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A Look Back at 2017 While Poised for the New Year

Posted by Mark Elliott on Tue, Dec 19, 2017

It’s true what people say: Each year seems to go by faster than the one before! For Boxlight, 2017 has been full of exciting new product launches and a greater focus on STEM initiatives—including becoming the convening agency for the Georgia Girls STEM Collaborative, formed under the auspices of the National Girls Collaborative Project. We received a host of accolades from a number of prestigious organizations, and we also saw the closing of our initial public offering. However, these activities won’t have us resting on our laurels and there is still much work to be done.

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Topics: Education Technology, education industry, Educational influencers

6 Tips to Help You Become an Innovative Educator

Posted by Dana Jandhyala on Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Considering the dynamic nature of the education industry and the practices followed, a teacher’s role today is quite multifaceted in comparison to how it used to be. For example, earlier curriculums and teaching methods were standardized and the teaching tools were common for all. However, with the introduction of technology, the options for teaching methods and tools have greatly increased.

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

Technology in Rural School Settings: Closing the Digital Divide

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Thu, Dec 7, 2017

I grew up in a small town in Minnesota. Our one elementary school building (K–6) and one combined junior and high school campus (7–12), along with the Catholic elementary school (K–6), were central to the community—structures that connected generations, a teaching staff that communicated local values, and a forum where community pride took shape in school events and the cheering on of beloved high school sports teams. It’s important to consider this rural context—deep pride in both place and people—before turning to a discussion of technology use within rural schools.

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Topics: Education Technology, Funding, education industry, Administrator Resources

The Dangers of Using Google Classroom

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Dec 6, 2017

In 2011, Steve Jobs described Apple products as the intersection of technology and liberal arts—this is part of why the original Apple line (iPod, iPad, and then iPhone) all fascinated us. These were products that did something different with technology that we had never experienced before. We now listened to music, played games, created music, and even designed and painted in a different and new way. Jobs believed the future of technology would become “post-PC” and we would interact with technology in a whole new way.

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Topics: Education Technology, Educational Apps, curriculum, 21st Century Skills, Google Classroom, 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

Top 10 STEM Apps

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Nov 15, 2017

 

Career growth in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) shows no sign of slowing down, so how do we ensure that today’s students are ready for the jobs of tomorrow? By incorporating STEM learning into the classroom, we can give our students the tools they need to succeed in the future—and spark interest in these fields.

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Topics: Educational Software, Education Technology, Science Lessons, Educational Apps, STEM, STEAM

Flipping the Classroom: How and Why?

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Nov 9, 2017

In today’s public education classroom, many students have a device that will connect to the Internet. At the secondary level, many students are taking that device home. Because students now have new options for learning outside of the classroom, teachers and administrators are interested in “flipping” the classroom. But what exactly does this term mean?

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

Quick Guide to Teacher Training Options

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

If you want your teachers to have special training or certificates in technology or career education moving forward, it will take some searching—but hopefully the information below will help you get started.

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Topics: Educational Software, Education Technology, Professional Development for Teachers, Training, Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

The What Works Clearinghouse: Best Practices at Our Fingertips

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Oct 24, 2017

Good educators are constantly searching for best practices in the classroom. The term “best practice” can get thrown around a lot by different organizations, parents, teachers, and especially administrators. In the end, it can be hard to determine which “best practices” are the ones we really need to implement.

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Topics: Education Technology, education industry, Educational influencers

Get Your Grant Money Here!

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Tue, Oct 10, 2017

No one has to tell you that money in public education is tight, so it never hurts to find grants or awards to help improve your school’s standing. Whether you want to enhance global learning, have students better master STEM courses, or purchase technology that general budgets can’t afford, opportunities worth thousands of dollars are available for the taking this school year.

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Topics: Education Technology, Funding, education industry

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