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Cloud-Managed Mobility in Education

Sponsor: Aerohive Networks
Posted: April 15, 2014

Summary: As the adoption of mobility accelerates in schools, it will have a huge impact on the network architectures they reside on. In this whitepaper, we will outline the major trends impacting school networks today, including:

1. The Implementation of Common Core Standards and online standardized testing
2. The advent of new mobile devices such as the Google Chromebook and the Intel-based Ultrabook
3. The modernized displays and print infrastructures with Apple TV

We will also discuss how a centralized, cloud-managed wireless network benefits schools by providing the high-performance, high-density, and high-availability requirements needed to support mobility across campus networks.

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Bullying Prevention in Schools Starts with SEL

Sponsor: Second Step
Posted: April 15, 2014

Bullying has been acknowledged as a problem in schools for decades, but recent media attention and state regulations have increased the pressure on educators to effectively address the problem. This white paper from Committee for Children, the creators of the Second Step program, outlines the three components a school needs for comprehensive bullying prevention while focusing specifically on one: social-emotional learning (SEL). Implementing a research-based SEL program as part of comprehensive bullying prevention benefits students who are bullied, those who bully, and even students who witness bullying (the largest segment of children affected by bullying behavior).

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Enhancing Educator Effectiveness

Sponsor: Cornerstone OnDemand
Posted: April 1, 2014

A great teacher in every classroom is the foundation for student success, and there are many factors to consider when it comes to developing – and retaining – the best educators. But nationwide, districts are struggling with budget cuts, preparing for increased retirements within the workforce, and managing ever greater demands placed on individual educators and their schools. With those challenges in mind, how can you leverage your greatest resource and investment – your teachers and support staff – to improve student outcomes? Download our whitepaper, Talent Management: The Key to Enhancing Educator Effectiveness, and learn important strategies for engaging, developing, and retaining the top talent in your district.

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Common Core Online Testing: Acing the Transition

Sponsor: VM Ware
Posted: April 1, 2014

This Center for Digital Education white paper discusses online assessment challenges, and examines desktop virtualization as a path for addressing these challenges and moving quickly, securely and cost-effectively toward complying with the 2014-2015 deadline for Common Core State Standards online testing. It also explores funding and suggests best practices for successfully executing the transition to online testing.

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Why Interim Assessment Matters

Sponsor: NWEA
Posted: April 1, 2014

Whether a student performs at, above, or below grade level, he or she can improve academically—and it’s one of teachers’ key responsibilities to nurture every student’s growth potential. In “Why Interim Assessment Matters: Interim Assessment in Context,” the first article in our multi-part series, learn how interim assessment supplies data that can motivate students to set, achieve, and celebrate learning goals.

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Improving Student Outcomes with Advanced Analytics

Sponsor: SAS
Posted: April 1, 2014

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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14 Tips for Smart Curriculum & EdTech Planning

Sponsor: Curriculum Associates
Posted: March 15, 2014

The use of technology in schools has increased so rapidly in the last several years that many education leaders today do not have first-hand experiences to draw from as they work with their teachers to integrate technology into the classroom. This makes it harder for them to figure out the best tools, systems, and programs to buy, and more difficult for them to support teachers in the implementation process. The “Guide to Purchasing Edtech the Right Way” will help district administrators develop an efficient process that enables them to evaluate, choose, and implement the best education technology that meets their goals while saving them money.

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11 Tips to Turn Every Student Into a Close Reader

Sponsor: Great Books Foundation
Posted: March1, 2013

Convincing students to slow down, engage with texts in different ways, and reflect as they read are challenges for every teacher. There is no magic trick that turns your students into top-notch readers overnight, but there are specific close reading skills you can teach that will help your students now and for years to come. Download "11 Tips to Turn Every Student Into a Close Reader" now!

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The Role of the Teacher

Sponsor: Edgenuity
Posted: February 1, 2014

In a blended learning environment, the teacher plays an equally critical role in fostering student success. Our Role of the Teacher white paper discusses that while technology has changed how content is delivered, it has not removed the student’s need for individualized instruction, remediation or challenge, encouragement and motivation, and personalized feedback. Support that only a teacher can provide. The use of a digital curriculum frees up teachers to do what they do best: work closely with students to help them achieve success.

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Conducting large scale online exams using iPads

Sponsor: JAMF Software
Posted: February 1, 2014

Conducting exams with students using iPads presents challenges primarily around ensuring a secure testing environment. Schools must consider the options and the impact on resources both from a personnel stand point and time. While Apple’s Guided Access provides a solution, using it in a large scale is time consuming and very labor intensive. The Casper Suite provides a simplified alternative that eases the IT burden and time commitment.

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