Category Archives: Ed Tech

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Another wave! More Technology hits the Classroom!

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Another wave of technology strikes the classrooms as Kindle e-readers are introduced to fifth graders in Oneida, New York. North Broad Elementary School has set their sights on a new method of technology to further promote reading habits to their young students. Angie Sayles, a fifth grade teacher at North Broad, along with special education teacher Heidi Rush, have introduced…

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2010 Report Indicates AP Status in US? How are we doing?

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The College Board recently released its 6th Annual AP Report to the Nation.* It’s gratifying to note that over 68% of U.S. high school graduates now enter college.  However, about half of first-year college students take at least one remedial course so it is “not enough simply for secondary schools to help students gain admission.” As the study examines AP…

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National Ed Tech Plan – the Map is Here and Clear

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The U.S. Department of Education lays out milestones for Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology.* As we approach the end of the first decade of the 21st Century, this report provides valuable checkpoints to evaluate where our individual districts stand. The plan calls out five specific areas where it’s crucial to have specific technology goals: Learning, Teaching, Assessment, Infrastructure…

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2010 Survey Results- What’s up with educational technology?

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SETDA (State Educational Technology Directors Association) recently released its 2010 report, Innovation through State Leadership, National Educational Technology Trends.* The comprehensive seventh annual report focuses on ESEA, Title II-Part D and lays out the latest in educational technology by compiling data collected from all 50 states and the Department of Education. Five key trends are outlined, including: Educators are taking…

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FY11 Tech Budget – what to expect

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A recent eSchool News article, “FY11 Budget Plan Folds Ed Tech into New Program,” examines education funding in President Obama’s proposed 2011 budget.  As the article explains, the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program ‘would be consolidated with several other grant programs into a new initiative called Effective Teaching and Learning for a Complete Education.’ The new initiative would focus…

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