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How Switching to the Cloud is Streamlining One School’s Data Security System

In 2015, a surprise visit from Vice President Mike Pence put Oral Roberts University’s IT security under a powerful microscope. But the Secret Service was so impressed, they commended the school. “When the secret service compliments you, it makes everybody feel good, right?” says Mike Mathews, VP of Innovation and Technology at the university. “But …

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Classroom Tech Can Drive Student Engagement—But Schools Need to Choose Wisely

When Logan City School District knocked down most of their aging red brick high school, they remodeled and rebuilt their way to a two-story, technology-infused learning center. The district loaded up on engaging tools to help teachers and students connect and collaborate—TVs in classrooms, whiteboarding devices, and wireless HDMI to name a few. Wait, TVs …

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How to Keep Students Organized and Thriving in a Digital Classroom

A critical component of any student’s educational journey is learning how to be better organized, complete tasks independently and persevere when an assignment is difficult. We’ve all seen (or even been) that woefully disorganized student: always turning in late assignments, arriving to class empty-handed or misplacing instructional materials. We describe students like this as lacking …

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Why Data Interoperability Is Critical for Districts—and How It Transforms Student Learning

Imagine that you are going on a journey. You’re headed somewhere you have visited a few times before, but your memory is fuzzy on the exact directions to take—so you use your navigation app. As you set out, it’s easy to become distracted by your favorite podcast or roadside attractions. You encounter some construction that …

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Not Just Classroom Supplies: Teachers Also Buy Edtech With Their Own Money

When new trends become the norm, report findings sometimes elicit more shrugs than surprise. That’s arguably the case for U.S. smartphone and Wi-Fi adoption, which continues to grow unabated as evidenced in latest internet trends deck from renowned investor Mary Meeker. In education technology, a litany of surveys published this decade have touted the growing …

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