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ISTE 2017: EdTech Prepares Students for their Future

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 by Cyber Acoustics

When you open the doors to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference, it can be sensory overload. It’s like walking into a Vegas casino -- except instead of slot machines and blackjack tables, it’s VR goggles, robotics, headsets and more! Such was the case this year at ISTE 2017 in San Antonio, TX. 

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Can Online Tutorial Sites Help Struggling Students?

Friday, June 30, 2017 by Cyber Acoustics

For years, parents have tried to keep learning going during the summer, much to their children's chagrin. Flash cards and workbooks have been popular tools for decades, and recently online tutorial websites have grown in popularity. But which online resources are the best?

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Clash of the Titans – Chromebook vs Apple vs Windows 10

Monday, June 19, 2017 by Cyber Acoustics

They’ve all been counted out. They’ve all been on top. They’ve all been in between. The tech titan triumvirate of Google, Microsoft and Apple continue to grapple with each other in the never-ending battle for EdTech supremacy.

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Inspiring Students with STEM Education

Friday, June 2, 2017 by Cyber Acoustics

Even in this modern age, hands-on projects may sometimes be few and far between. However, kids learn more effectively when they’re invested in the material, and as the world becomes more and more dependent on technology, giving students the ability to work hands-on is vital. That’s why STEM has blossomed in recent years into a vital educational component. STEM isn’t about memorizing, it’s about doing.

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Mixed Reality in the Classroom

Friday, May 19, 2017 by Cyber Acoustics

When you think of the classroom of the future, what do you see? Companies like Microsoft are making big investments in mixed reality for classrooms with a goal of re-shaping the way students learn.

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Note Taking in the Digital Age

Friday, May 5, 2017 by Cyber Acoustics

Digital note taking is already prevalent throughout university classes, and as kids enter middle school and high school, more and more classrooms are introducing students to using laptops or tablets to take notes in class.

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Why Classroom Audio Technology is Important

Thursday, April 20, 2017 by Cyber Acoustics

Whether it’s leading an activity, teaching a subject, or playing a music recording, teachers often ask students to listen, and each situation requires students to pay attention and develop listening skills. The ability to hear an instructor is critical to students’ success.

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Tech Tip: The Benefits of Using Google Forms in Education  

Friday, April 7, 2017 by Cyber Acoustics

Technology is now part of everyday life in the classroom, and teachers continue to look for ways to leverage tech to make work easier and more effective. They often ask: How can my students and I work smarter and not harder? One simple answer is Google Forms. 

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The Benefits of Learning to Grow

Monday, March 27, 2017 by Cyber Acoustics

This year at CES we saw a ton of mind-blowing technology with the intention of improving upon the world around us. One such example is the advancing technologies around the agricultural practice of hydroponic growing. Hydroponic gardening is the process used to harvest flowers and produce plants from a controlled environment, rather than the traditional in-ground farming procedures.

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"Music in Our Schools" Month Takes Note of Music’s Role in Childhood Development

Friday, March 10, 2017 by Cyber Acoustics

Research has shown that learning music stimulates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children use in other areas, such as stronger language development, increased IQ and improved spatial-temporal skills. 

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Protecting Your Investment: 3 Categories of Chromebook Protection

Thursday, February 23, 2017 by Cyber Acoustics

To prepare for the 2017-2018 school year, many of you will be investing in Chromebooks for your students. The hours spent researching the best educational tools is critical to your purchase decision, and another important aspect is protecting the investments of time, energy, and of course, money.

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Herding Off Hearing Damage

Thursday, February 9, 2017 by Cyber Acoustics

We only get five senses, which means that protecting each is crucial while kids are growing up. Something that can be difficult to protect from is the threat of hearing loss.

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YouTube for Kids: The Other Three E’s

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 by Cyber Acoustics

If you’re a parent or educator, you know that kids love exploring the wealth of content that can be found on YouTube. Popular television shows, music, and other fun content is on the site to no end, and kids can spend hours watching videos on the site without ever watching the same one twice. But, YouTube offers kids more than entertainment. The site is a powerful tool and resource, and young people are finding ways to take advantage of it for their own learning and lives.

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Send in the Drones: Lessons Learned from On High

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by Cyber Acoustics

For less than $100, drones can create educational opportunities that would have been impossible for schools to afford. With companies like GoPro, Parrot, Syma, and DJI constantly enhancing features while lowering the overall cost, a wealth of new opportunities are available to educators and students.

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The Newest Technology of 2017 at Your Fingertips

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 by Cyber Acoustics

The first Consumer Electronics Show (CES) opened its doors in the summer of 1967 in New York City, featuring 117 exhibitors showcasing the latest technology like transistor radios, stereos and black and white televisions.

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Hour of Power

Thursday, December 22, 2016 by Cyber Acoustics

Earlier this month, the worldwide “Hour of Code” week took place with more than 180 million students joining in on the international digital party.

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The Power of the Pen: In Three Dimensions

Friday, December 9, 2016 by Cyber Acoustics

The pen may be mightier than the sword, but if one can bend reality to their own will, what use would they have for either?

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Headsets with Unidirectional Noise-Canceling Microphones

Monday, November 21, 2016 by Cyber Acoustics

We are getting a lot of questions about headsets with “unidirectional” microphones. What are they and why is my school district requiring them?

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Staying Informed Using the Pew Research Center 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 by Cyber Acoustics

How does your opinion, beliefs, or viewpoints compare to others. Are you in the majority or minority? Being in education means that any topic can suddenly become relevant in a conversation with students or members of the community. It's important that everyone stay informed and aware of the cultural climate, but it's especially important for educators to be aware of what issues are coming in and out of the public spotlight.

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The Benefits of Audio Books

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 by Cyber Acoustics

Audiobooks provide a tremendous opportunity for learning and exposure when it comes to students. Not only do audiobooks allow many students who have early difficulty developing reading skills to gain access to abilities that might otherwise evade them, but audiobooks can actually do a lot to enhance the reading experience and is a less intensive outlet for absorbing narrative.  

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Free Educational Game Sites for Kids 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 by Cyber Acoustics

Summer is over and the winter weather is already forcing kids to spend more time indoors, both at school and at home. For parents and educators, this means finding new ways to keep those students engaged in educational activities as well as entertained and stimulated with subject matter that interests them.  

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