Pen and Paper vs Laptops in the Classroom, and the winner is…

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When I read commentaries that downplay the value of technology in education I envision the author as the character Roz from Monsters, Inc. From the start of ClassLink way back in 1998, we have been helping students and teachers more easily access all their software and files, knowing that better access to good learning resources can lead to better educational outcomes. Believing that technology can help learning is core to us. We live it, it’s our ethos. So when I came by this post about a trio of research studies where students who used technology underperformed students who used pen...
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December 24th, 2014 Update

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Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! We will be releasing a minor update to ClassLink LaunchPad on Christmas Eve, December 24th. Login Page Enhancements Login page caching - improved load times Brute force detection changes - will throttle failed logins after 5 unsuccessful login attempts Two Factor image selection optimizations - reduced the amount of space required to render images Two Factor image workflow streamlined - less clicking Hide show password icon - disable the ability to view the password on the login form My Apps speed enhancements We have added caching ...
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Big Data in Education

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  Yesterday I spent the afternoon at the 2014 Data Summit & Expo hosted by the NJ Technology Council. NJTC was founded by @maxineballen and they are a great group of passionate people dedicated to helping grow technology and life sciences companies in New Jersey. The event was all about cloud computing, data centers, and Big Data. I participated in a panel on Big Data with David Shillingford, Abdul Naushad, Mike Onghai, and Jennifer Core as moderator. Feedback after the session was very positive and so I think our group connected with the room! My part was to share what Big Dat...
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LaunchPad Fall 2014 Release Notes & Webinar

Eductaional Technology Development
LaunchPad Fall Release Notes & Webinar We will be releasing a major update to ClassLink LaunchPad this fall to all users. Join our free webinar to see a preview of all the new enhancements. Earn 1 hour of PD credit for attending. Feel free to ask any questions related to the update or new features you would like to see in the future. Register Now Two Factor Authentication Users will have the option to choose to have 2 forms of authentication when logging into LaunchPad. SMS Text - link your phone to LaunchPad Image verification - pick 2 images Active Directory Password...
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A Guide to Professional Development in Education, Part 1

Administrator and Teacher Collaboration
In this multipart blog series I will be investigating Professional Development (PD) in education and based on research will help put together a guide for schools and school districts to use in the implementation of PD.  The term professional development (PD) is spoken very freely in education.  The connotation that follows this term will vary from position to position.  Administrators may look at it as the main way to provide tools for teachers.  Teachers dread many PD services because they do not feel the content is useful or meaningful to them and their classroom (Guskey & Yoon, 200...
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