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The Edvocate Podcast, Episode 4: How to Create a Culturally Responsive Classroom

Building a culturally responsive classroom is hard. To help you along your journey, here is your guide to exploring and respecting the cultural backgrounds of your students while also using diversity as an asset. If you you listen to this episode of the podcast, and take my advice, you will have a culturally responsive classroom in no time.


Culturally responsive teaching is a theory of instruction that was developed by Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings and has been written about by many other scholars since then. To read more of her work on culturally responsive teaching and other topics, click here to visit her page.

The Edvocate Podcast, Episode 2: How Edtech Companies Should Start the New School Year

As summer reaches its peak, and fall gears up to make its arrival, students, parents, teachers, and administrators are all preparing for the beginning of a new academic year. So many gains were made last year, and they are eager to build upon that success. When we talk about education stakeholders who are concerned with starting the school year off right, we rarely, if ever, talk about edtech companies. They too are an integral part of the school community, as they provide a valuable service.

So how do edtech companies stay on their “A” games to begin the new school year? Not to worry, we have you covered.

Hello, my name is Dr. Matthew Lynch and welcome to the second episode of The Edvocate Podcast. Today, we will discuss back to school tips that will help your edtech company get off to a running start and sustain that momentum until summer break comes around again.

Announcing the Winners of the 2018 Tech Edvocate Awards

Every day, technology innovations transform the way people learn and how educators teach. In the last few years, the edtech field has attracted a lot of talented people, all with excellent knowledge bases and ideas. Though the edtech industry has been around for a few decades now, the last few years, in particular, have seen a surge in investment from both school districts and investors.

The education market is currently worth around $5 trillion globally, and it is forecasted that edtech investment alone will reach $252 billion by the year 2020. This growing investment into edtech start-ups has created some exciting changes in the world of education. Naturally, with increasing capital, the number of edtech companies, products, and thought leaders is also growing. In that spirit of change and innovation, we present the Tech Edvocate Awards.

After 4 months of hard work, we’ve narrowed down the year’s top edtech companies, products, people and more. We solicited nominees from readers in June/July and held online voting from June 1, 2018 – August 21, 2018. The nominee’s performance during the online voting period was used to gauge their popularity, but in no way signaled that they would become a finalist or walk away with an award. The finalists and winners were ultimately selected by a panel comprised of two edtech thought leaders, two PreK-12 teachers, one college professor, two K-12 administrators, one college administrator and two PreK-12 parents.  Here are our winners and finalists for 2018. Winners and finalists can access their award seals by clicking here.


Best Lesson Planning App or Tool

Winner: ClassFlow


Profile Planner



Best Assessment App or Tool

Winner: MobyMax


Google Classroom

Evo Social/Emotional by Aperture Education

Best Early Childhood Education App or Tool

Winner: HeadSprout


KIBO – The STEAM Robot Kit for Children 4 – 7

Canticos Los Pollitos (Little Chickies) App

Levar Burton Skybrary Family


Best Literacy App or Tool

Winner: Lexia Core5 Reading


PBS Parents Play and Learn


Microsoft Learning Tools



Best Math App or Tool

Winner: MATHia


ABCmouse Mastering Math


ExploreLearning Reflex


Best STEM/STEAM Education App or Tool

Winner: Vernier Go Direct® Sensors with Graphical Analysis™ 4 @VernierST


KOOV Educator Kit by Sony

FlinnSTEM Powered by IMSA Fusion

WhiteBox Learning



Science A-Z


ExploreLearning Gizmos


Best Language Learning App or Tool

Winner: Sprig Learning



Voces Digital


Best Virtual or Augmented Reality App or Tool

Winner: HoloLAB Champions





Best Personalized/Adaptive Learning App or Tool

Winner: Nearpod


ABCmouse Mastering Math

AVer CP3Series Interactive Flat Panel


Lexia PowerUp Literacy



Curriculum Associates i-Ready Mathematics and Reading


Best Coding App or Tool

Winner: CoderZ by Intelitek





Best Gamification App or Tool

Winner: Kahoot!



Play Brighter


Best Learning Management System

Winner: NEO LMS





Best Blended/Flipped Learning App or Tool

Winner: FlinnPREP



Odysseyware ClassPace




Best Assistive Technology App or Tool

Winner: Robots4Autism


Learning Ally


Best Parent-Teacher/School Communication App or Tool

Winner: Bloomz


Base Education




Best Collaboration App or Tool

Winner: Boxlight MimioSpace


Newline Interactive

ADVANCEfeedback by Insight ADVANCE

Project Pals, Inc.

Epson iProjection App

Snowflake MultiTeach® (NUITEQ®)

Best Tutoring/Test Prep App or Tool

Winner: GradeSlam





Varsity Tutors


Best Classroom/Behavior Management App or Tool

Winner: NetSupport School


PBIS Rewards

Impero Education Pro V7


Best Classroom Audio-Visual App or Tool

Winner: ActivPanel


Newline Interacitve

Epson BrightLink 710Ui Interactive Laser Display

Boxlight MimioFrame


Best Higher Education Solution







Best Learning Analytics/Data Mining App or Tool

Winner: Otus



Tableau Software

Best Professional Development App or Tool

Winner: ADVANCEfeedback by Insight ADVANCE




Best Student Information System (SIS) App or Tool

Winner: Alma




Best Global EdTech Leader

Winner: Dr. Edward Tse


Angela Maiers

Nathaniel A. Davis


Best Global EdTech Company

Winner: MobyMax





Epson America



Best Global EdTech Startup

Winner: Learnamic


Orange Neurosciences




Best K-12 School Leader

Winner: Dr. Adam Hartley, Fenton Area Public Schools, Genesee County, Michigan


Yvonne Mackey-Boyd, River Roads Lutheran School, St. Louis, MO

Shawn Wigg, Director of Mathematics, Duval County Public Schools

Best Higher Education Leader

Winner: Nichole Pinkard, Professor, Depaul University, Chicago, IL


Anant Agarwal, edx, Cambridge, MA


Best School District Technology Coordinator/Director

Winner: Dan Warren, Director of Technology Operation, Central Stores, and Printing Services at Des Moines Public Schools


John Martin, Inter-Lakes School District, Meredith, NH


Best K-12 Teacher

Winner: Crystal Avila, Socorro High School, El Paso Texas


Cathy Haskett Morrison, Peel District School Board, Canada


Best College/University Professor

Winner: David J. Malan, Harvard University


Nicole Kraft, Ohio State University


Best EdTech PR Firm

Winner: PR With Pananche


J Harrison Public Relations Group

Nickel Communications



As you can see, there is no shortage of award winners in edtech. With these innovative edtech companies, products and people in mind, it becomes clear that the landscape of education is vast and technology is carving a new path for present and future educators. Well, that does it for the 2nd Annual Tech Edvocate Awards. We will be back, bigger and better in 2019.

The Edvocate Podcast, Episode 1: 8 Attributes of Successful Digital Age Teachers

Regardless of where you go in the world, teachers are the backbone of the education system. Without quality teachers, school districts cannot provide students with the skills that they need to be successful academically. Without teachers, the next generation will not be able to compete in the global economy. These are sureties, and you will find few people who would disagree.

If you have been studying the field of education closely, as we have, you know that it is undergoing a metamorphosis. Students no longer respond to the teacher-centered pedagogy that our forefathers did. No, today’s students are immersed in a technologically advanced world and possess attention spans that last only a few seconds.

Because of this, today’s teacher needs to add a new skill set to their repertoire to be successful. In this today’s podcast, we will discuss the 8 key attributes that successful digital age teachers possess.

10 Steps to Preparing Your Child for Their First Sleepover

Sleepovers are a rite of passage, but they also cause anxiety for parents and their children. When it comes to sending your precious child to stay overnight with someone else, it takes courage. For your child to comfortably sleep at home that is not his or her own, it also takes bravery. But, once your child is prepared, sleepovers can be fun-filled evenings where lifelong memories are made.

When it comes to knowing if your child is ready, there is no set age. The WebMD experts explain, “There are no hard and fast rules about age […]. Although some 5-year-olds might be ready to sleep away from home, some 10-year-olds might not be. So, it’s important for parents to assess each event individually.” To help you prepare your child for the event, follow these ten steps.

  1. Talk about it.

Make sure your child is comfortable with the idea of sleeping over at someone else’s home by talking about it in detail. Do not assume that your child wants to attend a sleepover. If your child has fears about it, allow him/her to ask questions and do your best to answer honestly.

  1. Have a trial run.

Many families have a trial run at a family member’s home before they send their child to someone else’s house. If you have a family member your child trusts, consider allowing your child to sleep over at this family member’s home first.

  1. Host at your home first.

Another way to prepare your child is to play host. If your child sees what a sleepover is like in her own home, she will have a better understanding of what to expect at someone else’s house.

  1. Try a late-night test.

Before your child spends the night with a friend, try a late-night test. For example, allow your child to stay at a friend’s house later in the evening than normal and pick him/her up after the usual bedtime.

  1. Question the host.

The best way to prepare your child and yourself are to ask the host questions. Find out what the plans are for the evening and any other details that will help your child know what to expect.

  1. Prepare the host.

During the conversation with the host, you should also inform the host of any things your child does that may be unexpected such as sleepwalking or bedwetting. This talk will help prevent any embarrassing situations.

  1. Roleplay various situations.

With your child, roleplay various situations that may occur at a sleepover. For example, have your child role play what he will do if he is scared or uncomfortable.

  1. Shop for supplies.

Your child will be more excited to attend a sleepover if she has sleepover supplies. Purchasing a sleeping bag can help your child feel prepared.

  1. Pack everything your child needs.

While sleepovers are a test of independence, you do not want to allow your child to pack his sleepover bag. Instead, you should pack all the essentials, so your child will be sure to have everything she needs.

  1. Keep your phone nearby.

As you send your child off, make sure she knows you have your phone nearby and will answer anytime she calls.

A sleepover is a fun way for children to become more independent, and an excellent way for parents to get a full night’s sleep.

Expressive and Receptive Language Disorders: What are They?

Children all learn language and speech using the same acquisition methods, but they do not always learn at the same pace. Some children pick up language early and mimic and understand everything you say. Others may not express themselves through speech and have trouble understanding. This is called a language disorder. There are two main types of language disorders, expressive and receptive. In this piece, we will discuss them both.

Expressive Language is the ability to wield vocabulary and weave words together into sentences to get your point across. It covers literacy and communication (asking for things, making comments, getting people’s attention). People with expressive language disorder have difficulty expressing their thoughts and ideas.

Receptive Language is the ability to understand what is being said to you. In childhood development, understanding usually happens before expressive language. People with receptive language disorder have difficulty understanding what other people are saying.

To help you better understand expressive and receptive language disorders, we have included an informational video below.

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