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Collaborative learning

Nureva collaborative learning blog

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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Collaborative learning that connects – the Canada 150 project

By Tricia Whenham
on May 3, 2017


A country’s 150th birthday only comes once – it’s cause for celebration. Schools across Canada are searching for ways to mark the occasion in a way that has a real impact on students.

At Glen Tay Public School in Perth, Ontario, a full day was planned for Canada 150, complete with interactive centers, art projects and drumming. Yet teachers wanted to go further and find a way to make a deeper connection between their students and others across the country.

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Webinar: Building blocks for ELL success

By Tricia Whenham
on April 19, 2017

In the United States, currently 1 out of every 10 public school students is an English language learner. But too often these students do not receive the quality instruction they clearly need. In fact, only 63% of ELLs graduate from high school (the overall national rate is 82%).

These realities particularly concern Della Rodrigues, who teaches beginning English language learners at Kenmore Middle School in Arlington, Virginia. She’s committed to not only helping her students thrive but also sharing her strategies with other educators looking for new ideas and approaches.

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5 powerful teacher collaboration ideas to try with the Span™ system

By Tricia Whenham
on April 12, 2017

Teachers, do you ever feel like your classroom is an island? On the one hand, you spend every moment surrounded by 20 (or 30, or 40) individuals, all with their own quirks, needs and challenges. On the other hand, finding a window of time to actually connect with your colleagues can be very tricky.

That’s why it’s so important to make the most of the teacher collaboration sessions you have – staff meetings, curriculum planning sessions, PD days. Luckily, the same tool that helps students develop ideas, share perspectives and solve problems can help here as well.

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Creating, collaborating and succeeding in one ELL classroom

By Tricia Whenham
on March 29, 2017

It’s Tuesday morning, and the students in Della Rodrigues’s English language learner (ELL) math class are keen to get the day started. It’s time for Number of the Day.

When students arrive in class, Della reveals the day’s number. That’s all she has to do. Immediately students are consumed with their task – to come up with a mathematical expression that equals it. This might seem simple, but not the way Della’s students do it.

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