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About Zach Vander Veen

Educator. Adoptive Father. Husband. Co-Founder of Abre.
5 04, 2018

When Students Create: Abre Appathons

2018-04-05T21:57:05+00:00

When we created Abre, we intentionally designed a platform for fiddling. Learning is an experience involving trial and error, just-right challenges, and concrete outcomes. Philosophically, this fits with who we are. We’re an education company (with roots in public education) dedicated to help students learn. Why not give students tools to improve their learning? Why not give them access to experiential learning opportunities and allow them to build a compelling digital profile? Why not host an Appathon?

When Students Create: Abre Appathons2018-04-05T21:57:05+00:00
9 03, 2018

Student Created Apps for Education (2018 OSBA Proposal)

2018-03-09T12:45:16+00:00

Why?Abre is an open-platform that hosts education apps. Technology should make life easier. Abre does.Abre works really well with the Google and Microsoft ecosystems. Indeed, it's critical to support the 1:1 Chromebook initiative in numerous districts. Abre is free and opensource. Created by educators and edTechs who believe in the power of exploration and tinkering.Because Abre is open-source, students can download the platform and build apps that serve their schools. This presentation covers how Appathons are hosted, run, and produced. By the end of the session, attendees will learn how they could host an Appathon in their district and leverage [...]

Student Created Apps for Education (2018 OSBA Proposal)2018-03-09T12:45:16+00:00
2 03, 2018

Brainstorm EdTech Conference: Abre Proposal

2018-05-08T08:17:05+00:00

Why and What? The Hamilton City School District faced a large growth in devices used by students and staff. The complexity of managing various software packages increased. Moreover, many school applications were dated or completely lacking in function. Data frequently was siloed and difficult access and understand. Also, software was expensive. Developed by school techs, we decided to use modern web standards to create an open-source platform districts could use to host and create their own apps. The Abre platform runs on a web server and integrates with the most common educational ecosystems like Google, Microsoft, LMSs, and SISs. [...]

Brainstorm EdTech Conference: Abre Proposal2018-05-08T08:17:05+00:00
2 03, 2018

OERs Part 3: What is the Market Place Model?

2018-03-09T13:12:59+00:00

Can OERs make money if they’re open? Or a slightly different question, can people creating OERs make money?

I would say yes. It requires a different view on revenue.

A model for funding would be to consider popular open-source platforms.

OERs Part 3: What is the Market Place Model?2018-03-09T13:12:59+00:00
19 02, 2018

OERs Part 2: Focus on Solutions to the Problem

2018-03-09T13:12:02+00:00

In my previous post, I discussed a number of the problems facing OERs. With this post, I'll explore ideas and solutions to the particular issues surrounding OERs.

OERs Part 2: Focus on Solutions to the Problem2018-03-09T13:12:02+00:00
9 02, 2018

Open Education Resources (OERs): Part 1 of a 3 Part Series

2018-02-19T15:24:54+00:00

Open Education Resources (OERs) increasingly capture the attention of districts looking to leverage their internal knowledge base and to save money. I’ve had the good fortune of being part of a number of conversations within Ohio concerning OERs. This is the first of a series of posts exploring what are OERs, what problems and solutions they present, and how the market might support OERs.

Open Education Resources (OERs): Part 1 of a 3 Part Series2018-02-19T15:24:54+00:00
2 10, 2017

Cincinnati Summit Proposal: Guided Learning

2017-11-19T14:24:07+00:00

Outline of the Presentation Subjects All subject areas. Grades: Pk-12 Audience: Teachers, Principals, Supers Skill Level: Beginner Objectives Participants will learn how they can deploy and use Guided Learning in the schools and/or districts. Defining the Challenge: With the large scale rollout of 1:1 devices at Hamilton City Schools, we immediately observed the challenge of distractibility and lack of focus. Students frequently self-reported this as the number one problem with classroom technology. Developing a Solution: Hamilton approached the solution from two angles: 1) Design a platform that would host educator created apps and; 2) Create [...]

Cincinnati Summit Proposal: Guided Learning2017-11-19T14:24:07+00:00
2 10, 2017

Cincinnati Summit: Abre Proposal

2017-11-18T11:59:23+00:00

Why and What? Abre is an open-platform that hosts education apps. Abre helps teachers stay focused on teaching, students on learning, and parents on understanding what is going on the classroom. Technology should make life easier. Abre does. Abre works really well with the Google ecosystem. Indeed, it's critical to support the 1:1 Chromebook initiative at Hamilton City School District. Abre is free and opensource. We're educators and believe in the power of exploration and tinkering. Outline of the Presentation Subjects All subject areas. Grades: Pk-12 Audience: Teachers, Principals, Supers Skill [...]

Cincinnati Summit: Abre Proposal2017-11-18T11:59:23+00:00