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Education Apps to Help Inspire Students and Teachers

New technologies are changing the ways that educators teach, the ways that students learn and the ways that teachers and students communicate. The proliferation of tablets and other smart devices, for example, has been matched by the development of myriad apps designed to help inspire and engage both students and teachers in new ways. These are just a few examples of how apps can enhance the teaching and learning experience in STEM and non-STEM subjects: Apps for students: Sparking students’ curiosity about math and science is ...

Grant Brings Texas Students & Teachers New Technology in the Classroom

Helping teachers support and encourage their students in STEM is why we are excited for the opportunity to work with the recipients of the 2014 I Rock Math grant! United Way and Texas Instruments awarded a total of $50,000 to Dallas ISD’s Dallas Environmental Science Academy (DESA), Lancaster ISD’s Elsie Robertson Middle School, and Mesquite ISD’s Georgia W. Kimball Elementary for iPads and other tech equipment that students will use to enhance their math and science learning experience in the classroom. NMSI will provide teacher mentorship and training on how to best implement the technology in the classroom. ...

The Four Pillars of Flipping the Classroom

Flipping the classroom has been a hot topic amongst circles in the education world recently – so much so that we even wrote an article about it ourselves! It is clear that teachers are excited about this different way of interacting and engaging with their students to generate new ideas and deepen their understanding. Education Week picked up on this trend as well and hosted a brilliant webinar featuring two expert presenters – Todd Nesloney , a 5th grade math teacher, and Kristin Daniels, a board member of the Flipped ...

Technology in the Classroom: The Benefits of Blended Learning

As we advance further into the 21st century, technology is becoming more and more integrated into our society. Smart phones are now commonplace, tablets are replacing or substituting for computers and laptops, and social media has become second nature. The rapid and widespread adoption of these technological innovations has completely changed the way we conduct our daily lives, including how knowledge is digested and taught in our classrooms – but is it a positive change? Should we be worried about teachers and students using technology in the classroom? Our ...

Jump-start Your Teaching by Flipping the Classroom

We know that one of the greatest challenges you, as a teacher, face in the classroom is trying to teach your students new concepts and high-level ideas. Some students pick them up almost immediately, and other students struggle every step of the way. And sometimes, no matter what the classroom experience might be, no matter how well you think they will do on their homework that covers exactly what you showed them in class, you will have a student who returns the next day with a forlorn face, a ...

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