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Padlet: One of the Best All Around Tools for Technology in the Classroom

Posted by Julie Lyle - Guest Author

Nov 6, 2015 7:00:00 AM

For the worlds of technology and education to come together, a teacher really needs something that will work on any device, that is quick to learn and easy to use.  For a tool to be effective and long lasting, it has to be versatile.  

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Topics: Teaching & Learning, Innovation, Educational Technologies

Cool Math in Real Life: The Mathematics of Shark Tank

Posted by Chris Brida

Nov 3, 2015 6:30:00 AM

If you haven’t ever seen it, Shark Tank is quickly becoming one of the most popular reality shows on television. On the show, hopeful entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to “sharks” (which the show describes as self-made millionaires and billionaires and includes Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Ashton Kutcher, and Draymond John).

The entrepreneur can only make a deal if they receive their funding amount. The sharks often counter with offers of their own which include a lot of information sometimes: ($150,000 for 30% of the company plus a $0.75 royalty on each sale…what!?).

Embedded within the show, and also, as the show reveals, within the business world at large, are many different examples of math. I’m going to focus this blog on three: Valuation; Royalties; and Profit Margin.

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Topics: Teaching & Learning, STEM, Innovation, Inspiration, Educational Technologies

The Tech Buy-In: 4 Must-Dos to Get Your Students on Board

Posted by Chris Brida

Oct 22, 2015 6:30:00 AM

If you’ve seen a kid lately, you probably haven’t seen their face. It’s been buried into their phone or tablet or computer for going on the last six hours. Their thumbs move at an incredible pace as they rattle off text after text, win the next level of the mobile game that’s most current, and scour Instagram for pictures.

Let’s face it, technology has changed the way we interact with the world (and it’s not just our students, as you read this on your device…).

What is interesting, however, is that despite kids’ willingness to constantly be on their mobile devices, it’s sometimes a more difficult sell in the classroom. In my own experience, kids have told me that they would rather “learn on paper” than utilize the technology at their disposal. So here I am thinking: when did our math classes become so old-fashioned? Do they have to be?

The answer is no, but in order to drive your class down the tech route, it is very important that we get the students to buy-in to technology as a method for becoming better math students. I’ve come up with a list of must-do’s in order to get this paradigm shift to happen.

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Topics: Teaching & Learning, STEM, Innovation, Inspiration, Educational Technologies

So you are an Instructional Technology Specialist - What exactly do you do? 5 Tips for Supporting Teachers

Posted by Micah Brown- Guest Author

Oct 1, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Greetings from Wichita, Kansas! My name is Micah Brown. I graduated from Wichita State University (Go Shocks!) with a B.S.E. in Elementary Education and I earned my Master's degree from Emporia State University. I am a lifelong learner, Skype Master Teacher, and am currently an Instructional Technology Specialist for USD #385 in Andover, Kansas.

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Topics: STEM

The Administrator's Guide to EdTech Purchasing

Posted by The LearnBop Team

Sep 25, 2015 6:03:00 PM

An Actionable Resource to Help Move EdTech Purchasing into the 21st Century

Created in partnership with Superintendent John Carver
Howard-Winneshiek Community School District of Cresco, IA


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Topics: Resources, Leadership, Innovation, Connected Educators, Educational Technologies

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