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“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

Why do we keep choosing the device first?

After more than 15 years working with schools on technology and learning initiatives, the most common mistake we see, is when school systems start their plans by making the device choice FIRST…Device First.jpg

Re-Imagining Common Core

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Demystifying the “BYOD” model in K-12 Education

BYOD has not only done more to re-emphasize the digital divide that exists in our schools, but it is introducing a whole host of issues that schools and many of the industry leaders have failed to truly consider, or are prepared to address.

Community College Entrepreneurship Courses go Hybrid with HP LIFE

There are many models of online learning, with new approaches in the news every time you turn around. One of the most fascinating trends are hybrid models that combine open, self-paced, online experiences (MOOC’s or otherwise) with on-ground cohorts of students enrolled in a bricks-and-mortar institution for credit. One example is the adoption of the HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE)…


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Matter to a Million - HP Co Foundation & Kiva

What happens when tens of thousands of HP employees start giving micro-loans to micro-entrepreneurs around the world? We're about to find out...





School/Work/Play – The Secret Sauce for Learning

We’ve heard it said that Learning is bigger than Schooling. But what is the recipe for the “secret sauce” that leads to student engagement and motivation? 




More Free Courses for Teachers - HP Catalyst Academy becomes the NMC Academy

Today marks a big milestone: In April of 2013, HP, the New Media Consortium, and the International Society for Technology in education, embarked on a great adventure to explore innovations in teacher “professional development” and professional recognition. After the successful design and pilot of the HP Catalyst Academy, the New Media Consortium is now taking the project to new heights.


Many thanks to the fantastic teams at both the NMC.org and ISTE.org who helped take the dream to reality – and many thanks to NMC for taking the dream to new heights!


Read their press release to learn more – and tell all the teachers you know that even MORE free mini-courses for teachers are coming online…




Beyond "Platforms": Moving the Needle on Student Achievement and Deeper Learning

Next week is the Education World Forum and BETT tradeshow in London. It has me reflecting on what I’ve learned in the last 10 years working with educators around the world…


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Engage your STEM(+) students - a guide to free HP Catalyst Academy mini-courses for educators

Looking for ways to bring the excitement of science, technology, engineering, math, and more to your STEM(+) classroom? The HP Catalyst Academy now offers over 30 amazing (and free!) online mini-courses designed for teachers, by teachers.


Not sure where to start? Try the new "Guide to HP Catalyst Academy Mini-Courses" to help you find the "professional development" experience that's just right for you...



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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...






Constructing Kenya - a US / Kenya university collaboration

Nearly two years ago I shared how mobile technology was bringing rural schools in Kenya into the 21st centuryIt created a learning experience that was not possible before – and the story didn't end there...




2 New (free!) Online Mini-Courses for STEM(+) Teachers!

Want to introduce your students to the “essence of engineering design”? These two new mini-courses from the HP Catalyst Academy for teachers will help you put the "E" in STEM(+)…



STEMxCON Brings Educators Together from Across the World!



More than 3700 educators from 108 countries attended STEMxCON, the world’s first Massively Open Online Conference for STEM Educators. One participant even called it “Professional Development in my PJ's”.


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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.