Naiku Quick Question helps teachers Bridge the Gap

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Classroom response systems help a good teacher be a better teacher. There’s nothing magical about it; it’s a lot like the traditional way of eliciting responses from students, only better. If a teacher has ever said, ‘can I see a show of hands’ or ‘let’s take a vote’ or  ‘how many of you think …,’ then they’ll be able to use Naiku’s Quick Question and get even more students engaged in the discussion. The beauty of a web based classroom response system like Quick Question is that it enables teachers … Read More

A Significant and Very Positive Impact on Learning and Teaching

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9ine Consulting (www.9ine.uk.com) and Naace ((http://www.naace.co.uk) recently shared The iPad as a Tool For Education – a case study that looks at the use of iPads at the Longfield Academy, where the UK’s largest 1 to 1 iPad program was implemented last year. The study report concluded that the use of iPads produced a “significant and very positive impact on learning and teaching.” The study notes that both pedagogical changes and new ways of learning engendered by the ‘any time anywhere’ access to information and learning tools” are expected to … Read More

Fifth Graders Use Naiku on ASUS Transformer Tablets

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Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting a group of 5th graders using Naiku for the first time. Their school had just received a class set of ASUS Transformer tablets. The students and their teacher were excited to use the devices. They were equally excited to use Naiku for the first time. It was their second day with the tablets. On this day, they had planned to take a short assessment on the Persian War using Naiku on the tablets. It was this activity that I was particularly interested in. … Read More

Sharing and Collaboration

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Collaboration is fundamental. Teachers can share assessments with other teachers at their school, district, or the Naiku world if they wish, making it easy to deliver common assessments. Read More

Balanced assessment isn’t sexy

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In the era of 1:1, assessment is the often overlooked stepchild Growth of 1:1 The renewed wave of interest and implementation of 1:1 projects in schools recently has been obvious – all over schools are evaluating iPads and other tablets, netbooks, and, given the continued price point decline, laptops. BYOD, once a quickly dismissed subject in the K12 community not that many years ago, is a deservedly hot topic of interest among educators. With the growing proliferation of smartphones – and tablets – among teens today BYOD is an acceptable … Read More

Naiku – The Missing Piece of the Puzzle

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This is a special guest article from one of our Naiku Star teachers. Len Beard is mathematics teacher at Scott Highlands Middle School in Apple Valley, Minnesota. NAIKU- The Missing Piece of the Puzzle I’ve been ‘flipping’ my classroom for nearly a decade. I pre-test and post-test each chapter and use the pretests as a formative assessment to guide my instruction. The data tells me the strengths and weakness of each of my students. This allows me to give students more individual attention. To make this curriculum approach really effective … Read More

The Teenage Mind and Naiku

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In the October, 2011 issue of National Geographic, David Dobbs explains what’s happening in the brains of 12 – 25 year-olds. His observations are based on a National Institutes of Health (NIH) project that studied over a hundred young people as they grew up during the 1990s . The study provides some rationale for why teenagers act the way they do. Understanding how a students’ brain works is key to engaging students in learning. Naiku is a way for teachers to connect with students the way they learn, an  opportunity to be more effective teachers. … Read More

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