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February 13th, 2018

How to use social media in the classroom

By Jon Roepke
director of product management, Belkin International, Inc.
Today’s educators have a love-hate relationship with social media. They recognize that five-year-olds know how to use tablets better than their parents and that many kids have smartphones by the time they are 12. Digital natives live and breathe on social media platforms, sending...

February 12th, 2018

AI helps younger students better understand math concepts

By Evgeny Milyutin
chief executive officer, Happy Numbers
To truly become proficient in math, students need a solid foundation built on conceptual understanding. However, the benchmark assessments students take at the end of the year—designed to measure procedural fluency—often look very different from their coursework and cause more anxiety than anything else....

February 8th, 2018

3 key levers for school improvement

By Jason Culbertson
president, Insight Education Group
District and school leaders today are being asked to do more with less. Shrinking budgets and changes to federal and state policies have made their jobs harder. In addition, to help increase student achievement, leaders are trying all kind of new initiatives—curricula and assessment...

February 1st, 2018

5 tips for managing low-tech assessment with high-tech tools

By Caroline Fahmy
president and CEO, Educational Data Systems
While most large-scale assessments are moving toward online delivery, many still integrate a traditional pencil-and-paper element. In today’s digital world, paper may seem comparatively low tech, but there are high-tech tools available to help manage all that paper. Here are five ways to help...

January 31st, 2018

Why schools need a knowledge base

By Andrew Graf, co-founder and head of project strategy, TeamDynamix
When I have a problem with my iPad, I look to Google. Google is my worldwide knowledge base for fixing my toilet, unsticking my iPad, and figuring out the origin of that clunk sound my car started making. For every technology and almost every...

January 26th, 2018

15 metrics every superintendent should know

By John Jennings
digital media manager, Skyward
From interoperability to dashboards, data accessibility is one of the most prevalent topics in edtech circles these days. For superintendents, simply knowing what to look for can be a challenge. These 15 metrics can provide significant value for any district leader. Technology usage rate...

January 24th, 2018

In the wake of Chromebooks, education needs to focus on collaboration

By Brady O. Bruce
chief marketing officer, InFocus
Lately, technology additions in classrooms have focused on providing each student with his or her own laptop; for many schools, it’s become the new normal to issue every student a Chromebook. This has been a great step forward in advancing how students learn, with...

January 24th, 2018

4 questions to ask about E-rate funding

By Susan Biddle
sr. director of government, education and healthcare industry solutions, Fortinet
Today’s K-12 schools are facing a complex web of needs, technologies and regulations. Digital transformation has led to an expectation by students and faculty of constant connectivity to their school’s web assets. In response, schools have been incorporating programs that allow for more devices...

January 23rd, 2018

3 must-know’s about assessment achievement levels

By Dr. Steve Ferrara and Dr. Stephen Murphy
In education and assessment, we use the word “standards” in a number of ways: curriculum standards, standards-based assessments, performance standards. Performance standards—also known as proficiency levels, achievement levels, performance descriptors, and more—are one way we report assessment results, and have a direct influence on...

January 17th, 2018

Weak cell service? How schools can solve this still-pervasive problem

By Jeff Gudewicz, Chief Product Officer, Wilson Electronics
Today’s students are more connected to their devices than ever before, whether they’re using their tablets or cellular devices to take notes in class, conduct research, or write a report. As such, strong cellular connectivity has become a must for schools and universities. Faculty...

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