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4/7/2015

The need for a secure and protected digital learning environment in districts is paramount, but online testing raises serious security concerns. While conducting large-scale online testing requires advanced coordination that is both time consuming and complex, using iPads can save time and simplify the process, so teachers, students, and administrators can focus on teaching and learning, and being better prepared for online exams.

This collaborative learning software creates high-impact lessons. With the latest version, Notebook software can be standardized across all brands of interactive hardware across a district. Notebook also includes access to SMART Exchange, an online library with more than 60,000 free lessons and other teaching resources.

Reader Testimony: 

“The gallery in the SMART Notebook software has been so powerful for teachers and students alike due to the large variety of manipulatives (coins, counters, pictures, etc.) and interactive flash-based games that teachers and students can easily customize with their own content. The new internet browser feature has also allowed teachers and students to browse the internet within the software itself.” — Monica Nahas, digital learning specialist, Fort Bend ISD, Texas

Year: 
2014

The Skyward Management Suite allows teachers, administrators, and parents to follow students’ progress and use past data for ongoing analysis. Teachers can grade assignments from anywhere, and manage attendance, schedules, and discipline from one central location. Automated reports on student progress can be emailed to teachers and staff.

Reader Testimony: 

“Skyward has helped to bridge the communication gap between families and teachers, as well as getting students more actively involved in their education. With Skyward’s online registration ability, we have achieved huge cost savings with cutting the printing of registration packets and going completely online with the process.”

—Kyle Berger, executive director of technology, Cedar Hill ISD, Texas

Year: 
2013

This web-hosting provider and LMS platform streamlines the publishing of content to school websites and mobile sites. Teachers also have access to classroom management tools, including page templates for digital courses, a homework dropbox, and a lesson planner. SharpSchool can also integrate with third-party apps, such as Google Apps for Education.

Year: 
2013

LanSchool 7.7 is an online classroom management program that allows teachers to share their screens and block learning distractions like the internet, email, and games. This version includes distance teaching capabilities, allowing students to connect to the cloud network from their own devices. It also works with Stoneware’s iOS Teacher Assistant, iOS Student, and Android Student applications. It supports PCs, Macs, Linux, and Thin Clients.

Reader Testimony: 

“LanSchool is an invaluable classroom instruction and management tool. We are a blended learning tech school, so being able to monitor, remote control, share desktops, upgrade software, and control apps, websites, and hardware, all via one tool, is incredibly powerful for student learning.”

—Dmitri Calvert, technology director, Taos Academy STEM Institute, N.M.

Year: 
2013

District leaders have a new state-of-the-art data visualization tool at their disposal for making critical decisions. Guide K12’s geovisual analytics integrates student information systems with interactive web-based software to enable administrators to filter on any characteristic and run instant queries. Administrators feel confident expanding a school’s boundary or offering a specific program based on the data the system provides.

In this web seminar, originally broadcast on October 4, 2012, education technology experts and practitioners from K5 schools described how they are utilizing adaptive instructional technology as part of blended learning models to individualize and differentiate math instruction in the classroom.

What a difference a year—and online math practice—can make. 

Cherry Hill, N.J. students who struggled with math in first grade mastered their second-grade work after piloting IXL Learning that year. 

“Students love it,” says Waleska Batista-Arias, the former district technology coach who returned to the classroom. “We’ve even had parents write us thank-you notes.”

For administrators at the Grand View Public Schools in rural Oklahoma, small size and challenging student demographics shouldn’t stand in the way of providing a world-class, technologically rich education.

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There is a shortage across the nation of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in schools, which has caused some districts to choose virtual speech therapy, which, according to current research from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), a professional association for SLPs, can be as effective as traditional speech therapy.

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