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Six Great Twitter Chats for Teachers

By: Edie Sellers

Six Great Twitter Chats for Teachers

My job, as K12Nest’s head of user engagement, is to spend my days engaging with teachers. And that puts me in a unique position to spend, quite literally, hours finding the best places where teachers hang out on the internet. 

Just like Ecos, I do the work so teachers don’t have to. 

If I can offer one bit of advice to any teacher, literally any teacher, no matter his/her grade, subject, or school type, it is to get involved with Twitter chats

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What We've Learned by Talking to Customers

By: Edie Sellers

What We've Learned by Talking to Customers

When it comes to anything in the public eye, the old trope rings true: Know your audience.

Web development is no different. If you want to make excellent products that resonate in the marketplace, you must learn the pain points of customers. Not first knowing your market before posing your problem-solution fit is not only an act of hubris, it’s also a path to failure.

At K12Nest, failure is not an option

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10 Reasons Why Teachers Should Be Excited About Ecos

By: Edie Sellers

10 Reasons Why Teachers Should Be Excited About EcosEcos, a new database funded by the National Science Foundation, promises to fix that problem. Currently in beta and set for public launch later this year, Ecos not only aggregates content from around the web, it reviews it, classifies it, and then makes it searchable for teachers. Why should teachers be using Ecos when it launches? ... more

Great 80s Toys (and Their App Store Equivalents): See 'n Say

By: Edie Sellers

Great 80s Toys (and Their App Store Equivalents): See 'n Say

Even in this age of iDevices, there’s something about this timeless classic.

The Fisher-Price See 'n Say has been on the market for nearly 50 years, so it’s a pretty sure thing that just about every kid and adult in the United States has played with one.

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Great 80s Toys (and Their App Store Equivalents): Fashion Plates

By: Edie Sellers

Great 80s Toys (and Their App Store Equivalents): Fashion Plates

One of the lesser known “great toys” of the 80s, Fashion Plates was as close to girl-centric education as you were going to get in those days.

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Great 80s Toys (and their App Store Equivalents: Radio Shack 100-in-1 Electronics Lab

By: Edie Sellers

Great 80s Toys (and their App Store Equivalents: Radio Shack 100-in-1 Electronics Lab

http://nestfolio.k12nest.com/libraryArthur C. Clarke once wrote that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. By that definition, the Radio Shack Electronic Project Kits were the 80s-child equivalent to Merlin’s workshop.

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Remembering the Great Toys of the 80s (and Their Modern App Store Equivalents)

By: Edie Sellers

Remembering the Great Toys of the 80s (and Their Modern App Store Equivalents)

For the next few weeks — or until we run out of memories — we’ll be taking you on a walk through our own favorite educational toys of the 80s and 90s, and we’ll show you their App Store equivalents so you can download, play, and share them with your own students and kids.

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The Best and Worst of the Best and Worst

By: Edie Sellers

The Best and Worst of the Best and Worst

The end of the year is a time of lists.

Shopping lists. Guest lists. Christmas lists. Lists of new-years resolutions.

In this internet-driven universe, it’s also a time for best and worst lists.

Because we are constantly cruising the web for news and information, we encounter a lot of lists, and it seemed to us that we want to take these list-style stories and go one further. 

We have, therefore, composed the ultimate list.

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For Your Eyes Only: A Sneak-Peek at Nestfolio's Future

By: Edie Sellers

For Your Eyes Only: A Sneak-Peek at Nestfolio's Future

When we began Nestfolio oh-so-many months ago, we started with an idea that turned into a website design. That website design is vastly different than the Nestfolio you see today. More changes are coming, and they're going to make Nestfolio cleaner and easier to use. 

In just a few weeks, Nestfolio is going to be genuinely supercharged to be your power-tool for organization and educational digital resources.

This week I’m going to give you a little sneak-peek into what’s coming and how these changes will improve Nestfolio and power it up to be better, faster and easier for you to use.

 

 

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Thankful for the Struggling Teacher

By: Edie Sellers

Thankful for the Struggling Teacher

So we here at K12Nest want you let you in on something, and we want you to think about it in the spare moments this holiday week. Read it multiple times if you need. Print it out. Put it in your pocket. And think about it as you’re driving to the store to pick up pumpkin pie or driving to wherever your Thanksgiving plans take you.

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The Value of Snacktime: When We Really Start Talking

By: Edie Sellers

The Value of Snacktime: When We Really Start Talking

In an office environment, it’s not often coworkers take time away from all the daily tasks and pants-on-fire emergencies that constantly clamor for our attention. But let me offer you one bit of advice: No matter whether you work in a startup or a more traditional company, take some time each week for snacktime.

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Research Results: How Teachers Find and Use Digital Resources

By: Edie Sellers

Research Results: How Teachers Find and Use Digital Resources

When you're using an evidence-based development model for your innovation, you work hard to find the evidence. Last month, the K12Nest team had a fantastic opportunity to do just that and poll teachers on how they find digital resources, what they look for in resources, and how they store those resources.

What we discovered was surprising, revealing and just a hair disturbing. 

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The Five Ws of Nestfolio

By: Edie Sellers

The Five Ws of Nestfolio

Kind of ironic that being disruptive is probably the worst thing one can be for a teacher. Disruptive kids put the brakes on the rest of the class’ learning. Disruptions in a lecture stop the free flow of thoughts and distract you from your purpose.

But in the case of Nestfolio, the disruption we’re looking is good. And it actually helps you achieve your purpose.

Let’s put it into that classic case of the classic “five Ws and one H” that writers love to work with: Who, What, Where, When, Why and How.

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Our Newest Feature: Customizable Categories

By: Edie Sellers

Our Newest Feature: Customizable Categories

It’s been a busy week at K12Nest HQ.

This week we rolled out customizable categories for Nestfolio. 

Sometimes users have files that don’t fit in any of our stock categories. It’s not so bad when it’s a single random file, but if you have lots of them, it makes a huge difference in how your Nestfolio is organized and how easy it is to search.With customizable categories, you’ll make Nestfolio fit into your life, rather than trying to make your life fit into it.

 

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Report from the Road: We Head to Washington, DC

By: Edie Sellers

Report from the Road: We Head to Washington, DC

If last month at K12Nest was a movie, its title might be “Mrs. Nest goes to Washington.”

Our beloved CEO, Sri, and our IT Guru, Siva, took the K12Nest message to our federal government at the National Science Foundation Phase 1 Grantee Workshop.

That’s a long name for a simple idea: A conference for all recipients of the NSF Small Business Innovation program to check in on what they’re doing.

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P2P

By: Sri

P2P

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.

- Henry Ford.

Working together with your peers

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Collaborating with Global educators to promote Teacher Creativity & Effectiveness

By: Sri

Collaborating with Global educators to promote Teacher Creativity & Effectiveness

Part 2 of the K12Nest celebrations on Global Collaboration. "Students, teachers, and organizations will celebrate global collaboration on September 17th! On this day (and beyond), experienced global educators and professionals will host connective projects and events and invite public participation." 

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Celebrate Global Collaboration on September 17th

By: Sri

Celebrate Global Collaboration on September 17th

From the organizers of GCD: Students, teachers, and organizations will celebrate global collaboration on September 17th! On this day (and beyond), experienced global educators and professionals will host connective projects and events and invite public participation. The primary goals of this whole day event are to demonstrate the power of global connectivity in classrooms, schools, institutions of informal learning and universities around the world, and to introduce others to the tools, resources and projects that are available to educators today. 

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The ‘What’ of Teacher Nestfolio

By: Sri

The  ‘What’ of Teacher Nestfolio

Nestfolio is your professional portfolio, website builder, and resource library, all in one. It’s cloud-based storage for your materials. It’s always accessible, you can’t lose it or destroy it, it’s always organized and it’s sharable to those you’ve invited to see it. It’s digital storage, designed specifically for teachers and pre-teaching candidates. No more stacks of three-ring binders being lugged back and forth. No more wheel carts.

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The ‘How’ of Teacher Nestfolio

By: Sri

The ‘How’ of Teacher Nestfolio

In our prior post, we discussed why it is important for the K12Nest to empower the teacher with room for branding their passion and creativity. In this post, we will tell you what we learned about teachers from teachers.

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Why, How and What About the Teacher Nestfolio

By: Sri

Why, How and What About the Teacher Nestfolio

Why did a group of student advocates create a teacher tool that helps teachers with branding their passion for pedagogy and blending creativity with compliance.

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K12Nest launches new online “power tool” for teachers

By: Sri

K12Nest launches new online “power tool” for teachers

K12Nest announces the launch of Nestfolio, a free web-based portfolio builder for teachers and teacher-preparation candidates to help them create, organize, and archive their professional records.

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The K12Nest - NSF Innovation

By: Sri

The K12Nest - NSF  Innovation

Here's the problem we are trying to solve: The universe of K-12 educational resources has rapidly expanded in the last few years through the abundance of education technology products, including mobile applications. Though mobile applications and online educational content have high levels of engagement with students, they are not considered as curricular learning because of their unstructured nature.

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K12Nest Commitment to American Taxpayer

By: Sri

K12Nest Commitment to American Taxpayer

Previously we discussed our federally funded Small Business Innovation Research award, which we received from the National Science Foundation in 2015, and our commitment to deliver the highest return on investment to the American taxpayer. Now, we'll elaborate on how our evidence-based approach is changing the K-12 ecosystem by empowering the stakeholders in the system.

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K12Nest - Powered by NSF

By: Sri

K12Nest - Powered by NSF

K12Nest was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Award in 2015. The SBIR program “seeks to transform scientific discovery into societal and economic benefit by catalyzing private sector commercialization of technological innovations.” If this is first time you are hearing the acronyms NSF or SBIR, then the following links should help.

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