Category Archives: Blog

Register for Webinar: Single Sign-On User-Experience

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Upcoming Webinar Thursday, November 15 | 2 pm ET Join us for a first-hand account of what it's like to evaluate, implement, and manage a robust single sign-on, analytics, and rostering platform.  ClassLink will be accompanied by district leaders from Mineral Wells ISD, including David Oestreicher, Director of Technology and Janalee Martin, Instructional Technology Specialist. Learn how single sign-on has streamlined rostering,...
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Guest Post: Five Technologies Improving The K-12 Digital Learning Experience

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 How “Shaking Up” The Way They’ve Always Done It Is Now a Systemic Reality! Five Technologies Improving The K-12 Digital Learning Experience Guest Post by Dr. Veta New from Anderson School District Five, Anderson, South Carolina # 1 Chromebooks In 2013, under the direction of a new Superintendent, Mr. Tom Wilson, Anderson School District Five had one middle school take…

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Upcoming Webinar on edWeb.net

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Webinar Summary Join this interactive webinar to learn from one of Tennessee’s top-performing school districts. See why teachers and students enjoy fast, secure, and equitable technology access for all. Find out what this district did to make ed tech so powerful, and find out how you can do the same. FREE Webinar | Wednesday, August 22, 2018 | 3:00 pm...
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ClassLink Webinar: What’s New with Roster Server

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Webinar Summary With a new school year ahead, it's time to share what's new with Roster Server so you are prepared for back to school.  Join the ClassLink leadership team for a fast-paced update and demonstration of what we've done to enhance your Roster Server experience.  When Wednesday, July 11, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET Features to be covered:...
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Webinar: What’s New for Next School Year 18-19

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Webinar Summary With the school year winding down and/or in the record books, it's time to get ready for next year. Join the ClassLink leadership team for a fast-paced update and demonstration of what we're doing to make your next back to school season better than ever. When Wednesday, June 20, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET Topics to be...
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The Call for Automated Provisioning

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OneSync: Why Account Provisioning Matters Pain Points and Priorities Sometimes education CIOs have to prioritize very technical problems that non-technical peers might think are a lesser priority, principally because they are not well understood. But when a teacher can’t access her accounts, or a student isn’t finding his work inside a learning application, those problems become all too real, and…

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Driving Interoperability. Who’s Behind the Wheel?

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During the past year, I have interacted with many school districts, as well as held numerous meetings with publishers and technology leadership groups such as Microsoft, SEDTA, COSN, IMS Global, EdFi, and ISTE.  I must say that I am encouraged by the direction the industry seems to be headed.  I am optimistic that 2018 will continue to be the year…

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Technology in Schools

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ClassLink Community on edWeb ClassLink announced the sponsorship of an online community 'Technology in Schools' on edWeb.net. Through webinars and community discussions, we will share thought leadership insights with technology leaders and educators interested in learning more about Single Sign-On, Analytics, Interoperability, and Rostering solutions. We invite you to join this community to get notice of webinars and to engage in discussions...
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ClassLink Signs Data Interoperability Pledge

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ClassLink Signs Data Interoperability Pledge ClassLink is committed to providing secure access, privacy, and interoperability in our products while empowering customers, educators, and families to achieve an enhanced level of engagement in their students’ education. With a shared mission to leverage data to create better outcomes for students, save time for teachers, and increase efficiencies for schools, several organizations have come together to create Project Unicorn,…

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Lessons Learned from a Small District with a Big Voice

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  Webinar Title: Eliminating Barriers to Access, Single Sign-On Lessons Learned from a Small District with a Big Voice ClassLink celebrated Digital Learning Day by offering a new leadership webinar in which we heard from Joanne Najarian, Director of Digital Learning at Andover Public Schools, and Bob Chappell, ClassLink’s Vice President of Instructional Technology. Joanne offered a unique perspective on…

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Cast Your Votes! ISTE 2018 Crowdsourced Sessions

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ISTE launched their first-ever crowdsourced session selections for the 2018 conference in Chicago. Run and vote for your favorite sessions during #ISTE18: The Global Connect - 12 Tips for Joining In http://bit.ly/2qUj7Cz Description: Collaborative Internet projects use the Internet to its fullest potential by breaking down classroom walls and collaborating with students from around the world. These inquiry-oriented, problem-based projects bridge schools,...
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Is It Time to Embrace 21st-Century Learning Trends?

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Welcoming the future of education technology In 1988, a friend and mentor, Dr. William Bozeman, Professor Emeritus from the University of Central Florida penned an article for THE Journal that concluded two things that are still valid 30 years later: Implementation processes must be taken more seriously by administrators than in the past. Resources without appropriate faculty development will be…

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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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Horn or Halo Series – Digital Note Taking

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From the educators: “We often assume students are familiar with best practices for using digital tools when, in fact, what happens is they tend to use in a substitution manner instead of a transformative one.” –Sabba Quidwa, Director of Innovative Learning for the University of Southern California and an Apple Distinguished Educator. “Before making a blanket statement that one device…

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Graphite: A New Way to Discover Apps

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At last week’s DigiFest, one website in particular really struck me as a game-changer for teachers, especially as more and more classrooms are using digital learning resources almost every day. Graphite is a free website from Common Sense Education, and they make finding the perfect educational apps, games, and websites easy. Graphite has actual educators on staff who review thousands…

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DigiFest 2015

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Last week, I attended EdTech DigiFest 2015. Hosted by Common Sense Education, SAANYS and NYSCATE, Tali Horowitz, Senior Education Manager at Common Sense Education, was a presenter and she covered a range of topics (and some great videos!) all focused digital citizenship. The aim of Tali’s preso was to provide teachers with insights and real tools to teach students about…

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New Features – July 2015

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We have released several changes to LaunchPad, with many more on the way. A lot of these changes would not be possible without the feedback from our users. Keep it coming! Session Timeouts by Profile Administrators may now set a session timeout for profiles after a specified period of inactivity. The session timeout can be set between 15 minutes and…

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Horn or Halo Series – Smartphones

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Background: The Simon, accepted as the original smartphone, was introduced in 1993, (pre-Internet!). It was clunky and described as ‘brick-like’ by some; but, it had voice, data, PDA and even fax capabilities. Fast forward to today and estimates are we will soon surpass 2 billion smartphone users. According to a 2015 Pew Research Center study, nearly three-quarters of teens have…

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Horn or Halo Series – Twitter in the Classroom

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Background: Twitter launched in 2006 as an microblogging platform and now has over 300 million active users. It’s concise nature (max of 140 characters) allows for everything from instant news updates to social activism, business marketing, and, wait for it…  educational innovation. Through Twitter, teachers have a way of sharing resources with each other and with their students instantly. The…

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Horn or Halo Series – YouTube

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Welcome to our first Horn or Halo post. Here we take controversial EdTech topics, ones that can be considered both good and bad for the classroom and discuss them. Each post in this series offers some ‘horns’ and ‘halos’ before coming to a verdict. Background: In April 2005 you could watch a single 18 sec video. Ten years later, YouTube…

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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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