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Digital Delivery

Exploring the future of online degrees.  GUEST COLUMN | by Simon Nelson The digital shift in society has navigated its way into the higher education sector, prompting the reimagining of the delivery of education. My company’s partnership with Deakin University … Continue reading

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Best Possible Experience

A different take on personalized instruction. GUEST COLUMN | by Cliff King As a grandfather, I’ve been around long enough to see some major changes in what education looked like for my kids compared to what it will look like … Continue reading

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Cloud Concerns

For educational organizations, some key elements to a sensitive issue. GUEST COLUMN| by Michael Fimin Because educational entities deal with both education records and sensitive financial data related to loans and tuition fees, a secure and reliable networking infrastructure is … Continue reading

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Powerful Models for EdTech

SAMR too complicated? Try “learning how vs. learning about”. GUEST COLUMN | by Matt Harris The SAMR model has been around for a while now. It is a model that helps teachers understand to what degree they have impacted their … Continue reading

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The Process of Assessing Student Learning Is Broken

A product strategist’s perspective on data for teachers. GUEST COLUMN| by Hilary Scharton In the current assessment landscape, all schools are required to assess students because of past and recent legislature — the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and … Continue reading

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CollabGeneration

Two teachers combine classrooms linked by technology – and a common goal. GUEST COLUMN | by Rachel Thomas and Steven Lamb Inspiration or pure insanity. These are the only possible reasons why “Virtual Team Teaching” is successful within an elementary … Continue reading

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The Future of STEM

A real-world approach fosters globally connected project-based learning. GUEST COLUMN | by Richard Larson and Elizabeth Murray Learning in the classroom should be a source of excitement and curiosity, not a boring and dreaded task focused on the memorization of … Continue reading

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Making the Most of Technology while Keeping Students First

Creating conditions for success with technology starts with smart, strategic implementation. GUEST COLUMN | by Sam Weiss and Dave Saltmarsh Schools, educators and IT professionals provide students with the best conditions for success when they learn how to move beyond … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Learning Journey

Providing true alternatives to a one-size-fits-all approach to public education.  GUEST COLUMN | by Steven Guttentag In 2013, 3.17 million students graduated from public high schools throughout the United States. Among them, a young woman in Ohio who had overcome … Continue reading

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Taking MOOCs to the Next Level

Effectively helping to bridge the online learning credibility gap.   GUEST COLUMN | by Alice Bonasio The popularity of Online Courses has steadily increased in recent years. Millions of students have enrolled onto MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) offered by … Continue reading

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E-rate: How to Broaden Connectivity, Achieve Funding Success

On a mission to connect learners of all ages to the internet no matter their economics.  GUEST COLUMN | by John Harrington The E-rate program has been largely responsible for connecting our nation’s schools and libraries to the internet. Yet … Continue reading

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Key Takeaways from ISTE 2017

Lists, insights, goal setting, and perspective from an edtech solution-provider. GUEST COLUMN | by Jon Roepke Riverwalk, The Alamo, robots and VR. Naturally, I had been looking forward to ISTE this year ever since last year’s conference wrapped. My team … Continue reading

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Future-Proofing with Gigabit Wi-Fi

IoT capabilities and a myriad of benefits come with wireless refresh. GUEST COLUMN | by Dan Corbeil At the turn of this decade, about the time Apple unveiled the iPad, we rolled out a system-wide wireless implementation to address the … Continue reading

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From Raleigh to Rochester

Everyday adventures of a PD coach using technology for improved literacy. GUEST COLUMN | by Christina Magee Whether it’s in Raleigh or Rochester, every new day brings an exciting adventure as an Instructional Coach. This is a day-in-the-life account from … Continue reading

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Reflections on ISTE 2017

All grown up, edtech is ready to show ‘vanilla ed’ how to get the job done! UNPACKING EDTECH | by Mark Gura I’m back home a few days now from San Antonio where I attended ISTE 2017 — the ever … Continue reading

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Myths Revealed: Apple Devices in the Classroom

Modernizing, personalizing—and a closer look at technology helping to make it happen. GUEST COLUMN | by Sam Weiss and Dave Saltmarsh  As schools look to modernize teaching and personalize learning, it isn’t a matter of if technology is right for … Continue reading

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How Video-Driven PD Favors Growth over ‘Gotcha!’

Instead of having teachers ‘put on a show’ during classroom visits, this principal implemented a collaborative feedback system that truly improves practice. GUEST COLUMN | by Kathryn Procope After 12 years of working in school administration, one aspect of the job … Continue reading

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Very Social Studies

A Texas teacher’s perspective on her unique students and their shift to digital textbooks. GUEST COLUMN | by Stacy Brown I am a sixth grade Social Studies teacher for Burkburnett Independent School District in Burkburnett, Texas. My district is blessed, … Continue reading

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To Leap Ahead

Using digital portfolios to transform the classroom. GUEST COLUMN | by Chris Besse The Germans have a saying, ‘vorsprung durch technik.’ You’ve probably heard it before—Audi has used the phrase as a slogan for 30 years. Roughly translated, it means … Continue reading

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Building the Best Learning Platform

For technologists in education, teacher input is key. GUEST COLUMN | by Kenneth Chapman As technologists focused on the education space, we’re constantly striving to stay on top of the needs of teachers and their goals in educating students. That … Continue reading

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The Aspirational Thinking of the API Economy

The API economy is changing the world. But will it change edtech? GUEST COLUMN | by Micheál Heffernan There are innovators in every age and walk of life. It’s something that bonds people across different times and cultures – just … Continue reading

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Acceptable or Responsible? What’s Your Use Policy?

How can school leaders build policies that are relevant to those that sign them? GUEST COLUMN | by Thomas C. Murray and Eric C. Sheninger As a former technology director (Tom) and high school principal (Eric), we’ve seen some fascinating … Continue reading

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Technology with a Purpose

How to help students use technology to make learning meaningful. GUEST COLUMN | by Gerry DiGiusto  At my son’s kindergarten orientation, the school’s teachers and principal—skilled, passionate, dedicated educators one and all—seemed most excited about the new iPads for the … Continue reading

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Making a Larger Impact

Rethinking edtech and school partnership.  GUEST COLUMN | by Mike Evans A close connection between schools and education technology companies is a formula for collective success. Moreover, that critical connection needs to consider one simple—yet important—point: school and district leaders … Continue reading

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Students on the IT Front Lines

Seven steps to creating a student-run tech support program. GUEST COLUMN | by Jon Phillips   Classrooms and learning models across the country are beginning to show signs of transformation and innovative engagement with the implementation of more technology empowered … Continue reading

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