"Build Once, Learn Anywhere: Building eBooks and Other Digital Content
(Blended Learning for Mobile)"
with Heather Chirtea, from Digital Wish
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Digital Wish's Executive Director, Heather Chirtea, demonstrates a simple way to deliver blended learning to student mobile devices using the new eBuilder. The mobile eBuilder tool allows teachers to build digital eTextbooks, activities, and lesson plans with very simple drag-and-drop skills using a computer's browser. Digital content can be saved as an "app" and downloaded to any smartphone, tablet, iOS, Android, Kindle, Mac, or Win. As a bonus, all content is searchable by the Common Core Standards. Join this demonstration of the tool, sign up for your free creator account, and get started.
Ease-of Use - In practice, the eBuilder is so easy to use, that teachers with only the most basic computer skills can build rich content in minutes - combining text, video, weblinks, and quizzes, and delivering that content immediately to any student mobile device. The eBuilder is an absolute cornerstone for any school implementing Bring-Your-Own Device (BYOD) or Mobile Learning programs. Content is fluidly shared between teachers, and just as easily adapted and changed to meet the specific learning needs of any student or curriculum goals. It reduces the need for ongoing support because there are no technology barriers for late-adopting technology users. Professional Development can then focus on effective pedagogy rather than traditional tool training.
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Bio: Heather Chirtea is Digital Wish's founder and Executive Director. At www.digitalwish.org, teachers make technology wishes, and donors make those wishes come true with contributions, bringing technology to needy classrooms in all 50 states. Since August 2009, Digital Wish has granted over 30,000 classroom technology wishes through its online network of over 62,000 teachers, and delivered over $13 million in technology products to American classrooms directly impacting over 500,000 students. In research, Digital Wish secured over $1.2M in stimulus funding to put 1:1 computing into 24 towns, reducing the planning time for technology adoption from 18 months to just 4 weeks, and achieving measured gains in student engagement and 21st century skills. Read the research.
Previously, as the longstanding president of Tool Factory, an educational software publisher, Heather traveled widely throughout the United States to conduct over 400 lively seminars on classroom technology integration each year. With a dual B.S. in communications and operations management from Syracuse University, Heather has co-authored 5 books on classroom technology; designed more than 60 hands-on technology seminars for educators; launched online services for classroom clip art, worksheets, lesson plans, and formative testing and assessment; and written over 5,000 standards-based test questions. She's served on the board of directors for VITA-Learn (VT) and New England ISTE technology associations.
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