Myboardshare blogs

  1. HELP, the Right Side of my Screen Cuts Off!


    The other day, we received a tech support call from one of our customers, Sharon in Texas. “I’m trying to calibrate my BoardShare device”, he said, “but the calibration screen seems to be aligned to the right. The display cuts off on the right side and doesn’t allow me to complete calibration. I really want this to work Continue reading

  2. 8 Ways Open Pedagogy Benefits Teachers and Learners


    A lot has changed since the emergence of Web 2.0 tools and approaches in the mid-2000s. The tide of digital information has led to sweeping changes to learning and teaching but… what are they? More importantly, how do you use these tools to effect change in this new culture of learning? Whether you’re reading this because you are being pressured into learning more about open educational resources (OER) at your school, or have a genuine interest in open pedagogy, there are many benefits to be reaped from participating in today’s online learning community. Continue reading

  3. 8 Conditions That Facilitate Educational Technology Implementation in Your School


    Implementing technology into schools can sometimes feel like teaching a town how to speak an entirely different language. After a certain amount of years, teachers and administrators get used to a certain way of doing things and it can be hard to break old habits. What’s more, you also must ensure that they continue using the new technology and don’t revert to their old ways after a couple of months. There are many ways that implementation could go wrong. However, by following some simple tips and strategies we’ve put together, you’ll ensure that the most important factors determining success are covered for. Continue reading

  4. 4 Areas to Consider When Implementing New Technology in Your School District


    Over the last couple of years, school districts have been experiencing pressure from stakeholders to incorporate technology into their teaching and assessment. However, implementing a technology initiative isn’t easy by any means, especially when you’re in charge of an entire school district. There are all sorts of responsibilities involved, such as overcoming financial, technical, and procedural challenges that often require entire teams to overcome. (expand on pain points) The good news is that all these obstacles can be overcome with hard work and a well-structured plan. Continue reading

  5. 6 Steps to Have a Successful Parent-Teacher Conference

    Have you ever attended a parent-teacher conference? Maybe you’re a seasoned educator who’s had one too many conferences, or maybe you’re a relatively new teacher who’s dreading his/her second one. Regardless of your current situation, it’s never too late (or too early) to start improving your experience as an educator. Conferences can be very challenging for some – especially in schools that are underfunded – but it doesn’t have to be that way. When planned right, parent-teacher conferences can be an enjoyable experience that benefits all parties involved, contributing to the improvement of parent-teacher relations and student performance. Continue reading

  6. 6 Ways to Help Your Student with Autism Excel in School


    Teaching elementary school can be rewarding. If you are a teacher, odds are that you chose to take up this noble profession with the intent of making a positive difference in the lives of kids. Most likely, you see their success -at least partially- as your own. You want them to thrive and use every tool at your disposal to make sure it happens. However, sometimes it can be difficult to find pedagogical techniques for students with special needs. Autism, specifically, remains a mystery for most schools, which often lack the specialists they need to adequately educate children with this condition. So what can you do, as a one person team? Continue reading

  7. 6 Ways to Help Students with Dyslexia Succeed in Your Classroom

    There's something exciting about being a teacher-- especially if you’re teaching the 1st grade. Kids typically learn how to read between the ages of 6-7, and it can be very rewarding to witness them unfold into literary novices. That being said, teaching kids can also be disheartening when one of them is not up to par with the rest of the class. What do you do then? After all, you’ve followed every step and it’s seemed to work on all your other students. If you’ve tried everything and, upon the middle of the semester, the situation remains unchanged; try testing him/her for dyslexia Continue reading

  8. 7 Steps to Expand Your Students' Vocab Using Merriam-Webster's Mobile App


    Have you ever felt disheartened by your students’ limited vocabulary? Maybe you teach literature and find it frustrating to witness your students pause every 30 seconds when it’s reading time, only to mispronounce words. Or, maybe you’re a science teacher that dislikes the excess of colloquialism incorporated in young people’s vocabulary. Well, luckily, there are a myriad of apps nowadays that can make learning new words a fun experience that anyone can digest. In this article, I will show you how to use Merriam-Webster’s Game-Based Learning app features to create an engaging learning experience for your students. Continue reading

  9. 3 Ways to Help Your Students Be More Unbiased Under Divisive Political Conditions

    "If you can't intelligently argue for both sides of an issue, you don't understand the issue well enough to argue for either." This quote has never been more pertinent to our country’s political climate than it is today. In the past couple of years, things such as fake Facebook accounts and biased YouTube algorithms have slowly contributed to the political divide in our country by promoting one-sided and (in some cases) fake content to its users. It may seem hard to have an open-minded discussion in a time when free speech is being compromised on college campuses by student protesters, however, there are ways to shorten this divide, and it starts with our youth. Continue reading

  10. The BoardShare Improvement Process


    During the spring of 2015, we got a call from one of our customers down in Texas, Lisa. Lisa was a 3rd grade teacher in charge of a classroom of 15 students. Her classroom was equipped with our interactive whiteboard device, mounted to the ceiling to avoid recalibration. "I was really excited for this to work", she said with disappointment, "but I often find myself having to recalibrate the device. It's really annoying..." This is the third call we've received this week regarding this issue", we thought to ourselves, "we have to do something!" Continue reading

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