How to Design Impactful Digital Experiences on a Small Budget

Nonprofit and community organizations are already working hard to support their communities with few resources. The realities of the COVID-19 pandemic have made delivering these services even more challenging, especially for organizations that depend on in-person programming. If your mission is to fill a critical gap with educational programming or services, it’s our mission to […]

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    August 18, 2020

    What’s Next in edTech: 4 Trends You Need to Know

    At Backpack, we believe the best classroom technology amplifies a teacher’s ability to help their students learn. Sometimes that means leveraging powerful machine learning capabilities. More often, it means developing an even deeper understanding of what teachers do and what kinds of tools will help them teach even more effectively. The shift to remote learning […]

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    August 12, 2020

    How Universal Design for Learning Principles Improve edTech Tools for Every User

    Now more than ever, parents and educators are searching for edTech products that target instructional gaps revealed during this past spring’s unprecedented dive into remote learning. For parents and teachers of students with special needs, identifying software for special needs education takes on even more urgency. During remote learning, special educators must manage the unique […]

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    August 6, 2020

    Remote Learning Puts Teachers in the Role of UX Designers. What’s Next for edTech?

    Teachers have always recognized how valuable in-person instruction is. In fact, they rely on these relationships to help students succeed. This dynamic is central to how they learn to gauge student progress—even without formal assessment. When at-home learning made one-on-one instruction next to impossible, teachers had to pivot. They immediately reached for new ways to […]

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    July 22, 2020

    Are Your Products Remote Learning-Ready?

    The data is in. According to The New York Times, the last four months of at-home learning have only highlighted the steep divides in American education. “New research suggests that by September, most students will have fallen behind where they would have been if they had stayed in classrooms, with some losing the equivalent of […]

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