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Upcoming Webinar – School Boards: Speak their language and Win support

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Webinar Date: Thursday, June 16, 2014 Time: 3pm eastern /12pm pacific Duration: 60 min Cost: free Register Here School Boards: Speak their language and win support Register for Webinar Here Tired of hearing ‘no’ from school board members? Successful education technology initiatives require leadership buy-in. Having a supportive school board can make all the difference. Join our interactive webinar on…

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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…

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Communication and Collaboration, the fastest growing skill requirements today

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Communication and collaboration, these may be the fastest growing skill requirements today. There’s no doubt that critical thinking and tech literacy are important as well, but in my organization and nearly every other organizations I know, it’s the collective communication and collaboration skills that everyone counts on. Schools that excel in communication and collaboration skill building are schools that succeed. …

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LaunchPad November 2014 Release Notes

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What’s New In This Release We will be releasing a major update to ClassLink LaunchPad on Thursday, November 27th, focused around the login process and security. Login Page Enhancements Responsive interface, works on mobile devices Admin notifications and alerts Auto-provisioning of SAML/ADFS accounts Nested AD group support Hide login form, only show ADFS/UNI-C login buttons Allow users to reset their AD password…

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LaunchPad June 2014 Release Notes

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LaunchPad June 2014 Release Notes On Wednesday, June 11th, we will be releasing our June update to LaunchPad. General Updates Improved the workflow for Assignments, single click to edit, no more downloading. Edit assignments directly with Zoho My Apps: Right click for Auto Login enabled apps to reset password Request Auto Logins from Resource Library New LaunchPad Agent Our Agent…

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1 Millionth Active User!

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Congrats Team LaunchPad, our 1 millionth active user! We have reached another milestone here at ClassLink since the introduction of our web version of LaunchPad, our 1 millionth active user! January 2014 Release Notes Resource Library Streamlined user interface Class Apps and My Apps have the same UI Enterprise category – admins can add apps to resource library Voting Descriptions…

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LaunchPad Update 12.13.2013

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LaunchPad Maintenance Release Hello all. This week we will be releasing a small maintenance release that addresses a few minor issues along with improvements to the Inbox Module. Inbox Preview Video Inbox Enhancements Improved style with more rows visible at once Reply all Inbox Signatures Additional formatting options Sliding action menu Focus moved to subject field on compose by default…

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Things To Be Thankful For

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Happy Thanksgiving We here at ClassLink would like to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving and holiday weekend! A big thanks to the people at Hudson Falls for taking time out of their day to stop by our office for onsite training and feedback. We always take your feedback seriously and if there is something you think we need…

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LaunchPad Update 2013.11.28

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The Never-ending Quest for Speed Hello again! Thursday, November 28th, we are pushing out a small update after the great feedback received from the last major update. General Updates Load Optimizations The system has been optimized and leverages additional CDN end points across the globe. All static content will now be cached for a full year and bundled to dramatically…

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REST APIs? What are they?

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Brief Primer on REST APIs When we speak to technology administrators, we mention our REST APIs and how they can be leveraged to integrate with our system and usually get questions related to “What are REST APIs?” Click here for a wiki article Here is a short summary of REST APIs and why they are awesome. When we redesigned LaunchPad,…

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Active Directory Auto Provisioning Live

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Active Directory Auto Provisioning Live You have asked and now we have delivered! With the new Active Directory auto provisioning feature, you no longer have to manually sync your users into LaunchPad. When a new user logs into LaunchPad, LaunchPad will automatically sync their account and group membership on first login. How do I enable this feature? Simple, contact our…

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1 Click Login to LaunchPad

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1 Click Logins to LaunchPad? One of the best features of LaunchPad is to leverage your existing Google or other social networking accounts for 1 click logins to LaunchPad. It’s easy to setup and once you have linked your social networking account to LaunchPad, you will quickly see why I use this method personally. Setup Sign in with using Google…

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Why we are moving to node.js

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Why node.js? This past year we have investigated new technologies to handle the upcoming scaling problems we faced with Apache and Php. We discovered node.js and were immediately impressed by its architecture, most importantly the non-blocking nature of its event engine. Of course you can make Apache and Php scale but the effort to tweak the system was not worth…

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LaunchPad Update 2013.11.10

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Our Largest Update to LaunchPad Yet! Today we are pleased to announce the immediate availability of our largest update since the inception of LaunchPad, Your Personal Cloud Desktop. This update includes improvements to all aspects of the system from a brand new UI and blazing fast client-side framework. Guided Tour A brand new guided tour has been created to welcome…

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Virtualization, Thin Clients, and Energy Consumption

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In previous posts I documented a financial strategy that allows the average district to afford ubiquitous and/or one-to-one computing. This week I want to broaden the strategy to energy savings. It’s amazing what a significant savings replacing traditional ‘fat clients’ with ‘thin clients’ can be. The University of Pennsylvania produced the energy graph below which shows the average PC drawing…

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New Paradigms Needed

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From a teaching and learning perspective 1:1 computing makes complete sense and the positive results of this approach have been well researched and documented. More widespread access to computers makes it possible for students and teachers in schools to transition from occasional, supplemental use of computers for instruction to more frequent, integral use of technology across a multitude of settings…

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Can netbooks and virtualization make 1:1 computing possible?

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Niagara Wheatfield School District, a rural upstate NY school district wanted to investigate the efficacy of the new and emerging ‘best practices’ that could make 1:1 computing possible for the average school district. The district is now near the end of a their ‘proof of concept’ stage which tested a combination of 1:1 computing, virtualization, sub $500 mini notebooks, and the use of obsolete…

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Cloud Computing, Virtualization, and K-12 Education

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Thomas Bittman of the Gartner Group has written a thought provoking blog post on Cloud Computing and K-12 education. Bittman begins his piece by letting us know that he is serving as a volunteer on the technology planning committee of his home school district. His first impression? The web, social software and cloud computing will definitely have an impact on…

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Newly enhanced RDP client from HP

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One of the biggest gripes of the RDP protocol was its inability to provide the same experience for the end users as to what they’d expect from a standard PC when accessing rich multimedia applications and streaming video. Although, Citrix’s ICA client helped alleviate this pain for many schools the costs didn’t out weigh the overall benefit. If you are…

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Network Paradigm Shifts Can Create Ubiquitous Computing Environments Without Increasing the Tech Budget

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Cross Posted at Ed Tech Journeys Recommendation: Shift the current ‘Distributed Network’ paradigm to the emerging practice of ‘Virtualization’. There are several technical approaches to virtualizing networks but, in general, most involve running software on centralized servers rather than on the hard drives of thousands of computers distributed throughout the school district network. In a virtualized environment the local computer…

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4 Trends That Could Change Everything

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From the E-School News article by Gregg Downey Experts point out there are several well established technology trends that are poised to have a significant impact on the world. Gregg Downey points out that: “…educators might do well to take heed of four of the more ubiquitous of these trends, which I’ll allude to by means of these labels: (1)…

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5 things to know about Virtualization

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Virtualization is one of the hottest topics in IT today and according to Gartner’s 2008 report “Virtualization changes Virtually Everything” by the year 2012 virtualization will be the highest impacting trend for changing the infrastructure and operations.  More hardware and software vendors are adding support and designing virtual infrastructures than ever before.  IDC, a leading research firm states that today only…

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