Ed Tech

  • To Chrome Or Not To Chrome?

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    It seems that, every time you look at education technology publications, the hot topic of the day is Chromebooks. Schools around the nation are making the switch from laptops and iPads to Chromebooks. But why? What is the appeal of Chromebooks, and should your school jump on the Chromebook bandwagon? Continue reading

  • Which Projectors Are Right For Our Classrooms?

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    As time dwindles down for schools to spend their remaining budget dollars, many technology directors are looking to acquire new projectors for their district. With the vast number of different projectors on the market today, finding the right projector can be an overwhelming task. Nichole Hembree, BoardShare’s director of business development, recently spoke with Anthony Cusmano, one of BoardShare’s partners at Touchboards, to find out more about what projectors he recommends for different classroom setups. Anthony is a product specialist and projector guru who has helped thousands of educators find the right projector for their classroom. Continue reading

  • Strategic Budgeting For Education Technology

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    As budgets in schools ebb and flow, administrators are faced with the challenge of evaluating budgets for their departments. It is no secret that schools spend a great deal of money on education technology and that technology directors are often impacted by large budget cuts. We have spoken with technology directors around the country about how to effectively evaluate their education technology budget, and these are some of their recommended strategies. Continue reading

  • Finding Technology Grants

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    “I’d love to purchase new technology for the classroom, but I don’t have the money for it right now.” This is an all-too common phrase said by educators and administrators. Many educators want to implement new and innovative technology to heighten student learning, but lack the funds to do so. It is an unfortunate reality that many schools are restricted from purchasing technology due to funding. Grants can be an important resource for solving the funding problem. Continue reading

  • Preventing Technology Frustration In The Classroom

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    While many teachers are comfortable with technology and can quickly grasp how to use it, other teachers often find technology complicated, overwhelming, and frustrating. There are some educators who feel that teachers with an aversion to technology need to shape up or ship out. Lia De Cicco Remu, director of Partners in Learning at Microsoft Canada, said that paper and pen don’t have a place in the modern classroom, and that teachers who use them are not being fair to their students. For teachers who struggle with technology, the introduction of so many new devices can cause a great deal of frustration.  Continue reading

  • Evaluating Education Technology

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    With all of the different education technology products on the market today, it is critical that technology directors take the time to evaluate the edtech products they may potentially purchase. Fortunately, many edtech companies allow schools to try their products for a certain period of time. Evaluating education technology is critical for both tech directors and edtech companies; it allows staff members to further examine what they are looking for in an edtech product, and it allows edtech companies to discover how they can improve. What are the important questions technology directors need to ask in order to evaluate an edtech product? Continue reading

  • EdTech And The Hundredth Monkey Effect

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    In the mid 1970’s, Lyall Watson and Lawrence Blair popularized the idea of the “Hundredth Monkey Effect”. Watson and Blair shared the findings of Japanese scientists who studied the behavior of monkeys on a beach. These scientists observed some of the monkeys learning to wash sweet potatoes, and, after a period of repetition and observation, this behavior spread to other monkeys. Once a critical number of monkeys incorporated this behavior into their routine, monkeys on nearby islands spontaneously replicated the same behavior as well. The accuracy of these findings has been debated, but there is still an important takeaway from the study: the actions of one individual can implement widespread change.

    So what does this have to do with edtech? Continue reading

  • A Step-By-Step Guide To Implementing Technology In Schools

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    After finding and purchasing the right education technology product for your school, the next step is implementation.  Some form of technology is present in most classrooms across the US, but many teachers use this technology in a rigid fashion; other teachers don’t end up using it at all. Why? Most are simply not comfortable enough with these devices to use them in their classroom. Having a well-thought out implementation plan is arguably the most crucial step for ensuring that the technology is being used correctly and frequently. After all the work that is put into actually purchasing the technology, it would be incredibly disappointing (and, frankly, a waste of money) for the teachers to not end up using it. What does a proper implementation plan look like? Dan Blevins gave us some important insights. Continue reading

  • How To Find The Right EdTech Product

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    In our last blog, we discussed the important questions that need to be asked before purchasing an edtech product. Those who are responsible for purchasing education technology need to ask if the product is cost effective, if it will enhance learning, and if it has a short learning curve. Technology staff members at the district and individual school levels have the difficult task of finding affordable technology that will aid in the learning process, and is easy to implement.  Finding a product that checks all of these boxes is not always an easy task; The Hechinger Report wrote an article on this very issue in March of last year.  BoardShare has compiled a list of resources for finding education technology products. Continue reading

  • Important Questions To Ask Before Purchasing EdTech Products

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    Navigating education technology and the many facets that go into it can be incredibly challenging. From delegating a budget for education technology, to finding a product and implementing it in schools, it can be an extremely taxing process. In this three-part blog series, we will be going over the stages of purchasing, finding, and implementing education technology.

    Through speaking with teachers, principals, and chief technology officers,  we have learned that, when it comes to purchasing new technology for schools, there are important questions that need to be asked. We also learned more about must-ask questions from ISTE attendees. Continue reading

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