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. Tablets- It''s going to be tough to find anyone who would argue that Tablet did not increase in use in education this year.

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How Tablet Games Can Teach Skills to Students with Visual Impairments

Edsurge

His tablet-run version of the game has the same goal: pick letters to figure out a mystery word. The tablet reads out each letter, building your association between the raised dots and the alphabet. million across 38 deals in 2012 to $276.5

kanban2go - free visual task management and organization

Educational Technology Guy

It''s simple and easy to use and accessible online from computer, tablet or smartphone (mobile site, not app). Companies use Kanban boards to organize, communicate, prioritize and manage what they do.

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.

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.

My thoughts on the iPad2 after using it for a while

Educational Technology Guy

I wonder if it''s because I used a webOS phone (and still use a webOS tablet)? It multi-tasks like a champ with the card view, and I need that if I am using a tablet. Related: HP TouchPad tablet Review Apple iPad - is it a game changer?

ClassDojo - free classroom behavior system - announces iOS apps.

Educational Technology Guy

The free service also operates on the Web, allowing teachers to alternatively use a laptop, desktop computer, or any smartphone or tablet via Web browser. ClassDojo is free for teachers, and the company is dedicated to keeping it that way. ClassDojo is a free online system that helps teachers promote positive behavior in their classroom by letting them track and share student progress and positive behaviors and areas of concern.

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InstallFree Nexus & Rndr shutting down - any know of alternatives?

Educational Technology Guy

InstallFree Nexus allowed you to use Microsoft Office or LibreOffice on an iPad, Android Tablet or Chromebook and access your files from a variety of cloud services to edit. Unfortunately, we have not been successful in turning these services into a sustainable business for our company and must therefore reconsider our strategy. The InstallFree Nexus and Rndr services will shut down on Thursday, November 15th, 2012.

QuickOffice mobile office app launches new help site

Educational Technology Guy

It is available for Android, iOS, Symbian and webOS, with HD versions for Tablets. for tablet). It is a great app and the company has always been very responsive to user feature requests and help. QuickOffice is an excellent app that allows you to read, view, edit, and create documents, spreadsheets and presentations. The free Quickoffice Lite allows you to view documents, but most people will want the full Pro version ($14.99 for smartphone, $19.99

Microsoft Hopes to Revive Its Education Tablet Efforts With the New $399 Surface Go

Edsurge

based company continued its streak of education announcements with the launch of the Surface Go , a version of the hybrid tablet that Microsoft aims to sell to schools. That same month, Google announced that it was working with Acer to create an education tablet made for Chrome OS, which starts at $329. Resurfacing the Microsoft’s Education Effort The education tablet was once the domain of Apple, whose iPads won headlines and statewide adoptions at the start of this decade.

What’s the Easiest-to-Use Cloud Storage Solution for Administrators and Educators?

The 21st Century Principal

I can take a photo with my Android tablet, and place it in my Dropbox folder. If I were employed at a company that manufactures these devices, I would be looking for a job. If I type a document at home, save it to my Dropbox, it will be on my desktop at work, and it will be on my iPad, my Galaxy Android Tablet too. My flash drives, and I have at least 10 of them, haven''t been out of my laptop bag in over a year. Cloud storage. Lots of cloud storage.

Top Tips for Fast Formative Assessment that Works

The CoolCatTeacher

GradeCam also works with laptops, desktops, tablets and any device that has a camera connected to wifi. He has been the recipient of the Twitterer of the Year Award, and in 2012 he was named an ASCD Emerging Leader, which recognizes young, talented, educational leaders in their field.

Finding the Ideal Front-of-Classroom Interactive Display

ViewSonic Education

Large-format touchscreen LED displays, introduced in 2012, offered a new alternative with expanded benefits, reduced maintenance requirements and better overall total cost of ownership (TCO). Quick Take: Interactive displays are a big investment in edtech.

Game On: Kahoot Snaps Up DragonBox for $18 Million for Its First Acquisition

Edsurge

Last December, following a Disney investment that valued the company at $376 million , the Oslo-based company made clear its intention to build a pipeline for acquisitions. million downloads, estimates Jean-Baptiste Huynh, the company’s founder and CEO.

WeWork helps online learning take its next step forward

The Christensen Institute

Then came its partnership with 2U, the standout online program management company. Among other things, the partnership allows 2U students to use WeWork’s office space as study halls, and the two companies will build a learning center together in 2019.

Microsoft Takes a Bite Out of BrightBytes, Acquiring Its DataSense Platform and Team

Edsurge

From launching new tablets to virtual-reality curriculum , Microsoft has added plenty to its educational offerings through a series of new product updates and acquisitions over the past few years. The company’s latest deal involves something a little bit more invisible and behind the scenes, but what it calls “one of the most powerful tools we have in modern education.” DataSense traces its origins to Authentica Solutions, an education data management company founded in 2013.

7 Ways My Interactive Display is a Key Part of My Student-Centered Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

2012). A challenge with smaller computer screens, tablets, and smartphones is that screen real-estate seems to be shrinking. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

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Acer Unveils Ultrafast Convertible Chromebook

EdTech Magazine

Acer is once again aggressively targeting the education market with the first two-in-one 15-inch Chromebook, unveiled Wednesday during the company’s Next@Acer keynote event in New York City. He added that 10 million Acer Chromebooks have been delivered to schools since 2012. Tablet Has a Touch of Google AR. Donovan said Acer is Microsoft’s most “innovative and aggressive” partner, and the company is seeing substantial growth in education. “We’re

Nearpod Notches $21M in Series B Round to Expand Digital, Virtual Learning Experiences

Edsurge

The funding will be used to “put a senior team in place” and “bring the skills and talents we need to talk to different stakeholders, such as administrators,” says Guido Kovalsky, the company’s CEO and co-founder, in an interview. Founded in 2012, Nearpod initially launched its “interactive lecture” platform for iPads, at a time when many schools and districts swooned over the tablets. The company has since expanded its platform to be compatible with all devices.

As Google steals its education thunder, what can Microsoft do?

The Christensen Institute

As customers became less willing to pay for further improvements in performance and reliability, the companies that offered more affordable and customizable modular solutions gained the advantage. This quickly put nonintegrated companies, such as WordPerfect and Lotus, out of business—and Microsoft retained its advantage. School leaders who select laptops and netbooks say that although tablets are great for consuming content, they are lousy for creating it.

What New Research on Teens and Social Media Means for Teachers

techlearning

This research is the second wave in an ongoing study tracking teens' attitudes about social media; we released our original report in 2012. In 2012, that number was 34 percent. The number of teens with a smartphone more than doubled since 2012, from 41 percent up to 89 percent.

Grant bridges educational divide in Ga.

eSchool News

Foundation grant will fund educational computer tablets for 1,500 low-income families. ” Cox was a founding partner of Connect2Compete, and the program is modeled after a broadband adoption program the company launched in California in 1999.

iPads Did Not Revolutionize Campus Teaching (But a Few Colleges Give Every Student One)

Edsurge

When Apple released its first iPad seven years ago, the company thought one area it would revolutionize was education. So when Hiram College announced last month that it would provide every student and professor an iPad starting this fall, it made us wonder what the state of Apple’s sector-creating tablet on campuses is these days. (It As a journalism major, Rodriguez used the tablet to record interviews and write articles without having to carry extra equipment.

Making Video Games for Higher Ed Requires Major Investment. Is It Worth It?

Edsurge

For higher education, with smaller potential audiences and student outcomes at stake, companies are debating whether return on investment is there for game-based learning experiences. Triseum is a private company that spun out of Texas A&M University’s Live Lab in late 2014. Textbook publishers could be the next level of major companies investing in the production of video games in higher education. Norton & Company. million in 2012.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

This is part four of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” Way back in 2012, I chose “ The Platforming of Education ” as one of my “Top Ed-Tech Trends.” 2012, you will recall, was “ the year of the MOOC.”)

How Digital Textbooks, Tech-Friendly Furniture, and Better Data Are Boosting Engagement at Community Colleges

Edsurge

What's more, as students increasingly use devices such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets in the classroom, schools have had to adapt to find the best way to integrate that technology into the curriculum. After reading about the results of learning studios on other campuses, JCCC partnered with classroom furniture company. Mindsumo brings Fortune 500 companies and college students together to work on real business problems. .

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Editorial: Screens Are NOT a Hoax

CUE

Often there are arguments about this piece of pedagogy and that new tablet, but rarely does the entire entity known as EDTECH get disparaged as a whole. uploads/pdf/The_Impact_of_Digital_Technologies_on_Learning_(2012).pdf. EDITORIAL.

The Omidyar Network and the (Neoliberal) Future of Education

Hack Education

” The grant is just one of a slew of recent investments by the Omidyar Network in companies and organizations that work in and around education technology, including Khan Academy, Hypothes.is, and Edsurge. LearnZillion (instructional content and professional development company in the US) – investment amount unknown.

The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Issue a Press Release

Hack Education

The quotation is from 2012. Indeed, according to the latest statistics from the Department of Education – now granted, this is from the 2012–2013 academic year – there are 4726 degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the United States.

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What New Research on Teens and Social Media Means for Teachers

Graphite Blog

This research is the second wave in an ongoing study tracking teens' attitudes about social media; we released our original report in 2012. In 2012, that number was 34 percent. The number of teens with a smartphone more than doubled since 2012, from 41 percent up to 89 percent. Looking at only 13- to 14-year-olds, 84 percent now have a smartphone, and 93 percent have some type of mobile device such as a tablet.

What New Research on Teens and Social Media Means for Teachers

Graphite Blog

This research is the second wave in an ongoing study tracking teens' attitudes about social media; we released our original report in 2012. In 2012, that number was 34 percent. The number of teens with a smartphone more than doubled since 2012, from 41 percent up to 89 percent. Looking at only 13- to 14-year-olds, 84 percent now have a smartphone, and 93 percent have some type of mobile device such as a tablet.

What New Research on Teens and Social Media Means for Teachers

Graphite Blog

This research is the second wave in an ongoing study tracking teens' attitudes about social media; we released our original report in 2012. In 2012, that number was 34 percent. The number of teens with a smartphone more than doubled since 2012, from 41 percent up to 89 percent. Looking at only 13- to 14-year-olds, 84 percent now have a smartphone, and 93 percent have some type of mobile device such as a tablet.

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

The students live in homes with multiple laptops, iPads, tablets, iPhones – iEverything. The district has already spent more than $3 million since 2011 on tablets, laptops, software programs, fiber optic wiring, and engineers to oversee all the instructional technology.

The History of the Future of E-rate

Hack Education

While much of the speculation about the future of education technology under President Trump has been focused on the new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos ( her investment in various ed-tech companies , her support for vouchers and charter schools), it’s probably worth remembering that the Department of Education is hardly the only agency that shapes education and education technology policy.

ProfHacker 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

ProfHacker

For more ideas, check out the previous guides: 2015 , 2014 , 2013 , 2012 , 2011 , 2010 , and 2009 — or share your favorite gifts with us in the comments! But some lesser-known companies make nice speakers that sound good and are quite affordable.