In this third of the Start Up Spotlight series, I chat with Jan Zawadzki and Jack West of Hapara. Hapara is an amazing system to, as they say, "make learning visible." It turbo-charges the power of Google Apps for Education to empower both teachers and students to seamlessly manage workflow, student support and instruction. From sending supportive messages to students to seeing each students' screen in realtime to managing and distributing Drive files, Blogger posts, and Google Sites, Hapara has a myriad of tools to create a truly paperless and poweful classroom environment. In this video interview the CEO and ...
On September 20, 2014, I was fortunate to give a TEDxTalk. The title was "Power to the Pupil" but in retrospect, I wish I'd named it "Sorry Sir Robinson... I think I killed creativity". This talk is about what to do once you become inspired to embrace student agency, creativity and exploration in the classroom... but you realize that your students have already become rubric zombies. It's about wondering - what do I do now? Am I too late?
In this week's Start Up Spotlight, I chat with Alex Yang from iPevo, a company creating innovative peripherals for classrooms. From a $69 doc cam that can fit in your pocket, to a system that turns any flat surface into an interactive whiteboard, iPevo is dreaming up and building low-case alternatives to many pricey classroom technology staples. In this interview, Alex tells me how iPevo got started, their makerspace culture and how teachers are driving their products.
This series, Start Up Spotlight, will feature video interviews with these developers, stories behind how they got started and sneak peaks into future iteration of their products. First off, we have Andrew Rowland and Peter Do, the co-founders of Classkick. This free iPad app allows teachers to easily create open response questions, push them out to students and then view student responses and annotations via a real-time dashboard. Check out this post to see the video interview and learn more!
A Tale of Failure, Passion and Drive (pun intended): Meet Andrew Stillman, the Godfather of EduScripts
For Connected Educators Month, I decided to connect with some educators... through Google Hangouts. I reached out to some folks who I believe are making positive change in the world of teaching and learning and asked them to join me for a quick video chat to learn more about how they got started, what drives them and what the future holds. The first in this series is Andrew Stillman, the godfather of edu-scripts.
Connected Educator Month has been going strong in the U.S. for two years already, but as this third year unfolds, we've finally gone global! In this post, I report live from ULEARN14 in Rotorua, New Zealand and share how Kiwi educators are getting connected and innovating in their classrooms.
Connected Educator Month (CEM)is just a little over a week away! This October marks the third year of CEM and will bring a treasure trove of virtual activities, live events and resources for educators around the globe. Originally spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Education, CEM strives to get more educators digitally connected to improve their practice. How will you be celebrating Connected Educator Month?
Twitter Tuesday is a school-wide sharing of ideas and learning. Each week, teachers give their students a prompt and each class responds. The teachers tweet out these responses throughout the day under a shared Twitter handle. Here are a few tips to get started with this idea in your school!
Looking for some apps to refresh your iPads? Here are three free apps - two new and a refreshed oldie but goodie - that can help you jump start your school year!
You've probably heard the acronyms and versions of the name: PBL, CBL, Project Based Learning, Problem Based Learning, Challenge Based Learning. Folks argue about semantics and the purity of the ideas, but the philosophy I subscribe to is the authenticity piece. In my interpretation, all of these concepts (should) share the idea of genuine curiosity on the the part of the student. While some iterations are projects inspired by the teacher's imagination, truly powerful (fill-in-the-blank)-Based-Learning stem from a question or challenge that the students are actively wish to explore. And as much as we try, teachers can't force or ...