Edtech NOW Stackup Edition

This is a special edition of EdTech NOW, our podcast about education technology and how it’s used in the classroom. We’ve met so many great educators over the course of the series. Now we’re going to be talking about Stackup, (stackup.net) a free Chrome extension that accurately tracks when students are reading online. Joining us today is Noah Geisel, education director at Stackup, and also a power user, Adam Howard, an English learning development teacher and psych technology coordinator at East Central High School in Tulsa, OK.


Key Takeaways:

“So Stackup is a powerful free Chrome extension that can track, monitor, and report on student’s online reading. A lot of teachers are telling us that they think about it as a FitBit for student’s online reading” Noah at :47 “A prime example of that is our measured grade level reading. It’s really become one of our most popular features. On any given page, a student can click the Chrome extension and it will do a Flesch-Kincaid analysis of the text on the page and …

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Take a Stand for Creativity: Students and Standing Desks

If sitting is so bad for adults, then why are we condemning our kids to a life full of it? According to the Small Schools Coalition, the average U.S. student sits about 4.5 hours during an entire school day, but this statistic does not factor in the hours spent sitting doing homework, watching television, and completing basic activities such as eating or going for long car rides.

You think kids are active? They are sitting nearly as much as the average office worker.

Elementary school children spend an average of 943 hours at school — and most of that time isn’t dedicated to recess.

Read the rest of this article on our client Unsit at Emerging EdTech.

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How Agencies Use Monitoring to Deliver Rockstar Service

Red Cup Agency was featured in this article for Mention.com.

Marketing and digital agencies have a lot of challenges when it comes to tools and software.

Some tools will be used by a team of several people, meaning collaboration and access features are often requirements. You’re also working on projects for multiple clients, meaning permissions, settings, and features need to be granular and adjusted on a client-by-client basis.

And with each client’s unique needs can come unique processes and strategies.

You can read the entire article here.

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15 Tactics to Cope with Anxiety, Insomnia, or Depression

You’re always tired, but not sleepy. You find yourself breaking down for no apparent reason while getting ready in the morning. Simple tasks like grocery shopping can suddenly become overwhelming. If you are a person who suffers from anxiety, insomnia or depression, chances are that one of those statements, or maybe all three, resonate with you.

Living and dealing with any of these conditions is not something everyone can understand, as they take a drastic toll on your love, work and social life. Not being able to calm yourself down, get yourself to fall asleep or force yourself to face the day ahead of you are draining and damaging.

You aren’t alone. In fact, 40 million adults age 18 and over in the U.S. alone have an anxiety disorder. Globally, more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression. About 10% of U.S. adults have a chronic insomnia disorder. While these high numbers might shake you up, they can also give you hope, as …

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Podcast Producers: Who Are They And Why Do You Need One?

Did you know the growth rate of podcast popularity holds at a steady 10 to 20% year-over-year? It’s no wonder why so many smart entrepreneurs and business owners are turning to podcasts in their marketing efforts.

This intimate format resonates with your audience while offering an immense amount of value. Hosts who bring on guests also build their personal network and gain access to new audiences.

However, creating high-quality podcasts isn’t as simple as plugging in a mic and talking. There is an immense amount of planning, preparation and promotion that goes into a successful podcast. Because of the work involved, many enlist the help of a Podcast Producer to strategize and manage the intricacies of production.

What is a Podcast Producer?

Professional podcast producers manage, record, edit and transmit podcasts for clients. Although some podcasters are also including vodcasts (video podcasts), most podcast producers focus specifically on the planning, sound quality and conversation of an audio-only file.

Ultimately, the producer’s goal is to take on the responsibility of technical and administrative details for getting the show launched. …

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