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Technology I use on a Daily Basis - 2016 Version

Educational Technology Guy

Here's my updated version for Spring, 2016. I'm a huge user of Google Apps and Evernote. I have Citrix for my Chromebook so I can remote in to our system and access everything I need, including a Windows desktop. I like it, but I like LG's software and screen size better.

District launches responsive website from Rediker Software

eSchool News

Waltham Public Schools chooses Rediker Software’s RediSite for their 10 schools and district office to meet the increasing mobile needs of parents, students and staff.

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The Stories That Shaped Edtech in 2016


Every year has its fair share of surprises, but this seems especially true for 2016. Here’s a chronological roundup of stories that made the biggest bang on the edtech industry (and to a similar extent, our web traffic) in 2016. Teachscape’s story—compounded by twists and turns—foreshadowed what many edtech startups and investors have learned in 2016: making money in education can be much more difficult than expected.

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EXO U launches Ormiboard Pro Visual Creation Software

eSchool News

New whiteboarding software offers instant sharing to any student device, classroom management, and advanced interactivity building without an internet connection. At InfoComm 2016, EXO U Inc. ,

Google Offers Free Cloud Access to Colleges, Plays Catch Up to Amazon, Microsoft


Google in June announced an. education grant offering free credits for its cloud platform, with no credit card required, unlimited access to its suite of tools and training resources. Amazon and Microsoft’s cloud services both offer education programs, and now Google Cloud wants a part in shaping future computer scientists — and probably whatever they come up with using the tool. “We Google Cloud launched in 2011, but has caught up to competitors to.

A Beginner’s Guide to #EdTech Open Source Software

Fractus Learning

Did you ever explore a learning possibility only to realize that the software to make it happen costs a lot of money? Do you want to explore 3-D animation but don’t want to spend a lot of money on software you might not ultimately use? You might want to explore Open Source software!

And the top e-learning trends for 2016 are.


It’s December, it’s almost the end of the year and it's time to talk about the 2016 e-learning trends. For those in the know, learning integration in the cloud isn’t just about using online cloud storage solutions here and there – it also involves the technical aspects of cloud computing such as learning platforms being offered as SaaS (Software as a Service) or PaaS (Platform as a Service), and the ability to access such platforms on any platform, and more importantly, 24/7 collaboration.

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Google Classroom + Apple Classroom = The Complete iPad Classroom – From Ben Sondgeroth


First, Google Classroom allows teachers to organize their class content while integrating Google Drive to support workflow and student organization. Google Classroom. For more information on Google Classroom, visit EdTechTeacher’s Google Classroom page.

14 Websites That Will Excite Students About Tech

Ask a Tech Teacher

When you try to explain that technology, computers, and websites are easily accessible to anyone willing to think critically and solve problems, they laugh. Backwards Google. This site shows the Google search engine backwards as is everything you type into the search field.

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Lots of great new things coming to Google Apps and Chromebooks!!!

Educational Technology Guy

Google Apps for Education and Chromebooks have become truly awesome resources for schools and Google just keeps improving them. With this new announcement, the Google Play Store and most of it's app will work with Chromebooks. Three models are getting access in June with more getting access later. I also think that this would be a good time for Google and OEMs to work on a 7" Chrome OS tablet! Follow me on Twitter and Google+.

22 Digital Tools You Must Have in Your Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

Google Apps. They are fun to create, can be saved to the student digital portfolio, and uploaded to all manner of online accounts from Google Drive to KidBlogs. The most popular calendar tool is Google Calendar. Google Apps.

Image Copyright Do’s and Don’ts

Ask a Tech Teacher

Show students how to adjust the Google search engine to provide only images in the public domain. The screenshot below shows how to find this option: Take time to access the following image sites that provide mostly public domain images: Open Clip Art.

Top 10 BYOD concerns — and how to overcome them [Part 1]


But denying all kids the access to technology because a part of them can’t afford appropriate devices is worse. Schools and teachers need to work with what they already have, and increase technology access with time.

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Automation in spring 2016: two glimpses of the future of technology and education

Bryan Alexander

I’m not talking about Google’s spectacular triumph at having an AI win at Go (seriously, check it out , if you haven’t already). Two reports crossed my feeds recently, each concerning the intersection of automation and humans.

3 Technology Benefits for Homeschoolers

Ask a Tech Teacher

Thanks to online homeschooling programs and accredited curricula like the one offered by Calvert , parents can access the tools and support they need to deliver top-notch education to their children at home. With technology, parents can ensure their children have access to top curricula.

5 Reasons Why Google Vault is Not a True Archive

Gaggle Speaks

If you’re a G Suite for Education user who thinks that Google Vault will fulfill all of your eDiscovery and compliance needs, you might want to reconsider. Here are five reasons why Google Vault is not an archive. You can’t set a retention policy for files in Google Drive.

End-of-year Tips: Image and Back-up Digital Devices

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every time you download from a website or open an email attachment or update one of your online tools or software, you collect digital dust and grunge that affects the speed and efficiency of your computer. If you use Gmail, you can email up to 20 MB (or more through your Google Drive).

10 Reasons to Screencast in Your Class and 7 Best-in-class Tools

Ask a Tech Teacher

Screencast tools may be web-based, software, or a browser add-on and include some or all of the following: a spotlight for the mouse. Record lessons that students can access anytime, anywhere. Google Hangouts on Air.

Impero Software Announces New Version of its Flagship Product – Impero Education Pro – at ISTE 2018


Chicago, June 24, 2018 – Impero Software, a leading provider of classroom management, network and online safety software to schools today announced the latest version of its award-winning product, Impero Education Pro V7. Founded in 2002, Impero software is now accessed by over 1.5

Do black students really need college to get high paying jobs?

The Hechinger Report

That’s why he’s launching Rooted School, a high school that plans to train students to enter jobs in fields like 3D printing, software development and programming right after graduation. Rooted was supposed to open in the fall of 2016.

Web Tools for Video and Audio Feedback on Essays and Projects

Teacher Reboot Camp

Adding comments through Word or Google Docs is time consuming and rarely do students check these comments. Screencastify is a Google Chrome extension and my favorite way to provide quick video feedback. Jing is a software you download that allows up to 5 minute recordings.

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6 Pillars to Successfully Integrate Technology In Your 1:1 Classroom


Business and technology have become truly complementary: Forbes gives the example of engine manufacturers relying on software to push forward production. There are a wide variety of resources available including Youtube for Schools and Google for Education.

Guest Blog Post: 5 Incredibly Useful Apps That Every Educator & Student Needs.


That’s where security software comes in. Of all types of security software, VPNs are probably the one people are least familiar with. The layout is a bit better than Google Calendar, as it works out to be more user- friendly and colourful.

How Do You Backup Your Data

Ask a Tech Teacher

These are easy to access, safe, and quick. Considered by some as one of the best data backup software , it’s easy to use, intuitive,, backs up everything from files to SQL databases, and can zip and/or encrypt files.

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The Possibilities of No Wireless Access

Reading By Example

I quickly realized that wireless access was fleeting. No matter how much finagling I did, I could not get online to access my drafts in Google Docs. Instead of chewing my nails, I dug back into some earlier drafts I had produced on my writing software, Scrivener. This constant access keeps us up-to-date on what’s happening now. I just got back from a three day writing retreat with Brenda Power and several contributors for Choice Literacy.

The Possibilities of No Wireless Access

Reading By Example

I quickly realized that wireless access was fleeting. No matter how much finagling I did, I could not get online to access my drafts in Google Docs. Instead of chewing my nails, I dug back into some earlier drafts I had produced on my writing software, Scrivener. This constant access keeps us up-to-date on what’s happening now. I just got back from a three day writing retreat with Brenda Power and several contributors for Choice Literacy.

In the marketplace: Google’s G Suite for Education, coding, grants, and more

eSchool News

Google Apps for Education arrived on the scene 10 years ago with a vision to help teachers and students share and learn together in innovative ways. The application period for the 2016 award opens October 1, 2016 and closes November 1, 2016.

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Alma provides complete SIS, Google Classroom integration

eSchool News

Alma expands partnership with Google, implementing new Coursework API to eliminate double data entry and streamline teacher workflow. has expanded its integration with Google Classroom to include the new Coursework API.

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Is a learning portal different from an LMS?


″ display, your fingerprint for the secure access of the phone, your amazing pictures from Bali or from your back yard, with your friends and family, your selfies, your videos of your kids and pets, your documents, your apps, your everything. It isn’t, really. But it is.

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Google, Major Teacher Network Partner to Share Digital Resources, Lessons

Marketplace K-12

A major online marketplace for free and fee-based teaching resources, which also serves as a network for millions of educators globally, has announced a partnership that will bring Google’s educational resources aboard its website. Adam Frey, an executive for , said the integrated platform will help teachers better access the millions of resources previously housed in separate ecosystems. Previously, educators had to apply to become “Google Pioneers” to access the software.

New Products from Google and their Implication for Educators

The Electric Educator

Google's much anticipated October 4 product launch matched many leaks and rumors leading up to the event and features 4 new products, 1 product refresh, and several new connections points between new and existing hardware. Helps with search accuracy in Google Photos. google

EXO U to launch visual creation, collaboration tool at ISTE

eSchool News

The device-agnostic, Google Classroom-integrated, collaborative tool allows teachers and students to build lessons, activities, and interactive games. At ISTE 2016, EXO U Inc., With browser-driven publishing, lessons are assigned links and can be sent to students using Google Classroom.

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Stereotyping, Behavior, and Belonging in the Open Education Community

Iterating Toward Openness

The open source software side of the open house has absolutely no issue with commercial entities using or contributing to open source software. They provide free and open access to all their content online.

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What life before edtech can teach us about personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

This is unsurprising given the enormous uptick in online courses and technology tools in K–12 schools nationwide, not to mention the promise that technology holds to dismantle barriers to access and experience that have plagued the education system for years.

Why Is This In My Room?- Starting the Year With EdTech


Will you need to show a slideshow of a student’s service learning trip (yes), play an audio clip of Michelle Obama’s speech (most likely), have students collaborate using Google Documents on their iPads (yup)? Power/syncing cable, OS software, microphone, speakers, apps, settings.

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