed my top list of things I would like to do, improve at, or focus on for the year. These resolutions are aimed at improving my knowledge of educational technology (and more!) and are in no particular order—and a few are a little tongue in cheek!

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Education Technology, curriculum, tips for teachers

New Tech Tools to Try With Students in 2017

Posted by Jessica Thiefels on Tue, Dec 20, 2016

You’re practically swimming in “must-try” tool lists right now—we know. That’s why we created this unique one for you. These tools can be used in almost every classroom, from kindergarten to high school, and teach students important skills that they’ll need in our modern world, including coding, creativity, and kindness.  

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

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