Tablets in the Classroom

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How long before your classroom is full of tablet computers? 2011, at least at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), is being called “the year of the tablet.” If you have used an iPad for more than 10 minutes at the Apple store or Best Buy, you know that if it isn’t 2011, the tablet’s year is certainly coming soon.  What is most striking about the tablet form factor (and the iPad interface) is that non-techies are generally comfortable with it in about a day. Contrast this with the months or … Read More

TIES Conference – Hope We Engaged You!

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We had a great time sharing the Naiku Platform at TIES conference December 6th & 7th. The conference was appropriately named “Engage Me”; and had over 2,700 attendees representing administrators, teachers, technology personnel, and many other education professionals from across the country. See the following links for more information on the TIES “Engage Me” conference: ( , Monday’s keynote speaker was Sir Ken Robinson. He made an impassioned plea for all attendees to think differently about how we deliver education and search out ways to help students find their … Read More

TIES 2010: Engage Me

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The Naiku team is getting ready for the TIES 2010 Education Technology Conference. We’re all excited to hear Sir Ken Robinson’s keynote address entitled “How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything.” Should be a great start to the conference. We at Naiku have found our passion. That’s why we started Naiku. That’s why we’re so excited to share our passion with other educators. Come share your passion with us at TIES. Visit our booth and meet the Naiku team. You can also see us at the Exhibit Hall Theater on Tuesday … Read More

Journey’s End

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My journey to join Naiku started many years ago. Both my parents were teachers when I was very young. As I entered the school system my mother remained very involved in my education by volunteering in the classroom. I continued this tradition when I was elected to the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school board. That was nearly 18 years ago, and I still enjoy serving the community even after seeing my three daughters graduate. I attended the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities to complete a degree in Political Science. I was involved … Read More

What is Naiku?

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Since I started telling people that I founded Naiku with Corey and Kevin, the first thing people always ask is “What’s Naiku?” I’m always happy to tell them that naiku means “teacher” in Lao. I’m originally from Laos, and am always proud to talk to people about this small nation in southeast Asia. My parents moved my family to the US in 1980, of course in the middle of a cold Minnesota winter. It was quite a shock to go from a warm tropical climate of Laos to the frozen … Read More

Facilitating “Connection”

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Seven years ago, I was introduced to the educational technology market by PLATO Learning, where I worked at various levels of management in the Product Development department. PLATO Learning creates innovative, computer-based curriculum across a wide array of subjects and has been doing so for over 40 years. During my time there, we would have speakers come in during our annual company meetings to provide a perspective on a number of subjects, from the current “state of education” to technology’s place in education. Towards the end of the speeches, there … Read More

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