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Teaching Mobile App Development for Project Based Learning

Project based learning has been a staple in classrooms for decades. Educators have incorporated projects in the classroom to encourage critical thinking and problem-solving, skills that are important for college readiness. Can any project in the classroom be used in project based learning? The short answer is not so simple. Projects, of all shapes and sizes are great ways to …

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Community Engagement – Why Leveraging Mobile is Critical for Communication

Leading schools and school districts are reinventing how they are communicating with key stakeholders in their school communities. Here’s their secret…use mobile applications to reach parents, students, teachers, and school administrators in real-time. As mobile technology improves and speeds up our way of communicating, it makes sense that mobile applications are and will continue to be a critical channel of …

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HWMS CASE STUDY

SCHOOL BACKGROUND Haysville West Middle School is one of two middle schools in Unified School District 261 – Haysville Public Schools in Kansas. With 575 students in grade levels 6-8, the school opened on August 13, 2008.   THE CHALLENGE HWMS was looking to improve communication and increase parent and community engagement. The school saw challenges in improving attendance at parent-teacher …

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Introducing the MAD-store – Where Students’ Mobile Apps Come to Life!

With over 58% of teens using mobile apps everyday, it is no wonder that MAD-learn has become one of the most popular mobile app development programs in the Nation. At Crescerance, we’re empowering students, as young as the third grade, to become creators of technology and not just technology consumers. Our newly released MAD-store is a great reminder of the …

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5 Steps to Implementing a Computer Science Program at Your School

With the announcement of President Obama’s Computer Science for All Initiative, policy makers are calling on education decision makers, around the country, to take action to empower ALL students with the necessary computer skills they’ll NEED to succeed.In fact, over $4 billion in funding will be available for states and $100 million for school districts to make computer science programs …

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Why Having a Strong Community Matters

What does it mean to have a strong school community? The answer may vary, but one underlying theme would hold true: consistent communication is the foundation of a strong school community. Building a robust school community involves engaging several different key stakeholders, with differing objectives or points of view. Think of a school community much like an ecosystem. A social …

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Mobile App Development in the Classroom Can Boost Student Engagement Leading to Improved Testing Outcome

Does technology in the classroom really boost student testing outcomes? The jury is still out on this, but what has been proven is that the use of technology in the classroom does increase student engagement. Higher student engagement, does have a positive correlation with higher overall testing outcomes. For decades now, school districts and teachers alike have looked for innovative …