Wendy McMahon

This District Rolled Out Minecraft and Teacher Collaboration Skyrocketed

When Roanoke County Public Schools gathered educators for their first training in how to teach with Minecraft: Education Edition (M:EE), “you could hear the rumble in the room,” says Jeff Terry, the district’s director of technology. That was early 2018. Today, his district is among the top ten for M:EE usage worldwide.

This Father Built an App to Level the Playing Field for Struggling Readers

Venkat Ratnam developed WhizRead, a multisensory reading support program, out of pure fatherly love.In 2013, a realization washed over Ratnam and his wife. While they both had successful careers, they were paying a cost. Ratnam wanted to spend more time with their two children, then ages nine and five years old—particularly with his son, who was struggling with learning difficulties. “How could we let our children grow without much support?” asks Ratnam.

Helping Students See Real-World Applications for Economics

Students in Jacqueline Prester’s entrepreneurship classes melt wax for candles, sew hair scrunchies and formulate hand sauce (yes, hand sauce) as part of their learning. By crafting their own products, they get essential hands-on experience learning how economic principles are relevant to their current lives, their future careers and the world around them.

Why Single Sign-On Has Teachers Cheering

That’s the beauty of ClassLink—it’s technology that makes using other technology easier. For us, SSO has become a learning enabler when sometimes technology can be a learning variable.Can you imagine an edtech tool so supportive and effective teachers cheer when it arrives?

How to Build an Online Learning Program Students Crave and Employers Want

One of the great challenges for any educator is how do you teach and test students on real world problems, not just on theoretical textbook examples?

Here's How Single Sign-On Saved One District 2,500 Hours of Instructional Time Per Month

It’s 9:30 am on a Monday morning and an anxious sixth-grade teacher calls her school’s IT department. Two students can’t remember their passwords for the math application she wants to use in her lesson. Another can’t remember his username. Chatter from the class grows louder. The teacher’s voice is sharp as she asks the IT department to reset the students’ login information; she’s losing valuable teaching time, not to mention her students’ attention.

How AR and VR Can Make Students Laugh and Cry Out Loud—and Embed Them in Their Learning

How do you captivate a classroom full of digital-since-birth students? According to one Tennessee college professor, you do it by creating immersive learning experiences.

How to Bridge Theory and Practice in the Classroom—With a Real World Tech Twist

“Here's how this lesson is going to apply to a job you may someday have.” These are important words to Jennifer Johnson. Spoken by her favorite university professors, they bridged the gap between classroom theory and workplace reality and went a long way toward preparing her for a 15-year career in accounting.

How a Stereotype-Smashing Teen Founded the First All-Girl Muslim Robotics Team

What can a 15-year-old from Chino Hills, CA do to help break down barriers and smash stereotypes? Zaina Siyed answered that question by creating the FemSTEM Robotics Scholarship Program, a free STEM program for Muslim girls aged 10 to 14.

How Virtual IT Labs Prepare Students for Real-Life Work

In 1997, when he was in his mid 30s, Dr. Jongbok Byun flipped his entire life upside down to pursue his dream of becoming an educator.. . . he’s been using virtual labs to create more realistic learning opportunities for online students—changes he believes will make quality education more authentic and accessible for all learners.There was no monumental motivator for leaving his 10-year career as a business researcher in South Korea. He says he just knew it was time. “My motivation to be in academia was soaring,” he chuckles.

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