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The Difficulty in Defining Equity in Education

Posted on Feb 13, 2019 7:20:00 AM

As we discussed last week, one of the most important (and challenging) tasks in education is for key stakeholders to establish a consensus on the process for leveraging funding to achieve the highest possible level of equity. While district leadership can certainly agree that this is a desirable outcome, the challenge is that there are different means of accomplishing equity and determining...

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Why It’s Time to Go Digital with Your Curriculum

Posted on Jan 31, 2019 7:20:00 AM

According to McGraw Hill Education, 77% of students say adaptive technology has helped improve their grades. We know that integrating a new technology in the classroom is often an uphill battle. It takes careful coordination, a lot of persuasion, and the resolve necessary to overcome the little bumps that you will encounter along the way. But the effort is worth it if the end goal is a better...

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Optimal Average Daily Attendance: Tying it All Together

Posted on Dec 19, 2018 7:20:00 AM

We’ve spent the last few weeks discussing the new game of average daily attendance, the formula to optimize it, and IT's role in the process. Now, let’s tie it all together. Remember: always start with the desired outcome, then establish measurable success criteria and develop the technological solution that maps directly to your goals.

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The Overlooked Technology for Student Success

Posted on Nov 7, 2018 7:20:00 AM

What if there were a technology architecture that could solve or contribute to the solution for numerous educational goals/challenges, like:

  • Increasing parent engagement
  • Teacher recruitment and retention
  • Educational professional development
  • Student success and engagement
  • Professional learning communities

One ubiquitous technology can contribute in all of those areas, all of these groups are...

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Leveraging Technology for Teacher Recruitment and Retainment

Posted on Oct 24, 2018 9:21:00 AM

Let’s start with an assumption: School districts are focused on creating environments that contribute to student success. Everyone on board so far? Given that ultimate objective, they’re going to need a teaching staff that’s up to the challenge. This is an important issue because recruitment and retainment are difficult for many districts across the country. Many factors contribute to finding...

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Who is the Real IT Customer?

Posted on Oct 17, 2018 7:20:00 AM

The way we purchase technology solutions is broken. Even the term "technology solution" doesn’t apply to the vast majority of modern IT projects. Typically, we’re working from an RFP that includes a list of stuff (that isn't tied to any success criteria) with the final decision(s) based almost entirely on price. The list of stuff is purchased, it's delivered, it's installed, and that’s the end...

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IDFs Don’t Belong in Classrooms

Posted on Oct 10, 2018 7:20:00 AM

Many technologies (i.e. BYOD devices, video, and digital curriculumbelong in the classroom. When implemented correctly, they all contribute to the educational experience, provide direct benefits to students, and have logistical and business-related reasons to be inside the classroom. Something that has historically been placed in the classroom that could (and should) be moved immediately is...

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Lessons from 100 Blogs

Posted on Oct 3, 2018 7:21:18 AM

Can you believe it? This is our 100th blog! That’s about 50,000 words over two years and countless cups of coffee. We thought we’d celebrate this momentous occasion by sharing some of the important things we’ve learned through the process of writing 100 blogs aimed at helping you on your own IT journey.

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Why Compromising on Technology Solutions Doesn’t Work

Posted on Sep 19, 2018 7:20:00 AM

“A good compromise leaves everybody mad.”– Calvin, Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

When it comes to implementing technology in the classroom, many roadblocks can appear throughout the process, and most districts turn to some form of compromise to overcome the challenges. While this might seem a better option than doing nothing, in many cases, it’s ineffective or even worse. 

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Everything's encrypted. Now what?

Posted on Sep 13, 2018 7:20:00 AM

Here's a fun fact: Educational organizations have some of the harshest network conditions in the industry. They have:

  • Increasing mobile devices pounding the network incessantly
  • The most stringent content filtering requirements paired with lofty network performance standards
  • Multiple mission-critical applications, many of which reside in the cloud
  • A physical security posture that is...
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