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Author: Stewart Marshall - Emeritus Professor of educational technology, social network junky, infopreneur and coffee addict.
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Best Tips and Resources for Elementary Math Teachers

child doing math on whiteboard

You have heard a number of renowned educators advocating the importance of gamification in education. Gamification makes subject interesting and funny and kids easily grasp things. Teachers can combine worksheet with games to make it interesting and funny. There are a number of Maths apps for elementary classroom that will make learning easy and full of fun. Playing games with flash cards that…

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How One Boy With Autism Became B.F.F.’s With Apple’s Siri

SiriIt all began simply enough. I’d just read one of those ubiquitous Internet lists called “21 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Could Do.” One of them was this: I could ask Siri, “What planes are above me right now?” and Siri would bark back, “Checking my sources.” Almost instantly there was a list of actual flights — numbers, altitudes, angles — above my head.

I happened to be doing this when Gus…

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See on - Studying Teaching and Learning

Though more than two years into my school’s implementation of project based learning, yesterday, I found myself excited all over again. I was helping a second grade teacher enhance her landforms PBL by using Padlet as part of the KWL process and suddenly realized that this approach to student-centered learning has truly become a part of who we are as a school.

My adventures in combining PBLs and iPads began with a gift of two carts. I had just started taking the PBLU online courses when the head of our independent pre-k through eighth grade school challenged each grade-level team to teach one unit using the PBL approach while finding authentic ways to draw in iPads. As the lower school technology integration person, I immediately went on a quest to find a guinea pig willing to plan and co-teach a PBL unit incorporating iPads. This is the story of that first experience…

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SightCompass uses Bluetooth beacons to inform visually impaired of their surroundings


With their GPS capabilities and navigation apps, smartphones have undoubtedly made it easier for us to find our way around. The good news is we are starting to see these benefits extended to the visually impaired. SightCompass is a system that harnesses these strengths of the smartphone and combines them with proximity beacons to inform blind people of their surroundings.

SightCompass uses an…

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See on - Transformations in Business & Law

Traditionally, the term “bankruptcy” has been used to convey the legal status of an individual who is unable to repay his debts on schedule. In UK, bankruptcy is limited only to individuals. Many people, nowadays, get into bankruptcy to get rid of their debts in a convenient and flexible way. The Enterprise Act 2002 further allows majority of bankruptcies to be discharged after a period of 12 months. Several changes are also made to the Act to help entrepreneurs feeling financial hardship to become debt-free. However, you must understand important aspects of bankruptcy to decide if it is the right option for you.

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infoDev announces the winners of the first competition for clean-tech SMEs in Vietnam | infoDev

Vietnam sustainability projects

Photograph by: Tran Thi Hoa

Vietnam has already suffered the effects of climate change in increasing toll from typhoons, floods and saline intrusion due to the rise of seal level. To help the country mitigate and adapt to these effects, infoDev’s Climate Technology Program (CTP) is working to support the profitable development and commercialization of local climate solutions and businesses.


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EdTechReview Launches Open Educational Resources Initiative for the Indian Market

OER initiative Indian education

EdTechReview’s new initiative in the space of Open Education Resources (OER) is focused at bringing learning material from the best teachers to the students at a very low cost and faculty development.

For this initiative EdTechReview, India’s Premier EdTech Community has partnered with Progia LLC, a US based company with expertise in the use and creation of OER. Under this project, ETR has…

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How Retail Clinics Are Using Digital Health to Expand Healthcare Reach

CVS Pharmacy

From Wikimedia Commons; Author: Otisfrog

Retail clinics and hospitals are integrating their EHRs to provide accessible and affordable primary care services — bolstering patient outcomes and reducing readmission costs.

The retail healthcare space is booming due to a shortage of primary care providers, an increase in the number of insured Americans under Obamacare, and stiffer penalties facing…

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mHealth Market on the Move: Home Monitoring for Elderly

Home Monitoring for Elderly

According to a new report from ABI Research, over the next five years a new generation of elderly home care services will drive wearable device shipments to more than 44 million by 2019 (that’s up from 6 million in 2013).

Shipments of wearable devices linked to elderly care systems will more than double in 2014 from the previous year.

Tech-savvy families are turning to home monitoring solutions…

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The Latest – and Unlikeliest – Man to Reinvent Online Education

Brian Shuster

Image credit: Brian Shuster

It’s dusk. New York City’s streetlights have just flickered on. You cross the street, dodge a trolley and a Model T, and pass the legendary Lafayette Theater where a live performance of Macbeth is in mid-swing. You walk on, into the wail of a Jazz riff that signals a frenzy yet to come.

You arrive at your destination – the Cotton Club – and stand for a moment in the…

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