Looking Back At 2011 And Looking Forward To 2012

The Web20Classroom

We are seeing more and more teachers, conferences, and companies embrace QR as another way to engage students, audiences and customers.

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A Shakeout Coming for Online Program Management Companies

Wisewire

With so many online program management companies offering similar services, many market observers agree: something’s got to give. Ten years ago, just three or four companies existed to help universities start online programs.

Simutrans - free game - goal is to establish a successful transport company

Educational Technology Guy

Simutrans is a free simulation game with the goal to establish a successful transportation company. Your goal is to establish a successful transport company. Transport passengers, mail and goods by rail, road, ship and air. Interconnect cities, districts, public buildings, industries and tourist attractions by buiding a transport network you always dreamed of. Control and watch your finances and the traffic of your vehicles and goods. Start in 1880 and finish in 2050.

The Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!

Kleinspiration

Software and Web Memberships : some amazing companies have really been supportive and offered some fantastic resources - you won''t believe how cool they are! Omg - Really - I have the Best of Friends & Supportive Readers!

Introducing Learning Resource's brand new Interactive White Board: now!Board

Kleinspiration

Of course, I was excited to introduce a new product from one of my favorite companies; however, being a SMART Exemplary Educator , I had a few reservations. On the other hand, I also like to support start-ups and companies to launch new products.

The Perfect Pencil. old school tech!

Kleinspiration

Quality Pencils for your Classroom This summer, I received a variety of pencils from the company at Pencils.Com. I had to find the exact ones online that the company sent me. My daughter used them a lot over the summer, and they were great!

From AOL Squatter to Start-Up Sensation: The Eric Simons Story & Claco Launch

Kleinspiration

This time, he mentioned that he started his company when he was 19 years old. I found out he had just graduated high school, moved to California, and received funding from Imagine K12 to continue working on a company he started, ClassConnect.

Interactive Building Block Cubes by @Sifteo for Creative Play!

Kleinspiration

click play below: you won''t believe how cool these little cubes are - I connected with the company to review the product. I can honestly say that Sifteo is one of the nicest and most generous companies I''ve had the pleasure of working with for product reviews.

Loopster - Free Online Video Editor

Educational Technology Guy

Designs is working on a new motorcycle for a company called Loopster , that has something to do with online video work. So, I''m watching American Chopper and Paul Jr. I go check it out and, lo and behold, it''s a free online video editor! Very cool.

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Ten Marks Math: Proven to Work

Kleinspiration

I''m quite picky about the companies I decide to build a partnership with, and I''m excited about this collaboration. TenMarks for Schools is a free, web-based math program for students in grades 2-12 to practice and master math concepts.

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Turn your child's drawing into a real toy!

Kleinspiration

Draw your Toy I''ve seen many pins fly around on Pinterest about submitting your child''s drawing in to a company in order to have the company mail you the stuffed toy based on the child''s picture. I started my Draw Your Toy company.

Observing the Common Core Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

I know what you are thinking, this is one of those sponsored posts that a company has asked me to write. Educators across the country are grappling with the Common Core Standards and the significant changes that have come with them.

Breaking News: Citelighter Partners with Cengage - Redefining the way we Research

Kleinspiration

Here is a bit of information I borrowed from the Cengage website : With annual revenues of approximately $2 billion, the company has 5,500 employees with operations in more than 20 countries around the world. Explore your favorite topics for fun. yes - research is enjoyable!

@Nearpod: Teaching Smarter with iPads

Kleinspiration

As I stated during my Ignite presentation at ISTE, I appreciate companies that seek out the voice of the teacher to build their platform.

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Free Common Core Professional Development from @TenMarks

Kleinspiration

This movement was really very teacher driven, with wikis and google spaces and chats such as the New Teacher Chat popping up, followed by a number of educational companies entering the mix. In these trying economic times, we''ve seen many schools going through difficult budget issues.

kanban2go - free visual task management and organization

Educational Technology Guy

Companies use Kanban boards to organize, communicate, prioritize and manage what they do. KanBan2Go is a free productivity and organizing app I learned about from Richard Byrne at Free Technology for Teachers. kanban2go is a visual, online task management service.

Conceptboard - visual collaboration on ideas and documents

Educational Technology Guy

I just found out about Conceptboard , a cool visual collaboration tool, from the company itself. Conceptboard is a cloud-based service that works on PCs, laptops, tablets, and more.

Happy Connected Educator Month

Kleinspiration

Two days later, we all joined each other''s company in a Google Hangout to continue the conversation. Josh Stumpenhorst, 2012 Illinois teacher of the year, recently published a post titled, " Does Twitter Matter." It will be available on Amazon August 1, 2012.

20 year old edtech entrepreneur secretly lived inside the AOL office in Pal Alto, CA

Kleinspiration

If you were to invest in a company, would you invest in someone that closed up shop and went home or would you invest in a person that against all odds figured out a way to pull everything together when everything was literally stacked against them? Imagine living in the AOL office.

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For the College Student: Campus Book Rentals

Kleinspiration

I recently was contacted by a company called Campus Book Rentals. The fact that the name of the company doesn''t leave much to the imagination does not mean that it isn''t well imagined.

Mastery Connect: Expanded Features for Free Users

Kleinspiration

In an age where teachers are being charged for everything from apps to lesson plans to tech gadgets, it is incredibly refreshing to see a company such as Mastery Connect expanding their free options rather than looking for new ways to charge for services.

Help your Kids Soar this Summer with ETA's Home Team Advantage

Kleinspiration

ETA introduces Home Team Advantage to Keep Students Learning & Having Fun all Summer! Call it what you will—the Summer Slump, the Summer Slide or, even, Summer Learning Loss—but there are numerous studies and ample research to prove that children lose academic skills during the summer months.

Pinterest for Teachers

Kleinspiration

A new company, Pinerly, has just launched a Pinterest friendly dashboard. The company is not affiliated with Pinterest. Pinterest for Teachers? I''ve been amazed with how quickly Pinterest has ''caught on'' in all markets - especially teaching.

Reuse, update and recycle old technology

Educational Technology Guy

Some people and companies are always buying the latest and greatest technology, but schools, and most people, can''t afford to do that. There are a variety of companies out there that will not only take away your old technology, they will pay you for it.

Google 80/20 Rule Applied to Education - for students too!

Educational Technology Guy

Google engineers are encouraged to take 20 percent of their time to work on something company-related that interests them personally. Google has a unique idea, called the 80/20 rule. It is a great idea and has spawned many of Google''s apps and resources and made Google very successful, and a very good place to work. Last week, I read an article on Converge Magazine''s site entitled "Google''s 80/20 Principle Adopted at New Jersey School".

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Celly Launches New Service and Android App for Building Mobile Social Networks

Educational Technology Guy

The company also announced today availability of the Celly Android App for free download on Google Play. “We Celly is a free service that offers group text messaging and polling. You can have open group chats, one-way alerts or even moderated chats.

Wolfram Alpha has a great contest for educators

Educational Technology Guy

Wolfram , the company behind Wolfram Alpha and other educational services and apps, has a great contest for educators.

GED and other high school equivalency degrees drop by more than 40% nationwide since 2012

The Hechinger Report

Red states are where the annual issuance of new high school equivalency diplomas has fallen by more than 50 percent between 2012 and 2016. The number passing the exam and earning a diploma has decreased more than 40 percent from almost 400,000 in 2012 to just over 225,000 in 2016.

Highlighting @Remind101: Ignite at #ISTE12

Kleinspiration

Below, you can see us with our good friend, Eric (from ClassConnect ) and our new friends from MentorMob , a Chicago based company. KleinErin @SuperBad_ @MMVincanity @EricSimons40 @BrettKopf Remind101 is a company I believe is a great resource for teachers.

WhatWasThere - historical photos linked to Google Maps - visit the past!

Educational Technology Guy

Here is a photo of the Frisbee Pie Company from the early 1900''s. WhatWasThere is an excellent resource for geography, history, and fun. It connects historical photos to Google Maps, letting you see what places looked like in the past.

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EdTech Start-Up @Citelighter is Donating Funds to Support Hurricane Sandy Classrooms

Kleinspiration

Citelighter is an educational start up company looking for feedback from teachers to help shape their product they''re building for students.

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Hey Michigan - Happy Social Media Day! #smday

Kleinspiration

It will focus on entrepreneurs, start-up companies and local social media communities with an expected attendance of 1,200. Join Michigan''s Social Media Network: I''d love to connect with Michigan teachers and companies. That''s right - it''s official.

Google Play Store vs Apple App Store - my experience

Educational Technology Guy

Maybe it''s just me, but you would think a company like Apple that prides itself on customer experience would provide a better app store experience. I am an Android fan and user. However, I have a loaner iPad for testing and reviewing apps. I also have a webOS tablet.

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My thoughts on the iPad2 after using it for a while

Educational Technology Guy

Many companies make iOS apps 1st (and sometimes only for iOS) Easy to use (although not any easier than any other device I''ve used) Widely used in education, so lots of resources on using them available.

What are your favorite Common Core resources?

Kleinspiration

Later, I found out that there was so much more this company offered through their user-friendly website. Finding Resources, Assessing Progress, and Adjusting Instruction As a classroom teacher, I really enjoy finding resources that help me with my practice and that help me professionally.

SlidePresenter - free online multimedia presentations

Educational Technology Guy

It is a German company so some times the web page translations are a little awkward, but the product works great). SlidePresenter is an online presentation service.

@edcanvas An Interactive Lesson Board!

Kleinspiration

So often, I find companies have a massive tutorial system for users to learn from or their demonstration video tends to run longer than four minutes. Edcanvas: The one place to organize, present and share knowledge I recently ran across Edcanvas on Pinterest.

Rockets Project a Success! Fun day launching today

Educational Technology Guy

I love rockets. My Bachelor''s degree is in Aerospace Engineering and I''ve been interested in rockets since I was a kid.

The Growing Impact of Cloud Computing On Education - Guest Post

Educational Technology Guy

About the author: Victor Daily is a tech blogger and freelance content writer for an Australian VPS Hosting company. The Growing Impact of Cloud Computing On Education These days, more colleges and universities than ever are beginning to offer classes online. In fact, gone are the days of students being required to step foot on campus in order to receive a degree.

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uKnow.com: Keep your Kids Safe Online

Kleinspiration

uKnowKids , is a company that has set out to accomplish just that. Smart Tools. Safer Kids. Parenting is Getting Tough Chances are your kids are connected in one way or another to Facebook, or another social networking site.