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What Digital Teaching Tool Should I Get?

Brad Spirrison | Posted 07.28.2016 | Education
Brad Spirrison

Even within the realm of educational media, we have tens of thousands of tablet and smartphone applications, an ongoing supply of educational videos on YouTube and other platforms, and countless websites and emerging technologies for teaching and instruction.

Thomas Whitby's Ascent As a Connected Educator

Brad Spirrison | Posted 05.08.2016 | Education
Brad Spirrison

Digital media and its impact on education was still in an embryonic phase in the early 1990s when author and edtech pioneer Thomas Whitby received his Masters of Science degree in educational technology.

From Instructional Technologist to Educational Evangelist

Brad Spirrison | Posted 05.01.2016 | Education
Brad Spirrison

Today, the educational evangelist, speaker and author travels the globe to explain how technology and social media can best be incorporated within classroom instruction.

How Follett Pursues Interdisciplinary Edtech Investing

Brad Spirrison | Posted 06.21.2015 | Education
Brad Spirrison

More than $2 billion in venture capital was invested in educational technology companies last year, and there are an increasing number of firms that are specializing in what is now a booming sector.

How Edtech Developers Can Benefit From Teacher Testbeds

Brad Spirrison | Posted 06.10.2015 | Education
Brad Spirrison

Motion Math co-founder and CEO Jacob Klein is among the most accomplished and successful educational game developers around today, with seven hit titles (and number eight on the way!) available to download on iOS and Android devices.

ASU + GSV Report: Teachers and Tech Tools

Brad Spirrison | Posted 06.09.2015 | Education
Brad Spirrison

Administrators need to ensure the product is economically feasible, teachers need to believe it promotes desired outcomes (increasingly aligned to Common Core and other standards), and students need to engage and not feel as if the technology is being forced upon them.

Cybrary Man's Jerry Blumengarten on the Unrealized Potential of "Learning Machines"

Brad Spirrison | Posted 05.27.2015 | Education
Brad Spirrison

Nearly 50 years ago, Jerry Blumengarten predicted that "learning machines" would eventually transform classroom instruction. Today he laments that while everybody is connected, "they are not always connected for educational purposes."

Digital Learning Day and the Importance of Teacher-Curated Educational Content

Brad Spirrison | Posted 05.12.2015 | Education
Brad Spirrison

Virtually everyday there are new apps, websites and technically-enabled teaching methods released that have the potential to transform one or multiple...

Android Not Far Beyond iOS in Quality Educational Applications

Brad Spirrison | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

With the exception of early childhood categories, Android is in a virtual dead heat with iOS for the top five apps per categories as selected by experts.

Cracking the Code on the Best iPad Apps for Budding Computer Programmers

Brad Spirrison | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

Computer engineering and program development are two of the fastest growing professions in the world. With such high demand, many developers created mobile apps disguised as games that teach the basics from the Elementary School through High School levels.

Mobile Apps for Advanced Mathematics Students

Brad Spirrison | Posted 11.30.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

Students who excel in mathematics should continue to refine their skill set when class isn't in session. Here are five advanced mathematics apps for high schoolers that can help come test time. They can also leverage what a student knows for private studying.

These 5 Apps Improve Grammar and Composition

Brad Spirrison | Posted 11.23.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

Ah, grammar and writing! Impossible for most to master, this subject will be key throughout your child's life. Being skilled at writing and knowing grammar rules as they apply helps bolster essays (particularly on standardized tests!).

The Best Apps for Students to Stay Organized at School and Home

Brad Spirrison | Posted 11.16.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

Organization is a pivotal skill that can be difficult to master, especially for children and adolescents. While there are thousands of productivity apps available for the iPad, only a precious few capably keep children organized in the classroom and at home.

Help Your Child Bloom With These Health and Fitness Apps

Brad Spirrison | Posted 11.06.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

Young minds develop within young bodies, so it is never too early to foster an appreciation of physical wellness. These apps best teach nutrition, fitness and the human body to young children.

5 Apps to Encourage Creativity in Toddlers

Brad Spirrison | Posted 10.30.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

Toddlers are literally growing up alongside touchscreen devices. They embrace the technology so quickly because they are not beholden to older ways of consuming and interacting with information.

The Back-to-School Apps for High School Students

Brad Spirrison | Posted 10.21.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

While there are hundreds of worthy subject-based educational apps for high school students, the best teach adolescent learners how to use technology to be more productive so they can focus on topics that most inspire them. These five make our honor roll.

The Best Back-to-School Apps for Middle School Students

Brad Spirrison | Posted 10.15.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

Preteens are no longer engaged by rudimentary games and childish characters, yet still lack the skills and discipline to take on more complex, high school-oriented subjects.

The Best Back to School Apps for Elementary School Students

Brad Spirrison | Posted 10.09.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

These five iPad apps, while masterful in their specific subjects, also introduce young children to new ways of learning.

The Best Back to School Apps for Preschoolers

Brad Spirrison | Posted 10.05.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

As many preschoolers today are younger than the iPad itself (which debuted in April 2010), educational apps to them are as commonplace as pencils, crayons and building blocks were to their parents. Here are five of our favorite apps for the preschool set.

Surveying the Best iPad Apps for Special Needs Students

Brad Spirrison | Posted 09.28.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

While iPads and touchscreen devices are impacting virtually every level of educational instruction, apps designed for special needs students are particularly transformative

Shuffling Through the Best Flashcard Apps for the iPad

Brad Spirrison | Posted 09.02.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

The generations-old practice of quizzing students with flashcards is being transformed in real time thanks to the iPad and other touchscreen devices. The best flashcard apps allow users to create and customize their own learning programs.