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Students will need creativity, critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills to succeed in college and future careers. To facilitate those skills, teachers need effective professional development to best use and integrate technology in the classroom. This web seminar, originally broadcast on June 5, 2014, featured an administrator from Richland School District Two, who shared expertise on how she helped launch a 27,000-student 1-to-1 program with Google Chromebooks and Apps for Education with the goal of improving student learning.

The 9,000-student Council Bluffs Community School District in Iowa was one of the first K12 districts in the country to use Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education in a 1-to-1 implementation, beginning in 2011. The district has seen improved student achievement, rising graduation rates and decreasing dropout rates, with some of the most significant improvement in the state.

At the Momentous School in Dallas, a program powered by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, all students are instructed through a variety of brain-compatible approaches and given learning opportunities that are built upon caring, respectful relationships. The school serves 248 students from age 3 through fifth grade, 87 percent of whom qualify for free or reduced lunch. Students are tracked for success all the way through college graduation.

The innovative new facilities, unique classroom design and 1-to-1 technology program at Bridgeport Public Schools integrate to transform learning at the system level.

Having committed to introducing greater digital resources to its curriculum, as well as strategies such as blended learning and flipped classrooms, West Bloomfield Schools in Michigan needed a cost-effective solution to get computers in the hands of its 6,600 students

This tablet can be laid flat to handwrite notes with a stylus in class and can be switched to laptop mode to record lectures. The Snap feature allows two apps to be open side-by-side on Surface Pro 3 so students can view research while they write a paper. Users also can store documents, videos or photos on the OneDrive cloud storage.

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2014

Used for BYOD or 1-to-1 initiatives, FileWave’s all-in-one scalable software helps IT administrators manage a growing population of mobile devices, users and content. It supports both desktop and mobile devices across Mac, Windows, iOS and Android.

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2014

Designed to handle K12 BYOD and 1-to-1 initiatives, OmnID is an identity management solution that provides single sign-on to a district’s web portal and configures to student information systems. It assigns web privileges and moves users to their appropriate location depending on rules defined by administrators.

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2014

Accessible from any device, LaunchPad is ideal for BYOD and 1-to-1 initiatives in schools. Its personalized cloud desktop gives students and teachers access to school from anywhere with any PC, Mac or Android device. LaunchPad includes a homework dropbox, calendar and other collaboration tools, and allows users to access popular education applications.

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2014

Designed specifically for education, this tablet allows teachers to supervise and control students’ devices to help keep their focus on their studies and lessons. Educators can also provide differentiated learning through the LearnPad by selecting and assigning appropriate classroom resources for each student’s skillset.

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2014

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