This year’s ASU GSV Summit, held in San Diego, California, brought together entrepreneurs, ed-tech providers, policy makers, and leaders from leaders from education and industry to network and discuss how technology is shaping learning and instruction. A number of solutions stood out at the event. Here is a roundup of what we saw:

Goennounce is a platform that lets middle- and high-school students create and share an electronic portfolio of their academic and extracurricular achievements. Students build personal pages where they highlight their activities and awards, showcase school projects, and connect with family, peers and mentors. The platform includes a feature allowing students to raise funds for school supplies, clubs and college. See it in action.

Kahoot! is a free platform that lets user design, share and play games. The platform now includes a “Team Mode” feature that lets users play in teams. Kahoot! supports multiple languages and is available on any computing device.…

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If coaching is to succeed, it must be simple and specific. That’s why I am a big believer in flash cards. Maybe this goes back to my childhood when my patient mother used them to help me learn phonetics, words and arithmetic.

You can even make a master flash card for dealing with complex problems by doing the following:

  • Square the circle. Focus on the core problem and its root causes, not peripheral ones that may be clouding the picture.
  • Determine action steps. Be specific about what you can do as well as what you cannot do.
  • Move forward. Take action when called for.

Flash cards can serve as your prompt to think through a problem, as well as to take action in a deliberate manner.

 

John Baldoni is chair of leadership development at N2Growth, is an internationally recognized leadership educator and executive coach. In 2014, Trust Across America named him to its list of top 100 most trustworthy business experts.

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Over the next few months, Robert Ahdoot, a high-school math teacher and founder of YayMath.org, will be sharing singular, bite-sized morsels of inspired education strategies. These aim to be juicy, yet easily digestible pieces of teaching wisdom. Enjoy.

To: myemailpractices@anyschoolusa.com
CC: myproductivity@, mywork-life-balance@
BCC: myinnerpeace@
Subject: Some ideas to improve both of us – urgent

Dear email,

I hope it’s OK that I reach out to you about this; it’s been on my mind for a while now. I would do it in person, but well, you know… you’re email.

I’ll say this once, and then we can move forward and figure this out together. I love you. You just need to back off a little.

Sigh. What am I saying? You’re EMAIL. You’re going to do your thing, regardless of what I do. Nevertheless, I’m going to let you know of several high-priority shifts I intend to make within our relationship.…

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New products, menu innovation and shifting food strategies at Target and Wal-Mart proved popular with SmartBrief readers this week, starting with plans for Hershey’s Krave Pure Foods unit to roll out meat snack bars this summer in flavors including black cherry barbecue and basil citrus.

On the restaurant front, Dunkin’ Donuts is experimenting with waffle breakfast sandwiches, cold-brew coffee and other premium menu items in a push to compete with McDonald’s all-day breakfast offerings. Chipotle Mexican Grill is also looking to new menu items like spicy chorizo to wean customers off recent food giveaways and jump-start sales growth after recent foodborne illness outbreaks.

Target is testing a new strategy in the produce department at its store in Edina, Minn., pricing fruit based on how long it’s been sitting on the shelf, while rival Wal-Mart is phasing out the Wild Oats brand of organic packaged foods in favor of expanded organic produce offerings and a renewed focus on its Great Value store brand.…

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SmartBrief Education’s monthly Editor’s Choice Content Award recognizes content written by educators, for educators that inspires readers to engage, innovate and discuss.

Our editors and writers sift through thousands of sources each day, reading a variety of content, including blogs and commentaries written by you and your peers.

In an effort to recognize some of the innovative voices in the field, we ask our team to nominate their favorite content pieces each month from which we choose two winners. The winners then are in the running for our annual Educators’ Choice Award.

Meet this month’s winners:

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