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Will the Student Information System (SIS) monolith benefit schools? image

There’s no doubt that the Student Information System (SIS) sits at the center of a school or district’s technological toolbox.  The SIS tracks everything from grades to attendance to emergency contact information for students and more.  The SIS in many districts serves as the central data warehouse where all information passes through.  Integrations through Single Sign On (SSO) and Application Program Interfaces (APIs) help partnering tools hook into the SIS to update student records and tie various technology tools together.  This helps teachers, administrators, and parents easily access information in a central place.  Everything about the school operations and the students can easily be accessed in one place.  But can this SIS get too big and too powerful?     Who are ...

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Brandi Augenstein shares her tools of the trade and why School Counselors ROCK image

What’s your name and in which school and/or district do you work? Brandi Augenstein, Santa Ana Unified School District How long have you been working in education and what drove you to your profession? Officially or Unofficially? Unofficially I started working in education when I was about 14, yes I understand child labor laws, but it was an experience that started my career in schools. My best friend’s mom was an elementary school principal and we’d go to work with every day during the summer to help around the school, play with the kids during recess, help in classrooms during the day, hang bulletin board paper for teachers, and  tutor and coach after school. We worked for clothing and other ...

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Why you shouldn’t use Google Forms for bully reporting image

G Suite for Education (formerly called Google Apps for Education) provides all of Google’s core offerings to schools.  Products like Google Forms, Google Drive, and Google Sheets typically used for personal and business use are available to schools.  It also includes a whole lot more custom tools built specifically for schools.  Google Forms, for instance, are great for sending out student surveys and even online assessments.  Some schools and districts use Google Forms for their bully and incident reporting forms.  While Google Forms might seem like a good option here we have actually found several significant pitfalls.  We would like for you to consider them as you evaluate your reporting process.  Granted, Google Forms are a step in the right direction ...

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Victoria Woelders talks tech in the classroom and how to shape school culture image

What’s your name and what school and/or district do you work at? Victoria Woelders Dorothy Peacock Elementary School in Langley, British Columbia, Canada Langley School District in British Columbia, Canada Just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada How long have you been working in education and what drove you to your profession?   I have been working in education for over 17 years, and I was driven to this profession when I was 10 years old.  My mother was an elementary school teacher and I remember vividly walking into her classroom and thinking to myself I wanted to be an elementary school teacher.  Helping and encouraging others is my strong suit and I enjoy the process of seeing children being ...

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How Technology in the Classrooms Is Creating a More Interactive Environment for Students image

Students are already using technology outside (and often surreptitiously inside) of the classroom. With a wealth of educational technology on the market, it’s now up to schools to decide whether they want to help stuents use their devices to learn instead of leaving their students to squander their time mastering the next level in Candy Crush Saga. Interactive technology in the classroom helps students and teachers alike by keeping students engaged in classroom discussions and lessons and helps teachers more easily assess and monitor each student’s pace. Benefits of Using Technology in the Classroom When deciding to adopt interactive technologies in the classroom, consider these benefits: Adapts to the Learning Style of Each Individual Student Students don’t all learn the same ...

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Top 10 Online Apps for Classroom Administration and Learning image

School administration and management can take advantage of the downloadable applications found in the app store of their smartphone devices. There are several applications available in the market that target teachers and administrators. Application developers transformed traditional methods of doing things around the classroom into an app. The school administrators can choose from a variety of applications, but here is a comprehensive list of recommended free apps for school administrators. Best Educational Apps for Classroom Management School administration and management should proceed to move into the 21st century. The 21st century has given them the gift of applications. Applications that will help them cut down on the amount of work they do in the classroom. There are specific apps aimed at ...

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11 Types of Education Software Available to Schools standard

More and more educational software companies, both online and offline, are popping up to help fill a need for more interactive, personalized educational experiences for students. Their benefits are numerous, and most importantly, education software is a cost-efficient solution for schools who want to manage data and information about their students in an organized manner. Types of Educational Software Online education software has become an essential teaching tool for teachers to use as part of their lessons. Their implementation in classrooms has improved performance of both the students and teachers alike. There are many types of educational software available for a variety of different subjects, but educational software companies have now began to create educational applications for students and teachers ...

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Top 10 New Technologies in Education image

Emerging technologies in education involve teachers integrating applications or techniques that improve the learning process. Technological devices assist learning processes of students while teachers use technology to help them assess a student’s performance in the classroom. Following are top 10 examples of emerging technologies in education. 1.     Flashnotes Flashnotes is an online marketplace that is designed to help students write and share virtual notes with their classmates. Students can take their lecture notes and post them on Flashnotes for other students who require assistance. Flashnotes through students posting their class notes for other students to purchase. 2.     Lore Lore makes it easier for teachers and students to communicate with each other regarding lectures, assignments, and classwork. Furthermore, it allows students ...

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