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Messaging and Communication Are Not the Same Thing

  By Ellen Lee With changes happening daily in school systems, being proactive in communicating with parents is more important than ever. You’ve likely increased the frequency of your messaging to get everyone on the same page. So why does it feel like the information isn’t getting through? The reason has a lot to do

8 Tips to Help Manage Increased Tech Usage During Back to School

  With schools relying on education technology more than ever this year, preparing for a significant surge of online usage and the possible impact this could have on your systems should be on every tech leader’s mind this back-to-school season. Most schools are starting either fully or partially online, which means there’s a potential for

Best Practices for Parent Communication During COVID

  By Amanda Richards Especially during a time of crisis, there is not a “one size fits all” solution to parent communication during COVID-19. What may be the perfect amount of communication for one parent might be too much communication for another parent. Similarly, what one principal may feel is reasonable for communication may not

Digital Contact Tracing: Academic Applications Beyond Pandemic Response

  By Jana Rankin Contact tracing has emerged as one of the most recognizable terms of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the actual practice has long been used to unravel complex human interactions and recreate them within specific parameters such as location, duration, or physical proximity. While we are all aware that health officials are applying

Educators Go the Distance

  By Sandra Love Educators are going the distance to keep learning moving onward and to build connections while maintaining a high standard of excellence. During this time of planning and delivering a new mode of learning, we must shift our perception to focus on how to best navigate these unusual times. As educators, it

Use Technology to Boost Parent Communication

  By Erin Wing When I started teaching 1994, I had no computer in my classroom or at home. No email! Life in a pre-email teaching world definitely had its pros and cons, but teachers and parents today probably agree that technology has made communication easier. Here are just a few handy tech tools to

A New Approach to Ensuring Tech Access and Accountability

  Technology is a powerful—and often essential—tool for learning in today’s modern learning environments. With a laptop, tablet, or other Internet-connect­ed device, students can access software and videos that allow them to learn at their own pace, connect with subject matter experts from around the world, collaborate with their peers using shared online platforms, and

10 Reasons to Bring Your School Lunch Software to the Cloud

  The school lunch process has come a long way from the days of sending kids to school with a few dollars and some change for dessert. Today’s school systems must have the right technology in place in order to maximize efficiency and stay on target for budgets and that simply can’t be done without

9 Reasons to Build an Ebook Collection at Your School Library

1. Engaging Students in Learning Useful features commonly found in ebooks can engage readers more thoroughly than traditional books. Readers can highlight, draw, annotate, write journals, and cite sources using ebook features. Reluctant and struggling readers benefit the most from ebooks that involve the senses. ebooks can give students a full reading experience by emerging

The Best Ways to Use Tablets in the Classroom with Students

By Jamie Goodwin There are lots of ways to use tablets in the classroom to benefit your students. Try these eight ways to utilize these devices to increase your students’ experience. Watch Video Clips Whenever you can tie videos into a lesson, you can cater to your visual learners. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy watching a
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