BoardShare Blog

  • 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

  • Technology In Rural Schools

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    In the first BoardShare blog, I discussed an encounter I had with the principal of a rural school. She mentioned to me that, for many of her students, Spring Break means they do not eat for a week. I came to recognize that rural schools face a number of challenges, including a lack of technology. So what does it take to bring technology to a rural school? We spoke with educational consultant and rural educator Daisy Dyer Duerr to find out.

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  • Our Favorite ISTE Exhibitors

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    Although the BoardShare team was exhausted as we left our first ISTE conference, the overall week was incredibly invigorating. The conference served as a great reminder of the importance of providing education technology to schools. The BoardShare journey began in 2013 due to our immense passion for education and technology, and it was amazing to meet the countless attendees and exhibitors who share this passion. There were so many wonderful exhibits that showcased astounding products and services. We selected some of our favorite exhibitors from this year’s conference.

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  • 5 Must-See ISTE Conference Sessions

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    Today marks the opening of the expo hall at the International Society for Technology in Education conference. The BoardShare team is thrilled to be an exhibitor at this event for the first time, and we are eager to meet all of the attending educators.

    Over the years, we have talked with numerous teachers, principals, and technology directors. Through these discussions, we have gathered a great deal of information about the challenges they face with education technology; these frustrations include technology integration and training, disappointing ed tech products, and managing district-wide technology concerns. There are a number of topics being discussed at the ISTE conference that directly relate to these conversations. We chose five ISTE conference sessions that address our clients’ education technology desires and frustrations most directly. Continue reading

  • One Network, Many Voices: 2016 National CASA/GAL Conference

     

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    Recently, I attended the CASA/GAL Conference in Washington DC with another member of the BoardShare team. For those of you who may not be familiar with this organization, CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. When a child is removed from their home due to abuse or neglect, a judge can appoint a CASA volunteer to advocate for the child and represent his or her best interests.  According to the CASA website, since being founded in Seattle in 1977, “more than 76,000 CASA and guardian ad litem (GAL) volunteers helped more than 251,000 abused and neglected children find safe, permanent homes.” Volunteers must go through a training process through their local CASA/GAL program. 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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