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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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Deepening and Widening the Way We Teach Writing in K-8

Sponsor: Curriculum Associates
Posted: March 18, 2015

With the more rigorous Common Core writing expectations, we are asking students to not only learn to write but also write to learn — across the curriculum — and to master academic forms of writing, such as informational texts. This will require a new approach to teaching writing. In this whitepaper, Dr. Jim Cunningham discusses strategies to deepen how we teach writing to help students overcome the prior-knowledge problem, as well as widen how we teach writing to increase student content knowledge.

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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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Transforming Learning Environments

Sponsor: Microsoft
Posted: February 1, 2015

School transformation requires a synergy of the entire community. ALCs or Adaptive Anytime Anywhere Learning Communities explore how students and teachers adapt to new digital technology innovations, how geographic communities play an integral role in the deployment of these innovations, and how 'flipped communities' may serve as a catalyst for schools to leverage outputs. We have moved beyond flipped classrooms. ALCs are about enabling learning environments that support and drive 'flipped communities.'

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2015 K-12 Wi-Fi Buyer’s Guide

Sponsor: Aerohive Networks
Posted: February 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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Building Leadership Talent Through Performance Evaluation

Sponsor: AIR
Posted: January 15, 2015

Principals' roles have expanded significant over the past decade. These leaders face new challenges and new levels of accountability. Performance evaluation provides a powerful tool for developing leadership practices, but many districts and administrators are inexperienced with this strategy. American Institutes for Research (AIR) engaged educators in three states to design the Five Essential Practices of School Leadership framework, a foundation for facilitating principal growth and accountability. The framework can be used for principal coaching, self-reflection, and performance evaluation.

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Best Practices for Evaluating Digital Curricula

Sponsor: DreamBox Learning
Posted: October 15, 2014

Thoughtful evaluation and selection of digital curricula is necessary to ensure educational technology meaningfully impacts student learning. Whether a school is building a blended learning program or simply wants to enhance learning with technology, it is critical to evaluate the quality of digital learning programs.

Download this white paper to find helpful tips, an evaluation checklist, and resources for evaluating digital curricula.

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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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