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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.

tips for byod equity
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5 practical tips for BYOD equity [Infographic]

School Management

One issue that comes up pretty often in the implementation of a BYOD program is that of BYOD equity. How can schools ensure all their students can have access to the same quality of education, technology-wise? Here are five practical tips to make sure the technological differences among students are limited as much as possible.

adaptive learning
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Why should schools consider adaptive learning

School Management

I think that the learning process should be tailored to each individual, according to their needs and capabilities. Adaptive learning is the ultimate level of personalized instruction. In this type of learning, every answer provided and every action taken by the student is tracked, stored and analyzed. The returning result is a constantly adapting personalized learning path.

Smart classroom furniture
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Smart classroom furniture for the 21st century students

School Management

We’re 16 years into the new millennium, yet the standard classroom seems to be stuck into a long-gone past. Even though most teachers do their best in delivering 21st century instruction, the traditional classroom doesn’t seem to be an ally. On the contrary, the stiff rows of desks, and the teacher area vs. students area hinder the learning process rather than support it.

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