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Collaborative learning

Nureva collaborative learning blog

Remote collaboration leads to aha moments at the University of Missouri

By Lavonne Boutcher
on October 17, 2017

The University of Missouri College of Education draws on its 150-year history to prepare future teachers for the demands of the 21st-century classroom. A key part of that involves showing them how technology can transform learning and improve the quality of online collaboration.

The College of Education’s recent implementation of the Nureva™ Span™ visual collaboration system and HDL300 audio conferencing system is designed to accomplish both. The university is using the combined power of the two systems to enhance the learning experience for student teachers and expand the professional development and outreach services it provides to teachers and school districts across the state.

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4 revealing things to know before creating collaborative learning spaces

By Tricia Whenham
on September 21, 2017

Do you remember your high school library? It’s been 25 years, but I still remember mine. Full of books and card catalogs, with a few computers (back then, that felt cutting edge). It was a place for individual study. And despite having a few tables for groups to use, if anyone tried to have a conversation, we were quickly shushed by a librarian on a mission to keep her space as quiet as teenagerly possible.

What a difference a quarter century makes! The libraries I see today couldn’t be more different – full of spaces for students to communicate, solve problems – perhaps even create in a makerspace or compose a song. The books are still there, but there’s so much more.

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Webinar: Girls in STEM – creating a new era

By Tricia Whenham
on September 7, 2017

Why don’t more women pursue careers in STEM? Though elementary age students of all genders report liking subjects like technology and math, by the time they get to college relatively few female students are pursuing careers in computer science, engineering and other STEM fields.

Grace Liang and Salma Salhi want to change all that. In this webinar, these high school students share their own passion for STEM and offer an insider’s take on some of the innovative programs that helped them.

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3 big takeaways from the Nureva internship program

By Grace Liang and Salma Salhi
on August 30, 2017

In the summer of 2017, we became interns at Nureva. While our friends were holidaying in the Bahamas or in Hawaii, we spent our sun-soaked days behind large glass windows on the top floor of the Calgary Board of Education building in downtown Calgary.

We led discussions with educational administrators from across North America, presented at departmental meetings and learned how a company structures its online presence. We delved into the complexities of the software and wrote blog posts. We grew a professional network and jumped headfirst into the work environment, all the while earning a paycheck that will go toward our postsecondary education.

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How students at Macromedia University use design thinking processes to solve real problems

By Lavonne Boutcher
on August 15, 2017

Design professor Oliver Szasz and his colleagues at Macromedia University face a daunting task: to prepare students for a digital world that seems to be changing every day. “We’re in the middle of a technology wave that is unprecedented,” says Oliver, who is head of the design thinking master’s program at the university’s Munich campus, one of five locations throughout Germany.

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How can we get more girls to be tech entrepreneurs?

By Grace Liang and Salma Salhi
on August 9, 2017

This post is written by Grace Liang and Salma Salhi, our high school summer interns. Find out more about Nureva’s unique internship program for eleventh-grade students.

Growing up, we learned about male role models such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Ken Kutaragi, Neil Armstrong, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. These people were indirectly our heroes. They were giants, innovators and world changers. We imagined ourselves as the female versions of them. We grew up using computers and Google™, and we played with our friends on PSPs and talked over the Internet. We learned about how technology is going to make the future amazing.

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This summer’s ultimate ed tech professional development guide

By Tricia Whenham
on July 5, 2017

It’s officially summer. By now, you and teachers across North America have administered the last exams, filled out every report card and tidied your classrooms (so that’s where that library book was hiding!). Time to step off the teaching treadmill for a well-deserved break.

Visions of days at the beach, family barbecues and much needed time with loved ones are likely filling your head. But I’m guessing it won’t take long before your mind turns to the next school year – all your goals and dreams for your students, and (perhaps) how technology can help.

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Don’t miss out at ISTE – 7 tips to get more from an education conference

By Tricia Whenham
on June 22, 2017

ISTE 2017
is almost here, and the excitement is palpable. There’s nothing quite like an education conference to cap off one school year and rev up your engines for the next.

Back when I was a classroom teacher, I remember struggling to explain to my noneducator friends and family why I looked forward to conferences so much. It was hard for them to fully understand how it felt to be freed from the day-to-day routines of teaching, planning and marking. Getting together with so many fellow teachers to share ideas, raise questions and find out the latest education developments was invigorating.

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Changing what’s possible – collaborative learning at Northern Parkway Elementary

By Tricia Whenham
on June 20, 2017


For the students and teachers of Northern Parkway Elementary School in Uniondale, New York, learning isn’t something that only belongs inside a classroom – it can happen anywhere.

When the school had the chance to turn one of their hallways into a learning space, they were intrigued. With the help of Phi Services, Northern Parkway added a Nureva™ Span™ visual collaboration system in this underused space. The result? A place for student creation, collaborative learning and problem solving that didn’t exist before.

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Investing in the future: high school student interns

By Kimberleigh Doyle
on June 13, 2017

You would be amazed at what high school students can do! We are about to enter the fourth year of the Nureva summer internship program. Each year we have attracted outstanding high school students who continue to impress us with their willingness to learn, their excellent work ethic and the high quality work that they do for us. Working on meaningful projects in a real work environment, the high school students quickly become members of our team, contributing to our efforts to create, market and sell innovative technology solutions.

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