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November 08, 2014

Start Up Spotlight: Hapara

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 founder Jan and classroom teacher-turned Hapara leader Jack share the origin story of the start up, how they leverage teacher thinking and their philosphy for supporting educators around the world.

August 08, 2014

5 Engaging Digital Icebreakers for Back To School!

As we are preparing to welcome our students back to school, many teachers are dusting off well-worn "ice breakers" for that first day. From "tell us about your summer" to "set some goals for the new year" we all have our go-to toolkit of new year prompts and games. But what about those with some tech to spice up this welcome? Here are 5 back-to-school digital ice breakers to ring in the new year with gusto:

April 11, 2014

A Higher APPtitude: 7 Favorite Apps / Programs

What makes me stop and listen are apps and programs that offer new opportunities for my students. Tools that amplify students' ideas, thinking, or access to the global learning community. I also perk up at tools that work collaboratively with other great tools. Open APIs, shared platforms or a willingness to adapt to support multiple systems are incredibly helpful as a teacher who needs to think about reconciling multiple apps, operating systems and workflow systems. So with this in mind, here are a seven of my favorite new (and not so new) apps, tools and programs that have me digging in deeper.

October 31, 2013

Beware the Ghosts in your Budget: Scaring Out Hidden Tech Costs

Happy Halloween! Did you know that there may be ghosts in your tech budget? Today we're going to explore how to scare out these specters so as to make well-informed tech purchases. As you may know from reading this blog, I whole-heartedly advocate for 1:1 classrooms (that is, one device per student...

September 13, 2013

Booting Up Your Digital Classroom

Here are some quick tips, tricks and ideas for how to get started with technology in your classroom!

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