Category Archives: Blog

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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Engaging Students through Modern Tools and Interfaces

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Students have long been expected to bring a backpack full of tools with them to school every day. Paper, pencils, pens and notebooks – the academic tools of the trade. But technology has often been closely monitored. Schools have provided computer access in libraries – closely monitored by network firewalls – and sometimes allowed laptops in classes, but rarely was…

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Expanding Possibilities with BYOT Policies

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There are plenty of arguments for and against bring your own technology. School districts are finding time and again, however, that the things they had worried about are often easy to address or avoid and the benefits are substantial. How substantial? Consider just a few of the major issues faced by today’s teachers and schools and how BYOT addresses them….

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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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Why the Time Has Come for BYOD In Your School

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BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, is one of the hottest buzzwords in education right now. It’s also a shock to the system of many old-school administrators and educators who have spent their careers fighting the outside devices students would bring into their schools. It’s no secret that the beepers of the mid-90’s are vastly different from today’s smartphones, tablets,…

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Get the eRate Edge for Your School in 2012

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For the 2012 year, eRate funding will be available for distribution to schools in the amount of nearly $2.3 billion. These funds and telecommunication discounts will be dispersed to schools and libraries to take advantage of. With the new eRate season right around the bend it’s beneficial to have some extra guidance as your school prepares an application. The following…

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Top Ways Schools Use Social Media Tools

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Use of smart phones, tablets, and mobile devices are receiving the green light in more and more of today’s schools, but a recent reader poll by eSchool News makes it clear that while social networking pages are a fun, interactive and quick communication path with students and parents – it’s still on pause. Social networking within the majority of schools…

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Traits of a Successful 21st-century Educator

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Many of today’s education-geared discussions and articles are largely centered on evaluating what skills are needed for students to prevail, but what teachers? A recent poll begged the question to readers, what skills are needed for an educator to be successful in the 21st-century classroom?   Responses were centered on teachers being a guide to students, and less focused on…

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Distance Education from an Undergraduate Perspective

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A recent NCES  analysis uncovered that 20% of all undergraduates had taken at least one distance education class during the 2007-2008 academic year. These findings surpassed those observed in both 1999 to 2000 which was at 8%, as well as in 2003 and 2004, which was observed at 16%. The study takes into consideration distance education as defined as a course taken for…

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Impactful Classroom Solutions – for the here and now!

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As school administrators consider where and how to implement cloud strategies some of their teachers are already ahead of the curve. More and more, educators are moving to the cloud by leveraging cloud-based tools, and in doing so are adding 21st century skills to student learning! Former senior education consultant from the University of Montana, John Kuglin is an educator…

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10 Real Ways to Model Technology

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Teaching veteran Heather Wolper-Gawron touches upon the latest news in education, curriculum design, educational policy and moreon her blog TweenTeacher. More recently, she wrote about “modeling” technology within the classroom versus “using” technology in the classroom. ClassLink thought this model of how to teach technology to students for interactive academic development was useful and worthy of sharing, but first, what’s the difference? How is…

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ClassLink Webinar Leadership Series – Upcoming Event!

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Join us on October 6th at 1p.m. for a free webinar as ClassLink gathers subject matter experts in the Instructional Technology field to analyze the topic of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). Our focus will be on, How will we make them into essential tools?   Many schools today are encouraging tech devices as learning tools in the classroom, while others are still…

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The Value of Tech-centric Classrooms

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Let’s resume our discussion from Tuesday, shall we? In Small steps, Big moves  we relayed the concerns put forth by this TNYT article In Classroom of Future, Stagnant Scores, which posed questions of technology’s true value as it continues to advance within schools. This piece referenced the high cost of technology, stating that there is no testing done or evidence…

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Small steps, Big moves

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As of late, it seems many teachers are vouching for a technology-centric classroom – allowing their students to work in group laptop sessions, blogging about an article they’ve read, or inserting new and interesting ways to bolster academic development, such as rap renditions (as mentioned a recent ClassLink blog, Alternative Teaching Methods). It’s no surprise that 7th grade English students are studying…

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The Importance of K-12 Classroom Arrangement

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School’s back in session! Summer 2011 has almost officially wrapped up with the majority of teachers, principals and students back at school. The overall classroom enviroment is bustling as the buzz of what’s to come this school year permiates the air. Both students and teachers are getting back into the swing of the daily grind as class schedules, studying and homework all take a front seat. When possible,…

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Today’s Multi-viewing Generation

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ClassLink was intrigued by this article about multi-screen viewing among students. Generally, multi-tasking is something to be praised, as most parents can attest to – our society often beckons us to be doing three things at once, but what about where our children are concerned? Some are raising their hand to say that maybe children should stay away from the…

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More in Favor of Technology Devices!

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It’s no surprise to us! ClassLink has been touting Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) and technology in the classrooms for years but we’re thrilled to see more and more joining the ranks. This here and now approach for instructional technology is being adopted by some to allow students use of their personal mobile devices, iPads, tablets, smartphones, and more. Need more…

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Technology Broadens its Reach

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ClassLink is a proponent of bring-your-own-tech (BYOT) initiatives – many schools are on the move to offer omnipresent technology within their districts. Districts that cannot afford devices for everyone are out to determine a policy that allows students to bring in their own products. “Districts should be focusing on providing high-speed wireless networks and devices for those that cannot afford…

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Is Technology a friend or a foe?

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ClassLink was intrigued by this article, ‘Is Your Technology Making You an “Emerging Human?”.  According to Sherry Turkle, and many others, technology may be changing us as we change technology. This article investigates some thought-provoking points centered on how technology may be making us better people. According to Phillip D. Long of University of Queensland, technology and social media may be…

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K-12 Career Studies Continue to Garner Attention

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Last week, ClassLink featured a blog on K-12 high schools, notably the state of Arkansas, and others that have been dedicating time, focus, and dollars to overhauling their technology career studies to more aptly prepare students to be future employees in the future workforce. In the coming month, more than 14M students will head back to school nationwide and many…

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Recognition for K-12 Technology Career Studies

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At ClassLink, we love to see the evidence of change! Of steps being taken towards tangible action, especially where it concerns education and learning for students all around the country. A solid example of this is a recent article that crossed our desks… This week Arkansas officials declared a new agenda they will be enacting which will directly target students…

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Closing the Gap for Future Learners

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Do you think K-12 technology is being used effectively? In your opinion, are most K-12 schools investing enough in IT to proactively enable future generation learning? A new study concluded that the answer is no to both of these questions. The report Unleashing the Potential of Technology in Education, was released this past month by Boston Consulting Group (BCG), calling for…

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Alternative Teaching Methods

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Conveying important learning concepts to students can be challenging. In recent years, a number of teachers have gone above and beyond creatively taking what would be considered boring learning methods and turning them into fun, creative concepts for their students. One such example, Mr. Duey, a middle school math teacher who’s academic rap song has gone viral. He takes the…

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Progression to the Cloud

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We are seeing increasing instances where K-12 schools are transitioning IT budget to cloud technologies. Recent research provides evidence that within 5 years time, education institutions will allot a quarter of their IT funds to the cloud. Per the polling, the majority of schools are now using a form of cloud technology. Out of these respondents only 27% were aware…

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shared insights

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While attending a superintendent conference in Atlanta (hot-lanta!!) this weekend there was a good deal of discussion around  innovation in technology in learning. A string of  thought leaders shared insights on where the U.S. K12 industry is in terms of  the use of technology in learning. As is sometimes the case on this topic, many shared that although much resources…

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Tech Tools Making Strides to Improve Literacy

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There is more and more evidence that technology tools are changing our schools from traditional learning methods to alternative ones. Digital platforms and blended learning models continue to shift the way students learn inside, and outside of the classroom.  While many schools are facing cutbacks they are getting smarter in their budget choices by using tech tools to their benefit, and ultimately…

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No More Excuses!

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There is a new method for getting homework done at one particular school. Center Middle School in Azusa, CA, is no longer accepting excuses from its students when it comes to incomplete or missing homework. Now students are being told, ‘You’ve been zapped.’ It began in December of 2010; when they implemented a program called ZAP (Zeros Aren’t Permitted). The…

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