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.

Will You Take the 2016 Cool Cat Teacher Reader Survey?

The CoolCatTeacher

So, I’m opening up my 2016 reader survey. 2016 Cool Cat Teacher Blog Reader Survey. Fighting Teacher Burnout Productivity Digital Citizenship How to understand most software in the first 10 minutes of opening it. The post Will You Take the 2016 Cool Cat Teacher Reader Survey? Speak out. Be heard. I'm listening. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. You have things you NEED. Things you WANT.

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Learner-Centered Design: Powering the Coming Golden Age of Educational Software

The Journal

So, software designed from a User-Centered Design perspective is not always appropriate for those short users! This week’s blog, then, outlines a Learner-Centered Design approach to educational software development that should better meet the unique needs of learners Learners are not just short users.

New Cybersecurity Software Enhances Organizations' IT Toolkits

EdTech Magazine

Enterprise Intrusion Detection Security Software Threat PreventionBy Sandra Gittlen Security information and event management tools increase functionality just when technology pros need help the most.

A Glitch in the EdReform Matrix: The 2016 EdNext Poll on Blended Learning

Doug Levin

Fast forward one year to the release of the 2016 EdNext Poll on School Reform and its findings on blended learning and I find myself wondering if there must be a glitch in the EdReform Matrix (which seems incapable of bringing the same level of rigorous analysis and consideration to issues of technology-based school reform and improvement strategies as it does to other reform strategies).

TCEA 2016: Why Make the Switch to Windows 10?

EdTech Magazine

Classroom Online Learning Operating Systems SoftwareBy Jena Passut A Microsoft Educator makes the case during TCEA session. .

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.

Your ISTE 2016 recap

eSchool News

If you missed ISTE 2016 in Denver, don’t worry–we’re summarizing some of the conference news and developments below. Educators from Pre-K up through higher education most often prefer to participate in professional learning opportunities that focus on training for online software and digital resources (34 percent), classroom management strategies (34 percent), and digital device training (33 percent), according to a new survey released during this year’s ISTE conference.

ISTE 2016: Exciting Gadgets from the Expo Floor

EdTech Magazine

Classroom Curriculum Hardware SoftwareBy Meg Conlan Technology vendors packed the exhibit hall, showing off plenty of tools and toys that teachers will love.

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How educators and teachers can get the most out of online forms software - guest post

Educational Technology Guy

How educators and teachers can get the most out of online forms software Online forms might not be the first thing that comes to mind as a helpful classroom tool. Online form building software has increasingly become a fixture in schools all around the world over the past decade, and for good reason: it just makes collecting and organizing information easier.

Hayes Software Systems launches implementation plan for mid-sized districts

eSchool News

The Basic Implementation Plan is specifically designed for school districts looking to quick start their TIPWeb-IT software. Hayes Software Systems , a provider of inventory control software and services for the K-12 education market, announced a new software implementation plan developed for mid-sized school districts. News districts Education goals great implementation IT K-12 K-12 education need school school districts Software up

Migration Plans Ramp Up as the Release of SQL Server 2016 Nears

EdTech Magazine

By Meg Conlan With Microsoft’s latest software just over the horizon, SQL Server 2005 holdouts need to finalize plans for phasing out the unsupported software. . Data Center Data Center Optimization Software Upgrades

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


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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Dell debuts new collaborative software for Chromebooks

eSchool News

Dell Classroom, a new software solution available for Dell Chromebooks, helping foster student and teacher engagement. Dell announced the debut of three new, interactive display products, purpose-built for active learning, classrooms and conference rooms at ISTE 2016. The company also revealed Dell Classroom, a Chrome-based software solution aimed at bridging the collaboration gap between students and teachers with tools that connect their devices in the classroom.

This easy presentation software lets students focus on content, not design

eSchool News

Students spend more time playing around with presentation software than you might think. Imagine if there was presentation software that could give students and teachers what they want, while reducing time and energy spent on aspects of the task that don’t impact the final grade. Imagine software that eliminated most of the design and technical knowledge while still producing a professional product — with a minimal learning curve. Enter: design automated software.

A Glitch in the EdReform Matrix: The 2016 EdNext Poll on Blended Learning

Doug Levin

Fast forward one year to the release of the 2016 EdNext Poll on School Reform and its findings on blended learning and I find myself wondering if there must be a glitch in the EdReform Matrix (which seems incapable of bringing the same level of rigorous analysis and consideration to issues of technology-based school reform and improvement strategies as it does to other reform strategies).

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.”. NetSupport launches new education safeguarding module for IT asset management solution, NetSupport DNA.

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. , a software development company, launched Ormiboard Pro , a visual creation and collaboration tool. EXO U will also release its Ormiboard Go edition on June 26th at ISTE 2016 in Denver, Colorado.

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.

Sheppard Software: Fruit Splat Subtraction


On this site students practice those basic arithmetic operations by playing a fun game. Techlearning Resources Site of the Week

Minecraft Software Startup Gets Boost from National Science Foundation Grant

Marketplace K-12

An ed-tech startup developing software to help students learn computer coding principles through Minecraft has been awarded a $750,000 grant through the National Science Foundation. Our goal is that after they go through the software program, students will know the basics of computer science and coding,” said ThoughtSTEM co-founder Lindsey Handley. We’ve found we can reach a larger audience by creating educational software that can be used around the world,” she said.

Microsoft Education Updates Improve Classroom Efficiency and Promote Exploration

EdTech Magazine

Classroom Curriculum Digital Content Learning Management Software Productivity Suites SoftwareBy Meghan Bogardus Cortez From interactive quizzes to virtual field trips, the latest Office 365 updates have a lot to offer.

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.

Technology I use on a Daily Basis - 2016 Version

Educational Technology Guy

Here's my updated version for Spring, 2016. I like it, but I like LG's software and screen size better. 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. In this role, I work with schools on selecting and implementing technology solutions to improve teaching and learning. I do a lot of research on best practices in education and technology and do a decent amount of traveling.

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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How Learning Management Software Helps HR


It is the Human Resources department’s job to ensure the workers that are hired are skillful in the areas they need to support and that they continue to grow to develop new skills and talents that. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!]. Learning Management & Course Management Systems Learning Management System

Promethean introduces new ActivPanel at ISTE 2016

eSchool News

Promethean, a global provider of educational technology solutions, introduced its new ActivPanel interactive display at ISTE 2016 in Denver. The new Promethean ActivPanel features wireless and BlueTooth® connectivity, pre-loaded applications for mobile device mirroring, digital whiteboarding, and free collaboration software from ClassFlow. The new Promethean ActivPanel will be available in July 2016.

What Role Will Software Defined Networking Play in Delivering Digital Learning

eSchool News

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C-STEM Studio — A Great Way to Blend Math and Robotics

Ask a Tech Teacher

C-STEM Studio does that with a compelling and thorough software program which trains both students and teachers to use robotics as a superior vehicle for learning math. The C-STEM Studio software is stimulating and scalable for all grade levels. Here’s how you get started: download the free software. When I select software, here’s what I look for: can be installed easily and quickly. The software only runs on PCs and Macs right now.

State-of-the-art education software often doesn’t help students learn more, study finds

The Hechinger Report

Even proponents of educational technology admit that a lot of software sold to schools isn’t very good. But they often highlight the promise of so-called “adaptive learning” software, in which complex algorithms react to how a student answers questions, and tailor instruction to each student. Most of the universities combined the software with human instruction, but a few courses were delivered entirely online.

Most Memorable Blogs Posts of the Year – 2016

Reading By Example

He points out the problems in not paying for technology that supports student learning, including the challenge of smaller software companies to produce excellent resources. Appreciation blogging Celebration Community Leadership Recognition Writing 2016 most memorable blog postsEvery year around the Thanksgiving holiday, I provite a short list of memorable blog posts I read the last twelve months or so. This is not an award show.

When School-Installed Software Stops A Suicide

NPR Learning and Tech

School administrators increasingly have the power to track students' Web browsing even when they're at home. The implications are complicated

Designing custom ed-tech software requires joint effort

eSchool News

As a result, many school systems take matters into their own hands by developing custom software and tools only to find they lack the scale, revenue sources and expertise to do so successfully. Off-the-shelf education technology platforms can often fall short when aligning with educators’ specific approaches to instruction.

Getting Started with Minecraft: Education Edition

EdTech Magazine

Classroom Game-based Learning SoftwareBy Wylie Wong A K–12 technology leader shares tips for deploying Microsoft’s long-awaited educational game.

5 Essential Effective Blended Learning Best Practices

The CoolCatTeacher

In this technique, I take the software tutorials and “point and click” instructions into videos. Students often pause software videos and work on the software. (I’ve I’ve found that for software, it is best to pause and learn at that moment.). I’ll go into these more during the free blended learning webinar I’ll be hosting on November 30, 2016 at 4:30 pm EST. Register here. .