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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

EdTech Industry 2017: What Is the Next Big Thing?

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Thu, Feb 9, 2017

Bob Dylan’s lyrics, “The times, they are a-changin’,” have never been more relevant as educators face new mandates for preparing students for the future. And what’s more, I think the single biggest trend for this year can be summed up in just a few letters—AR/VR—and maybe one word: makerspaces.

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Topics: Education Technology, education industry, Educational influencers

10 Things You’ll Love at TCEA 2017!

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Tue, Jan 31, 2017

It’s time to get ready for one of the “must-attend” events for innovative educators: TCEA Annual Convention and Exposition. Held in Austin, Texas from February 6–10, this yearly convention brings together campus- and district-level educators (administrators, teachers, tech directors, media specialists, etc.) to explore educational technology integration and best practices that enhance productivity and build engaging teaching methods. Plus, the event offers stellar networking opportunities!

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Topics: Education Technology, Tradeshow, education industry, Educational influencers

The EdTech Trade Show is Not Dead!

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Wed, Jan 25, 2017

Classroom Connections: Trade Shows and Conferences Not to Be Missed

In our busy, social media crazy world, we often forget the importance of being in a live face-to-face setting with others from the education community. Being active in both your industry trade association of choice or other key conferences can bring with it many benefits. 

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Topics: Educational Software, Education Technology, Tradeshow, education industry, Educational influencers

10 Reasons You Should Attend FETC 2017

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Fri, Jan 20, 2017

FETC 2017 is just around the corner! This four-day event, held on January 24–27, is a fantastic opportunity to greet old colleagues, meet prospective collaborators, and learn from the pros—including hands-on explorations of the latest hardware, software, and successful strategies for integrating technology across the K-20 curriculum. As always, the conference will be held in The City Beautiful: Orlando, FL. From city attractions to workshops and the booths (don’t miss Boxlight at booth 114!), here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect:

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

By the Numbers: What’s Trending in Education

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Thu, Jan 5, 2017

We thought it might be interesting to step back before we jump into a new year and see what numbers and statistics are indicating about various aspects of K-12 education. There’s no lack of resources in which to gather intelligence on the current state of everything K-12 from the National Assessment of Educational Progress—the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas to State Education Reform results.

But by no means do the numbers tell the entire story. Share your thoughts below on what these resources and reports mean to you!

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Topics: Education Technology, education industry

50 Reasons Teachers Love Winter Break

Posted by Travis Rink on Wed, Dec 28, 2016

After a long semester of shaping the minds of the next generation, teachers certainly deserve some time to relax and unwind over the winter break. So, just how much do educators love this time off? And how do they spend it?

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Topics: education industry, tips for teachers

2016: Looking Back While Leaning Forward

Posted by Mark Elliott on Wed, Dec 21, 2016

It’s hard to believe the year is coming to a close. 2016 was a year with exciting new product launches, collaborative learning events, and the merger of Boxlight and Mimio, and we are poised and ready for great success in the coming year.

In order to embrace the new, we have to first reflect on the old. Each year, we ask ourselves questions such as:

  1. What did we accomplish? (Including a list of our wins and achievements.)
  2. What were the most significant events of the past year?
  3. For what are we particularly grateful?
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Topics: Education Technology, education industry

Teacher Stress Busters: Tactics, Tools, and Techniques for the Holiday Season

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Thu, Dec 15, 2016

Workplace stress can be hard on employees in all industries, but dealing with increasing class sizes, budget cuts, and the lengthy hours spent planning and grading coursework can leave educators feeling like they’re spread too thin. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays and end of year demands added on top of all that, we need some tips and techniques to bring back our spirit!

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Topics: education industry, tips for teachers

Adapting the Growth Mindset: How Educators Can Guide All Learners

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Dec 14, 2016


The “growth mindset,” popularized by Carol Dweck, has become a hot topic in the education world—and rightfully so. The concepts outlined in Dweck’s book resonate with much of what teachers already know, and challenge some of the current practices of the educational system. 

Teachers know that through encouragement, goal setting, and hard work, students can develop grit, determination, and self-efficacy. Some kids walk into the classroom with their mind already “set” to be unsuccessful, but teachers have watched students who persevere become much more successful adults than other students who don’t have this trait.

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Topics: curriculum, education industry, tips for teachers

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