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Education Device Trends

Sponsor: Fujitsu
Posted: July 15, 2016
Intel Inside®.
Powerful Productivity Outside.

Today's schools offer students a wealth of technology offerings, but as many high profile cases have shown, not all device deployments in education are successful. The key is to find flexible devices that can meet a wide range of educational needs, while offering reliable operation at prices that schools can afford.

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Formative Assessment Toolkit

Sponsor: DreamBox
Posted: July 1, 2016

Learn how teachers can create a collaborative learning practice with their students. Increase metacognition and generate more student self-regulated learning. Improve algebraic thinking in early and middle grades. See an example of how embedded formative assessment impacted a school, and get links to free resources.

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Identifying skills key to "real world" success

Sponsor: ACT
Posted: June 1, 2016

Academic achievement isn't the only factor influencing student success. Academic behaviors—such as motivation, social engagement, and self-regulation—are vitally important to students' abilities to perform and persist through high school and college. Pairing academic behavior assessments with behavioral interventions helps students prepare for their future educational challenges and increases their chances for success.

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Using Data to Keep High-Risk Students in the Classroom

Sponsor: Tableau Software
Posted: May 11, 2016

While educators have an obligation to keep students in school, it isn't their job to spend hours building reports in Excel. That’s why empowering educators to quickly see and understand the right data is imperative. The Spokane School District uses data to track students at risk of dropping out, determine early warning signs, and take action to help.

In this whitepaper, learn how the second largest school district in Washington State is making their data:

  • Accessible
  • Timely
  • Visual
  • Interactive
  • Actionable

Read this paper to learn how your school can use Tableau for intuitive reporting and data discovery to start lowering dropout rates today.

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Effective Teaching Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension in K-3 Students

Sponsor: McGraw Hill Education
Posted: April 1, 2016

Students today are faced with ever increasing demands to read and read well. There is high importance of teaching reading as a process and that strategy instruction has been found to impact students' appreciation of reading as a process, the goal of which is to understand what is being read. But the ultimate objective of comprehension instruction should be student ownership of the strategies and skills, knowing when comprehension breaks down and how to address the problem and repair the breakdown.

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Beyond a Single Estimate of Effectiveness

Sponsor: SAS
Posted: February 1, 2016

Many high-stakes decisions in education depend on student growth, value-added metrics and the resulting reports. But if educators and policymakers don’t understand how to interpret these reports, student growth and value-added metrics can’t deliver on their full potential to improve education systems. This paper explores the evolution of value-added reporting to a more comprehensive, accessible and intuitive tool for users – a reporting approach that gives context to growth measures and delivers helpful new insights for educators.

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