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Connected Educator Month


October, 2013

10 essential tips for meeting the tech needs of low-income schools

Educators who work in low-income schools know that technology could help them understand student needs better and create more engaging learning experiences. But tight budgets make some of the more ambitious schemes, like 1-to-1 computer access, a distant dream. Yet it's precisely the schools with under-served populations that have the most to gain from technology.

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High-tech teamwork rules at two S.C. high schools

Ninth-graders at Scott’s Branch High School in South Carolina began the challenge of designing a poetry cafe by doing something expected in the business world but not so much in the classroom. They signed a contract obligating team members to complete certain tasks and established the team’s process for agreeing on the project’s details, including decorations for the cafe and what food to serve.

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CWU’s Special Education Technology Center awarded $360K

Central Washington University’s Special Education Technology Center has received a $360,000 grant for the 2013-2014 academic year to support assistive technology in K12 public schools.

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LearnLaunchX graduates ed tech companies at inaugural Demo Day

At LearnLaunchX, Boston's education technology accelerator, entrepreneurs pitched products and business plans to a group of more than 150 investors and education industry leaders. The products and plans were developed at LearnLaunchX's immersive, three-month program designed to grow education and learning companies.

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MasteryConnect launches online ed for kindergarteners

It’s not every day an entrepreneur gets to sit down and discuss his business plan over lunch with Bill Gates. But that’s exactly what happened to Mick Hewitt, co-founder and CEO of MasteryConnect, an education tech start-up that sees the implementation of Common Core standards as an unparalleled opportunity.

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Will new technology save education in South Carolina?

Two of South Carolina’s poorest school districts have teamed-up with Furman University to offer high school students a new way to master their three R’s. And as they do, Furman educators plan to use the schools as models to turn around the state’s bottom-dwelling public education system, ranked 47th worst in the nation in high school graduations and, according to one national survey, dead last in student performance.

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Education tech start-ups: No longer the 'sleepy' crowd

A recent start-up event showcased something not everyone associates with business or technology: education. And all the start-ups presenting were aiming to do something truly innovative: make education beneficial to students and at the same time profitable to investors.

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27 topographic maps lessons

The USGS offers free topographic maps for most of the United States and provides 27 suggested topographic map lessons. Ideas include coordinates, scale, and map projections as well as less common things like the analysis of stereo aerial photographs.

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From 1 PC to 1 mobile device

Many of us began with a single desktop model when we first started using computers. Later, it was a natural development when we began using multiple devices to get the job done. It seems we are still stuck in one of those two plans. But recently, tablets have given us more reason to rethink, consider, and modify our use. Is it possible to use just one device to do everything again—but this time so much better?

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