Behind the Scenes

Personal Responsibility in the Digital Age.

Can technology help students be responsible, organized, self-sufficient? I had the pleasure and privilege of seeing Julie Lythcott-Haims speak a few weeks ago, and if you haven't heard her, stop right now and listen to one of her 50 talks. She is [...]

By | June 8th, 2016|Behind the Scenes|0 Comments

A solution that doesn’t involve paper is not a solution

I make lists. I make lists of things to do, groceries to buy, errands to run, menus to plan. I also take a lot of notes. I love my lists and notes. They keep me organized, remind me to buy dish soap, [...]

By | May 11th, 2016|Behind the Scenes|1 Comment

I’m no teacher, but I can build stuff…

Hi!  My name is David Vogt and I'm not a teacher. I want to get that out of the way early so that you understand where I'm coming from. I don't know what it's like to stand up in front of a [...]

By | November 27th, 2015|Behind the Scenes|1 Comment

TechSpeak – Preview lesson builder screen mock

For those of you familiar with our 1.x product, you know we had a lesson builder and scheduler which was dropped from our 2.0 release. Thanks to feedback from teachers like you, a much improved version is coming back! In this post [...]

By | September 8th, 2015|Behind the Scenes|5 Comments

You can’t borrow my crayon because there is no share button

Every kid knows that by sharing their toys, their universe of entertainment and fun expands enormously. As adults we know that big problems can be solved by using collaboration to divide and conquer. We all instinctively understand this, so why do so [...]

By | September 3rd, 2015|Behind the Scenes, Teacher Collaboration|1 Comment

Software and ketchup have more in common than you think!

My daughter recently asked me why the ketchup bottle label was printed upside down while the mustard label was right side up. While it might not seem like it, this goes to the core of why it's so hard to build software [...]

By | August 30th, 2015|Behind the Scenes|1 Comment