SOLE Searchers: Christopher Allen and His Students Explore Self-Organized Learning
December 11, 2014 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

In the months since Sugata Mitra won the TED Prize for his School In The Cloud project, the idea of the SOLE, or Self Organised Learning Environment, has intrigued and inspired a growing number of …

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Rafranz Davis: My Road to the White House
November 18, 2014 – 11:04 am | 35 Comments
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.

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Moving Beyond Pockets of Excellence: Understanding High-Quality Use
December 15, 2014 – 8:00 pm | No Comment
Three faces in silhouette thinking about TPACK

In my previous blog post I shared strategies for speeding up your technology adoption, an objective so many educators and education technology leaders share. Having a speedy adoption is fantastic, provided it results in high-quality use!

To understand what high-quality use looks like, I often cite the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework, which describes what it takes to teach effectively with technology as “…the ability to interconnect content with high-yield instructional strategies and having enough technology knowledge to determine how best to integrate it within that context.”

Education framework proposing three key areas of skill for educatorsThe “interconnecting” piece is key, and it’s important to note that not everyone can make these connections on their own. Just because someone is strong with their content and their pedagogical and technological knowledge, this doesn’t mean they will be able to interconnect all three. Education technology users often need others to model and provide subject- and grade-relevant examples that demonstrate this interconnection.

This is why Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s) and content repositories like the SMART Exchange are critical components of a professional learning plan. TPACK also reminds us to spend time developing our knowledge in all three areas rather than focusing our attention on just one or two. It’s unfortunate that teachers with strong technology skills often get praise and attention, while those with strong content-pedagogy skills often feel passed over. By prioritizing content and pedagogical skills alongside technological ones, schools and districts will establish an environment conducive to effective technology use.

Knowing what high-quality use looks like is the first step in the process of achieving it. In my next post, we’ll look at strategies for defining a path to get there.

Giancarlo has over 17 years’ experience working in education technology in K-12 and university environments. His areas of expertise include education policy, classroom practice, training and professional development, education research and technology implementation. As SMART’s Global Education Strategist, Giancarlo engages with thought leaders, researchers and policy organizations to gain further insight on trends in the K-12 education space.

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Rafranz Davis: My Road to the White House
November 18, 2014 – 11:04 am | 35 Comments
Rafranz Davis: My Road to the White House

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 …

What’s New in SMART Training (Part One)
April 3, 2014 – 2:30 pm | One Comment
What’s New in SMART Training (Part One)

Brady Phillips is the program manager for education training services here at SMART. Brady has been hard at work reviewing our current training offerings and how we can expand our support to SMART Authorized Resellers …

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 …