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2015 K-12 Wi-Fi Buyer’s Guide

Sponsor: Aerohive Networks
Posted: May 1, 2015

With the adoption of mobility accelerating in schools, classrooms are undergoing major transformations. This whitepaper highlights the challenges and network requirements for adopting current classroom technology trends like Common Core curriculum and online standardized testing, new mobile learning devices such as the Google Chromebook and the Intel-based Ultrabook, and the modernization of digital displays and print infrastructures with Apple TV.

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Improving Student Outcomes with Advanced Analytics

Sponsor: SAS
Posted: May 1, 2015

Perhaps the most influential factor in the future of our economy is public education. Empowering educators through more effective analysis of data will ensure that students are better prepared for college, the workplace and the global marketplace.

Read about some of the key benefits of using data analysis, including the ability to truly differentiate instruction and provide an earlier response to intervention. Data analysis can also give teachers the ability to tailor their own professional growth plans, which ultimately cultivates student success.

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Nurturing the Middle School Mathematical Mind

Sponsor: DreamBox
Posted: April 16, 2015

Download the Nurturing the Middle School Mathematical Mind white paper to learn:

  • Best practices to improve the math achievement of every middle school student
  • How middle school students learn best
  • Key social and emotional characteristics of the middle school mind

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7 Ways to Engage Students in Complex Texts

Sponsor: Amplify
Posted: April 15, 2015

With all the changes happening in middle school students’ lives, keeping them engaged can be challenging. How can you help them stay focused to develop the strong analytical, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills required by the new standards?

Our guide, Seven Strategies for Engaging Middle-Schoolers in Complex Texts, provides insight from curriculum and early adolescence experts on the best ways to help students develop close-reading skills: the ability to dig deeply into challenging texts, analyzing every detail and grasping both literal and inferential meanings.

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Paying for Personalized Learning: A How-to Guide

Sponsor: Education Elements
Posted: April 1, 2015

Funding a technology initiative is expensive, but not impossible, if you know where to look. In “Paying for Personalized Learning: A How-to Guide” we discuss how you can cover the cost and provide examples from districts across the country. Learn how to find new dollars, stretch current dollars, and make personalized learning a reality in your district!

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Message Received: A Guide for Building a Successful K-12 Communication Strategy

Sponsor: Blackboard
Posted: April 1, 2015

Are you ready to go mobile? Do you know which devices your community prefers? This guide can help. Learn from 12 communication leaders who have made the leap to digital based on powerful data, comprehensive blueprints, and customized strategies.

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Student-Centered Learning with a Learning Platform

Sponsor: itslearning
Posted: April 1, 2015

Student-centered learning occurs when students are given a voice and choice in their learning and encouraged to gather knowledge themselves. When students are inspired to create rather than consume, teachers become facilitators and guides. This empowers students to take ownership of their learning. The process of tailoring teaching, homework and feedback ensures that students are 'seen' and improves student-teacher relationships.

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"Where's Your Proof?" Teaching Students to Use Evidence

Sponsor: The Great Books Foundation
Posted: March 1, 2015

Citing textual evidence is about more than rattling off quotes from a text. It involves selecting and interpreting just the right evidence so students can support their interpretations. This article offers 13-teacher and expert-tested strategies that will strengthen your students’ ability to find and use evidence from any text. It also shows 10 useful anchor charts that you can use to reinforce students’ skills when it comes to finding and using textual evidence.

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Facilitate a New Kind of Learning

Sponsor: JAMF Software
Posted: March 1, 2015

As the digital classroom evolves, Mac and iPad programs lead the way, supporting new school and classroom initiatives. This report outlines how devices and software can bring customized learning and personalized instruction together by providing alternative instructional paths, evolved learning environments, and smooth classroom transitions that keep student actively engaged.

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Improving Student Outcomes with Personalized Learning

Sponsor: Edgenuity
Posted: February 15, 2015

Researchers have pinpointed five hallmarks of effective personalized learning environments: ongoing assessments and real time feedback to inform instruction, customized learning paths based on student ability profiles, explicit instruction to help students solidify concepts and skills, multiple instructional modalities to make instruction accessible for all learners, and interactive activities that promote critical thinking. Discover how these principles are incorporated into Edgenuity MyPath™ to support a truly differentiated learning experience.

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Turn and Face the Strain: Age Demographic Change and the Near Future of American Education

Sponsor: Excel in Ed
Posted: February 15, 2015

Turn and Face the Strain: Age Demographic Change and the Near Future of American Education is a groundbreaking original research report from the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd), in partnership with the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice by Dr. Matthew Ladner. The report uses the major shift occurring now, and continuing into the foreseeable future, of America's population demographics to draw attention to a crisis of incredible magnitude facing the future of K-12 public education funding in all 50 states. The report calls for substantial policy and funding innovation in K-12 education to make up for the shortfalls the public school systems budgets will undoubtedly face.

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Delivering Unrivaled Wi-Fi Performance in Google Classroom

Sponsor: Ruckus Wireless
Posted: December 31, 2014

Raising a Ruckus in the Google Classroom
As educators have seen the bliss of cloud-based apps is that they’re scalable and consistent. The catch is that the devices they run on require robust connectivity for reliable use of those apps. Google is changing the landscape for student computing by providing tools to engage students anytime, anywhere from Chromebook and other devices. Network administrators need to find a new fail-proof approach to wireless connectivity. Read this white paper to find out how Ruckus Wireless can help you get the most out of the Google app environment today.

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