• Case Studies,  Case study

    Star Academy Students are Reaching Their Writing Goals for National Novel Writing Month

    November is National Novel Writing Month, which has people from all over the United States feverishly writing to complete a novel by the end of the month. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun new approach to creative writing. The project started in July 1999 with 21 participants, and by 2010, over 200,000 people had taken part and written over 2.8 billion words. Starting November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Star Academy in San Rafael is one of the many schools working hard to get their novels completed by the end of November! Star Academy is…

  • EdTech

    What are the Hottest Topics in EdTech?

    Are you planning for upcoming EdTech conferences or Google Summits? You’ll want to stay on the lookout for some of the hottest topics in EdTech this year. Scanning through a schedule of events or flipping through a program of sessions is overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. This list of the hottest topics in EdTech is sure to help you focus some of your energy as you plan for upcoming conferences and tools for your classroom. Virtual Reality This year virtual reality has taken off thanks to the easy and inexpensive Google Cardboard. I love how this tool in combination with a few great apps makes it easy…

  • Case study

    How We Use Kami in My Classroom

    After transferring from a completely online high school to a standard brick and mortar high school, I found myself frustrated by the snail’s pace flow of communication between student and teacher. The constant shuffle of papers was tedious, where students lost their work even before they turned it in, many notes and comments took days to return, and (because I did not have an office) the back and forth toting of boxes of student papers to grade at home was loathsome. I also frequently have my students draw posters to illustrate their thinking and understanding of certain concepts, and commenting on these and returning them proved difficult. The standard way…