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How to Get Organized for the New Year

January 05, 2015
As the school year begins in the warm early days of autumn teachers, students, and parents always have an idealistic view of how they will start fresh.  This could mean communicating more between home and school, staying on top of homework, keeping more organized notes, or using more efficient study methods.  By the time winter break approaches, however, most have fallen back into old habits.  The brief breather between 2014 and 2015 is the perfect opportunity to explore tech tools that can get your school year plans back on track. School-Home Communication with Remind No matter how much we...

Tech for the Holidays Part 2: Choosing Apps for Kids

December 30, 2014
Now that presents are unwrapped, here comes the big question: what to do with the tech gifts in your household?  Just like any tool, to get the most out of technology, you have to know how to use it.  To help, we’ve compiled a roundup of some of the best lists and guides for selecting educational apps and games for your children.   The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop provides some great examples in their Family Time with Apps report, including using apps to read with your child (reading at least 15 minutes a day helps preschoolers build their vocabularies and prepare for school),...

Art + Tech: Four Lessons for Obtaining and Using Tech in Art Classes

December 23, 2014
1. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need. When I saw the Makerbot 3-D printer, my mind immediately began whirring with ideas of how I could use it in my art classes.  The printers are expensive—thousands of dollars that I didn’t have for my classes.  When I first proposed the addition of 3-D printing to the art department, I hit the bureaucratic wall often found in public institutions, and it looked as if my plan was destined to fail.  However, I was determined. I wrote a letter to an Austin-based company,  AGS-3D,  explaining our goals and how we would incorporate the technology into...

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