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June 22nd, 2018

Beware: Your SIS might not be protecting student data

By John Jennings
digital media manager , Skyward
When FERPA was signed into law by President Gerald Ford in 1974, “accessibility” meant “the key to the filing cabinet,” and an “information request” was either an in-person conversation or a bundle of paperwork. Now, nearly 50 years later, the entire context of the...

June 19th, 2018

Can we design learning environments geared for maximum motivation?

By Erin Werra
writer, Skyward
What can we learn from human psychology about designing learning environments geared for maximum motivation? Let’s start by identifying core human motivations using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs. Psychologist Abraham Maslow studied human motivation as a whole, rather than the discrete pockets of motivation...

June 18th, 2018

3 ways to promote grit via literacy instruction

By Christina Pirzada, M.Ed.
SEL program manager, Newsela
J.K. Rowling. Bill Gates. Oprah Winfrey. These are no doubt names that most students recognize as successful. But what often goes overlooked is the perseverance needed to achieve success, and that successful people—including these household names—often overcome great obstacles. To that end, the conversation...

June 13th, 2018

20 ideas for teaching coding in math, science, social studies, and ELA

By Tammy Pankey
curriculum specialist, Pitsco Education
You might think coding is a novel trend that doesn’t have other applications beyond programming, but coding offers many connections to multiple subjects, with the added benefit of reinforcing essential 21st-century skills. In coding, students use computational thinking and critical thinking to solve problems....

June 12th, 2018

Here’s how to foster creative problem solving

By Sharif Karmally
senior product marketing manager, Adobe
Last year, Adobe conducted a study of Generation Z students (ages 11-17) that found students and teachers believe creativity is critical for success in the future workforce. Based on this insight, we conducted another study this year to dig into this notion of creative problem solving:...

June 11th, 2018

More than robots: Inspiring STEM education and life skills via robotics

By Donald E. Bossi
president , FIRST
Nearly 70,000 people cheering for their favorite teams, bleachers filled with signs and costumes, and fans gushing over game highlights and strategic execution. This was the scene in Houston and Detroit in late April—not for a football game or rally, but rather the premier...

June 8th, 2018

How to avoid a cyber attack

By Renee Patton and Will Ash
director of education, senior director of U.S. public sector , Cisco
From credit card hacks to social security breaches, cyber attacks are more common with each passing day. Organizations in every industry are on high alert to ensure networks and information remain secure. News reports lead you to believe that only high-profile companies are affected,...

June 7th, 2018

5 best practices for starting a successful cybersecurity program

By Harold L. Reaves
global director for safe schools, Absolute Software
While there’s no question technology adoption creates powerful learning environments, it can also present significant security risks to teachers, staff, and students. According to Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report, the number of total security incidents in the education sector outranked both the healthcare...

June 5th, 2018

How one organization is changing the STEM education landscape

By Talia Milgrom-Elcott
co-founder and executive director, 100Kin10
Six years ago, I founded 100Kin10, a national network focused on training and retaining excellent K-12 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers. Originally inspired by Barack Obama’s 2011 State of the Union Address, we knew that we were preparing to take on a...

June 4th, 2018

3 tenets for developing cultural competency in schools

By Leila Nuland
managing content director for K-12, Hanover Research
Although educational equity is a fundamental pillar of the American education system, school districts are struggling to ensure their students feel included, safe, and supported. This is in large part due to a shift in the demographic makeup of the student population (non-white students...

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