16% of EdTech Directors Expect 1 Tablet Per Student Within 5 Years

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In a recent survey conducted by Piper Jaffray, 16% of school tech directory expect to have 1 tablet per student within 5 years. CNN Fortune contributor Philip Elmer-DeWitt breaks down the data:

  • 100% were testing or deploying iPads in their schools. 0% were testing or deploying Android tablets.
  • Their schools currently have an average of one computer for every 10 students.
  • Nearly half (12) expect to eventually deploy one computer per child; two of their schools already do.
  • More than a third (9) expect to deploy one tablet per child; one of them already does.

Hodgkins of TUAW adds the following:

Tablets may be useful for schools, but there are significant administrative hurdles that must be overcome before they see widespread usage. The survey reveals that almost half (48%) of the directors believe a tablet is important as an information gathering tool, but 64% see device management as a significant hurdle to deploying these tablets in a school setting. Also a factor is cost, which is a smaller (20%), but still a significant hurdle schools need to overcome.

Despite these challenges, some schools are embracing the iPad as a valuable teaching tool. In a controversial program, kindergartners in Auburn, Maine are using the iPad in the classroom for learning their basic phonic and math skills. Similarly, the Webb School in Knoxville, Tennesseeis requiring all incoming fourth to 12th grade students to have an iPad.

For information, read the source articles here (CNNMoney, TUAW). 

  

 

 

 

 
Introducing: the EduGames

Eduware is proud to present our FREE educational online games! 

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What is Math Motorway? Math Motorway brings the excitement of high-speed racing to a fun and challenging mathematics learning environment. Challenge your friends online to a high-speed race that test your math skills to get first place. Customization of questions, difficulty, vehicles, and scenery, allow you to craft the perfect gaming experience.

  • Challenge your friends to a race!
  • Customize your vehicle and the track to match your style.
  • When the race begins, answer questions to advance.
  • Compete with up to 4 players and see your progress on the right side of the screen.
  • Correct answers will speed up your car. Incorrect answers will cause your car to stall.
  • Cross the finish line as quickly as possible to place yourself in the leaderboards!
  • Always FREE, Always educational.

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What is Wizard Defender?

Wizard Defender takes you on an epic math adventure battling to survive an onslaught of monsters. Wizard Defender is a fun and challenging way to approach mathematics. Challenge your friends and earn bragging rights by landing a top spot on the leader boards.

  • Monsters are approaching! You must answer questions to stay safe.
  • Correct answers will defeat the monsters. Incorrect answers will hurt you. If you’re too slow, the monsters will reach you.
  • Defeat all of the monsters to win.
  • Try to answer quickly to place yourself in the leaderboards!
  • Always FREE, Always educational. 

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Announcing: Moodle and Engrade Integration

Eduware is excited to announce full Moodle and Engrade integration with TestWizard. 

 

We have integrated our online student assessment software, TestWizard.com, to work hand in hand with Moodle and Engrade. Now teachers who use either Moodle or engrade can post grades directly from TestWizard to their preferred online gradebook, plus more! 

Through the integration, teachers can link assignments, import rosters, upload grades, and view reports easily between TestWizard and Moodle and Engrade.

About TestWizard 

TestWizard provides precise online control over the administration of exams, quizzes, and homework to your classroom. Teachers can upload or create their classes in all of our subject areas and populate them with students. The students are given their own accounts, which allows them to take exams online. When the student completes the exam, reports are instantly generated and available to view. All assignments and reports are fully customizable to meet your needs. Test Wizard builds upon the WizardTM foundation and allows you to use and access your exams from your WizardTM account.

Explore hundreds of features, including…

  • Students interact with homework, quizzes, and exams online.
  • Save paper by testing online.
  • Instant scoring so teachers and students can better understand their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Detailed reports with customizable views and easy navigation.
  • Our reports dashboard lets you navigate the generated reports with confidence and ease.
  • Classroom management is made easy in our classroom manager.
  • TestWizard integrates with the full Eduware Online Suite, allowing you to use and access exams from your WizardTM account.
  • See our bundle pricing options to learn about what you can do to join TestWizard today.

About Moodle "Moodle is a real gift to forward thinking educators"

Moodle.org is a course management system designed to help educators who want to create quality online courses. The software is used all over the world by universities, schools, companies and independent teachers. Moodle is open source and completely free to use. Also, developers can extend Moodle’s capabilities by creating plugins for new functionality.

Why Teachers Love Moodle

  • Grading
  • Moodle instant messages
  • Online calendar
  • Online news and announcements
  • Online quizzes
  • Assignment submission
  • Discussion forum
  • Wiki

About Engrade "Engrade is the #1 Online Gradebook"

Engrade.com is a free set of web-based tools for educators allowing them to manage their classes online, while providing parents and students with 24/7 real-time online class information. It’s private, secure, truly free, and unbelievably easy to use. 

Why Teachers Love Engrade

  • Gradebook
  • Messaging
  • Homework Calendar
  • Quizzes
  • Discussions
  • Wikis
  • Flashcards
  • Attendance
  • 24/7 Student Access
  • 24/7 Admin Reports
  • Private and Secure
  • Completely Free
Eduware Inc. announces the release of Test Wizard Mobile®

Smithtown, New York — September 15, 2011 — Eduware Inc. is announcing the release of Test Wizard Mobile®, a revolutionary new mobile assessment app for students using Apple and Android smart phones and tablets. This app was developed to bring the robust content and student online assessment and reporting capabilities of TestWizard.com without having to be connected to the Internet!

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iPads in Education: Effective?

The iPad as an educational tool has become a very hot topic, yet little has been written on its effectiveness. K. Walsh at EmergingEdTech has done some research and compared the results of several different schools. Here are some of his results: 

Success

  • “Fifth-grade teacher Shawn Alholm said the students have been learning so much by having the iPads, including how the technology works and learning more information about various topics. Alholm said if a student doesn’t know a word or how to pronounce it they can easily look it up. If they want to learn more about a historical person, it’s all at their fingertips. Alholm said there also are educational websites on the iPads that also help students with their mathematics.”
  • “Fifth-graders Ethan Wickstrom and Logan Linhardt both said that using the iPads has been fun and they’ve learned a lot more than they would have without them. The students also said that it wasn’t hard for them to figure out how to use them. With a chuckle, Ethan said that carrying the iPad around is much easier than carrying a lot of textbooks around. It helps you focus more on your homework, said Logan. You don’t rush through it as fast.”

Criticism

When I added “higher education” to my search criteria, one of the first articles I came across was, “iPads Could Hinder Teaching, Professors Say”, from The Chronicle of Higher Education. The March 2011 article states, “Despite the iPad’s popularity—Apple has sold nearly 15 million of them and just came out with the iPad2 … early studies indicate that these finger-based tablets are passive devices that have limited use in higher education. They are great for viewing media and allow students to share readings. But professors cannot use them to mark up material on the fly and show changes to students in response to their questions, a type of interactivity that has been a major thrust in pedagogy.” (I’m not so sure that there aren’t apps that can provide some of that functionality – KW).

 For more info, read the source here.

  

 

 

 

Follow Eduware on Twitter!

  

Eduware is growing on Twitter (@Eduware_Inc). Follow us today for the latest company updates and ground-breaking educational news.

What do we tweet?

  • Eduware tweets company updates, information, and the latest news about our software.
  • We also tweet educational news, including the use of technology in the classroom.
  • We like to share inspirational educational quotes and also educational questions to ponder.

Join us for our weekly iPad Chat (#iPadChat)! Wednesdays at 6pm ET

Co-created by @Eduware_inc and @mrtalmadge to provide an opportunity for educators to connect and share best practices for the iPad in education.

You can participate live or read some iPadChat archives:

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Introducing Mobile Tech Learning

 

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One of Eduware’s newest projects is Mobile Tech Learning, an online publication dedicated to sharing groundbreaking news on the use of mobile technology in education. Articles on the blog include the use of iPads in the classroom, the evolution of clickers, educational tablets, and many other educational technology topics. 

Some of our favorite posts to get you started include:


Read our blog by visiting it directly or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Want to check out old blog posts? Read our archived blogs here

Eduware Milestone: MathMotorway Surpasses 50k+ Plays!

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Thanks to our recent feature on the front page of the Google Chrome App Store, MathMotorway has seen a huge spike in the number of plays. 

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If you havent tried the game, give it a go, it’s free and very addictive! 

http://www.mathmotoway.com/

If you are a Google Chrome user, you can install the app here.

SBU Career Center Feeds Smithtown Company New Talent

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An educational software company based in Smithtown has been recruiting employees from among the ranks of Stony Brook University students – to the tune of hundreds of employees ever since its owner began the practice in 2000.

William Stevens, owner of Eduware and former teacher, has hired more than 50 alumni and students in the past three years and has 26 current and former SBU students as employees, according to the university’s Career Center, which has helped facilitate the hiring process.

"The Career Center has been essential in helping me find exceptional employees," Stevens said in a statement. "It’s a good business practice and a win-win."

He’s even moved his business from Huntington to Smithtown to be more convenient for his student employees. Students have landed jobs at Eduware as computer programmers, graphic designers, office managers, customer support, social media advertising, and more.

One of those students, Pavel Jamal, said he had only basic knowledge about making a website when Stevens hired him.

"Through my studies and after working here for the last four years, I’ve gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience in web development," said Jamal, a computer science major in a five-year bachelor’s and master’s program. "I can definitely call myself a professional web developer.”

Originally appeared on SmithtownPatch. You may read the entire source here.

ClickerSchool Enhances Mobile Learning Presentation

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Shawn Gross recently completed a successful presentation on Personalization Through Mobile Learning at the ISTE 2011 conference, which wrapped up today after four days of presentations and exchanges on technology in education. Personalization Through Mobile Learning included a special presentation of ClickerSchool, an online, robust, interactive and cross-platform polling system from Eduware Inc.

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The session explored how the use of mobile learning affects individualized personal instruction. Gross also demonstrated case studies which highlighted the efficacy of his approach. Part of this demonstration utilized live polling of the audience with ClickerSchool. Gross created a live polling activity at ClickerSchool.com, which allowed the audience to participate on laptops, iPads, Androids and other web enabled mobile devices. 

The presentation was a success, demonstrating the immense opportunities of both personalized mobile learning and the efficacy of pairing it with an app like ClickerSchool.

For more information on, see the following on Gross, ClickerSchool, and Eduware.

  

 

 

 

Smithtown Company's Edge: Stony Brook Student/Alum Employees

Via Stony Brook News Oct 31, 2011 - 9:30:24 AM

STONY BROOK, NY, October 31, 2011 – Hiring Stony Brook University students is essential for one local business owner, who this semester alone has added five more to a staff that consists of more than 25 Stony Brook students and alumni.


Eduware, a Smithtown-based educational software company, recruits SBU students through the Stony Brook University Career Center for a variety of roles, including, computer programming, graphic design, office management, customer support, social media advertising and more. Owner William Stevens actually relocated his business from Huntington to Smithtown three years ago to accommodate employees traveling from the University.

Stevens, a retired public school teacher, has hired more than 50 students and alumni in the past three years and hundreds since he began recruiting through the Career Center in 2000. Today, his staff consists of 26 SBU students, many of whom come from the Computer Science Department; some are also pursuing degrees in business, sociology or one of the sciences, and some are alumni.  

A portion of the Eduware Crew, pictured from left to right (kneeling): Jason Weisburd; Sarah Photiadis; Pavel Jamal; Waseque Qazi; William Stevens, Eduware President; Mallory Vallier; Rong Zang; Xiao Qiang Wu; and Tianyu Huang. Back row standing, left to right: Alicia Kanauer; Charles Chen; Tim Vallier; Rohit Kaushik; Matt Kalick; Greg Cordts; and Jon Calderon.

“The Career Center has been essential in helping me find exceptional employees,” Stevens said. “It’s a good business practice and a win-win.” Hiring organizations like Eduware find talent through the Career Center’s on-campus recruiting sessions, job fairs, company informational meetings, career panels and job postings.

The Career Center provides assistance to hiring organizations in accessing and leveraging student talent. “We work closely with employers to ensure that their position descriptions are effective,” said Marianna Savoca, Director of the Career Center. “Ultimately, it’s up to the company to interview and decide which candidates are viable.”

Stony Brook University students and Eduware programmers from left to right are: Waseque Qazi, Tianyu Huang, Charles Chen, Xiao Qiang Wu, Greg Cordts and Pavel Jamal (sitting).

Pavel Jamal, an Eduware employee and SBU Computer Science major pursuing his MS degree in the five-year BS/MS program values the experience he is gaining at Eduware. He was hired during his freshman year through a connection made at the Career Center. “When I joined Eduware, I knew the bare minimum about making a website,” he said. “Through my studies and after working here for the last four years, I’ve gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience in web development. I can definitely call myself a professional web developer.”

Savoca noted that the Career Center is an invaluable resource for students to explore career and educational opportunities, find internships, receive career counseling and connect with employers. “Our primary goals are to educate, prepare and connect students to opportunities available for them,” she said. “Whether a student is seeking an internship, deciding on a major or thinking ahead to life after Stony Brook, we can help them make informed decisions.”

Via Stony Brook News Oct 31, 2011 - 9:30:24 AM

Are you Ready for the EduRace?

I’m excited to introduce the new EduRace, an educational game from Eduware Inc. The EduRace is for kids looking to square off against their friends using nothing but their web enabled mobile devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, Kindle, Laptop, Etc.). Check out the video below for more details, and give the EduRace a try here.

  

 

 

 

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