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3 Can’t Miss Highlights from the K-12 Horizon Report

3 Can’t Miss Highlights from the K-12 Horizon Report

For fifteen years, the annual K-12 Horizon Report has served as a cornerstone document for many school districts. Created by New Media Consortium (NMC) in partnership with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), the report has been used by leaders to establish their district goals and plans relative to educational technology, while identifying trends in … Continue reading 3 Can’t Miss Highlights from the K-12 Horizon Report

6 Practical Safeguards to Protect Student Data

6 Practical Safeguards to Protect Student Data

As schools are preparing students to learn and utilize 21st century skills, it’s natural that students and their teachers are using more and more resources online. As a result, student information is being placed into information and learning management systems that are online. Not only is there a legal obligation to protect student data through … Continue reading 6 Practical Safeguards to Protect Student Data

4 Essential Tips to Navigating Change in a District

4 Essential Tips to Navigating Change in a District

Tall ships are quite a majestic sight to see. Imagine sails being stretched by the invisible wind and the crew actively tending to their posts as if in a well-choreographed dance with each other and the ship. As the seas change from calm to turbulent waves, the crew is able to anticipate the needs for … Continue reading 4 Essential Tips to Navigating Change in a District

Leadership Matters: Inspiring a Team Mindset

Leadership Matters: Inspiring a Team Mindset

“Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” – John C. Maxwell You might have heard that “leadership matters.” Maybe you read about it in a business book. Maybe you have preached about it yourself. But have you ever thought about what that phrase truly means? Many use it as a … Continue reading Leadership Matters: Inspiring a Team Mindset

Six Student Data Privacy Practices for Success

Six Student Data Privacy Practices for Success

This month, California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris released a report entitled Ready for School: Recommendations for the Ed Tech Industry to Protect the Privacy of Student Data.  Access to student data is essential for school officials, including teachers, in order to adjust instruction and school improvement planning to match the needs of students. However, student … Continue reading Six Student Data Privacy Practices for Success

7 Can’t Miss Blogs to Jumpstart the School Year

7 Can’t Miss Blogs to Jumpstart the School Year

The freshly-polished hallways and classrooms across the country are filling up once again as another school year begins. Many students are showing up with a renewed enthusiasm for learning, with many teachers eager to help them become lifelong learners. But for educators, every school year also comes with new challenges. With several mandates, new legislation and ways … Continue reading 7 Can’t Miss Blogs to Jumpstart the School Year

Need for Better Assessment Emphasized in 2016 National Education Technology Plan

Need for Better Assessment Emphasized in 2016 National Education Technology Plan

For past generations of educators, the notion of “everywhere, all-the-time learning” might’ve sounded too good to be true. But modern educational technology says otherwise. The Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology recently unveiled its 2016 National Education Technology Plan, entitled Future Ready Learning: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education. Released every five years … Continue reading Need for Better Assessment Emphasized in 2016 National Education Technology Plan

Five Factors in Designing a Successful Blended Learning Model

Five Factors in Designing a Successful Blended Learning Model

The goal of every school district is for students to be successful and educators agree that blended learning is an essential contributor to this success. But as with any new program, technology or approach, there are a number of factors that will increase the chances of successful implementation.  In an effort to help schools and districts succeed in their … Continue reading Five Factors in Designing a Successful Blended Learning Model