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More on ClassLink Analytics

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In this series, we interview District Administrators about their experience with ClassLink Analytics. ClassLink Analytics shows digital learning resources and business tools usage by the school, grade, and individual. Custom, easy-to-read charts include ‘Logins Outside of School Hours’, ‘Top Applications, ‘Device Types’ and more. ClassLink Analytics is also available as a mobile app that tracks and reports data in real-time. I had...
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The Journey to Data Interoperability

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As Districts adopt more and more digital learning resources, data remains across multiple systems, igniting the need for greater data interoperability.   Without a streamlined place to manage all this data, educational leaders are faced with the uphill battle of how to effectively access and plan for student achievement. For educators, the challenge of siloed data needs to be resolved…

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ClassLink Analytics – The Data Your District Needs

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In this series, we present interviews with school districts using ClassLink Analytics. ClassLink Analytics shows digital learning resource and business tool usage by school, grade, and individual. With custom usage reports and a mobile app, our Analytics tool helps administrators evaluate the digital tools being used in their schools. Earlier this year, we rolled out an updated Analytics dashboard and have been…

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A Different Take on Technology Adoption in Education

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Let’s Talk About What K-12 Technology Adoption Really Means A quick scan of recent education technology headlines will reveal a number of companies announcing that a district has recently adopted their solution. The intent is to influence districts that are evaluating solutions by showcasing other districts that have made the same decision. However, what these technology adoption announcements fail to showcase…

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Back-To-School Tips for Instructional Technology Directors

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Words of Advice from a former Instructional Technology Director Having spent 40 years in a school district as a teacher, assistant principal, and district level Instructional Technology Director, this time of year brings back a familiar feeling. Much like a bird listens for the wind and looks for changes in the season to know when it’s time to head south, I…

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ClassLink Summer School: Conferences and Events

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As schools start winding down classes for the year, students get ready for a much needed summer break. Meantime, educators know that theirs is a year-round profession with summer a prime time for planning and professional development. Likewise, the team from ClassLink will use this summer as an opportunity to learn and grow professionally alongside our many school customers. Here’s...
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A Thank You Letter to My Teacher

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In Honor of Teacher Appreciation Week Dear Teacher, Remember that time in kindergarten we made ice cream from snow? That was one of a hundred fun activities we did throughout the year. And you reminded me a lot of my grandmother, which was pretty special. I used to wonder how someone with such a quiet voice commanded so much respect….

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Security of Equipment and Infrastructure (ISO Certifications)

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Below is a continuing series on security topics related to education technology and ClassLink. The original post is here. Infrastructure Security… Then and Now Back in the day (maybe not so far back for some schools!) network servers and other important computer equipment were kept in storage and janitor closets at the end of a hallway. These high tech broom closets served a…

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OneRoster from IMS… is it a spec or is it a standard? oh, and what’s the difference?

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Every now and again I hear people use the terms ‘technical specification’ and ‘technical standard’ interchangeably when it comes to IMS Global‘s OneRoster. At first I too used to flip-flop between those terms and then I decided to research it a bit through conversations with the folks at IMS and some good ole’ online searching… here’s what I found. Turns…

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Laws, Regulations, and Industry Standards (FERPA, COPPA, Student Privacy Pledge and more…)

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Below is a continuing series on security topics related to education technology and ClassLink. The original post is here. Understanding Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Enacted by Congress in 1974, this federal law applies to schools and it governs the access and distribution of school educational records. The law differentiates between ‘Directory Information’ (e.g. student name or other…

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Security… Trust, but verify

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When we present ClassLink to someone new, we’re occasionally asked about security. The question doesn’t come up as often as it did a few years ago when school districts were still in the infancy of ‘moving to the cloud’. In some ways, I suppose, the reason for the fall-off on security questions is that we’re all growing more comfortable with…

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More on IMS Standards and Data Interoperability

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“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”   I’m a fan of this Einstein quote and of anyone who can take complex ideas and communicate them succinctly. Speaking of complex ideas… The following is part 3 of a running series on ‘Understanding Data Interoperability Standards’. (i know what your thinking, so much for being succinct!) Even with all the available…

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Tech Worth Talking About

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As a teacher, I was always looking for new and fun ways to bring technology into the classroom. Fellow teachers would constantly share new ideas and we’d often talk about the tech we loved. Needless to say, now that I work at ClassLink - I love ClassLink. But that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped loving all of the other wonderful tech...
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Horn or Halo Series – Interactive Whiteboards

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From the educators: “If anything the history of [IWBs] to date is still a case study exemplifying the misplaced philosophy driving a lot of IT in education, namely ‘introduce first and think about how to use it later.’” THE Journal. “With proper planning, preparation, and training, it is a powerful instructional tool, which can be adapted for use with a…

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