Welcome to SmartBrief Education’s original content series about the unique stories of teacherpreneurs. These are the innovative individuals confronting challenges, creating solutions and bringing them to market. 

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”– Lao Tzu

I’ve always had an innate sense for helping others, a desire to assist and spring into action when an opportunity arises. Starting my career as a kindergarten teacher, there was no shortage of opportunities for helping. There was helping to build routines, helping to facilitate friendships, helping to thwart off homesickness, helping to tie shoes and zip coats and certainly helping to build foundational academic skills. The joy I found in teaching and learning was the ability to help these little minds develop, process and understand the world around them. What I had not anticipated was the amount of helping that would take place with my colleagues as my career continued as a classroom teacher. (read more…)

Every leadership expert supports the importance of having a mission and vision that everyone in the organization can rally around and use to support decision-making. But in today’s challenging world of education is that enough?

We all face dramatic budget constraints due to decreased revenues. Along with the fiscal pressures comes a renewed scrutiny from the public we serve. In this environment, we must be able to demonstrate that every dollar we are spending on technology is really making a difference for our students. Models exist to help us in this endeavor including CoSN’s Value of Investment (VOI), Dr. Reuben Puentedura’s SAMR, Koehler and Mishra’s TPACK, and BrightBytes Labs’ CASE. No matter which framework you use to make decisions and evaluate the progress and effectiveness of your program, it is absolutely critical that you are basing those critical decisions on solid data that can be clearly communicated to stakeholders to ensure continued support and investment. (read more…)

Beginning this month, SmartBlog on Education in collaboration with eCampus News will bring you monthly point/counterpoint-style blog posts about top issues in higher education. We kick off the content series with two experts’ thoughts on open access and scholarly publishing.

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digital literacySmartBlog on Education is shining a light on education technology innovations during May, exploring the latest products and tools and the hottest trends in ed-tech. In this blog post, we learn how education leader Fred Ende uses Voxer.

I’m sorry. I just can’t stop talking about how much I love Voxer.

Seriously, have I mentioned Voxer and how much I love using it?

I was first introduced to Voxer last spring, and at first, I thought of it as a handy Walkie-Talkie tool. It was easy to use, and it fit a need I had with my current phone (plus it was free), so I figured, why not?

But, it wasn’t until late summer, when a number of my colleagues and I found ourselves in a large Voxer group that the tool’s incredible worth became clear to me.

For those who haven’t yet had the opportunity to experience Voxer : Check it out. (read more…)

Pedagogical innovation and support has been a much discussed topic in academia, especially at this juncture, where an increasing number of universities are discussing what the university of the future should look like. The urgency of the world’s post-secondary education needs is moving faster than universities can keep up, and hence, new models of diverse scholarship not only have to be piloted, but also modeled for mainline pedagogy and scholarship.

Academic culture that endorses and supports an open and free exchange of information, ideas, and output has the potential to not just increase research, but transform the scholarship that is an outcome of that research. Open access, which provides unrestricted online access to peer-reviewed research, has been touted as a model that will reform the scholarly publications of the world, or at least of our country, since 2002[1].

Yet, despite this grassroots movement to promote open access by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) to build unprecedented opportunities to create an open access environment, promotion and tenure committees have been slow to adopt (if at all) the output of scholarship in open access models over the traditional monograph publishing. (read more…)