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Game Based Learning Challenge

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  • WANTED: Adventurous K-12 educators across the Globe willing plunge into the world of collaborative, game based learning for the upcoming school year. The pay is terrible; the rewards unimaginable! Contact us to learn more.

Connect 2014 Contest

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Screen Shot 2014-03-30 at 3.10.32 PMConnect 2014 is Canada’s National Learning and Technology conference, taking place this year in Niagara Falls on May 8th and 9th. It’s where over 2000 attendees will meet to explore how technology can be used to enhance teaching and learning. Needless to say, we thought we had something to add to the conversation, so we’ll be there exhibiting and presenting in May.

But, as good fortune would have it, we managed to snag an extra ticket for the conference! Due to our well honed bug tracking abilities during the sign up process for the conference, the good folks at Connect offered us up a free ticket worth $250. This is where you come in!

As we ramp up for the event, we thought it could add to the excitement to run a contest for educators who might like to go to the event on our dime! What we’re looking for is for educators to add a comment to this blog post letting us know how you would use Answerables in your various educational settings: the classroom, ESL support, private tutoring, tutoring centre. Now, we’re not looking for white papers here, something longer than a tweet, but nothing more than a paragraph. Be as innovative as you like- those of you who have gotten to know Aswerables in the last little while know that there’s a whole LOT it can do!

We’ll be accepting comments as entries to the contest until Thursday, April 17th. Then we’ll spend the Easter weekend pouring over them and announce our lucky winner on Tuesday, April 22nd. And just so you know, the prize is the ticket to the event only, not accommodation. We’d offer to share a room but we snore ;)!

Looking forward to hearing what you have to say and seeing you in Niagara Falls at Connect!

Calling All EDUCATORS!

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Calling All Educators

Want to help shape the future of education?

Educators- let’s consider this is your official call to action…or, better yet, to Answerables!

We’ve spent almost 2 years now bringing this to life, creating a new way for us to use technology with our students. A new platform for us to share with them, work collaboratively with them, teach them how to navigate this new world of the Internet and truly claim their digital citizenship.

And now we’re calling on you to be a part of our first Educator Focus Group.

We want to show you what we’ve built and how you can use it. To put all of Answerables’ tools into your hands and then see what YOU come up with. Are you looking for a new way to tutor students remotely? Do you want a class portal unlike anything your students will have ever seen? Do you want to effectively scaffold the Internet experience your students receive through your lessons? Have you ever thought of running your own workshops for kids or colleagues?

The Educator Focus Group will meet in a series of themed and guided sessions in Answerables. These twice weekly sessions will cover a range of topics: ‘Collaborative Web Browsing with your Class’, ‘Remote Tutoring and Office Hours’, ‘Class Portals and your LMS’, ‘Document Sharing in the Cloud’, ‘Gamification and Edutainment’.

Consider it our early Christmas gift to you- PD you don’t have to pay for…and that actually may change the way you’ve been thinking about education for good.

Pretty bold? Ya, we know. We talk the talk. Come join us as we walk the walk :)

Be a part of our Educator Focus Group by leaving a comment here or through hello@nexed.ca, or sign up directly from your Answerables Dashboard under Upcoming Events.

 

More than Just a Princess

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‘Girls- to do the dishes / Girls- to clean up my room’ vs. ‘Girls- to build the spaceship / Girls to code the new app’….hmmmm, seems like a bit of a no-brainer to us, especially as fathers of sharper than tacks daughters, who wouldn’t go ANYWHERE near the bedrooms of The Beastie Boys.

In case you missed it, there’s been some hoopla about the use of a Beastie Boys song from the 80’s called ‘Girls’ by the folks at Goldieblox– who are aiming to ‘disrupt the pink aisle’ by ‘building games for girls to inspire future engineers’. Now, what the Beasties claim is ‘copyright infringement’, we here at NXHQ see as the ultimate in reclaiming a word and bringing it home to its rightful owners- the girls!!

We first saw the famous vid the morning we happened to have a meeting with NCWIT (The National Centre for Women in Technology).  We had met them over in Dublin at Web Summit 2013 and wanted to have a chat about bringing their first Canadian startup on board. And guess what? Goldiblox is one of their Entrepreneurial Alliance Members- and NOW so is Nexed!

In the end, lawsuits were then threatened and withdrawn by both sides, and Goldiblox (perhaps showing their gentler and ultimately wiser nature) has now switched up the music that sent their video viral. It’s still great, but really such a shame that it had to come to this. Wouldn’t you think that the Beasties might want to get some good karma back for their misogynist ways back in the day? Or MAYBE, just maybe this was all a brilliant marketing scheme by the Goldiblox-ers- who certainly seem like they have the brains to stay one step ahead of the Boys.

IF you want to see it in all its original, pink-aisle disrupting glory,  go check out:

 http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2013/11/19/goldieblox_commercial_rewrites_the_beastie_boys_urges_young_girls_to_pursue.html

Hope that doesn’t get anyone in any more trouble…but sometimes a little disruption is exactly what the princess ordered :)

 

 

 

A Few of the ‘Crazy Ones’

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This time last week we were at the Paris airport, scraping together our last few Euros for REALLY expensive ham sandwiches and getting ready to roar back home. Good times in Dublin and at Web Summit, and it’s taken this long to comb through all the business cards and re-connect with the folks we met over there.

There were over 800 startups in the Alpha Village (or ‘Startup Alley’, as one investor put it). And while we couldn’t chat with all of them, we did make a point of meeting up with as many of our fellow ed-tech-ers as we could.

Today’s blog was meant to be a ‘Top 10’…but we couldn’t narrow it down- so here’s a ‘Top 17’ list for your reading and browsing pleasure. In no particular order, of course…

CLOUDPAGE http://cloudpage.co  create and publish a ‘stand alone’ webpage

FRUGOTON http://frugoton.com iPad games for toddlers

GRADQUIZ http://www.gradquiz.com helping connect university grads with top notch companies

THOUGHTBOX http://www.thoughtboxlearning.net  creators of ‘gameful learning’ apps

GLOBED http://globed.co  e-learning solutions and childrens’ literature online

CAMARA http://camara.org using technology to improve the education of children in disadvantaged communities worldwide

EDUONGO http://eduongo.com   allows educators to create and launch their own online academy or programme and share with colleagues and students

BOOKBOON http://bookboon.com  download free eBooks and textbooks

IQPOLLS https://iqpolls.com  live web-based audience response service

CHOREMONSTER https://www.choremonster.com  making chores fun by engaging and rewarding kids through a suite of web and mobile apps

TYROCYCLE http://www.tyrocircle.com  a social learning platform for students and professors in post secondary education

EDSPIRE http://www.edspire.co.uk  a beautiful, inspiring and award winning blog born out of the tragic loss of a child

APON http://www.apon.com   gives educators the ability to transform print materials into interactive media and repackage it as a native app, all without the aid of programmers

EXAMTIME https://www.examtime.com  changing the way students learn by providing free study tools for students and teachers

CODERDOJO http://coderdojo.com volunteer led, open source, global movement of free coding clubs for young people

RIFFSTATION http://www.riffstation.com learn guitar chords and solos from any mp3 by slowing down, isolating and looping the guitar track

In the next few posts we’ll be showcasing some of these great companies and discuss how we’d like to partner with them using ANSWERABLES! If you know of an Ed-tech startup we haven’t mentined here that is helping blaze the trail, feel free to comment below.

 

 

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