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  1. Extend the Holiday Giving Season

    Extend the Holiday Giving Season

    As winter break approaches, students are making sock snowmen and reindeer paintings in art class as teachers are preparing for the mountain of grading that marks the end of the semester. The short days are being crowned with holiday lights as falling snow delights the children. Most students are gleefully anticipating winter break because, for them, winter break means spending days at their grandparents’ house watching Netflix in their pajamas.

    For some students, however, the approach of winter break provokes anxious thoughts that gnaw at their stomachs which turn into hunger pains once break starts. For students who are deemed food insecure, their most substantial meal of the day comes from their school’s free or reduced school lunch program - a program to which they do not have access during school breaks.

    As a mission-driven organization, BoardShare strongly supports helping improve education outcomes for students across the United States. Well-fed children are a vital prerequisite for our goal, so we are encouraging everyone to extend the holiday giving spirit to food insecure children.

    During this season of giving, everyone can help in different ways, whether it is by cooking a meal for a neighbor in need, helping the local food pantry, or donating to an organization that combats food insecurity among school-aged children.
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  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. How E-Learning Is Reducing Inequality

    Photo by Foundation for Economic Education

    Wealth inequality has been present since the dawn of time. During the Qing Dynast (221-206 b.c), for example, social structures distributed resources based on a pre-established hierarchy. In mid-19th century Russia, the population consisted mainly of peasant farmers, with 1.5% of the population owning 25% of the land. Nowadays,'laissez faire' economic policies aim to facilitate the appropiate distribution of wealth and resources in most countries, where the aim is to link individual effort with earnings. This system has its roots in the 'invisible hand' concept introduced by famous economist, Adam Smith, in 1759. Continue reading

  8. Sharing with BoardShare

    Where would we be without collaboration? Odds are, we wouldn't have all the technological tools that make up our contemporary society such as Internet, telecommunications, buildings, etc. No great human achievement was ever accomplished single-handedly - even when it may seem that way. One of the most influential scientists of all time, Isaac Newton, once famously wrote, "if I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants." The 'shoulders of giants' was a reference to pre-existing scientific research and concepts that he used to develop the foundations of classical mechanics. Despite all his impressive achievements, Newton rightfully recognized that none of his work would have been possible without previous research and discovery at the time. Continue reading

  9. EdTech: The Bridge That Crosses the Achievement Gap

    As you might be aware of, there is a persistent disparity in educational performance among subgroups of U.S. students. This achievement gap is positively correlated with socioeconomic class, with wider gaps seen between low and high income families. According to a 2018 report by the National Center for Education Statistics, kids from low-income families participate in fewer educationally enriching activities over the summer compared to kids from middle-to-high class families. This partly exmplefies the impact of insufficinet funds on a student's academic journey. Continue reading

  10. How to Get Ready for Back-to-School Period: A Teacher's Guide

    Many publications offer advice on back-to-school regimens for students. However, very few articles focus on ways to navigate this time frame as a teacher, even though they experience far more anxiety and anticipation during this time as they are in charge of course preparation, as well as classroom setup, for the remainder of the school year. Luckily, the digital world has given us access to helpful guides and materials to aid us in pursuing our goals. Continue reading

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