Education

  • Winter's Coming: Preparing Your Budget

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    Although the new school semester may seem like ages away, many educators can attest that semesters seem to begin and end in the blink of an eye. The winter is a critical time for preparing a new budget. What steps can be taken to adequately prepare? Continue reading

  • 10 Books For Teachers' Summer Reading Lists

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    Summer reading isn’t just for students! With the school year coming to a close, teachers can finally take some extra time to catch up on some reading. Here are some great books for educators to read this summer.  Continue reading

  • Celebrating Our Teachers: Teacher Appreciation Week 2017

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    Every year, Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated during the first full week of May. During Teacher Appreciation Week, there is an outpouring of acknowledgement and gratitude around the country for all that teachers do. Teachers go to great lengths to help everyone in his or her class, purchasing school supplies, bringing their work home with them, and providing emotional support to struggling students. We asked different teachers what they love most about teaching, and the different resources that can be utilized to support teachers.  Continue reading

  • How To Create A Makerspace

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    “Makerspace” – this buzzword pops up frequently at education conferences, seminars, and trade shows. While makerspaces add a great deal of value for students, the challenge is in knowing precisely what a makerspace is, what it entails, the tools it should feature, and how to get started.

    Eduporium is a BoardShare partner that sells the educational technology that’s ideal for makerspaces. They have helped numerous teachers and librarians by supplying design suggestions, product advice, and implementation strategies. Irina Tuule, co-founder and VP of Strategy and Communications at Eduporium, recently spoke with Natalie Dolan, BoardShare’s marketing and sales coordinator, and provided some answers to the big questions teachers have about makerspaces. Continue reading

  • How To Help Students Living In Poverty

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    Educators work tirelessly to ensure that all children learn, grow, and succeed. They devote themselves to their students, and will go to great lengths to help a child in need. Many students struggle academically, or have trouble connecting to their peers. For thousands of other students, however, they struggle with another issue – poverty.  According to the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), roughly 16 million children and teenagers in the United States—1 in every 5—live below the federal poverty line. Nineteen percent of adolescents aged 12 to 17 live below the poverty line. Teenagers from lower socioeconomic backgrounds demonstrate lower academic achievement, are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression, and are more likely to drop out of school. What measures can be taken to ensure academic success for students living in poverty? Continue reading

  • Put Some SOLE Into Learning

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    With a new school year rapidly approaching, many educators are likely wondering how they can continue to engage their students and incorporate different methods of learning into schools.

    In Lois Holzman’s “What Makes For a ‘Happy School’?” article, she discusses her experience watching Sugata Mitra’s “Build a School in the Cloud” and “The Child-Driven Education” TED talks. Holzman explains that Mitra began his Hole in the Wall Project in 1999. During this project, Mitra placed a computer in a hole in a wall of an underdeveloped area in New Delhi; watching from a camera, Mitra witnessed children teaching themselves how to use the computer; they were also able to learn from watching one another use the device. Based on his findings, Mitra developed what is referred to as Self-Organizing Learning Environments, or SOLE. How does SOLE work, and what technology is required to set up a SOLE classroom? 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

  • 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

  • Game-Based Learning: The Whys and Hows

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    How many times have you witnessed a student rereading a book or flipping through flash cards in order to memorize material? Perhaps you’ve even used this method yourself at one time. Few would label this method of memorization as “enjoyable”. A main issue with this method is that students quickly become tired of flipping through flash cards or reading the same material over and over; they become disengaged, and the chances of them retaining the information decrease significantly. Are there any alternatives to the methods of using flash cards or simply rereading material? Studies show that playing online educational games can be a great substitute. Continue reading

  • Summer Hunger

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    Recently, I went and visited a school in rural Illinois to discuss BoardShare with the school’s principal. As she and I walked around the school, I smiled as I watched the kids running outside for recess. I remembered that their spring break was the following week, and thought about how much I looked forward to that time of year as a student.

    “They must be excited about their break coming up,” I commented.

    “Most students are excited for spring break,” she replied. “But for my kids, spring break means that they don’t eat for a week.” I discovered that around 30% of families in the area were below the poverty line.  Continue reading

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