Devices

A Significant and Very Positive Impact on Learning and Teaching

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

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


Balanced assessment isn’t sexy

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


The Teenage Mind and Naiku

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


Why do we still have computer “labs?”

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


Smartphones Probably not Seen as a Luxury by Students

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


Technology Equity for Teachers

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?

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


Technology “in” the Classroom

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


Turning Technologies + Naiku = Real-time Analytics for Every Classroom

We have had an exciting few weeks here at Naiku! You’ve probably already seen from our Twitter messages that we advanced to the semi-finalist round in the Minnesota Cup, the nation’s largest business competition as well as part of Project Skyway, a start-up accelerator in Minneapolis. While all of this was going on, we continued to work hard on lowering the barrier for teachers to use Naiku in their classroom. In addition to supporting desktops, laptops, netbooks, iPhone, iPod, iPad, Blackberry and Android, (as well as scanned paper tests), we now support … Read More


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