27. ShowMe

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Website
www.showme.com

What problems are they trying to solve?

  • Teachers: “One of the best ways to teach is still by talking through a concept while writing on a chalkboard.  Is there an easy way to do this with a digital tool (that I can then share with my students)?”
  • Teachers: “I’m looking for quality lessons created by other teachers. Where can I find that?”
  • Students: “I want to learn X.  Where can I do that online?”

And how are they solving it?
By offering an iPad app that lets anyone create a lesson on a “whiteboard,” and then sharing all of these lessons on the ShowMe platform.  (Bonus: Common Core-aligned lessons available)

14. Lore

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Website
www.lore.com

What problems are they trying to solve?

  • Teachers: “How do we turn a classroom into an engaged community?”
  • Teachers: “How can my students’ social media savviness be leveraged for learning?”

How are they solving them?
By creating Yammer for classrooms.  Lore provides private social networks for classrooms, with requisite classroom management features such as file-sharing.

9. LearnZillion

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Website
www.learnzillion.com

What problems are they trying to solve?
Teachers: “How do I find time to develop a new curriculum to match the Common Core State Standards?”

How are they solving them?
By aggregating high quality lessons developed by top teachers and then offering them for download - all built from the Common Core State Standards

What’s the product?
A database of lessons developed by teachers that align with the Common Core

45. ActiveGrade

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Website
www.activegrade.com

What problem are they trying to solve?
Educators: “I’m going to implement standards-based and competency-based grading in my classroom.  Is there an online gradebook that can help me keep track of that?”

And how are they solving it?
By building a gradebook that allows teachers to grade against standards they’ve created themselves to assess student mastery.

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39. JumpRope

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11. Raspberry Pi

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Website
www.raspberrypi.org

What problems are they trying to solve?

  • "Today’s computers don’t invite programming experimentation and hardware manipulation because of how expensive and arcane they are."
  • "As a result, nowadays, young people are getting less and less exposure to advanced computer programming compared to in the 1990s, leading to a dearth in computer science talent at the university level and subsequently in industry." 

How are they solving them?
By creating and distributing cheap, accessible, and programmable computers called Raspberry Pis.

How can teachers use Raspberry Pi in the classroom?

  • As a hands-on activity in computer science classes
  • In science labs
36. Terascore

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Website
www.terascore.com

What problem are they trying to solve?
Teachers: “Is there a way to easily have my students take tests online?  I want a tool that will help me create and deploy tests online. Google Forms works, but it’s not designed for classroom testing.”

And how are they solving it?
By building an app that allows teachers to (1) create and store tests online, (2) deploy them synchronously or asynchronously so students can take them in an exam setting or at home, (3) get automatic grading for questions with predefined answers.

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