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My 6 Favorite #edtech Recommendations

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I frequently get asked, “What technologies really matter?” It's all about enabling extraordinary learning experiences....

HP LIFE 2.0 : Free online learning for entrepreneurs

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HP LIFE e-Learning (HP LIFE) offers aspiring entrepreneurs, underserved students and small business owners around the world free access to technology-based courses and expertise enabling them to learn the skills that help create jobs and strengthen local communities. Already used by more than 580,000 learners in over 200 countries and territories,

 

HP is pleased to announce the launch of HP LIFE e-Learning 2.0, a new and enhanced version of this life-changing program...

 

 

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Learning with Sprout - Free handbook!

 

There is widespread agreement among educators and education researchers that active learning (DOING) is more effective than passive absorption and memorization. So it's not surprising that the Maker Movement is making inroads among students and teachers. This is why I'm excited about HP Sprout - and the new, free "handbook" of ideas for educators, freshly sprouted from the HP Sprout team...

 

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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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....

 

Moving the conversation from “Learning about Apps” to “Learning (with apps, and…)"

It’s an exciting time for technology using educators, with an abundance of choices and apps. But before we get app-a-plexic (or app-athetic), let’s take a deep breath and remember that it all starts with “learning”. Here's my 3 Step framework for starting the conversation...

 

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STEMxCON so far: WOW! - and 10 more hours to go!

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What a wonderful whirlwind! The STEMxCon non-stop online conference for STEM educators has been amazing/fascinating/exhausting/inspiring. If you haven’t dropped by for a live session yet, you have another 10 hours (closing keynote is 5pm Pacific today, 21 Sept) – or you can watch the recordings.

 

But I have to say, it’s the MOST fun when you can interact directly with these amazing educators. Here are my thoughts so far…

 

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(screenshot from Randy Musallam's keynote, Explore-Flip-Apply: A Pedagogy First Approach to Reverse Instruction)

Game Design & Flipping Your Class: Two New (Free!) HP Catalyst Academy mini-courses

   

 

 

Want to bring Game Design into your K-12 classroom and increase student engagement in STEMx learning? The Learning Games Network will show you how to use their amazing Game Design Toolkit.

Want to learn a about a new tool for “Flipping” your classroom and encouraging deeper thinking and conversations? Learn how to use Classroom Salon, a free web-tool developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University.

 

Check out these two new (free!) mini-courses just added to the HP Catalyst Academy catalog…

#STEMx at the #ISTE13 Conference June 23-26 :: See you there?

Whether you’re attending in person or virtually, you won’t want to miss the ISTE conference…

 


 

#Edtech Trends & Challenges: The NMC Horizon Report - K12 Edition, now available!

This is an exciting time to be an educator, but the array of existing and emerging technologies can be overwhelming to track and challenging to plan for. Enter the Horizon Report from the New Media Consortium that helps education leaders see what's possible - and what's coming...

 

Designing for Online Learning: My Story

The exponential interest in online learning and the launch of our new HP Catalyst Academy for STEMx Teachers has me thinking about my own experience teaching online. What makes it work?

 

 

The (digital) Pen is mightier than the Keyboard

Now that touchscreens are pervasive, let’s not forget the important role that a stylus plays, especially for STEMx subjects…

 

 

Northwestern University iLabs receives prestigious CENIC award

The significance of remotely accessible science labs for high school students has caught the attention of the leaders of California’s high-speed education network....

 

Re-Imagining STEMx Education (part 2 - New Models of Learning & Teaching)

Re-Imagining STEMx Education (part 2)

New Approaches to Teaching & Learning for a High-Tech World

 

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In Part 1, I described why we need to re-imagine STEMx teaching and learning. Now, let me share some interesting new models that have emerged from the HP Catalyst Initiative...

Re-Imagining STEMx Education (part 1 - Why this matters)

Re-Imagining STEMx Education

New Approaches to Teaching & Learning for a High-Tech World

 

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Education systems around the world are placing a growing emphasis on the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs and curricula. The siren calls of “innovation” and “workforce competitiveness” are often the engine behind the drive, accompanied by the call for “21st century skills”. But are we fully considering the future into which our students will be graduating? Are we giving our students the experiences they need to be ready for the high-tech world of work and global citizenship?...

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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.