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December, 2018

When a robot created in a Kansas STEM class broke earlier this year, students didn’t have to buy a new part or wait for one to arrive in the mail. They simply walked to their HP Sprout Pro and used the 3D scanner to create a CAD file. From this, they used a 3D printer to produce a replacement part.

December, 2018

Q & A with Laura Spencer, Executive Director, Innovation and Design, Del Mar Union, San Diego, California

December, 2018

The more education goes digital, the more important it is to safeguard digital assets and data. But security and privacy issues are more critical and complex than ever. With budgets stretched to the breaking point, how do you implement a privacy and security strategy that makes the most of scarce resources? Intel Education can show you how.

Why is there so much focus on privacy and security right now?

Steven Blackburn
December, 2018

Leading With Intention: 8 Areas for Reflection and Planning in Your PLC at Work covers how to enhance professional learning communities and the importance of focusing on student success and creating an equitable learning environment.

Steven Blackburn
December, 2018
BLENDING IN—Adairsville Elementary stands on a residential block, so designers made sure the school’s roadways and sidewalks blended with the community’s roads and walkways. In addition to sound-absorbing flooring, the new structure features a computer room with projectors, while audio enhancement equipment is in all 53 classrooms. The building also has variable refrigerant flow HVAC units and blast-proof windows.

When Adairsville Elementary relocated to a larger building, the district was challenged to help the staff settle into a larger school and to salvage the old school’s athletic track for community use.

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What are some ways technology is increasing personal learning?

We are seeing a significant digital transformation. Mobility, cloud, storage, faster networks and innovative device form factors are combining to create a major change in how technology can be used in the classroom. The confluence of Common Core, E-rate policy, digital curriculum and tech innovation that began six years ago has accelerated.

With every student using Chromebooks and educators utilizing Apple or Windows products, Richardson ISD in Texas needed a wireless presentation solution that could accommodate all users. Technology Project Manager Darryl Balch soon realized that was easier said than done.

“We looked at five other presentation solutions, and some were specific to one operating system, or they didn’t work with our enterprise environment,” Balch says. “They either couldn’t set up proxies or would not work with our other layered security.”

Many districts have bus fleets that are over 10 years old. Why is this a growing problem?

Many school districts are having overall budgeting challenges and it’s difficult to come up with a large amount of capital for fleet replacements, which can range from $85,000 to $150,000 for a single bus. As a result, replacements get deferred for years, especially by districts that have great mechanics keeping these older buses running.

From top to bottom: Luci Willits, Associate Vice President, Policy, Curriculum Associates; Peter Swerdzewski, Director of Research, Curriculum Associates; Kimberly Wiggins, Assessment Coordinator, St. Vrain Valley Schools (Colo.); Patrick Kilcullen, Priority Programs Coordinator, St. Vrain Valley Schools (Colo.)

The Every Student Succeeds Act provides states and districts with increased autonomy to create accountability systems and improvement plans. In light of the opportunities created by ESSA, how can administrators use new test scores to engage stakeholders in the planning and improvement process? What broader measures of student success are districts using to determine school and teacher performance?   

From top to bottom: Danielle Bleecher, Education Consultant, Gale, a Cengage Company; Doreen Bergman, Program Coordinator, School Library System, Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES (N.Y.); Jeff Craig, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Cortland Enlarged City School District (N.Y.)

The most effective district PD initiatives are characterized by four distinct attributes: They are personalized, job-embedded, tied to evaluations, and ongoing and sustainable. These qualities will ensure PD efforts are successful.

In this web seminar, presenters discussed these four pillars and how to ensure a district’s PD aligns with them. Two New York school administrators described how they are incorporating PD content from leading publishers to build equitable, effective and sustainable PD programs, and offered strategies and insights for doing the same in any district.