I recently had the pleasure of representing Boundless at the Texas Community College Teachers’ Association (TCCTA) annual conference in San Antonio, Texas. With enrollment in the Texas community college system standing at nearly three quarters of a million, the members of the TCCTA are educating a substantial portion of the Texas student population.
While Texas did not provide the sunshine I had hoped for (it was 33 degrees and raining in San Antonio), it did provide for some excellent cross-cultural experiences (apparently in Texas they start shutting down highways when it’s cold?!). It also provided evidence that educators like Boundless sunglasses, Texans like their cowboy hats, and we all love a good photo op.
A gracious invitation from the TCCTA Management Educators also provided me the opportunity to speak at one of the conference seminars, where I discussed what we do at Boundless, and our relevance in the community college context.
It’s been a busy month for us here at Boundless. We’ve been making local and national headlines due to our launch of innovative and customizable educator tools and due to the news of our lawsuit settlement. Here’s a quick recap of what has been said in the news lately:
When we launched our Boundless Teaching Platform in early December, the Boston Business Journal highlighted all the features we now offer, free of cost, for educators:
“Features on the new Boundless Teaching Platform include a dashboard that allows teachers to assign readings or quizzes and monitor students’ activity, and pre-built lecture slides in PowerPoint or PDF.” Continue reading →
Did you know that college students, on average, spend over $1000 dollars a year on textbooks? At Boundless, we’re trying to change that. And we want your help! We’re putting together a post on the well-known site BuzzFeed (yeah, the one that you waste time on when you should be studying for class), and you can be featured in it! Just send a little text prank to your parents…
There are four steps to becoming BuzzFeed Famous:
1. Text your parents some form of “I need $1000 for textbooks this year,” but with your usual spunk and personality.
For example: “Mommm… I’m looking at my textbooks and I need $1000 dollars to buy them this year =(“
2. Wait for their response.
3. Screenshot the inevitable disbelief.
4. And send it to us! There are a few ways to do this:
- Twitter/Instagram: Upload the photo and make sure you tag @GoBoundless in your caption or tweet!
4th of July is just around the corner and we’re excited to celebrate! This holiday of summer fun is usually celebrated with barbecues and fireworks, but many people forget the history behind our independence! Take a look at the 4th of July trivia questions below to see if you still remember our nation’s history!
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Why is our independence day celebrated on the 4th of July?
When and where did Congress approve the resolution for independence?
Early Thursday, April 11, Boundless will be going dark for a quick nap — but we’ll be back in time for your morning cup of coffee. Our nap starts at 2 am ET April 11th and is scheduled to end two hours later at 4 am ET.
During this brief outage, users will not have access to their Boundless accounts or any part of our website. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we’ll be back before you know it! And if you miss us while we’re gone, why not enter our Finals Care Package giveaway?
To kick off the Spring 2013 semester in full gear we hosted #CampusBattle, a competition amongst all Boundless marketing teams on campuses across the country. Each team’s objective was to stack up as many registrations as possible in one week. Needless to say, competition was fierce!
Some educators go above and beyond to ensure that their students save money on textbooks and school supplies for class. One such educator is Mike Tracy, the now former animation director for the Art Institute of California—Orange County. He refused to require his students to purchase what he saw as unnecessary and expensive ebooks for class, but the school had other plans. Tracy wrote on his Facebook page,
Today, the President of the school, Greg Marick, presented me with an ultimatum; either choose a book by Tuesday, Aug 14th or the company will terminate my employment for insubordination. My response, of course, is that I will not change my mind on this issue and that I’m determined to resist the policy however I can. I think this means that, as of this week, I will no longer be teaching at AI.
As the edtech sector grows, so too do the companies at the heart of revolutionizing education. Several of these edtech startups find their footing in incubators, like Imagine K12, SIIIA Education Division, and others.
At Boundless, we know how important it is to have support from both the education and tech communities to get your ideas off and running, which is why we’re pleased to introduce “Get Schooled on EdTech,” an interview series with the best and brightest minds in education technology.
First up: Kirill Kireyev, Founder and CEO of instaGrok, a “next-generation search engine for learners.”