Mimio Educator

How Can Technology Motivate the Reluctant Learner?

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Jun 15, 2017


Some students are hard to motivate. The methods we typically use for motivatation—things that work with most students—don’t work with this group. This can be really frustrating for teachers who work with these students, as the behaviors often don’t “make sense” to those of us in education. Why would a student with plenty of opportunity to learn, and therefore advance their stake in life, not take that opportunity? It just doesn’t make sense.

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Topics: Education Technology, Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

10 Reasons Not to Miss ISTE 2017

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Wed, Jun 14, 2017

We’re on the verge of one of the largest education technology conferences in the United States. So, of course, everyone wants to know what the 2017 ISTE Conference & Expo will bring to the table.

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Topics: Education Technology, education industry, Educational influencers, 21st Century Skills

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

Ideas—Not Devices—Are Changing EdTech

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Tue, Jun 6, 2017

When winding down from the school year, I always take a bit of time to reflect on the events of the past year—but I also make certain to keep a steady gaze toward the future. When it comes to education, a great deal never changes. Teachers remain laser-focused and dedicated to their students’ success, while students are eager to learn (albeit they sometimes conceal their enthusiasm). Yet every year, I marvel at the pace of change within the technology ecosystem of K-12 education.

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Topics: Education Technology, education industry, Educational influencers, 21st Century Skills

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

Tools to Help Students Improve Their Keyboarding Skills

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, May 11, 2017

If keyboarding is an important skill for students to learn and master—and many would say that it is—what are some good tools to help students learn this skill? Like many online options, there are free versions that can work for different circumstances. Sometimes free versions have limits, and paying a little bit for one of the programs is well worth the money. But other times, especially when students are first learning keyboarding, free versions are just fine.

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Topics: Education Technology, curriculum, tips for teachers

Influential Educators Who Are Trending

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Wed, May 10, 2017

The door to the future is through education. We have a shared dream to create a better future for our students, providing them with the best education now so they will have the best opportunities to succeed in college and their subsequent careers when they are older.

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Topics: Education Technology, education industry, Educational influencers

EdTech Startups to Watch

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Thu, Apr 27, 2017

Over the past few years, EdTech investment reached all-time highs as funds poured in through both the public and private sectors. In fact, education technology companies saw growth of over 503% in investment through 2010 to 2014, according to a CBS Insights report. In 2015, deal activity to EdTech startups reached an all-time high, as startups raked in $3.1 billion in 491 deals.

With the education market currently valued at $4.4 trillion per year, there is huge potential for companies looking to disrupt an industry and deliver new ways for students around the world to learn the skills needed for their future careers. And with EdTech poised to capture a great deal of investment in 2017 and become the biggest and most profitable digitized sector yet, a number of companies have emerged to capitalize on this opportunity and offer groundbreaking new products.

 

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Topics: Education Technology, education industry, Educational influencers

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

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