Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The difference unconditional love makes in a child's (anyone's) life

John Gabrieli: McGovern Institute Investigator

John Gabrieli, associate member of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, uses brain imaging and behavioral tests to understand the organization of memory, thought, and emotion in the human brain. 
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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles": Inspiring: Informative: Ideas

You need to watch this, a search for information is different based on who you are and what your interest are and who your friends are.

Google Apps (Playlist)

Using Google Apps in Education

Saline Area Schools talks about Google Apps

Chrome browser to provide security updates till April 2015 for XP

For Chrome users on Windows XP, rest assured you can still browse safely after April 2014. We're extending support for Chrome on Windows XP with automatic updates and security fixes until April 2015. Link to Google Blog

How Building Robots Captivates Kids' Imaginations (Is School Enough? Ser...

Making robots inspires such passion in high school seniors Violet and Kjersti that they've begun mentoring younger robotics teams to teach STEM skills -- and save their school's robotics program.

The Next Generation of Education

Launch your own Academy in minutes!

Tablets in education

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Teaching With Tablets

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

What Most Schools Don't Teach

Learn about a new "superpower" that isn't being taught in in 90% of US schools.

Starring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg,, Chris Bosh, Jack Dorsey, Tony Hsieh, Drew Houston, Gabe Newell, Ruchi Sanghvi, Elena Silenok, Vanessa Hurst, and Hadi Partovi. Directed by Lesley Chilcott, executive producers Hadi and Ali Partovi. owes special thanks to all the cast and the film crew, and also Microsoft, Google/YouTube, Facebook, Amazon, and Twitter for helping us spread the word

Computer Science Education Week

Students and staff from Apex High School's Academy of Information Technology talk about their program during Computer Science Education Week.

Computer Science Education Week

Students and staff from Apex High School's Academy of Information Technology talk about their program during Computer Science Education Week.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

SXSWedu 2013 Bloggers' Lounge Session: School Yourself

21st Century Skills

Are new technology tools going to be the downfall of education?

STViewScan Product Information Video

ST ViewScan Microfilm Scanner

Do you have old transcripts that you need to make copies of? The old microfilm printer not working well. Here is an option that will change the way that you do documentation.

The ST ViewScan system is newer than any of the competition and many say the best desktop microfilm digital viewer and scanner on the market. It features one second scanning, real-time viewing, easy to use software, exceptional image quality, compact size, low energy use, and industry first innovations such as "Scissor Cut" cropping, Captured Image Review, on-board USB Ports and more.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Blue Jeans Network Technology Trends presentation at InfoComm

Live demo of Blue Jeans Network from Scott Sharer's Super Tuesday Technology Trends presentation at InfoComm 2011.

Blue Jeans Network Any(ware) Video Conferencing

A simple way to Video conference people together.

Blue Jeans Network - Video Conferencing Made Easy

So you need new copiers in your school district. Here is a tip for getting independent information on your copier. Ask your vendor for the Buyers Laboratory (BLI) report on the machines they are proposing. BLI has been the gold standard for rating copiers for decades. They put copiers through extensive independent testing. You can glean some info from their website. The detailed reports cost money, but the copier manufacturers and resellers should be able to provide the reports for the machines they sell. The website also has a needs assessment and quote service (have not tried either):

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Laker Schools iPad orientation video

This is the video shown during the Laker Secondary School open house that serves as an introduction to the new one-to-one iPad program at the school. It takes a look back at how classroom technology has progressed over the years, why technology is important in today's classroom, how Lakers and other schools have used iPads and will be using iPads. The video features a clip of the official introduction of the iPad, with the late Steve Jobs, as well as clips from some popular TV shows.

Brenda Smith talking about NWEA, Compass Learning

Laker Secondary School teacher Brenda Smith talks about the NWEA testing and how it connects with Compass Learning to help gauge where students are in their academic skills within core subjects and to help boost those skills where needed. Lakers has been using NWEA/Compass Learning for three years.

Jaime Orlik using iPads for math quiz

Laker Elementary fourth grade teacher uses iPads in her classroom for a math quiz. She can see the students' answers immediately. Therefore, if students aren't understanding a concept she's taught, she can do a review right then and there. The iPads offer many tools and options that teachers wouldn't have otherwise. See the full story on the home page of the EPBP Laker website,

"Teaching Common Core Math with iPads" with Monica Burns

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Panic Button: ePanic Button Overview

With Safety becoming a bigger issue every day in our school systems this simple looking product looks to meet that need.