Learn How to Make Great-Looking Email Responses

Walter Pelowski is what you would call an email power user. Sure, we all go through our inbox and GTD (get things done), but Walter takes it to an entirely different level. His emails are legendary. For example, when you ask Walter for directions he doesn’t just send you a hyperlink to Google Maps. No, he sends you a perfectly formatted, detailed step-by-step that includes landmarks and building directions. To be on the receiving end of a Walter email is to understand that you are doing Continue reading

Wonderful Ways To Celebrate Poetry In April and Throughout The Year!

Guest post written by Shannon McClintock Miller This last week the children and educators within my school community at Van Meter have been enjoying a week of spring break. It was a nice time to reflect on the last several months, to be inspired with new ideas, and to think about the last few months of the school year. As I sat outside in the warm Florida sun one day, I made a few notes on literacy events coming up and am so happy to think about the fun we will be having celebrating Poetry Continue reading

TechSmith Fuse App Commercial Leaks onto Internet

The TechSmith Fuse app does a lot of things. It instantly brings your smartphone photos and video directly into Snagit and Camtasia and uploads your video to TechSmith Relay with the touch of a button. I guess you could say it "fuses together" the entire suite of TechSmith apps. Do you see what we did there? Cool. (tweet this) Always Ahead of the Times... As a cutting-edge tech company, TechSmith has always tried to be ahead of the curve. When we developed the TechSmith Fuse app in the early Continue reading

How Many Videos Do You Need To Effectively Flip Your Class? An Interview with Ashlie Smith

This is the first in a series of interviews with the award-winning ScreenChamp 2013 producers. The ScreenChamp Awards are the annual screencasting competition hosted by TechSmith. This year, the competition received over 230+ entries. Ashlie Smith: A New Kind of Educator Ashlie Smith is an 8th Grade Physical Science instructor at Cranbrook Schools, and she recently won the 2013 EDU Category prize for her screencast Work and Power. Since flipping her class a year-and-a-half ago, Smith has Continue reading

Next Vista for Learning, Rushton Hurley Interview: Forge Episode 35

One of the best parts of working on the Forge is the amazing people I get to meet. Many of them are working to help change their little part of the world for the better. This month's guest is right up there. I first met Rushton Hurley of Next Vista for Learning through TechSmith colleague Jason Valade, who recommended Rushton as a potential judge for the 2012 ScreenChamp awards. We ended up connecting for that event, and he was a great judge with insightful comments. I knew at that point I wanted Continue reading

“It spread like wildfire.” A district rollout that actually worked.

As we prepared to launch TechSmith Relay, a new enterprise-wide video solution for schools and businesses, we spent a lot of time with pilot site Forest Hills School District in West Michigan to observe how it would be used in the real world. With over 10,000 students in the district, Forest Hills works hard to create active learning environments to better engage students. What we saw there was not the stereotypical top-down approach to technology rollouts but instead a genuine excitement among Continue reading

Technology and Education – A Healthy Mishmash that Parents should Value

This article was written by guest author Jimmy Sorensen for our quarterly education newsletter, the Learning Lounge. If you have interest in contributing, please fill out this form. When it comes to technology, parents and teachers are certainly outmatched by the tech-savvy younger generation. The iPod swinging, smartphone carrying, and tablet toting youngsters are literally growing in Cyberspace, which the elders, particularly the parents, have never had the chance to even know about. During Continue reading