Category Archives: Blog

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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Benefits of Technologies in the Classroom

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Studies have shown that technology if used correctly will improve student achievement. 1. Margaret Honey, Katherine McMillan Culp, Robert Spielvoget, Critical Issue: Using Technology to Improve Student Achievement. 2. Cassidy Puckett and Saul Rockman, “Research Validation Report: Catapult K-12 Online Learning.” 3. What Works, C. (2007). Middle School Math. What Works Clearinghouse Topic Report: What Works Clearinghouse. 4. Rockman et al.Presentation for…

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A Guide to Professional Development in Education, Part 1

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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…

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Why Do We Need Cloud Computing in the Classroom?

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The importance of integrating technologies into schools is very widely researched in education.  There is a large body of research that confirms the benefits of technologies in the classroom. Among the newest technologies to impact EdTech is “Cloud Computing”. Cloud Computing simply means the ability to access applications, file storage, and collaboration tools from anywhere through the internet. It allows…

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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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Five Obstacles to Security in a Bring Your Own Device School

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For years, schools have been fighting to keep students from bringing their own laptops, phones and tablets to school – mainly because of security and access control. How can you stop students from using these devices for activities that are not allowed on school grounds, especially when connected to a school network? Technology has advanced rapidly in recent years, however,…

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Managing BYOD Security in a K-12 Classroom Environment

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For years, students have been bringing their own devices into classrooms and schools. Those schools often maintained strict policies regarding their use, requiring that they remain off during school hours, but as the number of devices has increased and their relative use in the classroom has as well, many K-12 districts are running BYOD pilot programs. If your district is…

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ClassLink Releases Revolutionary New Version of LaunchPad for iOS 6

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A new release of iOS, the operating system used by Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, usually means a host of new possibilities for app developers. When iOS 6 was released earlier this year, ClassLink took the opportunity to completely transform how students and teachers can use their flagship LaunchPad product on their Apple devices. Much of the shift is…

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Introducing the BYOD Guidebook from ClassLink!

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In the effort to make technology more accessible for our students, there are quite a few obstacles. Budgetary concerns are at the forefront. To address those concerns, visionary educational leaders have started advocating that students should be allowed to bring their own devices to school for educational use, in an effort called Bring Your Own Device or BYOD. There seems…

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