Rafranz Davis: My Road to the White House
November 18, 2014 – 11:04 am | One Comment

Last week, we were thrilled to hear the news that Rafranz Davis has been invited to speak at the White House to present at the Office of Educational Technology’s #FutureReady conference. Rafranz is an active …

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Warren on Back to School: Better Needs Evaluation, The Role of Struggle
August 22, 2014 – 7:46 am | 11 Comments

Warren Barkley may have contributed to making WiFi a global standard and is leading our technology vision as SMART’s CTO, but his K-12 experience may surprise you. Thanks for sharing this personal reflection, Warren! I challenge our blog readers to share their own personal K-12 school reflections — how does your personal experience with school  inform your role as an educator? We welcome you to share with us on Twitter or in the comments below. You can find @warrenbarkley on Twitter too.

If you asked my parents, they would have told you that the K-12 education system failed me. My Dad was a huge fan of public education, he was president of the local PTA and started his career as a high school teacher in Canada. As active as my family was with the education system of that time, one of my learning needs still somehow slipped through the cracks. During my first year of my first university degree, I got 3 Fs in the opening term. It turns out I could not write and after some testing, we figured out that I was dyslexic.

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Rafranz Davis: My Road to the White House
November 18, 2014 – 11:04 am | One Comment
Rafranz Davis goes to the White House in Washington, DC

Last week, we were thrilled to hear the news that Rafranz Davis has been invited to speak at the White House to present at the Office of Educational Technology’s #FutureReady conference. Rafranz is an active SMART Exemplary Educator (SEE), co-founder of the weekly SMARTee Twitter chats, and a passionate education blogger. In this guest post, Rafranz shares her thoughts as she travels to Washington D.C. to speak about supporting future-ready teaching and learning:

On Wednesday, President Obama is hosting 150 of the nation’s top superintendents at the White House to kick off his ConnectEd initiative, called #FutureReady, which is a detailed plan to get all schools connected with high speed internet access and devices for student learning. This is an important plan, as connected learning has given students across the country the ability to engage in meaningful learning experiences previously unimaginable. The fact of the matter is that while many schools benefit from such access, there are far too many more that do not.

This past summer, during the SMART Exemplary Educator Global Summit, many of us in attendance witnessed an incredible moment when SMART vowed to support a school in South Africa by providing them with school-wide high-speed access. As someone who often takes the “luxury” of connectedness for granted, I was deeply moved and reminded of how much global connectivity is critical to our students’ future success and global readiness.

When I was asked by the Office of Edtech, a division of the Department of Education, to speak at tomorrow’s summit, I was immediately reminded of that moment in Canada and the look on that teacher’s face upon hearing that her classes would be connected, thinking of the opportunities that her students would have. To think that something as seemingly small as WiFi could potentially change a person’s life is a truth that we often forget.

So, tomorrow I will represent my district, my instructional technology department and every global SMARTee that I met this summer as I give an Ignite talk about supporting future ready teaching and learning.

The first step, though, is being connected and tomorrow’s event is an important leap towards accomplishing this for all of our students.

On a personal note, I have to thank SMART for their continued support of educators and ensuring that our voices are heard amidst the technology universe. My journey to the White House was more than likely “ignited” because I gave a little speech at ISTE during the opening Ignites, a trip that would not have happened without the support of SMART.

Rafranz Davis is a Texas educator and an active member of the SMART Exemplary Educator (SEE) community. You can add her to your Twitter PLN at @RafranzDavis. Rafranz is also an education technology trainer, DEN Star, adjunct math professor and mom.

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Warren on Back to School: Better Needs Evaluation, The Role of Struggle
August 22, 2014 – 7:46 am | 11 Comments
Warren on Back to School: Better Needs Evaluation, The Role of Struggle

Warren Barkley may have contributed to making WiFi a global standard and is leading our technology vision as SMART’s CTO, but his K-12 experience may surprise you. Thanks for sharing this personal reflection, Warren! I challenge our blog readers …

The return of my SMART Board interactive whiteboard
August 16, 2012 – 7:46 am | No Comment
The return of my SMART Board interactive whiteboard

By Alex Dunn
On a recent visit to SMART’s executive briefing center, I had the opportunity to see the latest SMART products.
I was immediately drawn to the SMART Board 8055ix interactive whiteboard, part of the new …

SMART Lesson Development Workshop for UK teachers
June 7, 2012 – 6:00 am | No Comment
SMART Lesson Development Workshop for UK teachers

Would you like to learn how to create engaging and effective lesson content with SMART Notebook™ collaborative learning software? Well, if you’re a teacher using SMART products in the UK, you can.
Later this month, SMART …

Best practices for professional development in technology-enabled classrooms
June 3, 2012 – 7:00 am | One Comment
Best practices for professional development in technology-enabled classrooms

By Lisa deRoy
Education Advocate, SMART Technologies
The National Staff Development Council’s (NSDC) current definition of professional development sets the stage for progressively repositioning professional development in a new light. It focuses on continuous, professional learning …

Professional development for digital learning is a TALL order
February 17, 2012 – 9:13 am | No Comment
Professional development for digital learning is a TALL order

By Byron Ernest
In my previous EDCompass blog posts, I described our journey at Lebanon High School researching technology implementation and development of the SMART Worldwide Effective Learning Lab (SWELL). For this post I am excited …

Could Teacher Evaluation Initiatives Power Down Technology-driven Innovation?
February 9, 2012 – 6:00 am | No Comment
Could Teacher Evaluation Initiatives Power Down Technology-driven Innovation?

By Eric Jansson
Teacher quality is arguably the largest policy shift in education today in the United States and will have a long impact on our public education system. Legislatures across the country are hammering out …

Connect, Learn and Share – SMART Board Revolution Virtual User Group
September 21, 2011 – 7:55 am | No Comment
Connect, Learn and Share – SMART Board Revolution Virtual User Group

A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned that the SMART Board Revolution Ning now has a monthly Global Virtual User Group meeting.
By joining this online group, you’ll have the opportunity to find new ideas and …

Upcoming SMART Learner Conferences in Alberta and Delaware
September 17, 2011 – 7:00 am | No Comment
Upcoming SMART Learner Conferences in Alberta and Delaware

Join us in October for two new SMART Learner Conferences, in Alberta Canada and Delaware USA. These hands-on conferences offer educators professional development opportunities through training sessions, guest speakers, product demos, live events and workshops.
Register …

SMART Board Revolution Ning Hosts Global Virtual User Group Meetings
September 12, 2011 – 8:10 am | No Comment
SMART Board Revolution Ning Hosts Global Virtual User Group Meetings

Matt Granger, the creator of the popular SMART Board Revolution Ning has developed a new feature on this customized social network – a monthly Global Virtual User Group meeting.
This online meeting is an opportunity for …

Using Response VE and personal devices in the classroom
August 31, 2011 – 6:02 am | No Comment
Using Response VE and personal devices in the classroom

EDCompass blog gathered some ideas on how you and your students can use SMART Response VE interactive response system and personal mobile devices to enhance lessons.
How it works
The browser-based product integrates with SMART Notebook …

Product announcement: SMART Response VE interactive response system
June 27, 2011 – 2:14 pm | No Comment
Product announcement: SMART Response VE interactive response system

Browser-based assessment tool for Internet-enabled devices
Incorporating Internet-enabled devices into daily classroom activities is easier with the new SMART Response VE interactive response system.
Announced at ISTE 2011, this software enables you to deliver interactive assessments right …

Find the right projector for your classroom
May 26, 2011 – 11:46 am | No Comment
Find the right projector for your classroom

Meet the UF75 – the newest member of SMART’s projector family
The introduction of our new interactive whiteboard system means that you have one more choice when it comes to selecting the SMART projector that’s right …

A Quick Guide to SMART’s Accreditation Program
April 13, 2011 – 9:32 am | One Comment
A Quick Guide to SMART’s Accreditation Program

The new SMART Software and Content Accreditation Program (SCAP) encourages third-party publishers to develop software and content that is integrated with SMART products. This ensures you have access to additional digital content that’s compatible with …