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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