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How we turned around our wireless network performance and security – Education Article

[Editor’s note: Welcome to our newest feature, Turnaround Tuesdays. Each week, we will share a story about how a district used technology in schools to improve something. Come back each week for insight on transforming everything from reading scores to wireless network performance.] Demographics: Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD), with 67 schools, 6210 employees, and 63,061 students is the largest school district in northern California and fifth-largest in the state. Biggest challenge: Like most school districts, EGUSD is part…

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Are Students Off-Task in Class on Phones? There’s an App for That! – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: Are Students Off-Task in Class on Phones? There’s an App for That! Are Students Off-Task in Class on Phones? There’s an App for That! As teachers and administrators, grappling with off-task behaviors and distractions when it comes to student phones in the classroom has occurred at some point. Recently I recently learned about Pocket Points, an app that educators are using to promote better decision-making amongst students with the goal of keeping them off their phones when…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

Arthur Elementary School (@Arthurokcps) in Oklahoma City Public Schools (@okcps) is one of just 114 schools nationwide participating in Apple’s ConnectED program. Every teacher and student at Arthur Elementary has an iPad tablet computer. This is the third year of the project, and yesterday teachers, students and administrators hosted an open house at Arthur to showcase how iPads are becoming part of “normal classroom routines” to help students learn, grow, and become contributing members of our Oklahoma City community. Dr.…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

This podcast features three different recordings from the 2018 Ohio Educational Technology Conference, which was held in Columbus, Ohio, February 12-14, 2018. The first is an interview with high school students who have learned how to create interactive games using Scratch software. They also have created DIY game controllers using the MakeyMakey and supplies like tin foil, cardboard, alligator clips, play dough, and bananas. The second interview is with high school senior Arthur Bodenschatz, who is part of the broadcast…

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5 steps to successfully run a student-led tech team – Education Article

One-to-one device initiatives have exploded in popularity and have dramatically changed the classroom environment. Dedicated device access doesn’t just benefit students through improved educational outcomes, but also benefits districts by enabling innovation and providing a clear return on educational investment. IT teams, however, can struggle with the greatly increased burdens of managing fragmented device platforms, and the increased staffing that 1:1 initiatives often demand can limit funding for other important initiatives. In 2016, Lafayette (IN) Catholic School System was preparing…

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8 ways to reduce device damage in 1:1 programs – Education Article

As a technology user, I have over the years: Dropped and broken my phone’s screen Spilled liquid on my laptop’s keyboard, frying the motherboard Pulled the cord out a device, breaking off the connection Pushed a monitor off my desk onto the floor Left my computer bag on top of my car’s roof, and driven off These acts were, believe me, unintentional. The costs of these mistakes wound up coming out of my own pocket. So I have a degree…

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