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Online RtI platform gives teachers more time to teach

DA Custom Publishing
March, 2017

Janna Payne Sells remembers well “the crate”—a 75-pound behemoth crammed with 200-plus folders she needed to review as instructional facilitator for an inner-city, dual-immersion, Title I elementary school. 

STEM/STEAM school products

Steven Wyman-Blackburn
March, 2017

Today’s educators need versatile products that can be used to teach more than one aspect of STEAM. Schools want to engage students with hands-on activities that, for example, blend art and reading with core science and math instruction.

School students interpret classic literature with modern tech

Ray Bendici
March, 2017
ACTION—Students at New Rochelle High School in Westchester County, New York, write and shoot their interpretations of classic literature as part of English curriculum.

At New Rochelle High School, about 20 miles north of New York City, students use smartphones and tablets to create short movies based on classic works of literature.

School buildings on autopilot

Brian Nadel
March, 2017
SAVING THOUSANDS—Cheshire Public Schools in Connecticut saves $390,000 in electricity costs thanks in part to automatic lighting. Superintendent Jeffrey Solan is a strong advocate of the internet of things.

When the central Connecticut town of Cheshire moved to reduce power use, it upgraded six of its eight public schools with the latest internet of things technology. The plan combined energy-efficient LED fixtures with sensors and cloud-based servers that automatically turn the lights off in an empty room or adjust brightness.

The district cut its electricity bill by 84 percent, saving about $390,000 out of an annual $65 million budget.

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