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Grades 2-12 | Language Arts | Cloud-based

Ponder a Video!

Friday, August 21, 2015

While Ponder works wonderfully when used to annotate text, did you know you can use Ponder for video as well?

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Improving Retention of E-Reader Users

Monday, August 10, 2015

A significant amount of research indicates readers are less likely to retain information read from e-Readers than from printed text. However, a recent study shows that applications like Ponder drastically improve reader comprehension of e-Reader users.

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2015-2016 Sunburst Digital Innovators: Ponder & Alex Selkirk

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Alex Selkirk is a big data guy. He refined the craft of data analytics working with global leaders like Epinions and Microsoft. Alex's career path lead to helping companies decipher just how vital capturing and using high-resolution data is to building really great products. Alex is passionate about giving audiences really compelling, valuable reasons to share their data.

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Sunburst Digital Enters into Partnership with Parlor Labs

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sunburst Digital, Inc. and Parlor Labs announced a new partnership today designed to bring Ponder, a browser add-on and iOS app used to create micro-responses and annotations, to schools and districts across the nation.

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New Product Announcement: Ponder

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Ponder has been shown to substantially boost student engagement and improve the quality of in-class discussions and student work.

Sunburst Digital is proud to announce our partnership with Parlor Labs. Parlor Labs is the creator of Ponder, the first cloud-based micro-response and social annotation tool for schools. Ponder is the result of ongoing collaborations with researchers and educators around the question of how to promote higher order literacy both in the classroom and beyond.


Ponder is the first cloud-based “micro-response” and annotation tool that gives teachers a view into the invisible process of learning through higher-order critical thinking. Teachers and students are using Ponder to manage open-ended, self-directed learning across the Web, PDFs, and videos. Real-time radar provides teachers with an aggregated and visualized dashboard view of how students respond to a reading or video.

Higher-order thinking through inquiry based learning is often one of the hardest skills to teach students. With Ponder, learning happens when students figure out how to ask questions, not answer them. Ponder allows students to engage directly with assigned content, interest level readings, and their peers to create a collaborative setting that explicitly encourages them to think about what they are sharing in terms of how interesting it will be to their peers as well as the relevancy to classroom discussion.

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