October 2014

End of Quarter Grades Are Due, Let My Teachermade App Quick Key Mobile Help!

By |2014-10-23T14:17:00+00:00October 23rd, 2014|

October 2014  October Brings End of the Quarter Testing, and Quick Key Mobile Can Help! Quick Key Mobile turns your mobile device into a scanner and eliminates hand-grading of paper assessments, even for teachers working in classrooms without a computer or an internet connection. Analytics and data exports are fast and easy, so you can focus on your [...]

June 2014

NYT: What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

By |2014-06-04T16:00:00+00:00June 4th, 2014|

Michael Mabry In The Age of Technology, the Human Element is More Important than Ever. According to Maria Konnikova of the New York Times, hand writing is an important part of brain development and literacy. Konnikova states "Cursive or not, the benefits of writing by hand extend beyond childhood. For adults, typing may be a fast [...]

May 2014

NY Times: This Smart Girl Says Thank You

By |2014-05-23T16:07:00+00:00May 23rd, 2014|

John Gress/Reuters True Grit According Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times, "In 2011, a malnourished 14-year-old Vietnamese village girl named Phung arose in the wee hours each morning in a herculean struggle to get an education. After I wrote about her, readers responded with a torrent of $750,000 in donations to Room to Read, the aid organization helping [...]

NY Times: For Schools, Long Road to a Level Playing Field

By |2014-05-21T16:27:00+00:00May 21st, 2014|

A classroom schedule in Tempe, Ariz. Many reports have highlighted a persistent gulf in test results between the rich and the poor. CreditJim Wilson/The New York Times According to the New York Times, "socioeconomic background explains 15 percent of the variation in the performance of American students, far more than in high-performing countries like Finland, Japan [...]

NY Times: Who Gets to Graduate

By |2014-05-20T18:42:00+00:00May 20th, 2014|

Vanessa Brewer  Credit Bill McCullough for The New York Times According to a recent New York Times article, "More than 40 percent of American students who start at four-year colleges haven’t earned a degree after six years. If you include community-college students in the tabulation, the dropout rate is more than half, worse than any other country [...]

New York Times: Charters, Public Schools and a Chasm Between

By |2014-05-14T16:02:00+00:00May 14th, 2014|

Both the Middle School for Arts and Philosophy and Kings Collegiate Charter School are housed at PS 588 in Brownsville, N.Y. Credit Christopher Gregory for The New York Times It is not an understatement to say that there is tension between Charter Schools and Public Schools.  According to the New York Times,  “'It’s like putting a Burger [...]

ARC Capital Invests in Quick Key Mobile!

By |2014-05-12T19:40:00+00:00May 12th, 2014|

This week Quick Key Mobile closed on a private placement with global education venture fund ARC Capital Development, LLC. And the hits just keep on coming! April was a big month for us here at Quick Key. We crossed over 250,000 total quizzes scanned since our launch in September, and over 5 million student responses recorded [...]

NPR: Stagnant Scores for Reading and Math

By |2014-05-08T17:05:00+00:00May 8th, 2014|

According to NPR, "The government released the latest national test scores on Wednesday, and the news isn't good: 12th-graders are headed toward graduation, but many don't have the skills they need to succeed in college or work." What is shocking is how anyone can be surprised. In the last few years the emphasis on high stakes [...]

Teacher Appreciation Week: #TEACHINGIS

By |2014-05-06T14:36:00+00:00May 6th, 2014|

Teacher Appreciation week has arrived! For many of us, that means a Starbucks gift card or even the occasional apple. This year the Center for Teaching Quality has launched an interesting social media campaign. According to the CTQ, "Participating is easy! Tell the world what #TeachingIs to you. Share your definitions, stories, small (and big!) wins, and manifestos [...]