EdTech Weekly News Roundup - October 09, 2015

news image

Being an educator means you probably have very little time to read the news during the week. Here are some interesting edtech articles from this past week that you might find useful.

"The Six Hats a Personalized Learning Leader Needs to Wear” — edSurge

Teachers talk a lot about the different hats they wear. This article narrows those down a bit to six and provides explanations and analogies and little bit of “how-to” on wearing those hats.

"Edudemic’s Question of the Month: September Recap” — Edudemic

Curious about Pinterest in education? Last month’s question of the month asked educators how they’re using Pinterest and you may be inspired by some of the answers. Some are using it with students and others for teacher-to-teacher collaboration.

"40 Ways to Engage Them in the First 5 Minutes” — Tech & learning

This article includes a great slideshare with an infographic that has the 40 options to engage students in those precious early minutes of class. The rest of the slideshare gives examples of tools and sites to use for each one.

"Do Personalized Learning Programs Offer Authentic Choices?" – KQED/MindShift

This article discusses the importance of authentic choice in personalized learning programs and offers a few tips on going from theory to practice. BTW, if you’re using Haiku Learning, WikiProjects is a great tool to encourage personalized learning with authentic choices. Students can become content creators using a suite of tools at their disposal, including the hundreds of apps available in our Embed the Web library!

"What to Do When Your Flipped Classroom Flops” — edSurge

Many of you might be able to relate to the experience this teacher-turned-edtech consultant dealt with when she first flipped her class. See how she remedied the situation. If you’re using Haiku Learning, a page dedicated to understanding flipped learning may be helpful to introduce students as well as parents, and include Carol Dweck’s TED talk that's mentioned here.

Subscribe to the Haiku Learning blog to keep up with other news and stories like this from Haiku Learning.

Subscribe Now

10 Things You Should Know About Customer Service at Haiku Learning

Our client services team

It’s National Customer Service Week, and we just couldn’t end the week without acknowledging our award-winning Client Services team! Yes, award winning — see #10!

So, we thought we’d take the time to acknowledge all the fantastic work they do for the company — and especially the over 2.5 million Haiku Learning users across the globe!

1. They offer best practices for your school’s initiatives.

Our Community Specialists provide strategic advice for new and existing schools on how to maximize the benefits of using Haiku Learning, depending on your school’s needs. Is project-based learning your thing? All about standards-based grading? They are your go-to guides for unlocking all the possibilities Haiku Learning offers you and your school.

2. They tailor training to your needs.

Our Trainers deliver Haiku Learning training in a format that best suits your needs and budget: in person or virtually. And for those who prefer self-service, they’ve recently built our popular “How-To” classes for students, teachers, and parents!

Our How To class for Teachers
Here's a glimpse into a How-to class that Client Services created for Teachers.

3. They’re lightning quick at responding to your tickets.

Our Support Specialists are your problem solving first responders. Found a pesky bug? Something not looking or working the way it should? These guys hop on tickets like it’s nobody’s business. While we can’t promise every solution will be quick (most of them are), you’ll never feel ignored.

Customer Testimonial

4. They keep all your most important tools and systems connected.

Life is easier when all your systems speak to each other right? Our Integrations Specialists lay out the quickest & easiest options to import data from your SIS into Haiku Learning, connect your domain with third party applications, and provide assistance for any related integrations questions that come up along the way.

5. They create great content that addresses your most common questions.

In addition to their primary responsibilities, everyone on the Client Services team writes the help articles and creates the tutorial videos that fill up our our trusty Knowledgebase.

6. They blog to help facilitate professional development.

Some of our team members occasionally write blog posts on their area of specialty. For example, Justin blogs about standards-based grading all the time! Subscribe to our blog to keep up with their great tips and tricks!

Customer Testimonial

7. They are active on social media to provide timely updates.

Client Services team members check in on social media like Twitter and Facebook to keep you in the know with updates, issues and new release notes, and they respond to pressing questions about the platform as quickly as they can!

8. They want you to interact with other educators.

Client Services is really excited about our new Community Forum, where teachers and administrators can share ideas, tips, and best practices, and ask questions of their peers. If you’re an expert, share your knowledge to help others grow. If you’re new to Haiku Learning, get some answers from your trusted peers. Welcome to the community!

9. They serve as customer advocates for new ideas.

They’re always monitoring our Feedback Forum, where Haiku Learning users voice their great ideas for new features they’d love to see in our platform. Folks in Client Services speak up (loudly!) for your ideas, passion, and needs with our product team. Check out a blog post about one such idea that they championed from a customer!

10. And...they are award-winningly good!

What? Yes, it's true! Last year, our very own Client Services team won the prestigious Stevie Award for Customer Service Department of the Year — Computer Service. Yup, they're that good!

Whew...that doesn’t even cover all the great things they do for our schools, but hopefully it gives a glimpse into all the great help they provide you when you need it!

Subscribe to our Blog

EdTech Weekly News Roundup - October 02, 2015

news image

Being an educator means you probably have very little time to read the news during the week. Here are some interesting edtech articles from this past week that you might find useful.

"America, the Edtech Savvy: EdSurge Launches Second Annual 'Fifty States Project'” — edSurge

For a second year, edSurge is running their Fifty States Project, in which they publish articles by educators in each state, showcasing their stories of "supporting learning with technology." Haiku Learning educators should definitely submit something because we know you’ve got some great work going on!

"Online Professional Development: Beyond PLCs and PLNs” — Edutopia

This author suggests that schools use standards to help guide teacher professional development, the same way schools do with students. He also includes an “imagined” case study of a teacher and what the ideal PD could look like.

"Helping Students Become Better Online Researchers” — Edudemic

Lots of recommendations and curated resources here! There are helpful sites like the Kentucky Virtual Library and the Google A Day Challenge, as well as links to sample lessons.

"Smart List: 55+ Great Blogs & Blasts” — GettingSmart

The first of about 20 ‘Best of’ lists to come from GettingSmart in the next couple months. This is especially a great list if you’re new to blogging and looking for a place to get started. For everyone else, there are some sites you’re probably well aware of and others that may be fun for you to discover!

"Seven Essential Chrome Extensions for Teachers and Students” — Tech & Learning

A teacher spent part of his summer developing a list of his favorite extensions that “make life easier” for both students and teachers. Discover extensions for tools like Save to Drive and Readability.

Subscribe to the Haiku Learning blog to keep up with other news and stories like this from Haiku Learning.

Subscribe Now

App of the Week: PrimaryPad

app of the week image

In this weekly blog, our own Emily Jeanes gives readers the lowdown on web apps that educators can use inside Haiku Learning. Emily is the very first Haiku Learning Sales Engineer. Edtech ninja, sci-fi writer, and proud transfer from our award-winning Client Services team, she brings with her a passion for researching, playing with and integrating awesome educational tools into Haiku Learning. Like Haiku Learning, she likes to think she plays well with others.

What is PrimaryPad?

From their site: PrimaryPad "is a web-based word processor designed for schools that allows pupils and teachers to work together in real-time."

In Haiku Learning: Use Embed the Web to embed the word processor PrimaryPad onto a Page, then watch as your students collaborate live, right in front of you, in color, and with revision history. I'd add more, but it's really that simple! And that's what makes it so great.

PrimaryPad embedded in Haiku Learning
Here's what PrimaryPad looks like embedded into a Haiku Learning content block.

  • Website: http://primarypad.com/
  • Price: Free Pads last 30 days, subscription is available
  • HTTPS? No
  • Account Required? No

How do I get the embed code?

When viewing your Pad, just click on the Share and Embed this Pad icon () then copy/paste the Embed URL listed. Create a new Embed the Web content block, and you're all set! As a head's up, this embed does use HTTP, so it will likely cause a mixed-content warning in some browsers, like Chrome and Firefox.

PrimaryPad embed code

Why should I try it?

Simplicity is one of the three goals at the heart of Haiku Learning, so it's always on my mind. PrimaryPad exudes simplicity like few other collaboration tools I've seen, letting students edit together in real time, without a bunch of other stuff to get in the way of their text. It is a digital notepad, where every student gets their own color of ink. And it embeds into Haiku Learning like a real-time, in-line, content block (you know, but with chat, highlighting, and other great stuff, too!).

The color highlighting and super-responsive design make it clear who is doing and contributing what. Anyone can save a moment in the revision process, but the Timeslider feature captures it all. Every edit. And you can play back the collaboration process like a little movie, watching everything come together. I'm thinking about using it just to track what changes I make as I write my own short stories and scenes!

Here's an example of the PrimaryPad TimeSlider in action.

With a free instant PrimaryPad, your collaborations stick around at the same url for 30 days, but you can also export the file in PDF, Word and even HTML format. Subscriptions are available, adding options like the ability to require Password access to view or edit a Pad, and grouping multiple accounts under one Admin. I'd love to see PrimaryPad in action enhancing a WikiProject. Are your collaboration gears turning, because mine are!

Until next time, embed ALL the things!

Don't miss Emily's next app review! Subscribe to the Haiku Learning blog to keep up with all the latest from Haiku Learning.

Subscribe Now

EdTech Weekly News Roundup - September 27, 2015

news image

Being an educator means you probably have very little time to read the news during the week. Here are some interesting edtech articles from this past week that you might find useful.

There's definitely a theme of professional development in this week's roundup!

"Where Principals Go to Get Schooled in Blended Learning" — edSurge

This article explores some of the new courses offered in different states to help school principals plan, implement, and become leaders of blended learning in their schools. It also delves into what international organizations like iNACOL are doing.

"What New Teachers Need to Know About PD” — Edutopia

Teachers can learn how apps like Instagram, Feedly, Twitter, and LinkedIn can help spur professional development in their own unique ways. Of course, we would substitute Haiku Learning for Google Classroom as a place for PLCs to collaborate and learn. In fact, after you read this article, read the one below about one teacher won an award for a PD class she created using Haiku Learning.

"Teacher-Created Professional Development: Meet the Winner of Our EdTech Award” — Haiku Learning

Monica Davis, a teacher at Westmark School in Encino, California, created a PD class for her peers using Haiku Learning and was the first recipient of our Innovation in Educational Technology Award. We interviewed her to learn why she took her approach to PD, what she learned from working with her professors and peers, and her tips for creating successful PD for teachers.

"Five Simple Steps To Edtech Dating” — edSurge

After spending a lot of time working with schools to help them find the right technology through edSurge’s EdTech Concierge process, edSurge staff writer Christine Quattrochi came away with five tips to a successful procurement strategy.

"Turning a Web Design Class Into a Small Business” — THE Journal

Talk about authentic learning! A computer tech teacher in Ohio had his students start a tech club that offered up web design, video production, and staff training to local businesses and nonprofits. The club has generated more than $14,000 in donations for its work! Learn how they did it, plus you also see this teacher’s top 3 tools for finding the best tools!

Subscribe to the Haiku Learning blog to keep up with other news and stories like this from Haiku Learning.

Subscribe Now