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Teacher Buying Power: An EdSurge Opinion Piece from Tech. Director, Shawn Rubin

Highlander Institute’s Director of Technology Integration, Shawn Rubin, recently penned an opinion article for EdSurge discussing the current disconnect that teachers are facing when they attend edtech centric conferences. Rubin believes that moving more purchasing power into the hands of the teacher could help bring more innovative and practical edtech products into more classrooms. Excerpt:...

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"Learning to Blend" – Institute featured in Providence Monthly

Highlander Institute’s Director of Technology Integration, Shawn Rubin, has been featured in this month’s Providence Monthy.  Rubin tells interviewers about his experience as a teacher at Highlander Charter School and explains about Metryx and how it will help organize the classroom process for teachers. “As a classroom teacher I used to walk through my classroom...

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EdUnderground Gains Press Nationally

The Highlander Institute’s teacher innovation lab, EdUnderground, has been gaining press and national attention. The group is growing and looking for more eager and innovative teachers to join. Monthly meetings are held at the Business Innovation Factory in Providence, RI. Here is one EdUnderground article from EdSurge. “There’s a group abuzz and making an impact...

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The 2nd Annual Blended Learning Conference

The Highlander Institute is hosting its 2nd Annual Blended Learning and Technology Conference in Providence, RI on Saturday, April 27th and we’d love to have you there.  Our Blended Learning Conference will convene local, regional, and national experts sharing their models, products and insight to support innovative classroom practices around Blended Learning and Technology Integration. We will have a...

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Blended Learning at Pleasant View Elementary

The Highlander Institute is incredibly pleased with the growth and progress that is taking place at Pleasant View Elementary. Blended learning has only been up and running for a short period of time, but the outcomes around student engagement and behavior have been tremendous, and the teacher receptiveness have been incredible. The partnership between Highlander...

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Classroom Blogs at the Highlander Charter School

A few months back we discussed the success of Ms. Viveiros’ Kindergarten Classroom blog (Found Here: http://viveiroska.blogspot.com/). It seems that these communication tools are catching on like wildfire at the Highlander Charter School. The Blogs are used to showcase what the students are learning in the classroom and are a much easier way to keep...

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EdUnderground makes an impact in Rhode Island

The EdUnderground, a progressive gathering of educators seeking to help teachers find and use innovative technology in the classroom is making waves in Rhode Island. EdUnderground was founded in the summer of 2011 by The Highlander Institute’s very own Shawn Rubin and Stephanie Castilla. Originally, the group began as a small professional learning group that...

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What is an EdCamp?

  On November 3, 2012, a collaborative effort that included the Highlander Institute, hosted the first ever EdCamp in Rhode Island at Rhode Island College! Now, you may be asking yourself: What exactly is an EdCamp? How is it different than an education conference? An EdCamp is an UN-conference organized by local groups of educators....

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STEM Center iPad Integration Training

On November 9 and 10, 2012 the STEM Center at Rhode Island College and the Highlander Institute held a workshop for 44 Rhode Island School teachers, administrators, and technology staff members. Each teacher received a free iPad for attending the workshop and promising that they would train four more teachers what they learned. Training was...

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The Ed Tech Revolution is Coming. What Will it Look Like?

In 1971, we spent roughly $4,000 per student in public k-12 education. In 2011, this amount has nearly tripled to $11,000 per student. At the same time, students’ math and verbal test scores have stayed the same. We’re putting more money into a system that yields the same results. Something has to change if we...

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