Posts Tagged: school

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 Simply “Saving Teacher Time” is not Enough

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


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



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