Dashboarding 101

January 17, 2017

By Justin McKean

The buzz around dashboards continues to grow, and, as I travel the US providing demonstrations, more and more educators are interested in learning what dashboards can do for them.  I am going to walk through what a data dashboard is, why they are becoming so popular, and then lay out my 5 tips to get started. 
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Topics: Superintendents, CFO, CTO, data, K-12, Dashboards

How to Build an Effective & Qualified School Technology Team

January 10, 2017

Finding the Right CTO and School Tech Team Members

School boards, administrators and superintendents often put all of their faith, and budget, behind new technology in hopes of reaching children and improving results. Unfortunately, that’s only half of the equation. Each district needs an effective school technology team to turn all of this new equipment, software and support into a useful endeavor.
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Topics: Best Practices, CTO, Team

Family First, Always

December 22, 2016

By Ramiro Zuniga

It goes without saying that it is not easy being in a leadership position.  There are so many things to deal with beyond simply doing the work.  There are personnel issues.  There are morale issues.  There are political issues.  So how does one deal with this?  Good question.
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Topics: Superintendents, CFO, CTO, CAO, Opinion, Ramiro Zuniga

CTO Roundup: Rethinking Edtech

December 16, 2016

Five post Chief Technology Officer round-up. This week we’re featuring five articles from around the web on one topic. Our topic this week is rethinking edtech.

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Topics: Resources, CTO, Roundup

The Authoritative Guide to Purchasing a Student Information System

December 15, 2016

It can take anywhere from 6-12 months to choose a Student Information System (SIS). The SIS purchasing process involves a lot of different ideas of what all stakeholders need. This guide is designed to help you get started.

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Topics: Resources, Superintendents, Best Practices, CFO, CTO

5 Steps to Data-Driven Decision-Making

December 13, 2016

By Joel Hames, Vice President, Product

A few months into the school year, and the first day of school feels like ancient history. Students are navigating the campus with confidence, teachers are knee-deep in their curriculum, and administrators are busy with the day-to-day challenges of keeping hundreds (or thousands) of students safe and ready to learn. While many focus on the operational logistics required to keep our schools running, effective leaders are digging in on what happens in the classroom. And when you do so, you can quickly become overwhelmed by the amount of data available. From attendance numbers to assessment scores, class sizes to intervention plan milestones – every bit of information about students can become another bit of information to be collected, organized, and analyzed.

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Topics: Superintendents, Best Practices, CTO, data

Three New Online Tools to Support EdTech Success

November 30, 2016

By Dennis Pierce

Are you prepared to support new EdTech initiatives in your school or district? Do you have a clear process in mind for choosing and evaluating new software and technologies to support your goals successfully? Are your digital learning resources fully accessible for all students?

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Topics: Resources, Superintendents, edtech, CTO

Edtech Purchasing 101 Ebook

November 28, 2016

How you find, evaluate, and choose ed-tech products for your schools is a critical factor in your students’ success—and a recent report by the Digital Promise and the Education Industry Association suggests this process leaves a lot to be desired for both educators and software providers.

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Topics: Resources, Superintendents, Best Practices, CTO, ebook

Five Keys to Becoming a Data-Driven District

November 21, 2016

By Dennis Pierce

Pennsylvania’s Radnor Township School District has consolidated its data silos within a single platform [ read their story HERE], a process that took a few years but has been worth every minute. Now, teachers and administrators have only one place to go to analyze student achievement data, which has helped inform their instruction—and Director of Technology Byron McCook shared five keys to the district’s success.
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Topics: Superintendents, Best Practices, CTO, data

The 411 on Mobile Learning - Part 2

November 18, 2016

By Ramiro Zuniga

In Part 1 of this post I discussed the need to review software requirements, software user agreements, and classroom readiness in order to prepare for a mobile learning initiative.  Part 2 will be a continued discussion that identifies other areas to review.
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Topics: Resources, Best Practices, CTO, Opinion, Ramiro Zuniga