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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.

The Technology That's Giving Students With Autism a Greater Voice

Posted 07.09.2015 | Technology

Last year, Hanna Rosin, a well-known journalist for the Atlantic, wrote an article about her son’s Asperger's diagnosis. He lived with this label fo...

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.

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...

The Education of Everything

Brad Spirrison | Posted 12.23.2014 | Education
Brad Spirrison

From early childhood through higher education and beyond, there is little debate that the iPad -- still less than five years old -- is transforming how we learn.

Getting the Most Out of Your Old iPhone

Brad Spirrison | Posted 12.09.2014 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

You can still enjoy the majority of the apps and games, and basically all of the songs and videos you purchased from iTunes and/or loaded on older generation devices.

24 Video Games You Can Say Yes to After School

Common Sense Media | Posted 12.06.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

New studies on the effects that playing games has on kids indicate positive benefits for learning, thinking, social-emotional skills building, and, yes, even school performance.

If Your Kid Loves Temple Run, Angry Birds or Cut the Rope

Common Sense Media | Posted 11.29.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Top app genres and themes are popular for a reason: The games are challenging, fun, and super-engaging. But we've found some cool apps that are all these things -- and have good learning value.

5 Apps and Sites to Escape Brain Drain and Get Kids Ramped Up for Back-to-School

Mishri Bhatia | Posted 10.04.2014 | Parents
Mishri Bhatia

Here are five apps and websites to help parents get their elementary schoolers up to speed on a variety of subjects -- including Math, Science, Reading and Geography -- by the time school starts.

Back to School With a Little Digital Lunch Money

Eric Yaverbaum | Posted 10.04.2014 | Technology
Eric Yaverbaum

If you think you are starting to feel like you're getting left in the digital dust now, just wait. When your first grader starts talking about crypto currency, don't be surprised when a piggy bank is about as valued as your house phone.

Big Brand Game Companies See New Audience in Youngest Gamers

Robin Raskin | Posted 05.25.2014 | Technology
Robin Raskin

Choosing to design themselves as either a dog or a cat, the child's character learns to interact with a group of fanciful on-screen animals in socially acceptable ways. For example, there's a scene where you hold your breath rather than get angry.

School Ready or Not?

Lesli Rotenberg | Posted 04.29.2014 | Impact
Lesli Rotenberg

There's a perception that apps and computer games dominate the educational media world, but in fact, that's not the case.

Making Kids' Tablet Time More Meaningful

Dylan Arena, PhD | Posted 02.04.2014 | Parents
Dylan Arena, PhD

Engaging the services of a digital babysitter is not something to boast about, but it doesn't need to be anything to be ashamed of, either. So, how can we make the most of the time our kids spend with technology over the holiday break?

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.

These Apps Will Not Educate Your Baby

Josh Golin | Posted 10.13.2013 | Technology
Josh Golin

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood filed Federal Trade Commission complaints against two leading developers of apps for babies. It's hard enough to raise young children in today's digital world without being bombarded with false advertising.

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.