Libraries are undergoing change. Once a place of reference and page turning, the common library is growing into an exponentially connected space. A place, where all ages reach beyond the page, expanding out beyond computers and now, launching into Makerspace labs.

Makerspace is Commanding Attention One Creation at a Time.

United States and International Libraries are leading the trend of giving Makers… their Space. In the last few years, STEM Labs have been cropping up in Public and University libraries, proving Makerspace is more than a trend.

“In these future-focused libraries, students sip lattes while they do research in café-styled spaces, collaborate on group projects in glass-walled study rooms and move flexible furniture to suit their group and project needs.” – Ed Tech Magazine.

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We’ve been conditioned to stay quiet in the library.

Books covered shelves while whispers decorated silent sound. Today the transforming library will require 3D-printers, laser-cutting, fabrication, endless technology from green screens to online video capture tools available to record workshops, lectures, and courses with cameras and hardware to support creative endeavors while crafting on flexible furniture or using Dremel drills, sewing machines and a list that continues on and on.

Diana Rendina, Librarian and industry influencer, discusses “How to reimagine your library space and transform student learning,” immediately following the powerful American Association of School Librarian (AASL) conference, this November 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. Her session speaks to all facets of education, regarding libraries and elevated learning.

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As the Culture Grows, so do Libraries

Since 2014, the Library at University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, has featured a 3D Studio for Makerspace, supporting Makers, Hackers, DIYs and Hobbyists. One of the first of its kind, this library offers informative guides for innovation, to help lead the way for others.

Also in Tuscaloosa, AL the Bolden Weaver Public Library has Makerspace for kids 10+. They share ideas on their local website. View the projects they are doing.

Fairs and Competitions target the scene with ultra-creative ways to team up Labs, Makerspace and Libraries.

The Johnson County Library in Kansas bridges the gap between Events, Arts and more. Check out how they used a 3D lens to “orb” together two videos, making a live stream of their Maker Lab. Proving even in their video output, the Makers pushed creative boundaries!

Whether on the Public or University level, sharing developments through technology, via blogs and video helps support this growing culture commanding attention toward a collaborative way of learning.

Leadership from the Library – Key to New Digital Economy

Amongst all the buzz, typically teachers, professors, and volunteer mentors help oversee Makerlabs, with Library Branch Managers discovering new roles. While Libraries and Makerspace Labs are both seen as sites of informal learning, the complex nature of the result is catapulting the position leaders hold in the library.

Chief Education Evangelist, Jaime Casap “stressed that we are at the beginning of this new model, and librarians and teachers are at the forefront of its adoption. “Kids today have hundreds of libraries at their fingertips,” he says. “Librarians need to help kids navigate this information and use it correctly.”

“We need strong digital leaders, and libraries and librarians are key to this new digital economy.”

As a society, we are part of the transformative times for the future of how we learn together. The changing landscape of our libraries is a foundational place to share the leading edge of ideas. It seems librarians are far from fading out of a role with tools like Collaaj pioneering the shift to Type Less and Show More

Written by: Chelsie Foster @chelsiefoster 

@EdTech_K12 @AlabamaDHC @aasl @DianaLRendina  @tpl_weaver @amlibraries @jocolibrary @RodgersLibrary @jcasap

Colab: Kati Mac

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The popularity of Makerspace is undisputed. Deemed a “movement…” it’s become a staple in classrooms, homes, libraries and think-labs alike. “Challenges” are sweeping schools worldwide, with creative portholes like Pinterest booming with ideas.

Makerspace is Like Legos on Adrenaline

The “Maker Culture” is ever-present in children’s minds and hands. Students everywhere are championing the idea of getting busy creating anything their brilliant imagination can craft.

Is the Maker-Culture a trend, or is it here to stay?  

How does it collaborate with Technology?

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This weeks unfortunate headlining news reveals TechShop a popular DIY Fabrication Studio closed all 10 locations under chapter 7 bankruptcy.

They had a unique economically tied collaboration with ASU Chandler Innovation Center taking up 15,000sqft of location in their 35,000sqft Center for students and the community to collaborate and craft together.   

“TechShop’s vision was to develop a network of makerspaces, members, curriculum, standards, instructors, and learning that would fuel the birth of new technologies, products, jobs, and companies.”

If an unmatched STEM scholarship fundraiser for $1.3Million doesn’t raise an eyebrow to this growing demand, what will?

Makerspace is Commanding Attention

Kindwhile, Pinterest, the world wide webs ultimate “catalog of ideas,” ranks over 11 million hits per week and is literally flooded with Makerspace projects. “Makers,” do-it-yourselfers, and dedicated You-Tubeists share ideas while overlaying invention, tinkering, solving, creating, playing, discovery and imagining science, technology, engineering and math into our lives.

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Places Journal notes how Makerspace bends toward a New Civic Infrastructure. “The potential for makerspaces is high. In America there are almost 120,000 libraries, 2,600 YMCA’s and 1,100 community colleges, most of which provide education and access to shared resources.”

Even a vast majority of U.S. libraries report an influx of interest and searches in this phenomenal learning crossover. Will libraries start featuring Makerspace labs? Will they blend with computer stations? ProQuest discusses library influence.

That said, here is what the Public Library Association has to say about why they are taking a stand acknowledging the impact of Makerspace within libraries, as well as the influence it’s having on technology. 

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Legos have long been deemed one of the original inspirations for this culture. Claiming to use the power of Maker to enable playful learning experiences, with activities for grades 3 and up.

Our friends over at The George Lucas Foundation and Edutopia.com featured the Top 20 Technologies and Tools in Makerspace Middle Schools.

Although some consider the Maker Movement in its infancy of development, we’re seeing competitions and contests underway, worldwide. The Instructables Community Makerspace Contest 2017 was extremely well-received.

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Makerspace is rapidly becoming the ultimate mental soup of learning and everyone is devouring it.

Despite TechShop’s closure this week, their mission has opened the path for the Makerspace culture to louden their voices for a growing demand that is proving its value and worth.

Check out makershare.com where they feature how beginners and aficionados of Makerspace can find resources for school, projects, tech-based learning and more. Or check out code.com and their featured student projects, all based on the Makerspace movement – In many cases, 8 year old’s are designing Apps and games. Can you believe it?

Stay tuned as we encourage and support the growing Maker community capture their creative process and share their findings through a video culture that is educating and training our future to Type Less and Show More.

Written by @chelsiefoster

@collaajcorp @codeorg @EntrepreneurASU @instructables @kjarrett @LEGO_Education @ALA_PLA @ProQuest @PlacesJournal @techshop

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Colab: Kati Mac

Earlier this week, we discussed the problems facing American teachers and students in today’s education system. Today we will discuss potential solutions emergent from tech enterprises, and how the industry helps to alleviate teacher and student stress.

TECHNOLOGY MAKES INROADS

Deliberation in Washington and on social media has little direct effect on the student-teacher relationship, or on the problems both groups face. “EdTech” companies are now stepping in to address some of the issues plaguing teachers, and the products they bring serve as a boots-on-the-ground remedy to a host of problems.

More and more, teachers are using technology to reduce the time they spend working outside the classroom, and for good reason: that time is typically unpaid, despite the fact that it accounts for nearly a quarter of their total work hours.

Learning Management System (LMS) platforms are usually the foundation of choice for Higher Ed. More recently, school districts have begun to provide access to such school-sanctioned LMS tools like Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle, Schoolagy, Notebowl; and many K-12 schools have adopted Google Classroom. These tools help to streamline the student-teacher relationship by conveniently managing homework, quizzes, discussions, and grading.

Video Capturing and recording tools like Collaaj easily integrate into LMS platforms and allow teachers and students to host lectures, personal instruction, and “how to’s” – or to tutor their students from home.

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Teachers can also scan hundreds of pages of student work for plagiarism via web services like Turnitin – all with the objective of reducing stress and communicating with students more effectively.

Wedding Technology to Education Benefits Students as Well

Automated computational services like WolframAlpha instantly solve complex math problems and give step-by-step explanations to the user. Google Drive allows students to collaborate on group projects without ever leaving home, and phone apps like Tasker allow them to manage their workload priority and school schedules with ease. Even hardware like the Kindle and Nook alleviate the burden of carrying a half-dozen textbooks from the bus stop to class.

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THE WAY FORWARD

Educational Institutions of any size that invest in technology are improving the learning experiences of students and streamlining the often-cumbersome task of teachers to build curricula. And the price that schools and taxpayers pay for this technology will always be preferable to the price our society pays for the ills of our education system.

Students today are at risk of falling behind in the globally competitive job market. We must equip teachers and students with the tools they need to develop employable skills. In many ways, there is no more important profession. The ability to supplement daily life with useful technology is rapidly becoming an imperative skill set for today’s job seeker.

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Just as water takes the path of least resistance, students and teachers naturally seek ways to reduce their workloads. And with the advent of educationally friendly technology and digital services, the way forward seems clear: EdTech can play a critical role in improving the student-teacher dynamic, and potentially the entire educational system in our country.

In short, the problems of student burnout and teacher attrition are best approached from multiple angles. But while deliberation on how to fix robot culture takes time, some aspects of technology can provide relief now.

Written by: Troy Scott

@CanvasLMS @Blackboard @moodle @notebowl 

@OnTheHub @Wolfram_Alpha @collaajcorp @EdTech_K12

Colab: Kati Mac

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Long have the studies descended upon us through newspapers and blogs: teachers in the US are overworked and underpaid, sometimes shockingly so, and their students suffer for it.

A Whopping 82% of American teachers felt their workload was “unmanageable,” with 75% declaring that the lack of work-life balance had a serious impact on their mental health.

Similarly, a poll of approximately 4,300 students from top-ranked high schools found that a majority feel overworked, with fewer than 1% responding that they experienced no stress in managing their workloads.

Again and again, surveys of both students and teachers reflect a culture of excessive work and little sleep.

Verily, the attrition rate of teachers within their first five years is a stunning 8%  – five points above the national average. This number leaps to 17% in low-income schools or schools with at-risk young people. Sadly, teachers spend nearly a decade and often in-debt themselves preparing for a career in helping children. But when they arrive, they find dire financial straits and a lack of administrative support.

Despite the increases in this shared workload over a course of decades, the American education system has little to show for it.

Currently, the US ranks at or near the bottom of thirty-five industrialized nations in Science, Math, and Literacy, as observed in this year’s Pew Research study, and does not appear to be making significant gains in any category.

In some cases, the system reflects a downward trend but initiatives like the STEM Ecosystems Initiatives National Community of Practices is working with 27 chosen communities across the United states to shift that change.

Students are also Feeling the Pinch

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Their currency is time, and they spend it more and more in attempts to maintain grades that will afford them bright futures. The standard seven-hour school day does not include commute time, extra-curricular activities, tutoring, group projects, and mountains of homework that stretch the pupil’s work time into the wee hours.

A 2014 study of 9,000 high school students found a strong correlation between later school-start times and lower instances of depression, use of caffeine, and even less frequent use of recreational drugs.

For many people, from parents at home to politicians in Congress, the educational landscape of our country appears rather bleak.

So what can we do about it? Let’s discuss the potential solutions to this growing crisis – and the tech industry’s role in them!

Stay tuned for part two of “Robot Culture” coming out later this week! 

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Written by: Troy Scott

@collaajcorp @Conserve_CA @pewresearch @guardian @StanfordMed @nyusteinhardt @NPR

 

Collaaj EdTech Road-Trip Wrap-Up

This Fall, we hit the road to pound pavement in the Education world, sharing all things Lecture-Capture for Collaaj – the innovative  Type Less, Show More tool.

First stop was CanvasCon at the WPI campus in Worcester, MA (near Boston) aligning with East Coast education greats. Discussions were lead about through the interactive education forum, addressing educators needs, developments and an overall approach to growing digital literacy in classrooms and platforms.

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Our friends at CanvasCon always put together a powerful event, offering a comfortable, informative, witty and fun experience. Prior to arrival, a featured blog from Canvas highlighted the forecast to current topics in Edu-culture. For example: Ed Tech is talking, are you listening?  Back in June, we also attended the Midwest version of this edu-colab, at the Indiana IUPUI Conference held at the downtown Indianapolis Museum of Art / Newfields and historic Oscar McCulloch school, making our Collaaj travel schedule officially nationwide! 

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Collaaj was in great company alongside influencers of Education and Technology.  Each brand well-represented in the Product Lounge with demos and brainy conversation. iSeek, Notebowl and DigiExams became immediate show friends given their excellent products and following the EDUCAUSE bandwagon.

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Next stop was Philadelphia for all things EdTech at the annual EDUCAUSE Conference convening the best thinking in higher education, IT and elevating the impact overall.  

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The agenda kicked off with a dynamic keynote speech from Japanese American theoretical physicist, futurist, and popularizer of science, Michio Kaku.

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He opened the room with a few jokes, then boldly quoted Yogi Berra: “Prediction is awfully hard to do, especially about the future.” His speech set the tone for the event… Computers will disappear, and the internet will be everywhere and nowhere, like electricity, he said. VR glasses and 3D printers give us a tiny birds-eye view to where technology is headed. But adamantly, he claims teachers will never be replaced by robots. An interesting spin, considering all previous anxiety in the Teachers + Tech realm. As we are seeing, there is an integral relationship between the two that opens new platforms for showing our understanding of what we learn. I heard directly that Video Capture was high on the list of tools used at EDUCAUSE. 

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On the showroom floor, people were bustling around in a coffee-infused beehive mode, darting between speaker sessions and demos at booths for all education pioneers. The energy was electric, positive and super productive. We were standing shoulder-to-shoulder with like-minds of StartUp Alley, amidst many new innovators and creative products. We enjoyed rubbing shoulders with our powerful partners like Kaltura,  and Ensemble Anthem and seeing what the Canvas crew predicted for the future. 

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Nibletz.com covered the event live from downtown Philly, with our very own Kat Mac discussing all the countless features and affiliations built-in to Collaaj’s platform. Thanks Nibletz! Check it out:

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This conference showed its strength with non-stop sessions from leaders, trailblazers and worldwide talents from education and technology.  That said, a literal favorite, futurist and digital literacy superhero, Bryan Alexander, gave an excellent session. He broke down the laws of literacy, technical + social capacities related to literacy as well as how these findings stack-up to universal, creative and disciplined literacy, all of which compound the new realities of how products like Collaaj enter the digi-conversation.

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The takeaway is we’re honored to have discussed and shared Collaaj with EdTech elites and the best of the best at EDUCAUSE and CanvasCon. We look forward to getting back on the road in 2018 to launch our next innovative stream of thought. 

Don’t forget to sign up for a FREE 30 day free trial before Cyber Monday to go in the draw for our GoPro product giveaway! 

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That’s an official road-trip wrap for Collaaj, powering HigherEd one screen at a time.

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Collaaj continues to be the leader of capture tools allowing for anytime, anywhere videos to be quickly uploaded offering an engaging viewer experience through our interactive learning journey player. Record up to three cameras while capturing and indexing a PPT or screen.  Capture a lesson, training, course, lecture, how to, vlog, and so much more!

Written by @chelsiefoster

@iseek_ai @notebowl @AmazonEdu @examity  @intellify @nibletztweets @Canvascon @educause  @BryanAlexander ‏  @michiokaku

STEM.

What is STEM? Teachers and Educators know… but the vast majority of the public isn’t clear on the intricacies which create our education system at large, in today’s world.

As our education collective undergoes massive change, we take time to recognize many different areas of budding education, finding itself welcoming undisputed development.  

STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of students in four common and specific disciplines. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The approach relates to more than one branch of knowledge, applied strategically. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.

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Establishing a MakerSpace in the classroom inspires students to create a planning tool which results in critical thinking, and STEM related project, often crossing over into technology such as recording one’s learning  using a tool like Collaaj to showcase understanding or share their findings. A step-by-step process has been designed to for Students to streamline their decision making;

  1. Define the Problem
  2. Use Empathy and Perspective Taking
  3. Idea Generation
  4. Sketch Design
  5. Build Prototype – Text – Refine
  6. Feedback from the User
  7. Final Reflection
  8. Share Out : The goal of the design thinking process is sharing learning out to a broader public. This is typically done by sharing documentation of learning and final reflections through social media.

That said, a compelling change has entered the scope of education with specific regard to STEM.

Science, Engineering, Technology & Mathematics: Throughout history the United States has been the leader in these fields, however, recently fewer students have been focusing on these subjects.

“According to the U.S. Department of Education, only 16 percent of high school students are interested in a STEM career and have proven a proficiency in mathematics. Currently, nearly 28 percent of high school freshman declare an interest in a STEM-related field, a department website says, but 57 percent of these students will lose interest by the time they graduate from high school.”  www.livescience.com 

Supporting this theory, countless programs have developed to encourage K-20 students to stay engaged. Previous political campaigns supported STEM learning as well as many after school programs, individual programs, libraries, community-driven collaborations and more established to uphold the standard.

Case Story: Twenty-seven chosen communities across the United States are demonstrating strong cross-sector collaboration, selected for the initial cohort of the STEM Ecosystems Initiatives national Community of Practice.

STEM Learning Ecosystems provide the cross-sector learning such programs thrive on.

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Such systems are a great example of how communities are working hard to support a creative cross-over to an age-old education standard. Offering a key platform for national and regional peer-to-peer professional learning network for communities to share information and expertise. Members of the community help shape agendas for collaboration across the country.

STEM Ecosystems established around the U.S. prove the outcry for STEM engaged projects, and learning. Such projects elevate students and the education collective alike. 

The “Design Thinking Process” (mentioned above) adds an additional spin on this layered subject, encouraging a critical thinking process for STEM. Students then apply cohesive STEM learning principles to technology.

EdTech update reports: Design thinking is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, conceiving original ideas, lots of experimentation, and sometimes building things by hand. The projects teach students how to make a stable product, use tools, think about the needs of another, solve challenges, overcome setbacks and stay motivated on a long-term problem. The projects also teach students to build on the ideas of others, vet sources, generate questions, deeply analyze topics, and think creatively and analytically. Many of those same qualities are goals of the Common Core State Standards.” What Does ‘Design Thinking’ Look Like in School? 

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Ultimately, the over/under on STEM is widening the scope between hands-on learning and virtual learning. As this process continues to unfold, the opportunities are limitless.

Here at Collaaj, we bridge the gap between hands-on learning and tech. Featuring the ultimate cool tool for an impactful learning journey for blended, flipped and mirroring your findings and understanding of a subject. We acknowledge the process and encourage you to incorporate video along the STEM path for effective learning. 

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Written By: Chelsie Foster

@collaajcorp LiveScience @jackiegerstein @EdTech 

 

Lately it’s common to hear people refer to their electronic devices as “intelligent, smart, or just, “ask Siri,” as though our devices carry a  personality all on their own… We’ve become digital citizens in a world usefully dominated by tech — This fact opening a new tier of conversation of AI (Artificial Intelligence), in whole.  

Digital Literacy, by basic definition, “Is the set of competencies required for full participation in a knowledge society. It includes knowledge, skills, and behaviors involving the effective use of digital devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop PCs for purposes of communication, expression, collaboration and advocacy.”

Classrooms today value Digital Literacy in a way different from the basic ritual of checking your personal Facebook page or Instagram feed. Education dive.com names 5 trends in literacy education for this year.  

Cutting a little deeper, students and teachers have the ability to find use in digital technology, communication tools or networks to locate, evaluate, use and create information. Socio-emotional literacy is a full expressive expansion of the various forms of this language. Tactile learning, personalized learning, representative text, media literacy, and overall instruction, bullet-pointing the landscape.

This new aspect avails vast opportunity to the overall scope of technology, education and digital literacy in its most compelling forum – Schools.

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“The work and commitment required for developing an integrated approach to literacy teaching and learning in the secondary subject areas is enormous, requiring conceptual changes in our definitions, cultural changes in our practices, and structural changes in the enduring institutions of the secondary school and secondary teacher education. – A in-depth report : Foregrounding the Disciplines in Secondary Literacy Teaching and Learning : A Call for Change

Reproducing content and allocating reappropriation, is the heart of this skill. Teachers and students alike today, have a new challenge in addition to common learning. The actual art of learning requires this defined application of, Digital Literacy.

Use cool tools that make learning accessible for a Digital Literate Campus.

Grasping ‘digital information literacy’, and ‘media literacy’ is another facet to this current language. In fact, leaders have defined a context to the fluency by definition as “Digital Information Fluency” (DIF) Students use technology to communicate and collaborate in order to enhance learning on all levels.

“The expansion of the Internet and other platforms of digital communication have opened up new dimensions and opportunities for collaborative learning and information sharing in various forms, as learning communities, discussions and chat rooms.” – Research Gate

Simply stated, Digital Literacy relates to a person who is responsible for how they utilize technology to interact with the world around them.

“Digital citizenship has stepped into the forefront of a modern-day education.” – Ed Tech Magazine. 

Tech giant Google heeded the call by partnering with experts for internet campaigns and integration of protocol, inspiring and educating students on how to best act on the internet. Dovetailing this mission, teachers equally activated by incorporating technology in countless ways, resting long-standing debate between teachers and tech. Following trending campaigns and opportunities to integrate tech are in the forefront. – EdTech Magazine 

LMS platforms integrated with capture tools like Collaaj provide intelligent, smart technology for a Digital Campus built for the “busy constraints” of today’s world.

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One thing is for certain. Our collective Digital Literacy is paramount in our Sociology, specifically how it relates to America’s classrooms, teachers and students.

Here at Collaaj, we take pride in being a part of establishing the forefront of this frontier.

Collaaj Video Capture is an anytime, anywhere Presentation, Lecture Capture Tool, but is proving to be a diverse Digital Campus tool that is creating short “How To’s” or FAQ videos that get your students and online users up to speed and digitally literate in nearly real time.

Instantly start creating a Digital Literate Campus using Collaaj.

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Written by Chelsie Foster  

#edtech #Collaaj #digital #literacy

@collaajcorp @EdTech_K12 @ResearchGate @EducationDive

 

Collaaj is THE leader in Video Capture. Get to know why millions are choosing our application! We’ll be LIVE & Direct at a few in-trade shows this fall starting next month at CanvasCon WPI and soon after in Philly at EDUCAUSE on November 1.

Come check out the cool tools schools are using to impact the learning journey while streamlining technology that teachers and students are embracing.

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Visit us in person or participate in one of our online webinars, or get jiggy with it on social.

TELL ME HOW TO WIN A FREE GoPRO with COLLAAJ

In the spirit of all things EdTech and Lecture-Capture, it’s super easy to be a lucky winner of a new GoPro just in time for the Holiday season.

Here are the multiple ways to enter the “GoPro with Collaaj” contest. You can also use this link to sign up and learn more. 

*1 ENTRY = Sign up for a FREE 30 day trial of our education or enterprise plan before Cyber Monday, aka the Monday after Thanksgiving.

*1 ENTRY = Visit us at EDUCAUSE and register at our booth which will be smack dab in the middle of the event at Start Up Ally, booth G6. We look forward to hearing what you plan on using your GoPRO for.

*1 ENTRY = Follow or Like one of our social media pages twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn and post the following message on one of our social platforms: @collaajcorp I want to win the GoPRO! #edtech

*2 ENTRIES = share a short video (under 1 min) created from the Collaaj application on our twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn page telling people why you should win the GoPRO.

*5 ENTRIES = Sign up for an Education or Enterprise Plan before Cyber Monday.

*1 ENTRY = Plan on being at CanvasCon WPI on October 20th inWorcester, MA? If so, come grab another entry to be that much closer to winning. This event has already happened.

*1 ENTRY = Attend our LIVE webinar in collaboration with Canvas Partner Day, Tuesday, October 17 at 1:15pm PST. Teachers Embracing Technology & Impacting the Learning Journey This event has already happened.

So what are you waiting for….get yourself active and start today by signing up for a free trial or enter by following or liking our social pages and let us know you want to win the GoPRO!

Also, don’t be shy, come and say hi to Kati Mac and Chelsie Foster who will be holding down the fort at CanvasCon WPI and EDUCAUSE.

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Kati Mac – Head of Sales and Marketing       Chelsie Foster – Social Marketing Director

Collaaj is a multi-stream video capturing tool that is simple to use, featuring a powerful end viewer experience. Teachers, students and business colleagues can produce their own learning journey, enabled by the ability to record screen/ppt and up to three camera inputs into one single video. Quickly develop flipped learning videos on the fly.

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*note, each entry counts one time for that action. Only one users per action will be counted. If you take action on each entry, you can go in the draw for a total of 12 entries. This will increase your chance of winning. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, November 28 on our social media channels.

Written by Kati Mac

Collab with Chelsie Foster

@collaajcorp @WPI @CanvasLMS  @educause @GoPro

Mexico City, 7.1 earthquake tragic on all fronts- how can we help support education for kids going through difficult times, while upholding a standard of learning?

“Students in Mexico have characteristics, needs, and lifestyles that are very different from those in more developed countries. This makes the task of obtaining results like those in more developed countries like Sweden, a very difficult job.”

Mexico is following the footsteps of European countries like Sweden by providing each child in their country access to a free tablet, in an effort to develop effective learning strategies. In fact, $63 million was recently invested in the project. Regardless, the learning curve for technology proved to be the most important factor.

Simple yet Powerful Video Capturing tools like Aldea Screencast’s Spanish version works great on tablets to quickly and effectively communicate, share and learn during destructive and disruptive times. As we are seeing in Mexico, and across the world like the disaster from Houston, Irma, US fires and many other global tragedies that are causing educational disruptions to our children’s lives.

Aldea Screencast offers a simple yet innovative and creative way that supports student connection and engagement. Their simple to use yet powerful video recorder serves a large growing demand for video capture in the 30 Latin countries that speak Spanish and Portuguese.

Recording lessons anytime, anywhere is indefinitely a powerful tool for students. Receiving feedback, providing substitute lessons, or capturing a lesson on how to use other technology like LMS platformsstimulates learning in cultures eager for education, an essential factor in education engagement and retention.

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Content vs. Technology

Churning out fresh, new, informative content is yet another factor which we recognize as a crucial part of learning. As other cultures embrace technology, we all stand to benefit from the cross pollination of different languages, new outlooks, approaches and styles of learning.

Instantly record a webcam, screen, voice or all three so teachers, students and coworkers can communicate, share, teach and learn by creating courses, quick training videos or simply Type Less and Show More.

Make a digital handshake with our Aldea Screencast partner while celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by helping out in anyway you can with the ongoing and long return to a settled country. You can check out these two sources the NYT and PBS put out on where to donate.

Viva Mexico!

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Written by: Chelsie Foster & Kati Mac
@collaajcorp @TIME @NewsHour @nytimes @UXPA_Int

The ongoing debate of Teachers vs Technology has indefinite credence due to this sustained and hearty rift. Last week, we discussed the over/under on the dispute, landing on a potential solution. Teachers vs Technology, V1 – It begs the argument:

Perhaps the fear of Teachers being replaced by Technology is in vain.

Will there be a harmonious balance? 

And finally, how is it being received overall? 

Technology always manages to reinvent itself, demanding attention when it enters a new space. Inside Higher Ed begs a similar scope on this complex issue. “Why Digital Technology is to Higher Ed what Electricity was to Manufacturing”

It’s likely that an excellent Teacher in 2017 or 2025 will have a much grander scope of technology. In their scholarly bag of tricks, they’ll have more to pull from.  Going beyond lectures and the chalkboard, the educator is seen also as a facilitator, moderator, guide, mentor, expert, connoisseur, and personality in the eye of all students. This modern teacher will incorporate technology in fresh new spaces – literally inventing fresh venture to the destination, as they go.

That said, maybe the rift lies in the hands of teachers themselves. Our friends at eschoolnews agree, discussing the narrative of artificial intelligence and beyond. “Why we need to change the teacher vs. tech narrative”  

Can we trust teachers to make great choices for the future of technology?

Our new sphere arrives with fresh terms for technology and learning, all becoming commonplace.  Flipped Learning – Blended – HigherEd – FutureReady – EdTech, just to name a few. 

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As this immediate school year dawns before the nation, we take notice of the sheer command technology has brought to the teacher-classroom-education space. And with great interest, it seems to be obvious that teachers still hold their ground as they always have, over time. The personality of tomorrow’s teacher, will always be paramount.

Mississippi’s Cathedral High School found it’s students incorporating the flipped classroom during a science lab experiment. “New program brings excitement to the classroom” 

Students are encouraged to utilize technology in the classroom for countless skills. Secure Edge Networks name the Top 10 reasons students need tech in the classroomIncluding career preparation, technology integration, collaboration, digital citizenship skills, engagement, opportunities for the future and more, just to name a few…

All of this validates why the issue of Teachers vs Technology continues to enter the conversation – and the classroom. From enterprise, to school funding, socioeconomic factors to “technology rich” schools, no doubt about it, while EdTech surges forward, this multi-faceted presence reaches far and beyond the teacher and the classroom.

“The best teachers will use technology in the classroom as part of an expanding toolkit, and hopefully they’ll see the benefits of smarter technology in the form of reduced clerical work”The Guardian 

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The day we see a shiny robot leading the lecture may not be too far off, but for now we’d like to tip our earbuds to the teachers of the world. Technology is our friend, whereas teachers are a best friend. It’s providing an opportunity for teachers to save time doing the tedious, making more time for the important. Actual face time between students and teachers has always been the secret sauce, and this crucial exchange will indefinitely prevail.

Arizona’s ASU is prepping the college-going culture in a rural AZ high school. Julie Young, deputy Vice President and CEO of ASU Prep Digital, makes note:  ‘When Young first became involved with digital education in 1996, access to the internet was via dial-up. Now it’s a critical component to lifelong learning” —  “We believe that for students to be career, college, and life-ready, they need to know how to learn in this environment,” she said. “When they graduate from high school, whether they decide to become a mechanic, a chef, a real estate agent or a Wall Street banker, they will be continuing their education online. It’s a life skill.” — ASUNow

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In weeks prior, we discussed how Houston’s devastating hurricane brought additional havoc to the the nation, and specifically the education system at large, only to be hit by two more in Florida and beyond. In some cases, technology could prove useful for students and teachers without school in session. As the areas rebuild, potential remote lesson plans, chat rooms and tech labs may prove helpful. Yet, another way tech can help teachers and students overall.

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Written by Chelsie Foster

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