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Frontier Writing Process Project Tracker

Posted by Maren McMullan

Kerry Wessinger, 5th grade teacher at Bethpage School District, displays where students are in the writing process of their Frontier projects on this tracker.

Without looking at her dashboard, she can get an at-a-glance view of their progress. When students finish one phase of their Frontier project, they move their clothespin to the next ice cream scoop.   

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Topics: #Frontier  Classroom Hacks

Glow & Grow Sentence Starters

Posted by Maren McMullan

Frontier teacher Kerry Wessinger from Bethpage School District uses a list of glow and grow sentence starters with her students. When students give feedback to their classmates on their Frontier projects, they use these stems - one glow and one grow - as inspiration. 

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Topics: #Frontier  Classroom Hacks

How School Districts Are Shaping the Edtech They Use

Posted by David Vinca and Tatum Travers

At eSpark Learning, we want to reimagine classrooms so that they’re student-centered, allowing students to succeed in school and in life. I’m really proud of our product that we have today, shaped in large part by the school districts we’ve partnered with over the years.

The trajectory of eSpark Learning has been marked by what I like to call “magic moments,” instances in which fearless educators and administrators have aligned with our team to work towards a vision in which every student, regardless of circumstance or background, has the opportunity to set and realize an ambitious dream.

Having just celebrated our company’s sixth anniversary, I reflected on a few of the magic moments that have pushed us to where we are today and exemplify the grit, innovation, and healthy skepticism of the district leaders we work with.

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Topics: Tech Education News  Education Technology

Nurturing the 4Cs with Creative Research Projects

Posted by Tatum Travers

In order to prepare students for the jobs of the future, teachers are eager for resources that contextualize math and ELA standards within their students’ world. Until now, there’s been a shortage of readily accessible activities and projects that allow students to creatively apply what they learn in school to answer the complex questions they’ll encounter in college and careers. To that end, school districts across the country are renewing the emphasis they place on the 4Cs—creativity, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration—by harnessing the power of differentiated instruction and classroom technology. Read on to find out how teachers are using Frontier, a new web-based program, to nurture these skills through creative projects about topics students care about.

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Topics: Tech Education News  Education Technology

Finding Innovation in Google Apps for Education

Posted by Tatum Travers

By 2020, Google Apps for Education is predicted to have over 110 million users, due in part to the ease with which districts can use Google’s free suite of tools to encourage classroom collaboration. But many districts are failing to tap into the more innovative uses of GAFE, missing opportunities to nurture creativity and critical thinking in students.


During a recent webinar, we asked educators to share the most innovative uses of Google Apps for Education that they’ve seen in their district. Here are highlights from what they shared.

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Topics: Tech Education News  Education Technology

Tapping into Creativity with Student Choice

Posted by Tatum Travers

In a recent TED Talk, Dr. Michael Nagler advocated for student-centered learning, saying, “If I give students choice in the work that they’re doing, then they’re more likely to be engaged and produce better products. Choice matters.” Students need to do more than master skills and standards in order to find success after graduation. Until recently, many educators felt that creativity, a defining attribute of many successful people regardless of their industry or educational background, couldn’t be taught in a classroom.

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Topics: Tech Education News  Education Technology

The Case for Curated Curriculum

Posted by Alyssa Kasanoff and Mary Gurley

As educators have come to realize that differentiation is an essential component of effective instruction, it’s become increasingly difficult for districts to settle upon a fixed curriculum that’s both engaging and leveled to each student’s individual needs.

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Topics: Tech Education News  Education Technology

ISTE 2016: Educational Equity, Lifelong Learning, and a Simpler Approach to Edtech

Posted by Tatum Travers

At the end of June, eSpark joined the thousands of district and edtech leaders headed to Denver, CO to meet innovative educators and discuss the current state of technology in schools. Over the course of the week, three themes dominated the conversation.

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Topics: Tech Education News  Education Technology