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New Report Finds Technology Engages Students

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Classrooms that incorporate technology help students become more engaged with their studies, according to a Trends in Digital Learning report released at this year’s 2015 ISTE Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Researchers found over 90 percent of K-12 administrators say effective technology use helps achieve the core mission of education at their schools and better prepares students. Even parents agreed, with…

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4 IMS Global Standards Affecting K12

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(This post is a follow up to a previous article. Read part 1 here.) Here are the big four IMS Global Standards worth knowing about for K-12: LTI (a.k.a. Learning Tools Interoperability; LTI Link; LTI Launch Link; LTI Connector) LTI is a Standard for authenticating a user into another system and getting back specific content. There are multiple editions of…

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Beginners guide to IMS Global’s Big 4 Standards for K-12

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With roots originally in Higher Ed, IMS Global Learning Consortium has become the leader for open technology standards across education including K-12, corporate and government.  It’s increasingly useful for tech leaders of K-12 institutions to have a working knowledge of IMS and what they offer the industry. Here’s a primer to get you started. Who made up IMS Global? In…

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Why I Selected ClassLink. Twice.  

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As Director of Instructional Technology and Library Media at Orange County Public Schools in Florida, I led a team of technology and instruction enthusiasts always ready to explore new advances in technology, eager to find the best means for supporting teachers and students. That got us out of bed in the morning and yes, often kept us up at night….

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Growth in Digital Content and Julie’s 4 C’s

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In a post on THE Journal, Julie Davis, educator, tech-enthusiast and author of “Thoughts On All Things EduTechie Oriented” blog, describes 4 key elements of tech integration in classrooms. Her insights are spot on and it’s no wonder given her hands-on classroom experience. Julie’s 4 C’s are Creation, Consumption, Curation, and Connection. Although these particular ‘C’s’ might be thought of as timeless,…

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LACUE Leadership Summit 2015 Brings the Fun!

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This past week was the second ever Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE) 2015 Technology Leadership Summit in Baton Rouge, and the organizers did a great job. Members of our ClassLink team, Lindsey Velez and Gary LoMonaco, were there and met with our friends including Jake Ragusa from Ascension Parish, Rob Logan from Livingston Parish, Diane LeBlanc from Iberia…

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New LaunchPad Management Console is Live!

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The new LaunchPad Management Console is live!  The new console features a responsive interface and a new look & feel, with new features for all tenant administrators to enjoy. Documentation for the updated console can be found at https://www.classlink.com/docs/admins Join us Friday, June 12th at 2PM EST / 3PM PST for a webinar on the new update, where we will demonstrate the…

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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….

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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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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…

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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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