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


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.

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


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


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!


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


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.

Ten Marks Math: Proven to Work


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!


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.

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


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


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


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.

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.

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.

Happy Connected Educator Month


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


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


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


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


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


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.

LeVar Burton - Keynote Speaker #SXSWedu 2012


In a room like this LeVar feels like he is in the company of his people. We are at an interesting intersection of opportunity between education and technology. As we move forward into the new era of the intersection of technology and education, there are a couple of fundamental tenets he would like to see us to not leave behind. It is fundamental as we move forward with technology to not forget the importance of storytelling.

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Highlighting @Remind101: Ignite at #ISTE12


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.

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


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


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.

My take on some issues in education right now

Educational Technology Guy

More standardized testing, textbooks and curriculum lead to more money for many companies. More charter schools equal more money for the companies that run them. Education is at the forefront of the media, political battles, legislation and everywhere you turn.

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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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.

What are your favorite Common Core resources?


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.

@edcanvas An Interactive Lesson Board!


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.

uKnow.com: Keep your Kids Safe Online


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.

Updated Song Library on MusicShake


Back in 2011, we featured a company called Musicshake EDU on Kleinspiration. Musicshake EDU provides an endless supply of legal, copyright free music for every student in your school. I wanted to give you a quick update on Musicshake EDU.

Shop Back to School with Carson-Dellosa!


This is a new program the company is launching to highlight educational bloggers and to help promote their new site - so, it''s a win-win. Carson-Dellosa: a Teacher''s Toolbox for Resources Carson-Dellosa recently make contact to honor me with their featured '' Blog of the Week '' award.

I'm Watch - the first Smart Watch (with apps!) launches this week in Vegas!


I''m Watch - Launching this Week in Vegas I''ve been following this company for a while, anticipating their launch. Additionally, because a girl could wish, if the company would like, I''m sure my readers wouldn''t mind participating in a nice give-away for one of these products.

Great New Features from Mastery Connect


One of our favorite companies to work with at Kleinspiration has been Mastery Connect. We''ve featured the good folks with this award winning company several times on Kleinspiration, and are happy to share today some great upgrades that have recently been made available by the developer.

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.

Educational Technology Support


I get a lot of email requests from companies wanting to sponsor this site; however, I only accept those who I think my readers would benefit from and enjoy. I''m very thankful for the sponsors of this site.

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.

Mobile Interactivity That Won’t Break the Bank

A Principal's Reflections

I also show students websites of companies and universities that use math in-depth for their company''s work. A few months back I read some articles on Twitter describing how educators were pairing the iPad, Apple TV, and an HDMI projector to create an interactive whiteboard experience. After reading these tweets, I realized that not only was this potential setup mobile, but it was also very cost-effective.