Posts Tagged: technology

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


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


Students Using Naiku

We took a trip out to Dr. Todd Beach’s classroom to check-in and see how it is going using Naiku.  Adisack does a nice job with the voice-over, don’t you think? The student feedback was fantastic – we’ve already planned to add a few features to the product based on their requests. [vimeo http://vimeo.com/20383163 w=398&h=224&frameborder=0&color=98C93C]  



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