Naiku Participates in Edmodo Launch of App Store

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Edmodo, a social learning platform for teachers, announced the launch of its app store. The opening of its API to third-party web developers enables the creation of educational apps on the social platform. Naiku is excited to be among the first 35 companies allowed to develop on the platform. Naiku already has a Community Page (http://www.edmodo.com/publisher/naiku) on Edmodo. We look forward to extending the partnership with Edmodo to make the Naiku Assessment Platform available to the broader Edmodo community of teachers. With the Naiku app on the Edmodo App Store, … Read More

Why do we still have computer “labs?”

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Lately I have  been wondering why the “computer lab” is still so prevalent, and I wonder how long these groups of computers (in what could be used as classroom space) are going to last.  Is it the beginning of the end for the computer lab? I did a little research on how the computer lab started, and have come to the conclusion that they are an out-growth of the experiential learning push from the 1970’s – the language lab, the science lab, the math lab and the computer lab.  Experiential learning … Read More

Two Stages of Metacognition: Prediction and Reflection

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In Naiku, metacognition is a big deal! I often wonder how  metacognition came to play such an important role in the Naiku Assessment Platform. Is it because I spent roughly two years doing research on the feeling-of-knowing, an important metacognitive decision-making process (Nhouyvanisvong & Reder, 1998) as a psychology graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University and have subconsciously advocated for its inclusion in our assessment software? Or is it because metacognition, when students engage in these regulatory thinking processes, plays an important role in changing testing moments to learning moments (i.e., changing … Read More

Why Simply “Saving Teacher Time” is not Enough

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When a software company is trying to sell their product to a corporate manager, the salesperson will often say that the product will “save employee time.” The manager’s response is usually “Sure, but will my employees actually get more done because of your product?”  The conventional wisdom is that minutes here and there do not actually add-up to any useful time savings. A process engineer would agree with management – largely because task-switching eats up most of the time saved.  To really improve productivity, the engineer would recommend that the task is effectively … Read More

Smartphones Probably not Seen as a Luxury by Students

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A new report published today from Neilsen shows a significant shift in how smartphone ownership is perceived.  While the 35+ age group brackets are still relatively pragmatic about smartphone ownership (relative to their income, indicating that their perception is that a smartphone is not a “must-have” device), those in the younger age bracket see the device as something to own regardless of income. For the first graph, look how most of the age brackets have a pretty linear profile – the more they make, the more likely it is that they … Read More

Announcing Naiku 2.0

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The next-generation of Naiku makes using mobile devices and tablets in the classroom easier than ever. Minneapolis, MN, February 20, 2012 – Naiku, a leader of cloud-based balanced assessment software K-12 education announced version 2.0 of the award-winning Naiku Platform.  Naiku is a best-in-class SaaS platform that enables teachers to make “real-time” instructional decisions to improve student achievement.  Version 2.0 is available for immediate use and requires absolutely zero “app deployment” to get started. New features include: Complete support for Common Core standards A streamlined assessment creation process Auto-scoring of … Read More

Technology Equity for Teachers

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Over the past two weeks, I’ve discussed the new challenges teachers face, and how these challenges have been pushing teachers and students apart. Of course, as a “computer guy,” I think the answer to resolving this divide can be solved with technology. Often we find teachers that want to use Naiku, but feel pressure not to use technology because of an “equity” issue. This is the technology equity issue – making sure that all students have access to comparable technology.  But it isn’t equitable when teachers teaching in lower-socioeconomic areas to be left behind … Read More

Technology in the Classroom – Always a Distraction?

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Last week I wrote about how teachers and schools are facing challenges  they have never faced before (such as administrative tasks, student devices, internet access and fast-moving yet disconnected curriculum), and how these new challenges have pushed teachers and learners apart… It is also apparent that some of these distractions, such as the Internet, will be impossible to “get back into the bottle.” So now we must turn these distractions into opportunities.  At Naiku, we believe that using the devices to engage students in educational activities is a key component to holding on to … Read More

One Big Idea

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The central and core idea underlying formative assessment is that evidence of what students are learning is used to adjust instruction in order to better meet each student’s learning needs. Yet, something is missing from this idea. The focus is on instruction. What about the student? For assessment to be formative, both the teacher and the learner need to be actively involved in formative practices. So for Thompson & Wiliam (2008), the Big Idea of formative assessment can be expressed in the following way: Students and teachers Using evidence of … Read More

Technology “in” the Classroom

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Recently Arne Duncan spoke at “Digital Learning Day,” where he encouraged schools to get digital textbooks in the hands of every student within five years. Apple’s iBook 2 announcement a few weeks ago, suddenly makes this seem like a possibility. This is a fantastic vision – and another positive step – in a series of steps – where technology is used to provide a tailored learning experience to every child. I believe school and its construct is important. K-12 students spend over 30 hours a week “in school.” Think of … Read More

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