Mike Palmquist
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Portage Interactive
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* Partner, Creative Director at Portage Interactive
Creators of TeamTreks, GradePad, Portazo.

Portage Interactive, the developer of Portazo, has designed and developed, for HP/Dreamworks Strategic Partnership's World Wide Promotions, Activity CDs for Shrek II, Madagascar, Over the Hedge, Shrek The Third, and Kung Fu Panda and web gizmos for Kung Fu Panda and Monsters vs. Aliens. All projects were translated into Spanish, French, Japanese, Chinese, and a dozen other languages.

Creators: FirstPhotoBook & Archiver's Photobook Press.
Creators: Plato Learning's Focus Reading, Technology & Learning 2003 Award of Excellence.

* Executive Producer at The Learning Company
Oregon Trail 3rd Edition, Oregon Trail 3 DVD, Oregon
Trail IV, Road Rally, Amazon Trail 3rd Edition.
* Software Designer & Producer at MECC
Amazon Trail, Explore Yellowstone, Frames, Windy
City, and other Apple IIe, IIgs programs.
* Software Designer at EMS/McGraw-Hill

* Harvard University Graduate School of Education

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GradePad “Pro” Version submitted to Apple

Posted on August 25, 2009 at 11:53am 0 Comments

Last week, on Friday August 21, we submitted the updated version of GradePad. This is a very exciting update for us in that it allows users of GradePad on an iPhone or iPod touch to use a GradePad.com account to import and export data.

GradePad 1.2, an iPhone app for teachers, will make it easier for teachers to import class lists, create GradePads, share GradePads with others, and export your assessment data to… Continue

Swedish Preschool, Linguistic Immersion, and Baby College.

Posted on August 11, 2009 at 11:35am 2 Comments

Swedish elementary school begins when kids are 7 years old and there's no real formal structure to preschool except "socialization". What do they teach in preschool? Not ABC's, Counting, and Colors...How "To be a good friend and to believe in their own abilities." But that structure offers individual learning plans for each student and lots of linguistic immersion: always talking. The best predictor of human capacity, according to University of Chicago Economist, James Heckman, is linguistic… Continue

GradePad Review

Posted on July 10, 2009 at 3:00pm 4 Comments

Teachnologist has a review of GradePad.

There are some great ideas for usage too.

GradePad: The Free NECC Version

Posted on June 22, 2009 at 8:48am 0 Comments

We submitted the free NECC version on Friday to Apple and we are very excited about this. It should be available on June 28th.

It includes the ability to make an unlimited number of groups and people within groups. As a conference attending tool, it includes 5 rubrics to assess an exhibit, a presentation, a meeting, an encounter, and a workshop.

You can send your assessments to any email address and you can submit your assessments to the gradepad.com site for tallying. To… Continue

Social-skills training, Talent Development

Posted on June 16, 2009 at 8:26am 0 Comments

Fundamental elements of many dropout prevention programs include social-skills training, problem-solving skills training, and social-cognitive skills training provided within the school setting. According to a report from the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition, the majority of successful interventions include a personal and affective focus: enhancing self-esteem, individual counseling,… Continue

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At 3:01pm on June 10, 2009, Glenn Wiebe said…
I would love to try it out. We've just started getting into ed. apps for the iPod Touch and will be doing several days of training in the next few months with a couple of days in August.

Thanks for thinking of me!

At 9:40am on June 5, 2009, Brad Pascoe said…
Hi Mike,
I read about your offer for a free 4 week trial of GradePad. We have a group of about 25 teachers just finishing a pilot year with iPod touches - will add to that group next year. We are also meeting with administrators this summer for a training. Would like to check out the app for teacher and principal use. Can you get us provide trial licenses?


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