Archive for Category: "Ed Spin" Passes Diigo as EdReach’s #3 Referrer December 27, 2011 11:44 pm Passes Diigo as EdReach’s #3 Referrer

I think this is pretty important news- especially for education news sites. Move over Diigo. Diigo has been a pretty good referrer for EdReach, and they’ve occupied the education space extremely well over that past couple of years. But the past couple of weeks there’s been a rolling stone gathering lots of moss- and that stone is Our number 1 and number 2 referrers are probably not surprising- Twitter and Facebook, thanks to our Facebook page and awesome network […]

Celebrate Success and Take Ownership of the Message! July 28, 2011 8:18 am

Celebrate Success and Take Ownership of the Message!

I get excited about education a lot!  One thing continues to bother me though and that is the continued lack of a cohesive effort to celebrate success in our schools.  We have so many people embedded in reform that we end up putting out more of a negative message than may be productive. is focused on combining our voice to give everyone a bigger voice! As our About Us page states … We all want one thing- to take […]

The Changing Publishing Landscape: Amazon Launches Textbook Rental while Borders Liquidates July 18, 2011 6:22 pm

The Changing Publishing Landscape: Amazon Launches Textbook Rental while Borders Liquidates

Sorry for the outrageously long title, but these both of these stories that were reported today are telling about the the impact eBooks are having on the publishing and distributing industry. First, Amazon released information that it is launching a Kindle eTextbook Rental service. I believe that this service will greatly benefit for college students, and there are possibilities that secondary education could benefit from this as well for those schools embracing 1:1 programs with students. Kindle Textbook Rental is […]

Going Mobile With Google+ July 10, 2011 2:43 pm

Going Mobile With Google+

EdReach has been looking at all the facets of the new Google+ platform this past week.  Today’s focus is going to be on how Google+ can work on mobile devices (Android, iOS) and how that could potentially impact education.  There has been no formal announcement for Google+ going under the Google Apps for Education umbrella so the product can be easily used in schools, but there is talk that it “might” be coming.  How would that affect mobile learning? More […]

Light the Fire: Learning Through “Sparks” July 9, 2011 4:03 pm

Light the Fire: Learning Through “Sparks”

A feature of Google+ that has great potential in the classroom is “Sparks.” “Sparks brings you stories on the things you love from all across the Web, so it’s easy to strike up meaningful conversations with your friends.” Setting up your Sparks is super easy. Simply type in some key words into the search box and Google+ builds a stream of information for you. Sharing these links with your circles takes two clicks. Google+ is designed to enhance what some […]

An Introduction to Google+ July 5, 2011 3:14 pm

An Introduction to Google+

Just about one week.  That’s how long Google+ has been open to “invite only” status, though that admittedly is still a bit on and off.  Fortunately, some of us on the EdReach network were able to get in and are continuing to play around with all that this new social network has to offer.   John Sowash started us off with our first in a series of posts on Monday about how Google+ could be used in Education. For this second post, […]

Google+ In Education July 4, 2011 8:00 am

Google+ In Education

Last week Google re-entered the social media field with the launch of Google+. Initial reactions have been positive, a good sign for Google which has struggled to find it’s place in social media.  What does Google+ mean for educators? For students? For schools? This is one of the topics that the EdReach team will be exploring this week. This week we will be featuring a series of posts related to Google+, from a basic overview for those who haven’t had […]

Is EdTech the Answer? Rupert Murdoch thinks so! June 13, 2011 8:00 am

Is EdTech the Answer? Rupert Murdoch thinks so!

Last week the Wall Street Journal posted an interesting article in which Mr. Rupert Murdoch (who owns News Corp.) criticizes K-12 education as being “stuck in the Victorian age.” He then went on to encourage business leaders to invest in educational technology which he believes represents a “$500 billion industry”. Murdoch also argued that schools “need to incorporate more personalized learning” and that technology would provide a scaleable platform to achieve such goals. He went on to emphasize the goal […]

iCloud for Education June 9, 2011 7:47 pm

iCloud for Education

iCloud stores your music, photos, apps, calendars, documents, and more. And wirelessly pushes them to all your devices — automatically. It’s the easiest way to manage your content. Because now you don’t have to. With it being the last week of school for many, not everyone may be aware of the possibly landscape changing announcement Apple made on Monday at it’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC). Widely anticipated was information on the next version of OS X: Lion. Additionally, expected […]

Open Houses…Advice for New Teachers June 6, 2011 8:00 am

Open Houses…Advice for New Teachers

You’re a new teacher. Congratulations, you’ve made it through your first year of school. In the past couple of week’s you have probably received several open house invitations which is likely to lead to great social discomfort: Are you obligated to attend all of the open houses that you are invited to? Can you pick and choose? Should you just skip them all? Does a Facebook invitation hold the same weight as an invitation mailed to your home or put into your […]

Looking to the future May 18, 2011 2:20 pm

Looking to the future

This post will be a bit more personal than my previous ones as I am currently writing it on my iPad from a hospital bed. On Monday, I was admitted over the concern of a possible pulmonary embolism (PE). So, for the past two days, I have had multiple tests, chest x-rays, and a CT scan. The good news is that both cardiac issues and a blood clot (PE) have been ruled out. However, I somehow have contracted pneumonia and […]

Microsoft … cringe … buys Skype? May 10, 2011 11:07 pm

Microsoft … cringe … buys Skype?

Once again, a major merger between tech companies may have a big impact on schools.  It has been reported that Microsoft has purchased Skype for a nice tidy sum of money. Microsoft is apparently buying Skype because of its mobile device platform and its need to answer Google Voice and Facetime.  It does seem like a good match from that perspective … but I wonder … What does this mean for education?  Will Skype remain free?  Why did Microsoft want Skype? […]

White House Webinar on Osama bin Laden – [update link to Archive] May 5, 2011 7:00 am

White House Webinar on Osama bin Laden – [update link to Archive]

  [update] According to the White House, “Tens of thousands of students across the globe, tuned in to the live webcast to hear Ben Rhodes, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor, to discuss Osama bin Laden.” There were over 1700 questions asked through the live chat as well. Here is a link to the archives to watch the event. [Original] Many students today know little about Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda, or the events that took […]

Are You Ready for the Edu-Social Future? May 3, 2011 8:00 am

Are You Ready for the Edu-Social Future?

Last week I wondered if Silicon Valley was abandoning education. This week, I’m all but convinced. In just that short time span, there’s been a flurry of editorials and news articles flaunting the power of social media, and the death of Bin Laden is only going to bolster this. This article from last week’s Business Week doesn’t help education’s chances at being part of this new tech boom. What you understand from reading Ashlee Vance‘s article, is that Silicon Valley is […]

Delicious acquired by Avos … The original YouTube guys! April 27, 2011 11:29 pm

Delicious acquired by Avos … The original YouTube guys!

I have been very critical of Yahoo for quite a long time but I think they might have done something very good for education finally. They sold Delicious! Avos, a new company started by the founders of YouYube have purchased Delicious. Delicious was synonymous with social bookmarking until it sat under Yahoo’s lack of innovation for a few years! Yahoo’s email … Please note the intro paragraph … Yahoo! is excited to announce that Delicious has been acquired by the […]

How to Eliminate Test Anxiety: Eliminate the Test March 29, 2011 8:00 am

How to Eliminate Test Anxiety: Eliminate the Test

We’re all interested in what happened in Connecticut this past week: little girl goes missing for a few days, causes a state-wide search, national Amber-alert, Twitter frenzy, social media fracas, then luckily, the kid ends up being found. The caveat is the reason she gave for going into incognito mode: she was stressed over the state standardized tests. Almost immediately, the Washington Post’s Answer Sheet blog jumped on it, and, once again, the issue of test anxiety and the merits of […]

Khan Academy: Great Idea- With One Glaring Hole March 15, 2011 8:08 am

Khan Academy: Great Idea- With One Glaring Hole

I’ve been following the Khan Academy for a while now. I love the idea of putting learning online. I believe that there’s a big advantage to having access to a teacher’s think-aloud at any time of the day, anywhere in the world. That is an extremely powerful idea, and it wasn’t available or possible a few years ago. So- Salman Khan began making his videos for his cousins, putting them on YouTube, and we all started to take notice. The […]

Lights, Camera, Teach… January 24, 2011 8:00 am

Lights, Camera, Teach…

There are many ways that lawmakers propose to improve education; most of which involve teachers doing something additional. Wyoming’s House Bill 166 seems to be another idea that misses the mark for improving education. This bill suggests that videotaped lessons become a mandated part of every teacher’s evaluation. The bill also goes on to recommend teachers be evaluated, in writing, on a monthly basis. As a novice teacher and as an experienced classroom teacher I had opportunities to review videotapes […]