BoardNews: Spring 2013

Welcome to the 2013 Spring edition of BoardNews! Below, you will find an article about phenomenal new technology solutions that can be applied in classrooms and beyond. We've also highlighted an "out-of-the-box" thought leader in education, as well as details on an important Webinar hosted April 9 by best-selling author Daniel Pink on new strategies to motivate and engage students.

Don't miss the BoardDocs team at NSBA's 73nd Annual Conference (Booth #1115), April 13-14 in San Diego, where we'll be hosting a private concert headlining California Transit Authority! We have a full calendar of other national and state events as well, so please check our Upcoming Events page often to find out when we'll be in your area. Also, mark your calendars for our 2013 eGovLIVE! Conference in Park City, UT -- dates, speaker and venue details below!

We hope you enjoy this edition and will share it with others who may be interested in how eGovernance is helping organizations of all sizes become more effective, from day one. As always, please respond directly to the BoardNews Editor with any feedback you may have.

Christen Clegg
BoardNews Editor

Beam me up Scotty - More Blended Learning
BoardDocs President and Creator Ari Ioannides Discusses the Advantages of "Beam" Technology
There is a lot of talk about virtual classrooms and allowing groups of students to login to a classroom from home moderated by a teacher. The advantages go way beyond servicing students that can't make it to school for medical reasons or have complicated schedules dominated by competitive athletics or the arts. How about solutions for students that want to actually attend class but can't make it to school. Or students that may attend a middle school but want to augment their education with a class offered across town at the high school? If only you could beam the student into that classroom. How much would you pay for that technology? There is a solution that does not involve scattering a child's particles through space. Read More

Check Out Team BoardDocs at NSBA's 73rd Annual Conference

If you're headed to San Diego next week, there are two informative NSBA peer discussions you won't want to miss: Its Time to go Viral: Using Social Media to Engage Stakeholders and Build Community Capital on Saturday, April 13: 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM in Room 6C with NEOLA President Dick Clapp and BoardDocs President/Creator Ari Ioannides. And, I’m Sitting in My Starbucks Office With My PC, My Tablet and My Smartphone. Now What? on Sunday, April 14: 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM in Room 33ABC with Edna Cale, Board Member, Appoquinimink School District, DE. More Session Details Here

Going to NSBA? Join Us at the House of Blues!

You’re invited to join Emerald Data Solutions for a private party headlining California Transit Authority. Meet founding member of Chicago, Danny Seraphine and his high-powered band when they rock the House of Blues with music from their newest album, “Sacred Ground,” and classic rock from the top of the charts. More Event Details Here

The TED Prize-Winning Idea: A School in the Cloud
When TED first started awarding an annual cash prize back in 2005, the winner was the world-famous singer turned activist Bono. His award was $300,000 which went to benefit his nascent ONE organization in its fight to eradicate poverty. $300,000 was probably a drop in Bono’s bucket. But this year, the winner of the TED prize will be getting $1 million. And he will likely be able to do quite a lot with it. He is a professor and educator named Sugata Mitra, famous for having put a computer in a hole in a wall in a slum in India and discovering that, left alone, children can teach themselves an amazing amount, starting with technical literacy. Read More

2013 Sunny Awards: Winners Choose BoardDocs For Transparency In Governance
Fourteen BoardDocs subscribers have been recognized by the editors of Sunshine Review as recipients of the 4th annual “Sunny Award." The 2013 awards, given to 247 winners out of over 1,000 qualifying organizations reviewed, recognize the best state and local government Web sites in America that exceeded transparency standards. Read More

The Driven Classroom: New Strategies to Motivate and Engage Students

Our 2012 eGovLIVE! Conference featured speaker Daniel Pink is exploring cutting-edge instructional practices and strategies designed to increase student engagement and learning potential as part of Education Week's PD Webinar series. Consider joining Pink to learn "How Teachers Can 'Sell' More to Students" on April 9, 2013 at 2pm ET. The Webinar will offer strategic advice for educators from his new book To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others. He'll explain what he calls the new ABC's of selling—attunement, buoyancy, and clarity—and how educators can use these tactics to "move" students. For more details and to register Click Here.

Save the Date - 2013 eGovLIVE! Annual Conference!
Best Practices to Improve Board Effectiveness
Each year, BoardDocs hosts a dynamic conference for governing bodies who want to to save money, save time, and increase board effectiveness through eGovernance. For 2013, we're dialing up the content with an expanded 3-day agenda and expert presenters -- look out for the full agenda in our Summer edition! Don't miss guest speaker and internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation, Sir Ken Robinson, PhD. Please join us at the eGovLIVE! Annual Conference, September 4 - 6! More Details

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