Is it possible to innovate your district workflow?

COVID disrupted classroom teaching and learning, but it also prompted school district leaders to come up with new and paperless processes to keep school offices and operations running remotely.

Are you interested in building on your “keep after COVID” processes? Learn from a panel of experts in the first of two online conversations to discuss building efficiencies in education. If so, check out Part 1 of this eSchool News webinar series.

Discover how automating your district’s various workflows–from staff onboarding and 1:1 device management to digitized e-signature consent forms–can improve the user experience for administrators, educators, parents, and students alike, while also saving time and money.…Read More

Industry-Leading Charging Cart Company Launches new Caddy to Support Classroom Technology

To provide safety to children and their technology in classrooms across the United States, an industry leader in charging solutions launches two new carts with device caddy compatibility on October 4.

With an increase in 1:1 devices in the K-12 classroom environment, Bretford Technologies continues to notice the pain points teachers and students are facing. More technology equates to more time spent deploying and loading devices back into technology charging carts or other forms of storage.

“In our research we noticed that students removing and re-entering their individual devices into charging solutions twice a day was causing precious time to be taken from their classwork. We needed to supply classrooms with the necessary equipment to quickly and efficiently maneuver devices in and out of the cart to save time for teaching,” said Cory Doppelt, Senior Product Manager.…Read More

In this district, 1:1 device access became a pandemic reality

The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, and that means educators across the globe are still finding inventive and innovative ways to support and teach students in classrooms, during hybrid instruction, and in virtual settings.

The eSchool Media K-12 Hero Awards program, sponsored by Trox, recognizes the determined and dedicated efforts of educators throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Never before have educators been challenged and tested as they were, beginning in March 2020 and up until today, and never before has their resilience been more apparent. Administrators, technology leaders, classroom teachers, and educators in all roles have persevered as they taught each and every one of their students during a global pandemic.…Read More

How digital books connect vulnerable students with reading

The definition of success is a “favorable or desired outcome.” At Title I schools, where students are often at a disadvantage from the start, measuring success can look different depending on the student and the circumstance. So when it comes to reading, sometimes success can look like a student simply picking up a book.

In my classroom, students generally read below grade level. However, the increasing prevalence of 1:1 device programs over the last year sparked a significant improvement in their reading habits by providing more access to ebooks and audiobooks. Using digital books has given students access to a wider variety of texts at different reading levels that they can browse with a degree of privacy, removing stigma and instilling a love of reading.

Confidential access to digital books for readers of all abilities…Read More

This district’s 1:1 program led to high-quality virtual learning

The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, and that means educators across the globe are still finding inventive and innovative ways to support and teach students in classrooms, during hybrid instruction, and in virtual settings.

The eSchool Media K-12 Hero Awards program, sponsored by Trox, recognizes the determined and dedicated efforts of educators throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Never before have educators been challenged and tested as they were, beginning in March 2020 and up until today, and never before has their resilience been more apparent. Administrators, technology leaders, classroom teachers, and educators in all roles have persevered as they taught each and every one of their students during a global pandemic.…Read More

Coachella Valley makes distanced 1:1 device access a top pandemic priority

The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, and that means educators across the globe are still finding inventive and innovative ways to support and teach students in classrooms, during hybrid instruction, and in virtual settings.

The eSchool Media K-12 Hero Awards program, sponsored by Trox, recognizes the determined and dedicated efforts of educators throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Never before have educators been challenged and tested as they were, beginning in March 2020 and up until today, and never before has their resilience been more apparent. Administrators, technology leaders, classroom teachers, and educators in all roles have persevered as they taught each and every one of their students during a global pandemic.…Read More

Monitor student devices and active applications in real-time

ScreenBeam Inc. announced today that its popular Classroom Commander orchestration platform is now available for both Chromebook and Windows 1:1 classroom environments.

The ScreenBeam Classroom Commander is designed for today’s modern one-to-one or one-to-many modern classrooms by combining wireless display with student device orchestration to improve lesson flow and collaboration. Supporting up to 50 student Windows or Chromebook devices and a teacher Windows, macOS, iOS or Chromebook device, the platform untethers teachers from the classroom display. Educators can create an agile learning environment by moving freely and interacting with students without interrupting instruction.

Teachers can monitor student devices and active applications in real-time to keep the classroom focused and identify disengaged students quickly. During guided lessons, teachers can message a student or group, blank and lock the keyboard/mouse on a single student screen, multiple student screens or the entire class to command attention. With teacher permission, students can display their work right from their desks for the entire classroom to view. Thanks to the platform’s wireless inking and touch display support, teachers using Windows 10 devices can also annotate directly onto a student screen from the classroom display, even when student devices are not touch-enabled.…Read More

Talking tech: Enabling digital transformation through collaboration

There’s no question that digital transformation is dramatically shifting the education landscape. In the Consortium for School Networking’s (CoSN) 2019 survey, 55 percent of respondents say they have implemented 1:1 programs in their schools. This is a significant increase from the 2014 survey which showed that only 23 percent of schools had implemented a 1:1 program. Yet we know that digital transformation is about more than just the technology that powers it. While devices and software are becoming a ubiquitous part of the modern classroom, digital transformation is a robust ecosystem that combines this new technology with an effective implementation strategy.

Typically, the digital agenda is led from the top down – school or district administrations are, in large part, responsible for championing a digital transformation strategy. I’ve spoken to many educators over the years who have shared their experiences with the tech adoption process. Time after time, I’ve found that administrators who combine a culture of strong leadership and a clear strategy are best poised to drive digital advancement in their respective schools.

Related content: Tips to help IT teams manage digital transformation…Read More

Open-ended learning and sharing opportunities

As the coronavirus continues to impact school districts, Education Elements is providing K-12 leaders with open-ended learning and sharing opportunities. This free, real-time support includes webinars, facilitated open dialogues, and 1:1 office hours to meet the diverse and unique needs of each community. Likely topics include leadership, equity, trauma, and virtual learning during school closures.

Education Elements are in the process of curating resources, as well as organizing more open-ended learning and sharing opportunities. This real-time support includes free webinars, facilitated drop-in chats, and 1:1 office hours for K-12 leaders like yourself should you need it. They have organized these into those focused on leadership, teachers, operations, and virtual learning.

To learn more, visit https://www.edelements.com/covid19-school-districts.…Read More