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Venture Analyst – eBeam Edge Wireless

As Interactive Whiteboards are aging in my school, they are needing full replacement.  The costs associated with this are extremely high, so I have begun to consider other solutions that allow interactivity, while lowering costs.  One solution I had the opportunity to try out was the eBeam Edge Wireless.  I have furthered this experience by creating an analyst report on the company.  This report includes my personal reflections. Please see the attached link.

http://ventureanalyst.weebly.com

download

Thanks, Shane

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A1- Analyst report on Aerohive TeacherView App

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I have opted to review an application called TeacherView.  It is made by a company called Aerohive Networks who specialize in Wi-Fi hubs for larger companies and organizations.  I have decided to do a Weebly simply because I wanted to include many youtube videos and links and also wanted it to be as user friendly as possible.  Please peruse my site at your pleasure and enjoy all the fun videos and interesting facts as you learn more about TeacherView!

Thanks!

Karalea Hoyano

http://aerohivereviewetec522.weebly.com

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Analyst Report on Chromebooks for CIS

This past school year I was asked by my Superintendent to investigate Chromebooks as a possible tool for adoption in our schools.  To this end I attended the Google Summit held in Edmonton, Alberta in March 2014.  This accessible presentation is aimed at answering his questions with regards to our specific target market and needs.

For an introduction to Chromebooks, please view:

Chromebook: The (Always) New Computer

Chrome OS Guided Tour

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Analyst Report – A1 – Tablet Technology in Education

I urge you to watch the intro videos first before the presentation. There are also videos embedded into the presentation, which you may have the option to watch or skip if desired. Enjoy!

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7CtxXzfhTE#t=12[/youtube]

Here is a three minute video on Learn Pad! (below)

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpPQnnS1jBo[/youtube]

Here is the Learn Pad animation that gives you a brief introduction into the marketing behind it! (below)

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6eRvoF6QIw[/youtube]

Below is the video I created to introduce the product to an investor; convincing or not, they better listen to me!

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKY83Rp0UKI[/youtube]

Below is the SLIDESHARE Presentation that I created, however I urge you to download the presentation to watch the videos that are embedded within.

Click on Analyst Report to view the Powerpoint with embedded videos I created, and full animations. Thanks! Created by: Peter Lawrentiw

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Analyst Report – Web-Conferencing Solutions

I chose to analyze web-conferencing solutions that support collaborative mobile learning. The mechanics of designing a virtual classroom based on web-conferencing thrills me. Determining which elements of collaboration are most valuable to mobile learning is crucial. However, it was daunting once I realized that I could not find a venture that pitched a mobile virtual classroom. There may be a good reason why ventures that incorporate a virtual classroom into a business model are not crazy about mobile learning.

Although collaboration and mobility are both major selling points for web-conferencing solutions, many of these features have less educational value on mobile devices than on desktop. I was determined to find the best mobile web-conferencing solution, but this was not easy because for every superior feature a solution offered there was something that it did terribly wrong (or did not do at all). The best way to recommend a solution was to rate features and calculate the highest score.

Lastly, I thought that an EVA promoting mobile optimization should itself be optimized for mobile so I chose Wix as my medium of choice. Wix employs several editing tools to optimize web content for mobile viewing. I also like that Wix makes it easy for others to comment because I do not believe that my recommendation is final, which I explain why at the end of the report.

http://nickpettit87.wix.com/assignment-1

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Assign #1 – Analyst Report on WIRIS

I teach high school math online courses.  Unfortunately, it is not easy to type or represent mathematical/scientific equations, expressions and symbols on a website or in a learning management system (LMS).  It is difficult for students to complete online quizzes and tests in Moodle or communicate their questions/responses electronically with the teacher and other students.

WIRIS is a powerful software that provides tools for teachers and students to insert mathematical formulas into web pages, complete online quizzes, and access a powerful graphing calculator both online and offline.  I have decided to review this company because I am planning to use these tools in my courses.

Please click on the image below and you will be directed to my analyst report (completed in the form of a website).

My EVA recommendations and personal reflection are also found on the same website.

Tiffany Tseng

WIRIS Analyst report website

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A1 – Analyst Reports

Edmodo

I decided to do my EVA on a platform that I have been using in my classroom and have found to be very effective, Edmodo. I have been using Edmodo for about four years and I am continually astonished at all the things that can be done with it. For an application that is free to all users, it provides great customer service, ongoing professional development through the company itself, and through the connections made with the groups and other teachers globally. It allows teachers and students to continue learning and collaborating outside of the school’s brick walls.

Edmodo has grown in leaps and bounds since its inception in 2008 and shows no signs of slowing down. I am excited to see what they develop in the future for education.

Please click on the link above to view my Prezi.

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A1-Venture Analysis

My Venture/My Reflection:  In my school, there is a strong emphasis on literacy & numeracy and educators constantly look for ways to teach students with 21st century skills. Therefore, I chose Khan Academy for my analyst report as we are considering to seek services from this online educational company. The analysis of this venture shows many positive findings relevant to educators and education leaders. Khan academy has proved to be the leading digital learning organization in K-12 education. This academy offers a framework for nontraditional learning by empowering students to learn on their own and become self directed learners.  The use of technology is inevitable; thus such a model can provide best practices for the use of digital technology in classrooms.

Kindly find the following link to access my prezi.

http://prezi.com/6daqdvj8bq2t/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

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Crowdsourcing Lesson Plans for Saskatchewan Teachers

1 Introduction

Crowdsourcing is a term that was invented by Wired magazine’s Jeff Howe in 2005(Safire, 2009). It is a portmanteau of the words; crowd and outsourcing. According to Wikipedia(2014), “[c]rowdsourcing is the process of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people”. The concept is used in different ways in different contexts however it has yet to have a big impact on education.

Saskatchewan is lacking a well organized and comprehensive lesson plan database. Crowdsourcing is the solution. Much of our time is spent reinventing lessons and units because it is time consuming to search online for high quality resources that cover our curriculum’s outcomes and indicators. In the past ten years, curriculums have been renewed and brought up to date. It is time that our system for sharing and validating lesson plans is brought into the 21st century as well.

1.1 Our current ‘system’ is broken

Currently in Saskatchewan, there are a few ways to search for ready-made lesson plans that cover our curriculum. The first is to check the Stewart Resource Centre which is a well maintained if limited database of teacher made lessons and units. Next would be to check a division website for resources of which few are easy to navigate or search. Finally, the solution for many teachers is to turn to non-professional online lesson plan databases which do not align well to our curriculum outcomes and indictors, but have lessons that can be adapted. The result is a lot of time spent creating lesson plans that have already been created by Saskatchewan teachers.

The Saskatchewan curriculum website is an aesthetically well organized website, however it has few, if any, linked resources. The traditional model where a small number of curriculum designers evaluate lesson plans, recreate lesson plans to align with outcomes and indicators, and post lesson plans on a database, is not practical and does not fit with the ideals of collaboration.

Teachers themselves are a largely untapped resource when it comes to lesson planning. We need to start trusting the collective knowledge that the teachers of Saskatchewan have. As professionals in the classroom, teachers understand the needs of students and the needs of colleagues. High quality lessons are being taught each and every day in classrooms around Saskatchewan and yet we do not have a professional database in which to share these lessons with our colleagues.

Teachers spend a large amount of in school prep time and out of school time planning lessons. It is understandable that teachers tend to go back to what is tried and tested when lesson planning becomes too time consuming and overwhelming. When teachers are overwhelmed, they stop being innovators and start doing the best they can with what they have. A lesson plan database would relieve a lot of time and stress from lesson planning and allow teachers to be innovators again.

1.2 Learning from Nupedia

Prior to Wikipedia, an online peer edited encyclopedia called Nupedia existed and lasted from 2000 to 2003. The demise of Nupedia was caused by too rigorous of a review process for new and edited content. It required high quality reviewers and editors to review and edit each new piece of content which put too much pressure on a small group of people. Wikipedia’s model does not require editors to be professionals, in fact, any user can edit content. As Wikipedia has built up a large body of volunteers who review edits and new content, the quality of the content has continued to improve and is now regarded highly by users.

The lesson is that, in lesson plan compiling, the users (teachers) are already professionals in their field and understand their content area well. A rigorous review process is not required by a small body of curriculum designers before the content is shared. The benefit of a wiki model is a simple process for contributing and for editing content.

2 Crowdsourcing

Crowdsourcing is a strategy that has been used in many industries successfully. Crowdsourcing, at its base, is allowing users to determine what has value based on a rating system, a comment system, a tagging system or other systems that allow good content to rise to the top of a search page and poor content to stay at the bottom. The model has had huge success in numerous industries.

2.1 Crowdsourcing on the web

Familiar crowdsourcing websites include; hotels.com, yelp.com, amazon.com, wikipedia.com, quora.com, and pinterest.com. These websites cover diverse industries such as hospitality, commerce, knowledge databases, and social bookmarking. These websites are popular, not because they have perfect information, but because they have gathered, rated and sorted through information from people like us.

The websites, hotels.com, yelp.com, and amazon.com, are commercial websites that allow the consumer to read reviews from real people on the products or services offered. For most of us, we trust these reviews and feel knowledgeable about a product or service after reading a few reviews. These websites also have star rating systems which are easy to understand and hard to ignore. A common feature of commercial crowdsourcing websites is an aggregator that brings the most highly rated products or services to the top of the search page.

The websites, wikipedia.com and quora.com are knowledge databases. They are curated by the public and yet have created a high quality product. Wikipedia is a wiki based website that allows anyone in the world to edit its content. After content has been edited, it is reviewed by a number of volunteers who have devoted their time to ensuring high quality content. Useful features of wikipedia include a system for tagging questionable content and the ability to review changes.

Quora is a question and answer website where users can ask any question and get responses from any user. Quora effectively uses tagging to sort through topics. Users can tag their question with any word they believe relates to the question and this allows users to discover relevant content easily. Questions are sorted by topic and answers are sorted by a rating system. The more traffic a question gets, the higher that question lands on a topic page. Users who answer many questions and consistently get high reviews become star contributors and are trusted more by users.

Social bookmarking websites like pinterest.com are simply for bookmarking interesting pages by topic. Pinterest pages are user created and do not have a rating system. Pinterest is a worthwhile concept to draw from because it is already well used by teachers around the world to gather educational content.

2.2 Crowdsourcing in education

Crowdsourcing has some precedence in education. Crowdsourcing is being considered as a model for creating post-secondary curriculums. One model proposed by Washington Helps and Emmanuel Grant (2013) is based on wikipedia.com where users are free to contribute and edit content. Their project began with a clear framework so, although it sounds as if users may change content so that it no longer follows the goals of the curriculum, it is highly unlikely that users would do so deliberately. The result of a collaborative curriculum project is a curriculum that meets the needs of many and can be continuously renewed.

The open education movement is a loosely connected movement that is trying to provide cheap or free education to people who need it most. The movement relies on an army of volunteers who are also professionals to share high quality content for learners around the world to access and use.

In education, crowdfunding is a new buzzword as well. A quick google search shows how many educational ventures are using crowdfunding to accomplish their goals from raising money for post-secondary scholarships to raising money for art projects in lower income schools.

Even the idea of a crowdsourced lesson plan database is not a new idea. BetterLesson.com is a website that was created in 2009 by Alex Grod, a sixth grade teacher. BetterLesson.com is a crowdsourced database of lesson plans that have been submitted by teachers around the world. It is based on the American Common Core framework although it has users from around the world and a variety of lessons on diverse topics. Lessons can be searched by key word or topic via a search bar or can be searched by math and English outcomes. Lessons follow a basic guideline and media can be added. Lessons also show which indicators have been covered. BetterLesson.com has a user feedback section for each lesson plan and a simple ‘like’ rating system. It currently has more than 350,000 users and it would not be feasible for a small group of teachers to curate the content however the website has managed to continue to provide high quality lesson plans through crowdsourcing.

Uclass.io is another crowdsourced lesson plan database. It is created with school divisions in mind. School divisions may purchase a copy which allows their data to only be available to their teachers. It has numerous features that support collaboration such as a link to share content with other users and editable content. Uclass.io allows users to create, share, and analyze content. The website is very professional looking and easy to navigate. Uclass.io is a very worthwhile site to consider as a model for a Saskatchewan lesson plan database.

3 A lesson plan database in Saskatchewan

A lesson plan database is needed in Saskatchewan. There are different models to look at and pros and cons of each. BetterLesson.com and Uclass.io are both excellent examples of successful crowdsourced databases. By drawing on successful crowdsourcing ventures, we will find a solution that works best for our province.

As with any venture, there are some features that are necessary and some that are nice but not required. Teachers must have a clear lesson plan framework to follow that includes applicable outcomes and indicators. If teachers have a clear framework for lesson plans, each lesson will be high quality and easy for others to use. Teachers and curriculum designers must be able to edit content to make it align with the curriculum better. A useful model for this is a wiki which also tracks changes. It would be useful but not necessary to be able to upload any media type.

There must be a system to rate content based on cross-curricular competencies and the broad areas of learning. There must be a comment section for each lesson for teachers to evaluate and recommend the lesson. These systems allow good content to rise to the top of search pages. Curriculum designers must have the ability to tag questionable content and delete poorly made lesson plans.

A crowdsourced lesson plan database also needs to have multiple ways to search for content. This would include tagging, keyword searching, and searching by outcomes and indicators. Searching by outcomes and indicators also encourages creators of lesson plans to be aware of the curriculum.

A useful feature would also be a way of distinguishing users. On online message boards, users gain status by the amount of contributions they make. In a database it would be easy to include a simple descriptor, such as ‘star contributor’ or ‘curriculum consultant’, after certain names.

4 Conclusion

Saskatchewan needs a lesson plan database. We need to tap the great resource we have at our fingertips. Many teachers in our province already post lessons and ideas online, we need to share the knowledge that we have, on a professional crowdsourced database. We need to trust our teachers to create and evaluate lesson plans so that we can have a resource that is second to none.

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Venture Analysis – Yammer

I decided to do my analysis on Yammer, a social networking application.  We currently use this Basic version in my organization but thought there might be value in the Enterprise version which offers customization and complies with privacy policies.  While researching for this project, I under estimated the mountain of government policies and processes that are involved in even recommending a product.  The analysis assumes that all this is done previous to putting the report together, but I realized that the pre-work to the report alone could deter any prospective organization in pursuing tender.

Although social networking is still relatively new, especially in the workplace, I was also surprised to find that there is still little information and research done on the educational impact of social networking.  Much of the focus has been on the impact of marketing but there is still a lot of work that can be done to understand the educational benefits of informal learning in social networking.

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Geddit – Venture Analysis

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3_8wWMJEeY[/youtube]

I decided to analyze an EdTech venture that I am excited to try in my own classroom.  Formative assessment is so vital when teaching, and yet it’s the most difficult to get, especially in the middle of a lesson without interrupting the flow of things.  Geddit provides immediate feedback on whether students are “getting it.”  I was excited to research this venture, but soon found that information was scarce.  It’s a very new company, having just received funding from an EdTech Accelerator this past year.  There also aren’t a lot of competitors in the market.  Good for this venture, bad for market research.

Reflecting on their business strategy of marketing the product directly to teachers seems to be the best move at the moment, although much less lucrative in the long run.  However, as the founders correctly determined, schools have a very slow procurement process, and much red tape to cut through.  This makes it very difficult for a startup to sell to districts and schools, however that is their eventual goal.

I think investors recognize the tremendous value that Educators place in student response systems, and that the barriers to widespread use have always been cost.  However, with tablet classrooms becoming ubiquitous, and the proliferation of smart web-connected devices, BYOD solutions such as Geddit are becoming much more compelling.

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Assignment #1: Venture Analyst Report for Explain Everything

Hi All,

My Venture Analyst Report can be viewed here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bj4KD4YsZPs&feature=youtu.be

Personal Reflection

Through the creation of this presentation I came to a number of realizations that will serve me well I as continue on in the MET program. The first realization was that market research is difficult when the company is new. This manifested itself when I encountered that it was near impossible to find any financial information regarding developer of the application I analyzed. Since the application is only a couple years old, and the company is not publicly traded, it was difficult to ascertain market information from their perspective. Luckily, SMART Technologies is one of their direct competitors in the interactive whiteboard market, and since they are publicly traded, their annual information form provided a wealth of information regarding the interactive whiteboard market. The second realization that I came to was the potential for synergies between application developers. I know that for developers this comes as no surprise, but as I researched Explain Everything I began to see the opportunities for collaboration in the market place for this application.

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Venture Analysis

I decided to complete my Venture Analysis Report on a local project in which I have been an important part.  I am excited and proud to have worked on this project however, through this assignment, I realize that there are some serious concerns associated with this project.  I am still proud of the work that I have done but I also realize that there is a lot of work that needs to be done.

I did not realize how easily I could be blinded and fail to see important ethical issues with regards to industry and education partnerships.  This is even more serious when I consider that Teck Resources is the major employer in the area.  People have very strong feelings about Teck and this is a factor that must be handled delicately and professionally.

I chose to create a PowerPoint because I want to share this with my colleagues at our next Local Specialist Association Day next fall.

Sparwood Secondary School and Teck Resources

Thanks,

James.

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Assignment 1 Venture Analysis-MOOC2Degree

For the Assignment 1, I challenged myself to review MOOC2Degree, the MOOCs initiative with college credit-offering business model. The audience of this report is staffs and faculty in higher educations. Considering the current situation in my workplace university in Asia, I create this report in a document report format allowing the readers to skim the essences with visual cues or to read with the details. ETEC522 Assignement 1 Analyst Report Yuki Ichimura

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ETEC 522 – Assignment 1 Venture Analysis – Marqueed

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URL: http://app.emaze.com/465823/a1#slidenum=1

Since my chosen topic was a web-app for design & dynamic media I chose to use a new dynamic presentation tool within that realm. There are extended media links indicated by arrows within the file, and also an external link to a basic SWOT analysis used to compose the report. Little information was actually available about the financials of the product itself given it’s newness so I examined how it was situated in relation to the target market.

Personal Reflection
As a student of design, evaluating a venture from the perspective of potential investors is a new vantage point; it’s a critical one that perhaps isn’t educated for enough in the field. I remember my “Professional Practice” class in the final year of my degree, which was all about protecting one’s own interest and intellectual property through contracts. It didn’t come close to preparing one for the possibility of entrepreneurship, which in perhaps short-sighted when 29% of Emily Carr grads are cited as entrepreneurs.  Typically in my field designers are taught to create a meaningful products from the end-user (buyer) perspective user using novel approaches, but this thinking rarely extends to the larger processes and forces at play in actually launching and supporting a successful venture. This is perhaps why many wonderful product ideas fail, or are launched many years later in similar form by those with the skill and the know-how to do it. The supporting facets of a product that might be required to achieve this could potentially be designed-in to support the larger goals if considered.

In short, I’m realizing that designers need to consider (in addition buyers/users) the role of a successful entrepreneur, the needs/aims of venture capitalist and the specifics of the market if a product/infrastructure or service is to be feasible. I will consider this in my upcoming opportunity pitch. In many ways the actions of the entrepreneur in mediating all of these complex factors are perhaps more important than the design, as one’s actions in the market must be effective, critically timed, and well supported at every important turn. When considering educators in relation to buying into or funding projects, they are not always the lead buyers hence why the interest of administrators must be taken into consideration. Also while it is a nice thought to think that a revolutionary new product might be invented to up-end or replace existing educational product infrastructure, this is in reality a monumental goal given past and continued investment and costs sunk into these infrastructures. Often small, low-cost modular solutions that may be retro-fitted or integrated into existing programs are more attractive and present better opportunities for entrepreneurs, ventures, and investments. This will also serve as a useful lesson for my upcoming opportunity pitch.

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ETEC 522 – Assignment 1 Venture Analysis – Helping Boys Learn

I chose to review Helping Boys Learn as I am working with the founder, Ed Dixon, to build online, mLearning modules for schools districts and parents. The modules are created with Articulate Storyline so I used it to create my presentation as well. Right now Ed has his MVP (Parent modules) and he is receiving positive feedback.

The scenario in my presentation, to present to Joe Fulcher at San Diego Unified School District, is real. We will edit some of the information, and shorten the experience, but our intent is to use the analysis as part of our presentation to the Superintendents there.

For those exploring my presentation I’ve built in lots of hidden information so hover over images to learn more. Also, I’ve included the first module in this program – Movement – into the presentation. You’ll find it under the “Program” tab. You can go through the entire Movement module or click the home button at any time to return to the analysis report.

http://helpingboyslearn.com/hbl/a1-assignment/
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Creative Commons Image Attribution :)

In the spirit of our last Week 07 “Share” Activity, I recently found this link on the Creative Commons Wiki about how to attribute Creative Commons images, and thought I’d link it here. We used a variant of it on our site. There’s really no hard and fast rule other than “be reasonable.”

http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Best_practices_for_attribution

Ps. It’s also worth a visit because the Creative Commons cupcakes on this page look rather yummy! ; )

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Analyst Report: IXL Learning

In this presentation I look at how an investment in IXL Learning can support district goals. One of my students introduced me to PowToon and challenged me to try it out this semester. It was fun to see what this student produced and when school is back in session I hope to share what I created with them.

[youtube]http://youtu.be/lw6jTU2EnYM[/youtube]

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Interesting Article: Ed Tech Investment Bubble

I came across an interesting article in Fortune from February that argues that there is a bubble in terms of educational technoloyg investments. The article states that:

Schools are slow to adopt new technology because they have to be: Their procurement processes are inflexible and complicated, involving contracts, RFPs, lawyers, review cycles, approvals, and compliances. This makes it difficult for small startups to sell their products into schools. The procurement cycle alone lasts long enough for a startup to run out of money.

The article also links to another article that discusses the challenges of finding who the audience is for your product. As we have discussed in the course, the user is often not the same person who makes the purchasing decisions. Anyhow, it is good to see that these topics are being explored in a wider discourse.

What articles and issues related to the venture side of educational technology have others come across?

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NoRedInk

Company: NoRedInk

Jeff Scheur Image retrieved from https://twitter.com/jscheur

Founder/CEO: Jeff Scheur

Founder Biography:

Jeff Scheur the Founder and CEO of NoRedInk was a high school English teacher for 8 years. He’s currently a teacher and Debate Team Advisor at Whitney Young Magnet High School in San Francisco. He realized after grading over 15,000 English papers he wanted to help students improve their grammar/writing skills. His intention is to improve the feedback loop in education and empower students to become strong, confident writers.

Scheur’s motivation and desire to create a program for students out of his own teaching frustrations is admirable and a breath of fresh air. The program itself is a great one offering students autonomy to learn at their own pace but also the chance for educators to use his program as a motivational grammar teaching aid.

Scheur’s states that without his knowledge of grading so many 1000s of papers in tracking student errors in writing mechanics, he wouldn’t have been able to incorporate them into his program. These trends are included into the NoRedInk program algorithms and learning engine. NoRedInk allows students to define the structure and putting in their social contextual preferences into Facebook to create personalized curricula based on that data. His company is so aptly named “NoRedInk” since it proposes limited use of marking up a students paper in red ink if it was full of mistakes.

Scheur currently presents in workshops on differentiating grammar and writing instruction at the Teaching and Learning Conference in Washington D.C. His sessions explore ways that teachers can leverage technology and adaptive learning to help their students grow as writers with the use of his program.
Company Bio:

Website:  https://www.noredink.com/

NoRedInk helps students improve their grammar/writing skills using adaptive learning. Students have solved over 40 million questions on their site, and the site is used in thousands of schools by thousands of educators. NoRedInk’s learning engine generates personalized curricula from students’ interests, creating feedback, tutorials (and even color-coded heat maps) based on students’ preferences and their areas of proficiency. The beginning lessons focus on what students are getting wrong, while offering them the opportunity to watch tutorials when they get stuck. NoRedInk prompts students to input grammatical corrections themselves by drag-and-dropping the right punctuation mark as an example. As students move through the lessons, they themselves and their teachers can track their progress through NoRedInk’s dashboard which is broken down into skills. This program offers visuals as well to help students in their progress and understanding.
The site offers schools a pro-rate but it is free for everyone else using it. There are numerous positive feedback reviews of teachers of varying disciplines and age levels who have had great success using his site and program.

The start-up for Scheur’s company won NBC’s $75K Innovation Challenge in September of 2012, and was featured on the TODAY Show as a result.

My thoughts:

As a high-school science and language teacher, marking numerous student papers and giving them adequate feedback for further critical learning is so important. I found this program wonderful. Also being slightly colour blind and not a proponent of red ink from my own personal experience of discouragement with a paper full of red ink as a child, this program offers student engagement through their own interests. Grammar is not often a component of language learning that is enthusiastically grasped. It’s a great program that challenges students in content while learning essential grammar points at the same time. More importantly it offers some authentic scenarios and helps students learn grammar in context and not in isolation. I love that it offers students the ability to work at their own pace so that instruction can be catered to their individual needs and differentiated as needed by an educator. The interactivity of the site allows learners to interact with their own writing and move and change grammatical concepts themselves, learning from their own mistakes. Also wonderful is the site is free for anyone to use! A great resource for educators and parents alike.
References:
Information Retrieved from Techcrunch article: http://techcrunch.com/2012/10/26/amidst-stem-education-hype-noredink-is-on-a-mission-to-fix-americas-grammar-problem/
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Conference 2014 Retrieved from:
http://www.teachinglearning2014.org/conference/conference-sessions/differentiating-grammar-and-writing-instruction-with-noredinkcom

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example of time-released post

I thought it might be helpful to let future groups know it’s possible to pre-schedule a draft post for release at a certain date/time. This can be very helpful for activities and links between OER and the 522 blog. For example, I can set a post for 10PM the next day. I am then able to use the draft post’s permalink (see below) to link between resources. As long as you don’t change the date, the permalink won’t change, and you can then use it to link back and forth. Also it’s important to note that while the post is still unpublished, it won’t “show up” (the URL won’t work) until published. Also best to double-check them after launch to be sure they are functioning correctly!

Cheers,

Bobbi

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Cisco Canada invests $150M in new tech start-up initiative

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Cisco Systems Canada Co. together with federal finance minister Joe Oliver, today announced a strategy that will see the company invest $150 million to “support and accelerate innovation in Canada.”

Cisco says it plans to invest across a mix of technologies, businesses, and investment stages over the next 10 years, and will actively engage with investment partners and start-ups to mentor and develop new leaders and innovators.

Nitin Kawale, president of Cisco Canada, said the country produces some of the top engineering and management talent in the world and is home to dynamic industries that are ripe for business transformation.

The Cisco Canada Innovation Program will focus on three key areas:

* Direct Technology Sector Investment, which will investigate opportunities in areas such as cloud infrastructure, digital media, big data/analytics/information management, intelligent infrastructure and mobility.

* Venture Capital

* Working with Incubators

“Innovation and investment are the key drivers of the Canadian economy, leading to jobs, growth and long-term prosperity,” said Oliver.

Source: http://www.connectionsplus.ca/cabling/cisco-invests-150-million-new-tech-start-initiative/1002855238/?utm_source=CS&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CS-EN06202014&e=x8yvs03Mk8ozvo82Wwvstp4rqM20

It is nice to hear so good news about the big players supporting Canadian tech start-ups.

Regards,

Milorad

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Analyst Reports (A1)

Analyst Report on Showbie

My Educational Venture Analyst report is on “SHOWBIEa homework drop box for tablet classrooms. Showbie was born in Edmonton, my city and in a year and half skyrocketed to wide popularity. I took the opportunity to thoroughly research, analyze and explore Showbie to get ready for the actual proposal and possible implementation in my PSE environment. Enjoy it here: http://youtu.be/ki0gxwoFdec

[youtube]http://youtu.be/ki0gxwoFdec[/youtube]

  Any suggestions related to Showbie experiences and implementation are welcome.

Regards,

Milorad

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Analyst Reports (A1)

Assignment#1: EVA Report on SumTotal LMS

My Education Venture Analysis will be on the possible acquisition of the SumTotal LMS by St.Michael’s Hospital. I wanted to use this opportunity to develop an idea for an actual proposal that could be used when this organization decides to acquire a new LMS. Please share your thoughts regarding this examination.

http://prezi.com/zoevuvnitt4t/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

Best Wishes

Maxim

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Opportunity Forecasts (A2)

Survey Results & Thoughts

Survey Results GBL

*click on chart to expand.

Areas of Interest of GBL:

In the Feedback survey, ETEC 522 students had the opportunity to express what areas of GBL interested them. The following list is a result of everyone’s ideas and we hope these concepts may spark an idea of how you can integrate GBL into your educational setting.

  • The ability to track learning & progress
  • Language learning apps
  • Motivational aspect of GBL/Immersive manner of learning
  • GBL use in science courses
  • Classroom integration
  • French Immersion instruction through GBL
  • Engaging at risk students and making learning fun
  • Ability to use GBL to reinforce basic concepts and ideas
  • GBL for continuing education and 21st century employment
  • GBL as a form of support for students experience difficulties in learning
  • Repacking learning in more attractive format
  • Integration for languages
  • GBL use for professional development
  • Inclusive and collaborative GBL use for students.

We would also like to thank everyone who took the time to give feedback on the survey page. The comments were very detailed with constructive ideas on how to make our Open-Educational-Resource better. We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and hope the Mobile Game-Based-Learning week brought a better understanding to the material.

Group-6 🙂

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Question and Answer

Weekly discussions fix?

I’m currently not able to navigate to the Week 06 discussion posts because these are not available in the menu (they haven’t been added to the discussion menu yet).

The categories exist so I can categorize my post, but I can’t access the stream to read others posts and comments. They are floating off in nowhere land.  :

fix-menu

I know how to add these to the nav menu so they can be found more easily, but in order to do it I would need temporary extra-super-human (administrator) powers. This would only take a minute, and I’d be happy to do it for each week if I may be permitted to do so? I can also help someone else fix it. : ) Pretty please can we fix this?

ocd-cat

Hehehehe, cheers,

Bobbi

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