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Fulfilling the Promise of Education Technology: Veteran, Father of Four, Earns Degree While on the Road

June 1, 2014

WGU Leverages Technology to Offer Cost Effective, Competency Based Online Education That Enables People to Overcome Challenges and Change Their Lives This year, WGU Washington will graduate a record number of students at its third commencement ceremony, May 17 at McCaw Hall in Seattle. One of these students, Greg Grady, has a particularly compelling story. […]

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What Might the Future of Online Education Look Like? Imagining Several Scenarios …

May 29, 2014

Which way is Online Learning Going to go as the Years Roll by? Gradual Growth? Global Domination? Near Extinction? Ever found yourself wondering what the world of online education might look like a decade or two from now? Will it expand explosively and become the dominant approach to education? Will it fall by the wayside […]

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How Safe is Your Teaching Job From Technology?

May 6, 2014

Is Technology Really a Threat to Your Role as an Educator? This question arises from time to time, especially among the technophobes out there, so I thought it deserved a direct response! – KW This question has been ominously circulating since the 1980s when computers first made their way into schools – will technology ever […]

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Fun Tech Gadgets for Teaching to Check out This Summer (or This Weekend)!

April 29, 2014

Cool tech tools to check out online or at local office supply store (also – consider crowdsourced funding). Have you been considering some fun tech tools for the classroom? With summer break on the horizon for many teachers, it’s a good time to think about heading to your local office or education supply store and […]

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Interactive Projection Floors – How Engaging Would These be in Your Classroom or School?

April 24, 2014

This Activity Oriented Technology Looks Particularly Interesting for Younger Students (+ Athletes and Dancers too). Just What is an “Interactive Floor Projection”? This short video shows young children experiencing an interactive floor projection. See how the displayed content reacts to the children’s movements? There you have it – a projection on the floor (or wall) […]

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5 Ways Yammer is Improving Communication, Connections, and Learning in our Schools

April 22, 2014

Social Networking Tools can Facilitate Excellent Communication and Build Connections and Community When They are Limited to the Community They’re Intended For! Teachers across the world are increasingly embracing the potential of digital tools to make learning content more accessible and engaging for students. There are many powerful, fun, free tools that can be used […]

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Imagining the Classroom of 2016, Empowered by Wearable Technology

April 20, 2014

Wearable Tech is Poised for Explosive Growth in the Coming Years. How Will it Impact Education? The next big shift in technology is the growth of wearable tech. We’ve already embraced mobile technology to the point that application vendors and technology support teams are thinking “mobile first”. Smartphones, tablets, and laptops are an increasingly common […]

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Tell us how you Motivate Your Students and Win!

April 17, 2014

Getting Students to be Independent Learners is a big Challenge for Teachers Everywhere. How do you do it? Put a pizza or a smart phone in front of a high school or young college student, and they’ll probably jump at it! Motivation in action! You can probably think of things that would grab the attention […]

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Augmented Reality – The Coolest Instructional Technology You Haven’t Heard of?

April 15, 2014

AR Tools are Being Used Today by Creative Educators in Fun, Innovative Ways, but few Know About it (yet). Educators are always looking for new ways to enhance learning and expand the horizons of students in an engaging and interactive way. Gone are the days when class plans were based around exercises from a text […]

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It’s 2014 – Can You (Systematically) Text Your Students?

April 13, 2014

Teachers and Administrators Should be Able to Communicate with Students Using Text Messaging (but NOT With Their own Phones). Not too long ago, a teacher said to me, “Why can’t we text our students? That’s how they communicate”. That stuck with me. Texting turned 20 years old in 2012 (wow!). According to ChaCha, way back […]

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