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The Thayer Method: How the US Army Has Been Using Active Learning for Over 200 Years

During a recent trip to Boston, I was lucky enough to catch up with a friend of mine from high school. Our lives have taken wildly divergent paths, and while I've ended up in the collaboration field, he's found himself as an instructor at the United States Military Academy, AKA West Point. Over omlettes in Southie, as the wind whipped through the narrow streets outside, we started to find a place where our viewpoints began to converge: the subject of active learning.

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Collaboration Matters: Why the Teamwork You Learn in School Gets You Hired

As a company, we mostly cater to two markets: business and education. That's been our main focus since we started, and it will likely be our larger focus going forward. As we learn more about these markets, though, it becomes obvious that sometimes you miss some things about the bigger picture. For instance, looking at the big picture, the education market itself is really all about catering to the business market. Schools, especially higher-ed institutions, are all about getting students graduated and placed, after all. So it makes sense that the big drivers in the way schools are moderninzing (like flipped classrooms, project based learning, or using huddle spaces) are all directly relatable to kinds of things businesses are looking at in regards to new hires. But what do these modern learning techniques provide that "normal" classrooms don't? Let's work it out...

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Focus on Active Learning: How Can I Gamify My Classroom?

If you're a reader of this blog, you're no doubt aware that I'm something of a sucker for gamified learning. In the past, we covered some fairly specific topics, such using my favorite game, Kerbal Space Program, in your classroom, or how to conduct an "Hour of Code" event. Today, we'll get a bit broader and talk about gamifying your entire classroom.

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Wireless World News: New Firmware Released, Adding iOS 10 Compatibility

Oh, how quickly the world moves. It seems like just yesterday we were all exploring iOS 9 and MacOS Yosemite or El Capitan, but as always, a new keynote speech has brought new wonders into the Apple world. iOS 10 released on September 23rd, just 3 days after MacOS Sierra was give to the world, and as always, wePresent is on top of all the changes made to Apple's AirPlay protocol.

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Focus on Active Learning: 5 Great Web Apps for Classroom Collaboration

In the past, as we've written our "Focus on Active Learning" series, we've mainly talked about styles of teaching, but we've never really gone into the nuts and bolts of how to carry them out. Here, we'll take a look at 5 web applications that you can use in an active learning classroom, as well as give you a few tips on how to best use them during a lesson.

 

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Wireless World News: wePresent Expands Distribution in Mexico

Here at wePresent, we've had a lot of reasons to celebrate this year: 8 awards on the American and European trade show circuits, the addition of two new products (the education-focused WiPG-1600, and the multipurpose SharePod), and the upcoming expansion of our European office, to name a few. Now we're adding yet another one: a partnership with Croma Digital to distribute wePresent solutions in Mexico.

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Feature Friday: Using Webslides

Sometimes it isn't enough to have a presentation displayed up on the screen. Your screen might be too small, some in your audience could suffer from poor eyesight, or you might just be in a classroom where you need to engage mobile devices in order to keep the attention of your students. Recognizing all of these, plus the fact that it's just handy for your audience to have the ability to view your slides at their leisure, wePresent features a function we call WebSlides. Simply put, WebSlides is the ability to access and view the presentation from any device's browser at your own pace. It's very easy to use, so let's talk about how it works.

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Feature Friday: Teacher/Moderator Conference Control

We talk a lot about the wePresent's ability to connect up to 64 users together for collaborative efforts, but what does it actually mean to work with that? Moderator control allows a teacher or meeting leader to choose which devices are displayed - up to 4 at a time - from a handy web control panel, meaning you'll be able to work together with your audience, rather than just talking to them. Learning how to use the moderator control panel is easy, and only takes a few minutes to master. Let's take a look.

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To Boldly Go, Pt. 1: The Basics of Kerbal Space Program for Active Learning

Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space. -Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Space is still big news, that much hasn't changed. SpaceX recently experienced a string of high-publicity successes with their Falcon reuseable booster, and NASA has recently begun testing Bigelow Aerospace's BEAM inflatable habitats on the International Space Station. Commander Scott Kelly, along with his identical twin brother, Commander Mark Kelly, have both participated in the first experiment to test the effects of long-term space travel on humans, with Scott staying on board the ISS for a year to discover what kinds of hurdles that humanity must jump over to live among the stars.

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Wireless World News: July 2016

Summer has been a busy month for your favorite wireless presentation gateway, but we've managed to make some splashes here and there. We've been up to a lot after InfoComm and ISTE, including a golf tournament in Europe, a partner school being featured at Model Schools out in Orlando, and a couple more Best-Of-Show awards coming out of trade show season.

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