Archive for February, 2013

Staff reflections: Jessica Nasset

In this series, “Staff Reflections,” we introduce the members of the Innovations for Learning team, who will tell us what brought them to our organization and why they’re excited to do this work. Today: Jessica L. Nasset, Teacher Ambassador in Seattle My dream was always of being a teacher. I can remember back in fifth grade asking […]…

Staff reflections: Tahra Tibbs

In this series, “Staff Reflections,” we introduce the members of the Innovations for Learning team, who will tell us what brought them to our organization and why they’re excited to do this work. Today: Tahra Tibbs, Teacher Ambassador in the District of Columbia As an educator first, it brings me sheer delight to serve both teachers and […]…

Google ‘evangelist’: Web revolution just beginning

“The Web is changing the way our students learn.” That was Jaime Casap, Google’s Global Education Senior Evangelist (apparently his actual job title), speaking this week as the keynoter at the Florida Educational Technology Conference, in Orlando. T.H.E. Journal‘s Chris Riedel reports: Casap showed a picture of a young boy sitting on a couch, laptops […]…

Tutors, kids benefit in Detroit

The Detroit News tells how a tutor, working at her desk at General Motors, is helping a second-grader learn to read. The two are 20 miles apart, but connected by headphones and laptop computers.  Software from Innovations for Learning’s TutorMate program is making the session possible. Seven-year-old Daniel Estrella-Rodriguez “meets” twice a week with Tracie Zettler, […]…

The ‘brilliant’ bus: Has knowledge, will travel

She calls it Estella’s Brilliant Bus, and she uses it to bring computer-based learning to some of the most forgotten schoolchildren in America. Estella Mims Pyform grew up in these backwaters, a daughter of the segregated South who started working in the fields at age 6 as a migrant worker, her family annually going up […]…

Visions of change

Sometimes it takes more than words to describe the rapid-fire changes going on in education — or that are possible in education — right now. Here are a few inspiring videos that show how the new technologies that are becoming familiar to almost everyone can excite and expand the learning process. The one above is […]…