Why Differentiation Matters

No two people are alike…we are all individuals. What works in a classroom for one individual may not work for another. Some students may be auditory learners while other may be more apt to understand new content when they can see it and touch it. Dr. Howard Gardner, a psychologist and professor of neuroscience from…
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The Surprising Secret Of Teaching In The 21st Century

As an educator people sometimes recommend sites or programs to me that I find don’t live up to the hype. It’s frustrating and time consuming to wade through the massive amount of new web apps popping up everyday. What’s The Easiest Way To Get Started? Then, every once in a while, I’ll come across a…
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Fishtree – Most Disruptive and Overall Mobile Award Winner at SIIA NextGen Awards 2014

The SIIA (The Software & Information Industry Association) have just announced the winners for the 2014 NextGen Awards in Mobile. Fishtree is proud to be recognized as the NextGen Most Disruptive and Overall Mobile Award Winner. The following interview between Rhianna Collier, Vice President of Software Division at SIIA, and Terry Nealon, CEO of Fishtree was…
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3 Essential Benefits of Teaching with Technology

Hi, I’m Jennifer Dragotta, a 3rd grade teacher from South Carolina. As an educator I wish I had more time and resources. I never seem to have enough time in the day to teach everything I wish or plan everything I want for every child. I often have to go to several different sites to find new…
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How Can We Promote Activism in the Digital Age?

“Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution.” These are the stirring words of education activist Malala Yousafzai, uttered to the United Nations Youth Assembly on her 16th birthday, a…
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Should Education Take on a Business Model?

Shouldn’t education be student-centric then, with one single aim – keep students happy and deliver on better learning outcomes? As Douglas Green suggested yesterday at weekly #edchat discussion: “In business, the customer is the number one you need to satisfy. I think it’s good to think this way regarding the students.” This statement caught the…
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“Big Data” on Big Data

Big-Data is the buzzword of the decade – everyone is claiming that they are in the Big Data game. To be honest, Big Data has always been with us; it has always been a part of real life – population migration, stock market movements, motor traffic patterns, television viewings and ratings, pathogen transmission & mutation…
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Friend or Foe? Social Media in the Classroom

Like tiny red candies with a sweet white centre, they glint at me in the corner of my screen. The temptation is irresistible  “Oh! Another one for me?” I exclaim delightedly in my mind. “Why thank you very much!” I’m trying to cut back, but my self control is proving lacking when it comes to…
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Openness: The Key to Understanding Educational Technology

The last five years or so have seen such a whirlwind of exciting developments in the educational technology sector that it’s a daunting task to step back and take stock of it all, never mind distill it down to one or two key elements. But having thought long and hard about this, I realised the…
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Sparking Innovation with the Maker Movement

When I was in 5th grade, my teacher gave us an assignment: design a quiz board. I’m sure you know the kind I’m talking about – a simple switchboard with a list of questions one side, answers on the other, and when you connect a question with the correct answer a little bulb lights up….
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