8 Reasons for and 8 Against Revisiting Software in the Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

I recently chatted with a tech coordinator on the East coast who asked about software alternatives to the webtools we were discussing. Usually, teachers want free, easily-accessible-from-anywhere webtools in place of expensive, installed software. When you purchase software, you get the entire program. Once you purchase software, you own it for as long as you want to use that version. When you’re using software, it lives on your local drive.

Secrets of Accessible Online Content You Need to Know

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter In some of the statistics about online acceessibility , we see that, up to 20% of people are excluded from websites when our site is not accessible. Today, we dig into a university that is making progress on accessibility and compliance. Teachers who are putting content online can make content more accessible if we learn these tips. What does accessibility mean?

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GAAD 2016: Raising Awareness About Accessibility

ProfHacker

Today is the 5th annual Global Awareness Accessibility Day. The purpose of this day “is to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) accessibility and users with different disabilities.” While people may be interested in the topic of making technology accessible and usable by persons with disabilities, the reality is that they often do not know how or where to start. Profession a11y accessibility gaad

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. Serving more than 5,500 students and 10 schools, Waltham Public Schools unveiled an improved approach to mobile communications recently by launching a district-wide responsive website from Rediker Software.

2016 and Beyond: The Future of Classroom Technology by @MelanieNathan

TeacherCast

With many communities anxious to enhance local school systems and increase opportunities for students, teachers and pupils, 2016 appears poised to witness a lot of exciting new developments in the world of education technology. One current trend appears likely to continue during 2016: an increasing number of classrooms will rely on computers and the Internet to assist in the delivery of education materials. Possibly that situation will change permanently in 2016.

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New software supports safe internet use, reporting

eSchool News

The software’s release supports international legislation obliging schools to introduce filtering technology and monitor students’ internet use more closely to safeguard and promote their welfare and prevent them “from being drawn into terrorism.”. The new “Report a concern” feature of NetSupport DNA’s safeguarding module provides a simple and accessible way for students to initiate contact with trusted members of staff for help or guidance.

Translate Open Access Resources with Annotran

ProfHacker

Here at ProfHacker, we’ve written here previously about the collaborative online annotation tool Hypothes.is and about the Open Library of the Humanities , and we have long been proponents of Open Access resources. It’s part of the mission of OLH to provide Open Access and accessible scholarly materials, but, as Eve points out : However, the paywall barrier is only one dimension of closed access. How else can you see this tool improving access?

Technology I use on a Daily Basis - 2016 Version

Educational Technology Guy

Here's my updated version for Spring, 2016. 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. I have both my personal and work profiles on here, with offline Drive access for both setup. In the past, I've written about the technology I use on a daily basis (see bottom of page for links). I am a K-12 Education Strategist for CDW-G.

Impero Software’s keyword library addresses online safety concerns

eSchool News

In an effort to protect students in this always-on and connected world, Impero Software , a remote monitoring and management software provider, has updated its keyword libraries to include a more comprehensive list of U.S. Impero will showcase the updated library in their booth #708 during the 2016 ISTE conference June 26-29, 2016 in Denver. The software alerts educators when a student uses words or phrases that match a term in the keyword library.

And the top e-learning trends for 2016 are.

Neo LMS

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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Twitter Enhances Accessibility with Alt Text for Images

ProfHacker

This week, Twitter announced that it has added an important function to its service, one that enhances accessibility for people who are blind or who have low vision: support for alternative text to describe images. Starting today, anyone can make Tweets with images accessible to the visually impaired: https://t.co/mAnehClSNR — Twitter (@twitter) March 29, 2016. Software a11y accessibility alt text Twitter

Promethean introduces new ActivPanel at ISTE 2016

eSchool News

The tablet-like display for the modern classroom features externally accessible, upgradeable Android processing power and access to more than 500,000 educational apps. Promethean, a global provider of educational technology solutions, introduced its new ActivPanel interactive display at ISTE 2016 in Denver. The new Promethean ActivPanel will be available in July 2016.

Selecting a Learning Device: Maine’s Recommendation

More Verbs

What software and extra equipment do you need to create those desired learning experiences with students? Not just the Acceptable Use Policy, but also the procedures for deployment, managed software distribution, etc. Focus on the Learning Learning-Centered Access Device SelectionAs states or districts look at device options, please don’t stop with looking at the cost of the device.

Learning Out Loud: Make Online Courses Meaningful and Accessible

Edsurge

These tools and the content created with them must be accessible to all learners, including those who are hard of hearing and have vision impairments. While multimodal learning environments support the needs of more learners, they require special attention to ensure they are accessible to students who are hard of hearing and/or visually impaired. Educators agree that all students deserve access to all instructional materials. Accessibility Is a Process, Not a Box to Check.

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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! Open Source Software. In contrast, Open Source software groups allow you to download the source code, so that you can add to or alter the function of the software.

The Importance of 3D Printing in Education

Ask a Tech Teacher

In general, 3D printing has numerous advantages and in education, one of its biggest advantages is producing scaled models of objects that are simply not accessible in other ways. Young designers can push their creative ideas as far as your 3D software allows. A topic I don’t cover enough is 3D printing. It’s relatively new on the education landscape and I have yet to reach a comfort level with it.

ISTE 2016: Educational Equity, Lifelong Learning, and a Simpler Approach to Edtech

eSpark

Recognizing that public education can be an important site of social and political change, ISTE 2016 presenters and attendees spent much of the week discussing how to use technology to help students that are often underserved by traditional methods of instruction catch up with their peers. Throughout ISTE 2016, we had a chance to share a booth with JAMF Software, a company that’s reimagined mobile device management for educators.

CAST Figuration Seeks to Make Bootstrap More Accessible

ProfHacker

This summer, I was pleased to see the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) release CAST Figuration, “[a] feature rich, responsive, mobile first, accessible, front-end framework based on Bootstrap.” Given how new Figuration is, I haven’t done any evaluation of how it compares in terms of accessibility to the original Bootstrap framework, and I’d be interested in hearing more from anyone who has, in fact, done that sort of evaluation.

Amazon, Federation of the Blind Reach Agreement on Accessibility

Marketplace K-12

After years of questioning the accessibility of Amazon’s Kindle e-reader , the National Federation of the Blind today announced that it will work with the online retailer to improve reading experiences for blind, low-vision, and deaf-blind students. The accessibility issue became an obstacle last year when Amazon won a $30 million contract with New York City schools to develop an online e-book storefront for educators. EdX Settles Justice Department Complaint Over Online Access.

How to Teach With Videos

Ask a Tech Teacher

Students can relate to media and technology, whether it be through watching or making videos with mysimpleshow , using apps on smartphones, or logging in to LMS systems to access their online textbook. Online videos assigned by educators are accessible to students anywhere and anytime, making learning more adaptable and on a student basis. Emily is a digital native who writes various types of content online about software and technology, business, education and learning.

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Accessing Your WordPress Database with Adminer

ProfHacker

Sometimes, particularly if you’re running a WordPress network, you might need to access data about your users (e.g. The usual method for accessing the user table (at least in my admittedly limited experience), is through phpMyAdmin, found in the cPanel of many webhosts. There are some circumstances, though, in which you might not have access to phpMyAdmin for some reason, but you still need to extract information from your database.

Storms over liberal education: notes on the 2016 AAC&U conference

Bryan Alexander

Last week I participated in the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) 2016 conference. The event became much more dramatic than expected, once the hosting city, Washington DC, was clobbered by the great snowpocalyspe of 2016. I helped start the conference with a half-day workshop on “How Technology Can Enhance Liberal Education: The State of the Art in 2016.” The other spoke of access, public financing, inequalities.

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

Edsurge

education grant offering free credits for its cloud platform, with no credit card required, unlimited access to its suite of tools and training resources. now, but Google says it plans to extend access to other places in the future. education partnership for a free tier for limited access and has sent people to to schools to teach staff how to use it. The ability to access virtual machines and storage on demand without buying your own cluster is really cool.

Image Copyright Do’s and Don’ts

Ask a Tech Teacher

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. Students can use software such as KidPix, Paint, Photoshop, and GIMP, or an image creation tool like: BigHugeLabs. When I teach professional development classes, by far the topic that surprises teachers the most is the legal use of online images. And they’re not alone.

5 Technology Tools Perfect for ELA Online Learning Stations

Catlin Tucker

Now, I have access to hundreds of short stories, poems, excerpts from novels, and famous speeches. I can mix and match individual texts or access entire units complete with ELD supports for students at various language proficiencies. Vocabulary.com uses adaptive software to personalize vocabulary practice for students. I’ve written extensively about the benefits of using the Station Rotation Model with students.

22 Digital Tools You Must Have in Your Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

They are easy to set up, intuitive to access, and a no-brainer for any educator who wants to connect their class to all stakeholders. Because they are web-based, they are excellent tools for extending the classroom to the home and providing parents with safe links their younger students can access. Digital notes are easily shared, accessed from anywhere, and are never lost. It can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection and sometimes without.

Meet Us at FETC 2016 – Booth 844!

Benchmark Education

It’s one of the largest technology- and education-focused conferences in the country, where nearly 10,000 educators, administrators, and media specialists converge to discuss how professionals can ‘integrate technology across the curriculum — from kindergarten to college — through hands-on exposure to the latest hardware, software and successful strategies.’

Epson BrightLink interactive projectors will be bundled with Smart software

eSchool News

Epson and Smart Technologies are now bundling Smart collaborative learning software with Epson BrightLink interactive projectors. “We’re The Smart Notebook Advantage subscription lets customers upgrade to new versions of Notebook software in that first year, as well as access technical support and unlock premium features within Notebook. Epson and Smart aim to bring collaborative learning solution to classrooms.

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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. Easter eggs are geeky oddities included in the backend programming of many (many) software and webtools. Most teachers I know accept that their classes must be technology-infused.

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

Neo LMS

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. Besides BYOD funding programs, and allowing kids to use school devices, more measures can be taken in order to standardize the software students use.

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Tech-Savvy Seniors: Myth or Present-Day Reality?

Ask a Tech Teacher

London-based bespoke software development company, has experience in this area and was willing to share her ideas. In the same way, reviewing weather forecasts and getting access to millions of meal recipes and diets is what the elderly adore online. A topic I don’t cover enough in Ask a Tech Teacher is how seniors handle the onslaught of technology in their lives. Thankfully, Beata GREEN, Director of HeadChannel Ltd.

Web Tools for Video and Audio Feedback on Essays and Projects

Teacher Reboot Camp

Jing is a software you download that allows up to 5 minute recordings. The recordings are uploaded to Youtube for students to easily access. Your students need a code to access the recordings, which I still think is an extra step too many but you can set up classes and send group messages and feedback to the class.

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Impero Software Announces Philip Walters as its New Chairman

techlearning

Austin, TX, May 18, 2018 – Impero Software, a leading provider of classroom management, network and online safety software to schools, today announces Philip Walters as its new board chairman. Impero Software helps schools safeguard students and supports the work of teachers and IT departments,” said Walters. Impero Software provides network management and online safety software to schools throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.

2016 Awards and Accolades for Double-Digit Growth and Company Culture

Think Through Math

PITTSBURGH (August 23, 2016) —— Think Through Learning, creators of the award-winning Think Through Math program, heads into “back to school” season as the fastest growing supplemental math program in the U.S. The expansion of its powerful software system to three million students in more than 180,000 classrooms has earned Think Through Learning a spot on the annual Inc. 2016 finalist for the 2016 SIIA CODiE Award for Best Math Instructional Solution.

Celebrating ConnectED’s Achievements Toward Transforming Education

Digital Promise

To support this work, Hoang secured a software donation from Adobe & ConnectED to help increase technological literacy for Burbank’s students by integrating digital media into the art curriculum. Building on the success at Burbank, Adobe is expanding the ConnectED program in the Hayward Unified School District with the goal of getting free creativity and eLearning software and teacher training to all of the district’s Title I schools.

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