eBuilder On Air: Build Curriculum for any Mobile Device

Dates: 
4 September 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

10am PT/ 11am MT/ 12pm CT/ 1pm ET

In this Google Hangout On Air, learn about a simple way to deliver blended learning to student mobile devices using the new mobile eBuilder tool. Teachers can build digital eTextbooks, activities, and lesson plans with very simple drag-and-drop skills through a computer’s browser, then save activities as an app that can be downloaded to any mobile smartphone or tablet, on the Apple or Android platform.

Build Curriculum for any Mobile Device – Build Once, Learn Anywhere
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 through a computer’s browser. Digital content can be saved as an app that can be downloaded to any smartphone, tablet, Apple or Android device. Come get a demonstration of the tool, sign up for your free creator account, and get started building content. Every attendee will get their own mini-mobile marketplace to share content with your students, friends, or members.

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) programs. Content is fluidly 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.

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 five 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.

Watch the archived eBuilder On Air video: http://go.nmc.org/DWvideo.

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