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AP Math Teachers join HP for the first ever HP Prime AP Summer Institute

Advanced Placement (AP) math in U.S. is the pinnacle of high school math, and the HP Prime calculator changes the “success equation” for students. I invited colleague Jessica Cespedes, from the HP Calculator Team, to tell us what’s new and exciting…


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Sprout by HP now with full 3D scanning - now you can think, design, and TOUCH in 3D!

As much as I like designing and thinking digitally, I still love the physical/analog world. This is what makes Sprout so much fun - and the fun is about to get even more exciting with Sprout's new true 3D scanning capability. With the newly announced 3D Capture Stage, physical and digital worlds flow happily together. In a time when students need more experience designing and making (real) stuff, I have no doubt that your students will be happy, too....



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Measuring Learning - Strategic Brief from NMC.org


Just released: a strategic brief from the New Media Consortium - Measuring Learning > An NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief for educators, policymakers, and economists...

Crossing the EdTech Chasm

Stop the finger pointing — most people are not early adopters, and that’s OK....No matter how you draw the adoption curve, we can safely assume that the vast majority of students do not have, and perhaps never will, have “early adopter” teachers, but that shouldn’t stop us from bringing innovations to schools. We just need a different approach....



The Best of Two Worlds - Exciting Personalized Learning Possibilities from HP & Knewton

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Everyone knows that when it comes to learning, one-size-does-not-fit-all. The need for personalized learning is growing, from large urban school districts in the US to rural “not-yet-connected” schools around the world. Why does it seem we’re still just at the tip of the personalized learning iceberg? Perhaps it’s because we left paper out of the learning equation – until now.


Knewton, a leader in adaptive learning, is teaming up with HP to bring the power of print and digital learning together...

Pen & Touch for Education? Head to the WIPTE Conference April 28-30, Redmond, WA, USA



Teaching Science, Math, or Engineering? Then you need more than touch - you need a digital pen... and the WIPTE conference will help you and your students take full advantage of the Power of the Pen.



WIPTTE 2015 Call for Papers - "Pen & Touch - The Perfect Storm"

If you're looking for gathering of leading educators who are exploring how "pen and touch" technologies support amazing learning experiences, WIPTTE is where you will want to be next April....


The backlash against print AND digital textbooks

Going even further back, a Huffington Post article cites an example textbooks1.jpgshowing that college textbooks have increased 812% in cost since 1978, more than 3 times the rate of the overall consumer price index, more than twice the price of new homes nationwide, and over 200% points higher than the increase in medical costs since 1978.

Independent studies question if "platform agnostic" exists

Infographic.jpgWhat was the one-word stumbling block most encountered by educators in their digital learning efforts during the 2013-2014 school year? The issue likely to repeat itself into 2015 and beyond? One where a false sense of security leads many school systems down the same troublesome path? 

Survive and Thrive with EdTech: Less stress and more success when learning new software and hardware

For teachers, learning to use new education technology can have its challenges, but the rewards are great. Below is a wonderful set of tips from guest blogger, Derrall Garrison, a master teacher who is spending 8 weeks at HP as a Teacher in Residence...




If XP is alive and well in your school, so are the chances of lawsuits

Very simply, schools are continuing to leverage computer operating Microsoft-Deutschland-Bye-Bye-XP-Ballon-Aktion-1373130883-0-0.jpgsystems that leave their schools and districts vulnerable to attack, where personal information on students and employees may easily occur. While Windows XP comes to mind, I’m not surprised when I still see even older versions of Windows and Mac operating systems from prior decades still in use. As long as those machines remain connected to your network and internet, they serve as gateways to your confidential information. 

Talking Sensibly About Online Learning

These are exciting times for online learning aficionados. It is an intriguing subject, and one that every educator should be talking about. Those who have taken or designed an online course know there are many elements and educational contexts that make the task of discussing and classifying online learning experiences especially challenging, so I’d like to invite you — online faculty, instructional designers, and interested educators — to respond, debate, and build on what I affectionately refer to as my “Taxonomy of Online Learning Modalities — v2.0”...


(reposted from www.nmc.org/news/talking-sensibly-about-online-learning)



We can never take ourselves “too” seriously in education

Kindergarten-1-225x300.jpgBorn and raised on Long Island, I was rather saddened to read that a local kindergarten school opted to cancel their end-of-year play, a long-standing tradition in that school. The reason, as cited by the school’s principal and teachers would surprise and confound parents and spark a debate on whether our nation’s push towards Common Core and higher stakes testing is ultimately depriving students of a meaningful education. 

“Where’s the Beef?” when it comes to your tech investments

Classrooms might look pretty bebeef-300x282.jpeging filled with all of this technology, but at the end of the day, parents, board of education members or your community is going to ask you “Where’s the Beef?” Just because your school has chosen to adopt one to one, doesn’t mean you’ll have much success. In fact, the majority of projects result in little to no meaningful results. 

Giving parents “peace of mind” for college-bound purchases

In most cases, parents don’t know what else they should include in their purchase to make sure their student has a safe and productive computing experience at college. peace_of_mind.jpgSo whether you’re looking for the ideal computer for yourself, or your school-bound family member, remember that the most important factor to consider isn’t just price. . When you’re shopping for your ideal computing device – whether a desktop, notebook or tablet, please take into account my list of four “must-haves” for every college bound student.

7 Survival Skills for Students - Tony Wagner Summarized in Tweets

Last week I attended the IFC/World Bank international conference on private education – and I’m still inspired by the keynote from Tony Wagner, Expert in Residence at Harvard’s Innovation Lab. His talk was a great launch to the conference theme, “Rethinking Education – Shaping the Future” …and a great reminder of what’s in store for today’s school-aged youth…


Mathematical Repesentations, Part 2

This blog contains the conclusion to the blog post Mathematical Representations and Technology, where we look at one possible role for technology-created mathematical repesentations in the teaching of mathematics.

Mathematical Representations and Technology

Mathematics education is unique in its reliance upon mathematical representations to facilitate mathematical discourse in the classroom. Technology can enhance (and limit) the set of representations available to both teachers and practitioners, as well as both enhancing and limiting their mathematical fidelity as representations. With the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (US) annual conference coming up next week in New Orleans, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on mathematical representations, maintain their role as distinct from the objects themselves, and examine the role of technology in the creation and manipulation of mathematical representations.

Putting Education “Big Data” Conspiracy Theorists in “Time Out”

All of the suggested innuendos and evil uses of data are just speculation. When you look at some basic facts, you will find that what is proposed by inBloom is actually a safer, more reliable method of storing data than what is currently done by 14,000 individual school districts across the country. inbloom-student-data-bill-gates.jpg

Reason #1 your 1:1 program is failing: Sustainability

On the surface it seems so obvious, but I can’t even begin to count the number of initiatives I have witnessed that were designed as “one-hit wonders.” From the smallest school system to major country-wide initiatives, many schools and politicians look for short-cuts to quickly launch a 1:1 program without considering the future....lacking a long range plan to refresh the technology the 2nd, 3rd and 4th time.Weaknesses.jpg

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About the Author
  • Jim Vanides is responsible for the vision, strategy, design, and implementation of education technology innovation initiatives. His focus is the effective use of technology to create powerful learning experiences that help students around the world succeed. He has been instrumental in launching over 1200 primary, secondary, and higher education projects in 41 countries, including the HP Catalyst Initiative - a 15-country network of 60+ education organizations exploring innovations in STEM(+) learning and teaching. In addition to his work at HP, Jim teaches an online course for Montana State University on the Science of Sound, a masters-level, conceptual physics course for teachers in grades 5 through 8. Jim’s past work at HP has included engineering design, engineering management, and program management in R&D, Manufacturing, and Business Development. He holds a BS in Engineering and a MA in Education, both from Stanford University.