How to Implement New Educational Technology in the Classroom - Monica Burns

How to Implement New EdTech in the Classroom [Monica Burns Interview]

As educators look to teach and engage students using EdTech (educational technology), many turn to Monica Burns.

The Apple Distinguished Educator and founder of Class Tech Tips left teaching in New York to become a technology and curriculum consultant.

It’s been three years since she started her new career.

In that time, she has consulted at schools across the world and presented at conferences such as SXSWedu and EduTech. She also became a published author, writing about how to use QR codes and scannable technology in the classroom.


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20 Differentiated Instruction Strategies & Examples + Downloadable List

20 Differentiated Instruction Strategies and Examples [+ Downloadable List]

As students with diverse learning styles fill the classroom, many teachers don’t always have the time to plan lessons that use differentiated instruction (DI) to suit their distinct aptitudes.

This can involve adjusting:

  • Content The media and methods teachers use to impart and instruct skills, ideas and information
  • Processes The exercises and practices students perform to better understand content
  • Products The materials, such as tests and projects, students complete to demonstrate understanding


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Can Game-Based Learning Improve Standardized Test Scores?

When my co-founder and I started Prodigy, our goal was to get students as excited about learning math as I was about playing Pokemon as a child.  As teachers, you’ve likely seen this excitement in your own classrooms, but one overriding question keeps coming up – does all of this excitement lead to quantifiable improvements on standardized test scores?

To figure this out, we dug deep into data from one of our first districts, Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB in Ontario, Canada.  The data shows that highly active schools on Prodigy had 11.6% more students meeting standards on EQAO testing (Ontario’s standardized test) compared to the previous year.  This represents an 11.5% difference over inactive schools, which only saw a 0.1% improvement.


You can download the full whitepaper here:

There is also a short 2-page summary here:

Post written by Rohan Mahimker, Co-CEO Prodigy

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Prodigy’s Guide to Free Math Games

If you ask any member of the Prodigy team what we do, you’ll probably get a broken record response proudly declaring “we are building the world’s best math game!” But with an abundance of educational gaming options available, how does one decide which one is best for them? It’s no secret that there are hundreds of math games out there, many of which are fantastic and are changing the way students and teachers approach math. With the gamification of education becoming such a hot topic, it’s important to evaluate prospective programs before taking the plunge. (more…)

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