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Leveraging big data
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Leveraging big data with connected content for stronger academic outcomes

School Management

Data has been used as a tool to evaluate metrics that demonstrate why students should choose one learning center over another: enrollment rates, higher graduation rates, and better test scores. But these do not directly correlate to better student outcomes. To ensure that, you should leverage the power of Big Data. We recommend 4 considerations for doing so.

Instructional Technology Coaching
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12 Rules of effective Instructional Technology Coaching [INFOGRAPHIC]

School Management

Instructional Technology Coaching (ITC) is a prevalent method of deploying on-going professional development for teachers, with a specific focus on the integration of technology into both the curriculum, as well as the method of instruction. So herewith 12 rules I have developed, using the resources you will find at the end of the blog, to keep your coaching relevant, interesting and even fun.

tracking academic performance can nip (cyber)bullying in the bud
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How tracking academic performance can nip (cyber)bullying in the bud

School Management

Around 17% of American students experience bullying two to three times a month and according to the US Department of Health & Human Services, 50 percent of children aged 4 through 12 are bullied. Aside from children reporting instances of bullying and cyberbullying to their parents and teachers, experts note that the public school system has other options to help students. Tracking a student’s performance is one of those ways.

education by the numbers
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Education: by the numbers

School Management

I prefer narrative studies in this blog, digging for real-world examples of teachers and schools that are making a difference. But data can also tell an interesting story, and I thought to share with you some interesting facts and figures that, when viewed at a distance, show us how far we have come as a national body of educators, and how far we have left to go in terms of challenges ranging from poverty gaps, staff equity and school infrastructure.

reasons why 1:1 programs fail
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Top 4 reasons why 1:1 programs fail

School Management

There is among K-12 schools a veritable on-rush to put a device in the hands of every student; a laudable and necessary ambition. However, while there are certainly successes, very many teachers and superintendents report that 1:1 programs are not correctly integrated, that the necessary training is not available, and that the focus is very much more on the “device” than what the device can do in terms of enhanced learning opportunities and outcomes.

Micro-credentials for teacher PD
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Micro-credentials for teacher PD: Why? What? How?

School Management

Despite the advantages, PD is a challenge for many teachers. Not only do they not necessarily have the time to complete the required PD hours, but in many instances PD courses do not necessarily fit with their particular professional interests or are not nuanced enough to address specific professional goals. Fortunately technology, specifically in the form of micro-credentials, makes everything easier.

implementing a 1:1 program
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5 steps for implementing a 1:1 program

School Management

1:1 programs have proven to contribute to better academic results for students and many schools and districts have already joined the trend. In an attempt to simplify what it means to implement a 1:1 program in a school, here are five steps to follow so that it’ll be successful. These steps offer a basic journey from thinking about going 1:1 to actually doing it.

Professional Development for teachers
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Professional development for teachers is key to ed-tech success

School Management

With all the intricate aspects of running a school or university, combined with limited or strict budgets, professional development for teachers has often been put on the back burner. But if schools want to implement education technology in the classroom successfully, they need to understand that supporting teachers during this process is vital. PD for teachers has to be high up on the priorities list of school leadership everywhere.

Don’t forget about pedagogy when chasing technology
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Don’t forget about pedagogy when chasing technology!

School Management

The children who go to school today will surely engage with unforeseen technologies in their future. It is schools’ ultimate job to prepare students for the future, so adopting technology in the classroom might not be such a bad idea. Deciding to adopt technology in their schools, choosing the right ed-tech and supporting teachers in using it are the three most important challenges school leaders must overcome.

ensuring online safety in schools
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Ensuring online safety in schools is everyone’s business

School Management

As education becomes more and more digital, with increasing number of devices accessing networks, educational institutions face a new wave of threats, like cyber-attacks, cyberbullying, sexting, online radicalization, and even human error breaches. Therefore, all stakeholders of the educational system need take measures in order to ensure all students can develop in a safe learning environment.

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