Category Archives: K-12

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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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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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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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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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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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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Cautious Optimism for HS Graduation Rates

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Gauging Graduation, Pinpointing Progress* highlights results of Diplomas Count 2009, a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation report, and Education Research Center findings.  For the ten year period of 1996-2006, U.S. public school graduation rates rose by 2.8%.Study findings include: Gains were stronger among non-Hispanic whites than for minorities Graduation rates have risen faster in high-poverty school systems and in urban…

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Economic Stimulus Money for K-12

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On Thursday January 15th, House Democrats released their proposal for an economic stimulus package.  With over $825 billion of appropriations this stimulus package is one of the largest ever proposed, including $142 billion allocated to education in hopes to provide schools with much needed aid in construction, technology, Title I, and educational aid for homeless children.  This incisive effort towards…

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Prolonging the Life Cycle of Your Investment

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Recently I attended several different meetings with a similar story line. Each school district had purchased a lot of computers in a given year. Think of it as an acquisition ‘bubble’. Now, 5 or 6 years down the line, these machines were becoming more and more obsolete and needed to be replaced. The problem? The current budget could not accommodate…

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5 things to know about Virtualization

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Virtualization is one of the hottest topics in IT today and according to Gartner’s 2008 report “Virtualization changes Virtually Everything” by the year 2012 virtualization will be the highest impacting trend for changing the infrastructure and operations.  More hardware and software vendors are adding support and designing virtual infrastructures than ever before.  IDC, a leading research firm states that today only…

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