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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.
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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
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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