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Teachers should build their curriculum

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The transition into digital textbooks is actually aiming a higher goal than just bringing cost down. Let’s not make students “sit and get” when it comes to digital content, but instead, make them part of the engaging content assets, so do teachers.Looking back on year 2011, there are so many to talk about digital textbooks written by teachers and even students, these are some reviews. Why don't educators turn the digital transition into education revolution ?
http://www.classroom-aid.com/blog/bid/71726/Why-don-t-Teachers-Publish-T...

"Demand Side" Software Production

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We've engaged with an approach whereby "educators and students [are] not just...the consumers of education technology; they are also...the makers" for close to 3 years now. We collaborate with two kindergarten teachers and several pre-service teachers in building numeracy apps targeted to the particular learning needs that arise in our neighborhood kindergarten. Our apps are far from flashy, and they are not intended to hold mass commercial appeal, but they do respond directly to learning needs identified "on the ground" at our partnering elementary school, and the teachers themselves provide the ideas for what the apps should do. We simply build them in response to this localized "demand." Please visit our website (www.augustana.edu/numbersense) for more information about one model of Audrey's vision in practice. Like Audrey, we would like to see an expansion of this approach. The mobile app market seems to have laid a firm groundwork for this to happen on a larger scale.

Social Media Supervisor for ClassroomWindow.com

Educators do have a voice in

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Educators do have a voice in Education Reform. Please check out ClassroomWindow at classroomwindow.com or @Power2Teachers on Twitter. We are a new site created to give teachers a voice in how education products are developed, purchased, and implemented in the schools.

Like Yelp or TripAdvisor, ClassroomWindow empowers teachers to rate and review education products and services. The data teachers generate will change how districts purchase classroom products and how publishers and vendors develop materials.

6th Grade Teacher

I would have loved to have

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I would have loved to have participated in the Start Up weekend. I developed an app over the summer for my own use in the classroom: https://market.android.com/details?id=appinventor.ai_tloertscher.ClassTr...

I use it to track behavior and other things that I would otherwise be tallying on a clipboard. I wanted to be able to export and use the data and couldn't find a good app with that feature so took a crash course in making my own and it ended up working out and I started sharing it.

It really would be great to have educators, students, and other end users to be involved in the development of technologies that they will ultimately use. I think state governments should also get involved and put together teams to plan for technology implementation on large scales instead of all the disconnected initiatives I have often seen.

Chief Operating Officer, Francis Parker School, San Diego

We anticipate a game-changer

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We anticipate a game-changer in terms of how school money is allocated when we start to go BYOD next year. This is something that a lot of independent schools are taking a hard look at. It will leverage an resource that we have never had in the equation in the past: those computers that are sitting at home when the kids are at school. We spend on the order of $200K a year to keep our student laptops etc even marginally up to date. By increasing the number of student-owned devices that are used at school we will stop sending those dollars to Apple and Dell and re-direct them either to more in-class ed-tech support or to keeping the rate of tuition increases somewhat lower.

I know this equation does not directly translate to public schools, but there are parts of it that will. The idea that 10 years from now we are still going to provide some separate device for a student to use at school apart from what they live the rest of their life on is absurd, and we should not be spending dollars in that direction today.

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