Flipped classrooms: The realization of 21st century digital learning?

So here we are.  After years of talking about how to prepare students for success in the 21st century, we are now more than a decade in.  But we still struggle with the same old challenges in education: “How can we effectively integrate technology into the classroom?”  “How can we […]

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New Year's Resolutions and Classroom Technology

Or... How will you enhance integration in 2013? Teachers want to more effectively integrate classroom technology. The question is how to achieve that goal, that “resolution.” Teaching is an individual art. Over the past few years, professional learning communities and vertical teaming has improved collaboration. But in the end, an […]

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Analytics in education is everywhere

Did you ever experience a time where you hear or see the same thing over and over again? Whether you chalk it up to coincidence, immersion or saturation, you clearly start seeing the same ideas or topics discussed in multiple places. Lately, I have been hearing about the topic of […]

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Education experts share how districts use data to drive proactive decisions

I love working with the Education industry and with our partners and customers. They are always so eager and willing to help that it really makes my job fun and easy. Plus, they are doing some amazing things to help districts, teachers and students. And everyone knows, teachers and schools […]

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Staying civil in the election year Social Studies class

Or... how do you keep the kids from acting like adults? Political discussions at the office are always fraught with danger, doubly so in an election year. But office dynamics can pale compared to those of the classroom. Youthful emotion, combined with bad information and a lack of understanding, can […]

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Best practice #10: publicize the system

We have come very far in our journey (I started this series in March) to the 10 best practices from education customers for information management, reporting and analytics. Lets’ recap our journey of the previous nine blogs: Securing executive sponsorship. Identifying and involving stakeholders early and assessing their unique needs. […]

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Best practice #9: Empower users with training

We have come very far in our journey to 10 best practices from education customer for information management, reporting and analytics. We are up to Best Practice #9: Empower Users by Providing Training and Self-Help Materials. Most education professionals will need training in order to understand data, reports and analytics. […]

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Best practice #8: Develop in-house IT expertise

It is exciting and overwhelming when you first get new software for information management, reporting and analytics. This is especially true once your users first get their hands on the data and new reports. I recall first hand when I was a system engineer and had been with SAS for […]

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Best Practice #7: Collecting and acting on user feedback

In my last post, we discussed the best way to process and deliver reports to stakeholders. So now that that you have launched the portal and users are happily using it, the work doesn’t stop there. Almost immediately, you need to start gathering feedback from users about how they are […]

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Best Practice #6: Interface design is important for reporting

As we begin the second half of our series on the 10 best practices for information management, reporting and analytics let’s review what we have learned so far. We now understand the importance of securing executive sponsorship, identifying and involving stakeholders early and assessing their unique needs, identifying and integrating […]

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