Disrupting Education

Today’s post on disrupting education (and disrupting professional development!) is another from our guest blogger John Mikton.  John is a much-respected member of the international school technology community, having held tech leadership positions at IS Prague, American School in Japan, and Western Academy Beijing.  He is currently the Director of eLearning at Inter-Community School Zurich.  You can read more of John’s […]

Hour of Code is coming up! What are you doing with your students?

From December 7 to 12, millions of students will spend an hour learning to code.  Hopefully, some of them will keep programming in class or at home.  Here are some resources and links to help teachers code with their kids. How to run an Hour of Code (video) In the Oct 2015 Design Issue, Wired […]

Startup:Education donates $120M to help education

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan committed $120 million to support education.  Their recent blog post gives an update about where the money has gone, including this emphasis on personalized learning: We have also heard from countless parents and educators that our schools need to continue to evolve to truly prepare students for our changing world. There is […]

Blackboard Acquires Nivel Siete

From the press release Blackboard today announced the acquisition of Nivel Siete, a leading Moodle provider operating in Latin America. By joining their forces, the two companies will be able to offer more services and solutions to organizations that leverage Moodle, one of the most widely used learning management systems LMS in the world. . […]

Google Cardboard Is VR’s Gateway Drug | WIRED

Cardboard for iPhone is finally here!  Are you using VR in the classroom already?  Leave a note in the comments if you have ideas for using Cardboard in the classroom. This from Wired: Google announced a new version of Cardboard today at its I/O developer conference. The new version doesn’t come with lots of new […]

Ecoballot Ballot-Blog » Blog Archive » Ecoballot Customers: Update about the Scholastico Merger

. . .  Ecoballot has been acquired by Scholastico.com.  The merger is a true win-win for both companies.  If you don’t already know about Scholastico, they have developed three amazing products for school office automation: after-school activity signups, parent-teacher conference registration, and student-teacher feedback surveys.  By acquiring Ecoballot, they add a fourth service to their already […]

Speedometry – Learn Physics with Hot Wheels Cars

Mattel is giving away Hot Wheels cars and ramps to teachers in order to help promote STEM.  Download free lesson plans and register to get your free cars, tracks, loops, clamps and connectors! Over the course of 6 lessons, students will work in collaborative learning groups to deepen their understanding of potential and kinetic energy […]

Google’s Education Evangelist: All learning is learning. There’s no such thing as virtual learning.

In this great interview, Google’s Jaime Casap talks about the role of teachers and technology in the future of education.  Read more at the E-180 blog. The role of a great teacher is actually becoming more critical in this world.  If you think about the role of a teacher and what they were supposed to do, they […]

Is there room for Snapchat in schools?

Snapchat has been associated with “sexting” for so long that very few teachers or schools would consider it to have potential value in an educational setting.  But as Casey Neistat’s recent video shows, Snapchat can be a powerful way to share ephemeral stories.  Is it time to re-think our view on the sexting app?  George […]

Sphero Joins Apple’s ConnectEd Program | Sphero

Are you using Sphero in your school?  Exciting that Sphero is getting promotion from Apple.   Earlier this year we launched the SPRK (Schools, Parents, Robots, and Kids) program in effort to make learning how to code more fun and approachable. These lessons give kids a crash course in programming while sharpening their skills in […]