EdTech Magazine - Technology Solutions That Drive Education https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/rss.xml en Review: Cisco Meraki MV12W Simplifies K–12 Security https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/06/review-cisco-meraki-mv12w-simplifies-k-12-security <span>Review: Cisco Meraki MV12W Simplifies K–12 Security</span> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/dashboard/benjidamron4341-1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">marquita.brown_tC0Z</span></span> <span>Tue, 06/18/2019 - 16:12</span> <div><p>Surveillance cameras in schools have long offered campus protection. But old analog cameras were not only difficult to deploy and manage, they also could only be monitored from a central office. Often, they were not helpful until <strong>after an incident occurred. </strong></p> <p>The new digital <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/cisco-meraki-wide-angle-mv12-mini-dome-hd-camera-network-surveillance-cam/4998338#PO" target="_blank" title="Cisco Meraki MV12W">Cisco Meraki MV12W</a> mini-dome camera counters these negatives and adds intelligence to the system, enhancing everything the device is able to do.</p> <p>Each MV12W offers <strong>256 gigabytes of internal storage </strong>and useful intelligence, enabling it to automatically record only when motion is detected or send alerts when certain conditions are met, such as someone wandering through a restricted area. </p> <p>The camera can be wall-mounted using a small, included kit. A CAT 5 cable connects it to the school’s main network, where it can back up recordings to the cloud. Every MV12W supports Power over Ethernet, so no power cord is required.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/06/it-fortifies-physical-security-protect-k-12-communities" target="_blank"><em><b id="docs-internal-guid-b054aeae-7fff-3df0-ae3e-be405beb2a90">MORE FROM EDTECH: </b>Learn how IT can fortify physical security to protect K–12 communities.</em></a></p> <h2>Cisco Dashboard Supports Easy Integration with Multiple Systems</h2> <p>Setup of the MV12W, whether for one or 100, is extremely easy with the same <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/cisco.html?enkwrd=Cisco" target="_blank">Cisco</a> Meraki dashboard used for firewall and switch management (a bonus if the school happens to use those as well). Simply type in each camera’s serial number to get started. </p> <p>No special training is required to use the camera, and it doesn’t need a central facility or special network video recorders. In fact, anyone with access to the Meraki dashboard can <strong>view live camera feeds </strong>through any browser or mobile phone. Law enforcement and first responders could be given a password to access feeds remotely during an emergency.</p> <p>Beyond just recording video, the MV12W has built-in features to support other tasks, such as <strong>generating heat maps</strong> as a school’s population moves around each day, or <strong>recognizing prohibited objects.</strong> With the motion search feature, school security won’t waste time poring over unhelpful footage to find a specific event.</p> <p> <img alt="Cisco Meraki MV12W" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/ET_Q319_PR_Breeden-Cisco-Meraki-MV12W-product.jpg" /></p> <p>The MV12W might be tiny, but it’s intelligent and extremely easy to use. Any school looking to <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/06/it-fortifies-physical-security-protect-k-12-communities">upgrade physical security</a> will gain a lot of value from this innovative system.</p> <p>The Cisco Meraki MV12 camera is an impressive device, but on the back end, the Meraki dashboard and other innovative application programming interfaces make it even better. I experimented with the brains behind these smart cameras.</p> <p>One of the greatest strengths of the new Cisco Meraki MV12W cameras is the ability to <strong>group and organize</strong> them through the same dashboard used to manage other Cisco equipment on the network. Assuming Meraki wireless hubs, switches, security appliances or any other Cisco gear are in place, then IT teams probably are already familiar with the interface. Connecting the Meraki MX450 Cloud Managed Security appliance to the cameras will ensure <strong>data feeds are fully protected</strong> from unauthorized viewing.</p> <p><em><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/05/how-k-12-schools-can-balance-privacy-and-security-protocols" target="_blank"><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> Learn about ways K-12 schools can balance privacy and security protocols.</a></em></p> <h2>Create a Mobile Command Center </h2> <p>The Meraki dashboard is designed to be modular, both in terms of users as well as in how the camera feeds are configured. For example, it’s easy to build a video wall that logically groups live feeds; so, IT might <strong>display side by side the feeds from multiple cameras</strong> that watch the school’s main entrance, or cluster feeds from the parking lot in one place, group rooms by geography or by floor — any configuration that makes sense to the security teams who watch and review the feeds.</p> <p>Specific users can be given access to different groups of feeds. For example, if more than one school uses the cameras, resource officers or security teams can <strong>access the feeds</strong> that monitor buildings they are responsible for protecting. </p> <p>Because no special application or software is required, local police or firefighters could be given passwords to access the cameras in an emergency — and they could do so simply by <strong>pointing any browser or even a mobile phone</strong> at the dashboard’s URL and entering the password to automatically view approved feeds. That could save precious time in an emergency as first responders begin to search the campus for signs of trouble even before arriving on the scene.</p> <p>Schools with talented IT teams can also use the <a href="https://developer.cisco.com/meraki/mv-sense/#!overview/overview" target="_blank" title="MV Sense API">MV Sense API</a>, which provides access to the MV12W’s machine learning and analytics capabilities, and train the cameras to take specific actions, such as <strong>sending an alert </strong>whenever movement is detected at night. Cameras can be trained to recognize weapons or detect movements that fall outside the typically observed patterns the device sees every day. </p> <p>The MV12W camera is quite a marvel: It’s tiny, smart and records at high resolution, day or night. Its real power comes from the Meraki dashboard back end, which not only enhances everything the camera does, but is also remarkably easy to use.</p> <h3 id="toc_0">Cisco Meraki MV12W</h3> <p><strong>Video Recording Resolution:</strong> 1920x1080 or 2688x1520<br /><strong>Installed Flash Memory:</strong> 256GB rpm<br /><strong>Horizontal Field Of View:</strong> 114 degrees<br /><strong>Vertical Field Of View:</strong> 61 degrees<br /><strong>Maximum Night Vision Range:</strong> 49 feet<br /><strong>Camera Dimensions:</strong> 4.2x4.2x2.9 inches<br /><strong>Weight:</strong> 10 ounces</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/k12/author/john-breeden-ii"><img src="/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/styles/face_small/public/john-breeden-ii.jpg?itok=qht_53sT" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/k12/author/john-breeden-ii"> <div>John Breeden II</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=LabGuys&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>John Breeden II is an award-winning reviewer and public speaker with 20 years of experience covering technology.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 18 Jun 2019 20:12:34 +0000 marquita.brown_tC0Z 42366 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 Product Review: Dell Latitude 3390 2-in-1 Is Adaptable to Any Curriculum https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/06/product-review-dell-latitude-3390-2-1-adaptable-any-curriculum <span>Product Review: Dell Latitude 3390 2-in-1 Is Adaptable to Any Curriculum</span> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Tue, 06/18/2019 - 13:36</span> <div><p>The <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/dell-latitude-3390-2-in-1-13.3-core-i5-8250u-8-gb-ram-256-gb-ssd/5321660?pfm=srh" target="_blank">Dell Latitude 3390 2-in-1 notebook</a> tested for this review is the high end of a product line specifically created for educational or business functions. The innovative design features <strong>a keyboard that rotates completely behind the monitor</strong>, supporting a variety of configurations, from a standard notebook to a slate tablet or stand-alone display.</p> <p>Despite the lightweight, 3-pound frame, the 3390 has a 13.3-inch LCD touch screen with an impressive maximum resolution of 920x1080. It’s easily capable of displaying Full HD content, and even very fine details in diagrams are accurately rendered while graphics from most apps display brilliantly on the screen. </p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/11/educators-see-positive-impact-mobile-devices-k-12" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> Check out how mobile devices are proving to have a positive impact on K–12 learning.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Dell Latitude Is Both Smart and Secure</h2> <p>The Latitude 3390 features both an integrated video camera and an infrared one. The video camera can be used for <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/03/3-things-k-12-schools-can-learn-remote-work-programs">distance learning or teleconferencing</a>; the IR works with Windows Hello to support <strong>automatic logins using facial recognition in any light</strong>, and automatic logouts whenever authorized users leave the area. For example, should a teacher step away, the device will lock down automatically until he or she returns.</p> <h2 id="toc_1">Windows 10 Pro Boosts Performance of Dell Latitude</h2> <p>Anyone expecting a stripped-down operating system in such a lightweight device is in for a shock: The Latitude 3390 runs a full, 64-bit version of <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/windows-10-pro-license-1-license/3895724" target="_blank">Windows 10</a> <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/windows-10-pro-license-1-license/3895724" target="_blank">Professional</a>. Even compute-intensive programs such as <strong>photo editors or interactive educational apps</strong> won’t skip a beat.</p> <p>Application performance is aided by the Latitude 3390’s solid-state hard drive. Nearly akin to memory in terms of read and write speeds, the 256-gigabyte drive also has no moving parts, which makes it a lot more rugged for educational environments, where students might not be so careful with their equipment.</p> <p><img alt="Dell latitude" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/ET_Q319_PR_Breeden-Dell-Latitude-3390-2-in-1-PRODUCT.jpg" /></p> <p>The full-size keyboard is <strong>backlit and very quiet</strong>, perfect for working in darkened lecture or study halls. The included digital pen, which supports a natural pen-and-paper feel when taking notes, is just another extra that expands the Latitude 3390’s usefulness in an educational setting.</p> <p>In addition to teaching, schools need to keep students and their data safe from threats. <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/dell.html?enkwrd=Dell" target="_blank">Dell </a>offers a variety of protections for Latitude 3390 users.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/10/how-k-12-schools-can-get-started-blended-learning" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH: </strong>See how K–12 schools can get started with blended learning.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_2">Dell's Command Suite Makes Studying Online Safer for Schools</h2> <p>While an individual user might need only a few minutes to set up a new Latitude 3390 2-in-1, most schools will have to configure more than just one device — and then <strong>keep them safe from threats like viruses, hackers and unauthorized access</strong> once they do so. Dell offers several free tools to make that happen.</p> <p>The Dell Client Command Suite is a new set of tools designed to help deploy and maintain a fleet of Dell systems that have a variety of needs or security levels. It was easy to set up groups of users, such as those within the same grades, or assign Latitude 3390s to teachers and administrators. Each of those groups<strong> could have different permissions and policies</strong>, all set up and configured before the devices are distributed.</p> <p>The suite provides a surprising amount of control for a free toolset. Extremely precise controls, such as not putting USB ports high in the boot order for student machines, are possible. We programmed a lot of what-if scenarios, such as how the device will react if its Trusted Platform Module security chip <strong>detects a physical breach</strong> or changes in the BIOS.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/dell-data-protection-encryption-personal-edition-subscription-license-3/5176031?pfm=srh" target="_blank">Dell Data Protection</a> toolset allows even greater control, such as encrypting hard drives or specific work areas across all machines in the fleet or within a specific group. For example, the data associated with <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/10/data-driven-instruction-how-student-data-guides-formative-assessments-perfcon">a grading application</a> (and the application itself) can be specifically encrypted so that it <strong>remains secure even if a device is lost or stolen</strong>.</p> <p>Available tools also support remote troubleshooting through <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/microsoft-system-center-operations-manager-client-operations-management-lic/1339524?pfm=srh" target="_blank">Microsoft System Center</a> and LANDesk — a boon for elementary schools without onsite IT support. In addition to helping correct wayward individual machines, the Dell Client Suite allows<strong> full network inventories of all tablets a school system owns</strong>, down to what programs run on each device, and the specific security policies applied. The central control also ensures that all devices maintain updated patches and security protections.</p> <p>Having such powerful tools available to manage a fleet of Latitude 3390s takes a huge burden off of teachers and students, who can instead concentrate on teaching and learning, and using their impressive new devices to aid in that important work.</p> <h3 id="toc_0">Dell Latitude 3390 2-in-1</h3> <p><strong>Display</strong>: 13.3-inch anti-glare LCD touch screen<br /><strong>Processor</strong>: Intel Core i5-8350U<br /><strong>RAM</strong>: 8GB DDR4<br /><strong>OS</strong>: 64-bit Windows 10 Professional<br /><strong>Hard Drive</strong>: 256GB solid-state drive<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 8.9x12.8x0.8 inches<br /><strong>Weight</strong>: 3.46 pounds</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/k12/author/john-breeden-ii"><img src="/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/styles/face_small/public/john-breeden-ii.jpg?itok=qht_53sT" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/k12/author/john-breeden-ii"> <div>John Breeden II</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=LabGuys&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>John Breeden II is an award-winning reviewer and public speaker with 20 years of experience covering technology.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 18 Jun 2019 17:36:42 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42361 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 Esports Clubs Expand Learning Opportunities for K–12 Players https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/06/esports-clubs-expand-learning-opportunities-k-12-players <span>Esports Clubs Expand Learning Opportunities for K–12 Players</span> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Mon, 06/17/2019 - 11:05</span> <div><p>By any measure, <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/search?search_api_fulltext=esports">esports</a> is one of the fastest-growing markets in the world. </p> <p>Between 2017 and 2018, the global fan base grew <strong>13.5 percent</strong>, to hit 380 million, <a href="https://resources.newzoo.com/hubfs/Reports/Newzoo_2018_Global_Esports_Market_Report_Excerpt.pdf" target="_blank">according to a report from Newzoo and ESLGaming</a>. Spending on tickets and merchandise grew <strong>16 percent</strong>, to $95.5 million. That’s in addition to the $694 million that brands spent on advertising, sponsorships and licensing in 2018 alone.</p> <p>Given this immense popularity — and the fact that many of those 380 million fans are young people — it’s inevitable that educators are considering the benefits of esports in academic and extracurricular activities.</p> <p>In fact, a growing number of schools, such as <a href="https://www.ws.k12.ny.us/eSportsclub.aspx" target="_blank">Washingtonville High School </a>in upstate New York, are creating esports clubs. Over the past year alone, the number of schools affiliated with the <a href="https://www.highschoolesportsleague.com/" target="_blank">High School Esports League (HSEL) </a>grew from <strong>about 200 to more than 1,200</strong>. </p> <p>Esports offers an opportunity for all students — <strong>not just those who excel in traditional athletics</strong> — to enjoy skill-based competition. Case in point: Peng Chao, who’s become one of the world’s top gamers <a href="https://www.pcinvasion.com/meet-league-legends-player-arms-better-gamer/" target="_blank">despite losing both arms in childhood</a>.</p> <p>For some students, esports is a way to express themselves and develop confidence in social engagement.</p> <p>“I can’t tell you how many teachers and parents have written in about students completely turning around, coming out of their shell, smiling and having a good time,” <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/01/4-surprising-benefits-gaming-k-12-students">HSEL CEO Mason Mullenioux told <em>EdTech</em></a>.</p> <p>A growing number of studies suggest esports can help students learn how to <strong>multitask, solve problems, collaborate with peers and develop perseverance</strong> through trial and error. And despite the stereotype of gamers holed up in their bedrooms, a Harvard study even found that many of them eventually take up traditional sports.</p> <p>“When I was younger, I only had Nintendo, and one of my favorites was the baseball game,” <a href="https://www.drcherylolson.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/14_SPORTS-VIDEOGAMES-AND-REAL-WORLD-EXERCISE.pdf" target="_blank">one student told the researchers</a>. “And that’s how I really got into baseball. I probably wouldn’t have been so much in sports right now if I didn’t play some of the video games that I have.”</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/12/k-12-schools-see-emergence-esports-clubs-infographic" target="_blank"><img alt="esports infographic" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/EdK-12-eSports-Infographic_VisualCTA.jpg" /></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Esports Develops a Foundation for STEM Careers</h2> <p>Esports can also introduce students to career opportunities they and their parents might not have been aware of, such as <a href="http://www.inavateonthenet.net/features/article/digital-champions-obstacles-and-opportunities-for-av-in-esports" target="_blank">designing and operating the audiovisual systems</a> used to showcase and broadcast tournaments. </p> <p>AV also demonstrates the overlap between esports and fields such as electrical engineering and broadcast communications. These <strong>crossover disciplines make it easier for schools</strong> to leverage student interest in gaming into STEM learning experiences. </p> <p>Finally, esports can create opportunities for students who otherwise might not consider higher education. For example, this fall, the <a href="https://munews.missouri.edu/news-releases/2018/1211-now-loading-at-mizzou-esports-program-coming-next-fall/" target="_blank">University of Missouri will launch an esports program</a> that includes <strong>scholarships and one of the nation’s largest university gaming facilities</strong>. Mizzou is among the <a href="http://www.espn.com/esports/story/_/id/21152905/college-esports-list-varsity-esports-programs-north-america" target="_blank">more than 125 U.S. colleges and universities</a> with varsity esports programs — up from just a single program in 2014 — many of which offer scholarships for players. </p> <p>The University of California at Irvine is bridging K–12 and higher ed with its High School Esports Curriculum project. Building on UCI’s <a href="https://connectedlearning.uci.edu/project/high-school-esports-curriculum" target="_blank">Orange County High School Esports League</a>, the project is “developing the first-ever four-year college prep course sequence that combines English language arts with key areas in career technical education (such as marketing, entrepreneurship and game design) to create an esports curriculum for high schoolers.”</p> <p>Other colleges are tapping into students’ interest by developing new bachelor’s degree programs, such as <strong>game design and esports management</strong>. Together, all of these developments demonstrate that while esports is a fun way to help students develop valuable soft skills, it’s potentially much more than that: a path to a viable career opportunity.</p> <p><em>This article is part of the "Connect IT: Bridging the Gap Between Education and Technology" series. Please join the discussion on Twitter by using the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ConnectIT&amp;src=typd" target="_blank">#ConnectIT</a> hashtag.</em></p> <p> </p> <p></p><center><a href="http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/node/11661" target="_blank" title="Connect IT"><img alt="[title]Connect IT: Bridging the Gap Between Education and Technology" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="87" src="http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/sites/default/files/articles/2014/05/connectit.jpg" title="[title]Connect IT: Bridging the Gap Between Education and Technology" width="400" /></a></center> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/k12/author/curtiss-strietelmeier"><img src="/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/styles/face_small/public/people/image001.png.jpg?itok=pM5aEFL3" width="58" height="58" alt="Curtiss Strietelmeier" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/k12/author/curtiss-strietelmeier"> <div>Curtiss Strietelmeier</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Curtiss Strietelmeier is a K–12 analyst for CDW•G. He spent two years as an elementary teacher, two years as an educational trainer, 10 years as a director of technology and six years as a school superintendent.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 17 Jun 2019 15:05:43 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42356 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 How K–12 Schools Can Safeguard Student Data Beyond Graduation https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/06/how-k-12-schools-can-safeguard-student-data-beyond-graduation <span>How K–12 Schools Can Safeguard Student Data Beyond Graduation</span> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Thu, 06/13/2019 - 15:53</span> <div><p>So, what happens to the pile of data high school students leave behind when they graduate? Federal, state and district mandates dictate graduates’ data receive <strong>the same oversight and privacy protection</strong> required throughout their K–12 education. </p> <p>Districts must comply with strict protocols for <a href="https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?rgn=div5&amp;node=34:1.1.1.1.33" target="_blank">data destruction</a> related to graduates and safely retain the rest, even as maintaining the privacy and security of sensitive information has grown more complex with the proliferation of applications and devices.</p> <p>“We have to look at all systems and data sets individually to make sure we don’t purge data the district or the student will need,” says Melissa Tebbenkamp, director of instructional technology at <a href="https://www.raytownschools.org/" target="_blank">Raytown Quality Schools</a> in Missouri. </p> <p>RQS waits until summer school is over to <strong>deactivate and purge graduates’ email accounts and server file storage</strong>. </p> <p>The <a href="https://house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills141/sumpdf/HB1873C.pdf" target="_blank">state of Missouri stipulates</a> the types of data that must be secured in a permanent record, as well as the required data format for retention. RQS scans paper records and uses Laserfiche software for <strong>formatting and privacy protections</strong>, says Tebbenkamp. All permanent records are kept in secure onsite storage and backed up to the cloud. </p> <p>Purging unwanted graduate data and creating compliant, useful permanent records are part of a continuing focus on data governance in RQS, which has earned the <a href="https://trustedlearning.org/" target="_blank">Consortium for School Networking’s Trusted Learning Environment seal</a>, awarded to districts that meet strict data privacy standards. </p> <p>“You can’t protect data after students graduate if you don’t know what data you’ve been collecting and where it is,” Tebbenkamp says. “That’s not just for grads, that’s for all our students.”</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/cyber-security-report.html?cm_mmc=Vanity-_-SecurityReport-_-NA-_-022017" target="_blank"><img alt="Cybersecurity-report_EasyTarget.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://edtechmagazine.com/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/uploads/Cybersecurity-report_EasyTarget.jpg" /></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">K–12 Schools Should Craft Vendor Contracts Carefully</h2> <p>As data privacy becomes more complicated, a focus on vendor agreements is crucial, says Dan Layton, CTO of <a href="https://www.zcs.k12.in.us/" target="_blank">Zionsville Community Schools</a> in Indiana, a district with about 7,000 students. </p> <p>“We have changed a lot of the language in contracts in recent years,” says Layton, whose district also earned a CoSN TLE seal. “<strong>You have to know who controls the data in any application</strong>, make sure it’s not shared with anyone else, understand what happens with a student’s data when their time with us is over and what happens to data at the conclusion of the contract.”</p> <p>As a result, ZCS teachers can no longer just install an app without it being vetted by IT to ensure that the vendor complies with the district’s <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/business-intelligence/data-governance">data governance</a> policy.</p> <p>When students graduate or transfer out of ZCS, they can access their <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/microsoft/office365.html" target="_blank">Microsoft Office 365</a> accounts for 30 days, and their data remains active in the district’s Enterprise Office 365 for another 30 days. </p> <p>After that, most of the data is destroyed. Information that must be retained by federal or state law is <strong>stored on the district’s PowerSchool student information system </strong>server and backed up to the cloud, says Layton.</p> <p>“We keep as little information as possible, just what’s legally required,” he says.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/01/fetc-2019-how-k-12-it-leaders-can-advise-data-privacy" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> Check out how K–12 IT leaders can advise on data privacy.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_1">School Districts Keep a Firm Grasp on Data Access</h2> <p>To maximize control over sensitive data, California’s <a href="https://www.fresnounified.org/" target="_blank">Fresno Unified School District</a> built its own <strong>on-premises student information system</strong>, backed up to an offsite facility owned by the district, says CTO Kurt Madden. </p> <p>“Privacy is one major reason we have never moved our SIS to the cloud, despite the size of the district and the amount of data we deal with,” he says.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/k12/author/tommy-peterson"> <div>Tommy Peterson</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Tommy Peterson is a freelance journalist who specializes in business and technology and is a frequent contributor to the CDW family of technology magazines.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 13 Jun 2019 19:53:25 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42351 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 IT Fortifies Physical Security to Protect K–12 Communities https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/06/it-fortifies-physical-security-protect-k-12-communities <span>IT Fortifies Physical Security to Protect K–12 Communities</span> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Wed, 06/12/2019 - 12:48</span> <div><p>The class of 2019 is likely to be leaving school districts that are <strong>considerably more alert to students’ physical safety</strong> than they were when the grads started kindergarten, and IT is providing important defenses. </p> <p>With horrific school shootings too often in the news and an increased focus on issues such as bullying, districts are <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/02/partnerships-between-it-and-physical-security-improve-campus-safety">installing IP cameras and web-based alert and reporting systems</a>, and they’re exploring the use of facial recognition and artificial intelligence to boost physical security. </p> <p>The <a href="https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d17/tables/dt17_233.50.asp" target="_blank">National Center for Education Statistics reports</a>, for example, that more than <strong>80 percent</strong> of public schools had deployed surveillance cameras in 2016, almost doubling their use from a decade earlier.</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/cyber-security-report.html?cm_mmc=Vanity-_-SecurityReport-_-NA-_-022017" target="_blank"><img alt="Cybersecurity-report_EasyTarget.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://edtechmagazine.com/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/uploads/Cybersecurity-report_EasyTarget.jpg" /></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">IP Cameras and Integrated Software Support Vigilance</h2> <p>Maintaining physical security in <a href="http://www.nye.k12.nv.us/" target="_blank">Nye County School District</a>, with 18 schools spread across more than 18,000 square miles of western Nevada, would be tough without IP camera systems, says Director of Technology Robert Williams. </p> <p>NCSD deploys a <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/video-insight-camera-license-maintenance-1-license/4847023?pfm=srh" target="_blank">Panasonic Video Insight system</a> for security in all of its schools. In newer buildings, the district is also installing classroom cameras that run Audio Enhancement’s VIEWpath software, with an <strong>integrated emergency alert system that connects to the district office</strong>. </p> <p>“We have cameras in self-contained classrooms with students who need both an education and medical care,” says Williams. </p> <p>Of note, he says, the classroom camera system also delivers pedagogic value. Teachers can ask to have the system record their lessons so they can <strong>later analyze and tweak their work</strong>.</p> <p>The state of Nevada has also put in place SafeVoice, an anonymous <strong>reporting system for districts that works through a phone app, a website and phone calls</strong>. Individuals can use the system to report a student who may be contemplating self-harm, violence against others or any other troubling behavior. </p> <p>“The purpose of this service was to report and handle bullying, but it has prevented many other types of issues,” Williams says.</p> <h2 id="toc_1">South Colonie Central Sees Growth in Surveillance Systems</h2> <p><a href="https://www.southcolonieschools.org/" target="_blank">South Colonie Central School District</a> in New York recently replaced 60 analog cameras in its eight schools with <strong>300 HD IP-enabled cameras</strong> running an S2 video recording system, says David Perry, assistant superintendent for human resources, IT and school safety. </p> <p>The S2 system automatically records any movement within school buildings and preserves the video for 30 days. </p> <p>“We’ve grown exponentially in the area of surveillance,” says Perry. “The system is obviously used for security screening, but we’ve also used it to <strong>work with our first responders in their training</strong>. </p> <p>Communications officers at police headquarters can tap into our system and walk the officers through a crisis situation with what they’re seeing in real time on the cameras.” Visitors to SCCSD must have their driver’s licenses scanned, and that data is compared with the national sex offender watch list and other relevant law</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/k12/author/tommy-peterson"> <div>Tommy Peterson</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Tommy Peterson is a freelance journalist who specializes in business and technology and is a frequent contributor to the CDW family of technology magazines.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 12 Jun 2019 16:48:12 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42346 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 Keep Accessibility in Mind for Modern Learning Environments https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/06/keep-accessibility-mind-modern-learning-environments <span>Keep Accessibility in Mind for Modern Learning Environments</span> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Tue, 06/11/2019 - 11:38</span> <div><p>As K–12 teachers seek to create classrooms where all students have an equal opportunity to learn, they must be mindful of physical and digital elements that could potentially be a barrier for students with special learning needs. </p> <p>The physical layout of a space can <strong>make all the difference for a successful learning experience</strong>. After all, when we walk into a room, we immediately have a sense of the experience we might have in the space.</p> <p>Schools everywhere are transforming their classrooms into modern learning environments. As they do, the following tips can help to optimize the environment for all students. </p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/02/ice-2019-physical-arrangement-sets-tone-k-12-modern-learning-environments" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> Check out how teachers can use physical classroom arrangements to direct classroom engagement.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Declutter for a More Focus-Friendly Learning Environment</h2> <p>One way to increase the accessibility of classrooms is to remove any unnecessary distractions. Recent research shows <a href="https://www.thoughtco.com/decorating-your-classroom-4077035" target="_blank">excessive visual stimuli can be detrimental</a> to students’ ability to focus and retain information.</p> <p>Many traditional classrooms are filled with colorful bulletin boards and brightly designed posters. While aesthetically pleasing, these <strong>may be a distraction to some students</strong>, such as those with attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. </p> <p>This doesn’t mean classroom walls have to be bare, of course, but educators should be mindful of the overall effect. </p> <p>This less-is-more approach might sound like it would make a room less inviting, but the opposite can be true. <strong>Blank canvases, chalkboard walls and other surfaces</strong> could invite students to draw pictures that relate to the day’s activities. </p> <p>For English language learners, labels that include a picture of an object next to the appropriate words in both English and the students’ native language can support language acquisition.</p> <p>Seating arrangements also matter. Classrooms filled with rows of desks can be difficult to navigate for students with mobility issues, and they can impede collaboration. <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/02/how-k-12-schools-can-create-flexible-seating-classroom-perfcon">Adjustable seating and sit-stand desks</a> are a great alternative that can be used by all students, while still allowing everyone to easily move about the room. </p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/02/google-classroom-and-microsoft-teams-education-find-blended-learning-tool-works-best-perfcon" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH: </strong>See how blended learning programs like Microsoft Teams and Google Classroom can benefit K–12 education.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_1">Tap Tech Tools to Create a Learner-Friendly Digital Environment</h2> <p>Just as educators should be mindful of distractions in a physical space, they should also pay attention to the <strong>quality of digital classroom environments</strong> <strong>and assignments</strong>. </p> <p>If a presentation, assignment or class website is overloaded with clip art, unreadable fonts and other bells and whistles, students may find the information less accessible. </p> <p>Educators must consider additions to assignments to ensure they are accessible for all students. If an online worksheet includes embedded links, for example, these should <strong>carry alternative text for students who use a screen reader</strong>.</p> <p>Many familiar classroom tools offer guidance on accessible online assignments. Classrooms using <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/microsoft-interstitial.html?enkwrd=Microsoft" target="_blank">Microsoft</a> Teams can peruse <a href="https://educationblog.microsoft.com/en-us/tag/accessibility/" target="_blank">Microsoft’s accessibility blog</a>, which outlines best practices for using the education suite to make lesson plans more inclusive. </p> <p>Educators using <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/google-interstitial.html?enkwrd=Google" target="_blank">Google</a> Classroom can check out <a href="https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1dzW_LEZXPlDi_WWYvn3dwMq1ds9689svEQ5TcwugbrU/edit#slide=id.g4ece56e2ce_0_0" target="_blank">Google’s accessibility tools slide deck</a>, which directs users to settings built into <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/search/Computers/Notebook-Computers/?w=C3&amp;ln=0&amp;a3407=50713045&amp;enkwrd=Chromebooks" target="_blank">Chromebooks</a> and within educational applications. </p> <p>Teachers can also find tips online, such as CDW•G K–12 Education Strategist David Andrade’s blog, “<a href="http://educationaltechnologyguy.blogspot.com/2016/03/assistive-technology-and-accessibility.html" target="_blank">Educational Technology Guy</a>.”</p> <p>There’s no doubt modern learning environments are advancing education. The only question is how to <strong>ensure these spaces help move all students forward</strong>, regardless of their needs.</p> <p><em>This article is part of the "Connect IT: Bridging the Gap Between Education and Technology" series. Please join the discussion on Twitter by using the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ConnectIT&amp;src=typd" target="_blank">#ConnectIT</a> hashtag.</em></p> <p> </p> <p></p><center><a href="http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/node/11661" target="_blank" title="Connect IT"><img alt="[title]Connect IT: Bridging the Gap Between Education and Technology" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="87" src="http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/sites/default/files/articles/2014/05/connectit.jpg" title="[title]Connect IT: Bridging the Gap Between Education and Technology" width="400" /></a></center> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/k12/taxonomy/term/11826"><img src="/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/styles/face_small/public/people/4Rx2DwqD_400x400_0.jpg?itok=-4uOpaZr" width="58" height="58" alt="Jennifer Brown" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/k12/taxonomy/term/11826"> <div>Jennifer Brown</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Jennifer Brown is a K12 Education Strategist at CDW•G and former elementary school teacher, whose passion is elevating the learning experience through educational technology.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 11 Jun 2019 15:38:08 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42341 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 The Resurgence of 3D Printers in Modern Learning Environments https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/06/resurgence-3d-printers-modern-learning-environments-perfcon <span>The Resurgence of 3D Printers in Modern Learning Environments</span> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Mon, 06/10/2019 - 09:56</span> <div><p>Once a novelty in many classrooms and makerspaces, 3D printers are again flourishing as valuable classroom tools thanks to <a href="https://thejournal.com/articles/2019/01/16/new-process-drastically-cuts-3d-printing-times.aspx" target="_blank">advanced technology</a>, lower costs and more products and services geared toward K–12 education. </p> <p>Both manufacturers and educators are <strong>leveraging the benefits of 3D printers in education</strong>. 3D modeling and printers can bring almost any educational concept to life, while building practical skills such as problem-solving, creative coding and design.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/03/review-dremel-digilab-3d45-3d-printer-offers-simple-and-speedy-creation" target="_blank"><em><strong>PRODUCT REVIEW: </strong>Dremel DigiLab 3D45 3D printer offers simple and speedy creation.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">3D Printing Engages Students</h2> <p><a href="https://primarymakers.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/makerspaces-in-primary-school-settings-full-report-2018.pdf" target="_blank">A study</a> by <a href="https://www.mq.edu.au/about/about-the-university/faculties-and-departments/faculty-of-human-sciences/departments-and-centres/department-of-educational-studies" target="_blank">Macquarie University</a> in Australia and educational technology company <a href="https://www.makersempire.com/" target="_blank">Makers Empire</a> confirms what’s easy for educators to observe — <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/11/3d-printing-highly-effective-building-creative-skills-k-12-infographic">3D lessons engage students</a>, enabling them to learn advanced concepts and skills.</p> <p>A recent <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214860417304815" target="_blank">article in Additive Manufacturing</a> offers a <strong>wide-ranging literature review of the studies on 3D printing </strong>in the classroom. </p> <p>While there’s a great deal of information to digest, the article points out that many benefits of 3D printing go beyond math and science comprehension. 3D printing also <strong>supports inclusion efforts for students of various learning styles</strong> and improves collaboration and speaking skills.</p> <p>Jody Britten, a senior associate at the <a href="https://metiri.com/" target="_blank">Metiri Group</a>, talked about how <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/03/technology-inside-next-gen-learning-environments-continues-evolve">3D technologies and data visualization</a> tools lead to better learning outcomes with<em><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/03/technology-inside-next-gen-learning-environments-continues-evolve"> EdTech</a></em>.</p> <p>“Active-learning technology allows them to move from <strong>consuming information to creating and thinking on a deeper level</strong>,” Britten said.</p> <h2 id="toc_1">How Teachers and Students Use 3D Printing in Today’s Classrooms</h2> <p>The subjects and projects that use 3D printing are almost limitless, especially in science, technology, engineering and math classes:</p> <ul><li>At <a href="http://www.athensasd.k12.pa.us/harlanrowemiddleschool_home.aspx" target="_blank">Harlan Rowe Middle School</a> in Athens, Pa., eighth grader Braelynn Wood took up her STEM class challenge to “make the world a better place” by designing and <a href="http://www.athensasd.k12.pa.us/protected/ArticleView.aspx?iid=53YAGY&amp;dasi=4GGBY" target="_blank">3D-printing a new holder for the school’s badminton net</a>.</li> <li>A team of students from <a href="http://www.murtaugh.k12.id.us/" target="_blank">Murtaugh School District</a> in Idaho used a 3D printer to create a <a href="https://sites.google.com/murtaugh.k12.id.us/theia-motion-sensor" target="_blank">solar-powered motion-sensing alarm</a> to keep deer and elk out of fields.</li> <li>At <a href="https://www.acpsd.net/ACCTC" target="_blank">Aiken County Career and Technology Center</a> in South Carolina, students in a computer-aided drafting and design course <a href="https://www.studica.com/blog/cadd-design-3d-print-dog-wheelchair" target="_blank">designed and printed a wheelchair</a> for a dog.</li> <li>Lawrence University has a <a href="https://blogs.lawrence.edu/makerspace/3d-printing-in-education/3d-printing-in-k-12-classrooms/" target="_blank">list of creative 3D projects</a> for all grades, pre-K through high school, including a project for younger students to design and print their own nests for a unit on birds.</li> </ul><p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/09/4-steps-create-strong-3d-printing-program" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> Check out these 4 steps to create a strong 3D printing curriculum.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_2">Manufacturers Offer 3D Printing Curriculum Support</h2> <p>Although simply making the technology work can be a challenge in an active makerspace, it can be even more daunting for educators to <strong>successfully integrate 3D printers into the curriculum</strong>.</p> <p>Companies such as <a href="https://www.makerbot.com/" target="_blank">MakerBot</a> are filling that gap with specific training aimed at both teachers and students. MakerBot’s <a href="https://www.makerbot.com/education/3d-printing-certification/" target="_blank">3D printing certification programs</a> are self-paced, online courses for individuals or entire districts. Students learn about 3D printer operation and design thinking. The teacher’s course is more involved, with units on <strong>product operation and troubleshooting, as well as curriculum development and classroom integration</strong>.</p> <p>Other manufactures and service providers are jumping into the mix by providing curriculum support: </p> <ul><li>In addition to certifications, MakerBot offers a <a href="https://www.makerbot.com/education/3d-printing-guidebook/" target="_blank">free 3D-printing educators’ guidebook</a> with STEM-based learning projects, an <a href="https://www.makerbot.com/education/makerbot-educators/" target="_blank">educators community forum</a> and more than 100 lessons on its educational website, <a href="https://www.thingiverse.com/education" target="_blank">Thingiverse</a>.</li> <li>Educational 3D printer manufacturer <a href="https://www.variquest.com/" target="_blank">VariQuest </a>has created the <a href="https://www.variquest.com/product/trifecta/" target="_blank">STEM:IT</a> curriculum. The project-based lessons include STEM concepts such as coding and 3D design and provide instructors with resources such as <strong>poster templates, 3D print files and step-by-step guides</strong>.</li> <li><a href="https://www.xyzprinting.com/en-US/product-level/EDUCATOR/original-series" target="_blank">XYZprinting</a>, a Taiwanese 3D printer manufacturer, provides <a href="https://twportal.blob.core.windows.net/document/steam/XYZprinting K-12 STEAM_Education kit.pdf" target="_blank">a complete K–12 STEAM curriculum</a> to accompany its hardware, which is specifically designed for classroom use.</li> <li><a href="https://robo3d.com/" target="_blank">Robo</a>, which designs 3D printers for classrooms, teamed up with <a href="https://www.mystemkits.com/" target="_blank">MyStemKits.com</a> to offer K–12 educators printers with more than <strong>240 built-in 3D STEM lessons</strong>. </li> <li>When <a href="https://www.cdw.com/search/?b=KOD&amp;enkwrd=Kodak" target="_blank">Kodak</a> launched its newest 3D printer, the company partnered with <a href="https://www.learnbylayers.com/" target="_blank">learnbylayers</a> to offer high-quality lessons, projects and assessments for educational purchasers.</li> </ul><h2 id="toc_3">K–12 Schools Collaborate with Third Parties to Support 3D Printing</h2> <p>In addition to corporate resources, <strong>higher learning institutions are partnering with K–12 schools</strong> to offer resources and training.</p> <p>At <a href="https://news.psu.edu/story/563153/2019/03/13/impact/penn-state-harrisburg-hold-3d-printing-workshop-middle-school" target="_blank">Penn State, a weekend workshop for educators</a> focused on how to use 3D design software and printers.</p> <p>“The availability of 3D printing helps educators to leverage technology and apply math modeling in teaching math concepts in most classrooms,” said Reuben Asempapa, assistant professor of mathematics education in a<a href="https://harrisburg.psu.edu/story/16211/2019/04/10/middle-school-teachers-return-classroom-3d-printer-after-workshop" target="_blank"> blog post for Penn State Harrisburg</a>. “[I]t <strong>makes mathematics more meaningful. </strong>… It shows how we can make use of math to investigate real world applications.”</p> <p><a href="https://ocm.auburn.edu/newsroom/news_articles/2018/10/251416-engineering-huntsville-army.php" target="_blank">One of the most unique partnerships</a> is between <a href="http://eng.auburn.edu/research/centers/additive/" target="_blank">Auburn University</a>, <a href="https://www.huntsvillecityschools.org/" target="_blank">Huntsville City Schools</a> and the <a href="https://www.army.mil/article/157845/ccdc_aviation_missile_center" target="_blank">U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation &amp; Missile Center</a>, formerly known as AMRDEC. Students work on real-world projects and participate in problem-solving and research. </p> <h2 id="toc_4">How K–12 Schools Can Fund 3D Printing Programs</h2> <p>Although costs are coming down, 3D printers are <strong>difficult to afford for most school budgets</strong>. Many resources are available for K–12 institutions that want to build up 3D capabilities.</p> <ul><li><a href="https://www.3dhubs.com/" target="_blank">3D Hubs</a>, an online 3D printing service for manufactures, <a href="https://www.3dhubs.com/education/student-grant/" target="_blank">provides $1,000 grants</a> toward innovative student 3D design projects.</li> <li>General Electric is investing in the next generation of designers and engineers through its <a href="https://www.ge.com/additive/press-releases/ge-selects-more-400-schools-receive-3d-printers" target="_blank">GE Additive Education Program</a> by bestowing 3D printers on more than <strong>400 primary and secondary schools</strong>, as well as donating the technology to colleges and universities.</li> <li>Educators can apply for a grant from Toshiba America Foundation through the <a href="https://www.makersempire.com/3d-printing-design-for-schools-toshiba-grant/" target="_blank">Makers Empire website</a>.</li> <li>MakerBot offers a <a href="https://www.makerbot.com/resources/grant-guide/" target="_blank">free grant resource guide</a> for 3D printer programs.</li> </ul><p>The benefits of 3D printing for students — <strong>engagement, deeper learning and the strengthening of workforce skills</strong> — are vast. The challenge of implementing the technology can sometimes seem even greater. By learning more about the educational benefits, collaboration opportunities, how to <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/09/4-steps-create-strong-3d-printing-program">introduce 3D printing into the classroom</a> and where to find funding resources, teachers, schools and districts will be even more prepared to help students today become the makers of tomorrow.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/k12/author/erika-gimbel"><img src="/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/styles/face_small/public/people/erika-gimbel.jpg?itok=COBsR_2x" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/k12/author/erika-gimbel"> <div>Erika Gimbel</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Erika Gimbel is a Chicago-based freelance writer who specializes in B2B technology innovation and educational technology.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 10 Jun 2019 13:56:33 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42336 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 30 K–12 EdTech IT Influencers Worth a Follow 2019 Cover Photo https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/30-k-12-edtech-it-influencers-worth-follow-2019-cover-photo <span>30 K–12 EdTech IT Influencers Worth a Follow 2019 Cover Photo</span> <div class="page-body"> <p>Are you one of <em>EdTech </em>magazine's <strong><a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2019/04/25-nonprofit-it-influencers-worth-follow-2019">30 K–12 IT Influencers Worth a Follow in 2019</a></strong>? Congratulations! You can share this honor on your social page with our official <strong>K–12 IT Influencer</strong> Twitter cover photo:</p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="Influencer Twitter Hero" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/Q0219-ET-ET-InfluencerList-Twitter_hero_0.jpg" /></p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Thu, 06/06/2019 - 00:12</span> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/30-k-12-edtech-it-influencers-worth-follow-2019-cover-photo" data-title="30 K–12 EdTech IT Influencers Worth a Follow 2019 Cover Photo" data-via="EdTech_K12" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="twitter"></span> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="facebook"></span> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-counter="true" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/30-k-12-edtech-it-influencers-worth-follow-2019-cover-photo" data-title="30 K–12 EdTech IT Influencers Worth a Follow 2019 Cover Photo" data-via="EdTech_K12" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fedtechmagazine.com%2Fk12%2Frss.xml%3Fdestination%3D%2Fk12%2F%26_exception_statuscode%3D404" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-pinterest cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/30-k-12-edtech-it-influencers-worth-follow-2019-cover-photo" data-title="30 K–12 EdTech IT Influencers Worth a Follow 2019 Cover Photo" data-via="EdTech_K12" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span></span> <span></span> <span></span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-pinterest cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> Thu, 06 Jun 2019 04:12:20 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42331 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 The 2019 Honor Roll: EdTech’s 30 Must-Read K–12 Education IT Influencers https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/06/2019-honor-roll-edtechs-30-must-read-k-12-education-it-influencers <span>The 2019 Honor Roll: EdTech’s 30 Must-Read K–12 Education IT Influencers</span> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Wed, 06/05/2019 - 10:51</span> <div><p>Educational technology is changing rapidly for K–12 school districts, which can make it difficult for even the savviest educators to keep up. Social media influencers can help update K–12 IT leaders with<strong> timely, digestible tweets, blog posts and podcasts</strong>.</p> <p>This year’s Must-Read IT blogger list has grown to include a diverse group of K–12 professionals across the various media streams on the web. Look here for the real-time updates you’ll need to make well-informed IT decisions.</p> <p>If you’d like to check out the Must-Read IT Blogs from previous years, view our lists from <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/04/The-2018-Honor-Roll-EdTechs-Must-Read-K-12-IT-Blogs">2018</a>, <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2017/03/2017-honor-roll-edtechs-must-read-k-12-it-blogs">2017</a>, <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2016/04/2016-honor-roll-edtechs-must-read-k-12-it-blogs">2016 </a>and <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2015/04/2015-honor-roll-edtechs-must-read-k-12-it-blogs">2015</a>.</p> <p>Did your account make the list? If so, <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/30-k-12-edtech-it-influencers-worth-follow-2019-cover-photo">grab our IT influencer cover image</a> for your Twitter page to share with your followers.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/k12/author/eli-zimmerman"><img src="/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/styles/face_small/public/people/headshot.jpeg.jpg?itok=QfIQ8S6q" width="58" height="58" alt="Eli Zimmerman" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/k12/author/eli-zimmerman"> <div>Eli Zimmerman</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=eaztweets&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Eli has been eagerly pursuing a journalistic career since he left the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill School of Journalism. Previously, Eli was a staff reporter for medical trade publication <em>Frontline Medical News,</em> where he experienced the impact of continuous education and evolving teaching methods through the medical lens. When not in the office, Eli is busy scanning the web for the latest podcasts or stepping into the boxing ring for a few rounds.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 05 Jun 2019 14:51:22 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42326 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 FAQ 5: What to Ask Before Starting Your Classroom Redesign https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/06/faq-5-what-ask-starting-your-classroom-redesign <span>FAQ 5: What to Ask Before Starting Your Classroom Redesign</span> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Mon, 06/03/2019 - 14:43</span> <div><p>For K–12 schools interested in upgrading their classrooms to fit a modern pedagogy, it is important to take an intentional approach that keeps academic success at the forefront of any decision. </p> <p>At Illinois' <a href="https://www.glenbrook225.org/" target="_blank">Glenbrook High School District 225</a>, <a href="https://www.glenbrook225.org/Offices/Administration/Director-of-Instructional-Innovation" target="_blank">Ryan Bretag</a>, the district’s director of instructional innovation wanted every decision to help improve "student wellness and meaningful work," <a href="https://www.educationdive.com/news/classroom-redesigns-can-shape-a-more-comfortable-inviting-home-for-learnin/539124/" target="_blank">Education Dive reports</a>. </p> <p>“This didn’t mean things didn’t excite us or concepts weren’t intriguing but <strong>each one was questioned with how does this help us to achieve our why</strong> and is this the best possible way of getting to it,” Bretag told Education Dive.</p> <p>To help stay mindful, here are <strong>five questions education leaders should ask</strong> during a classroom redesign.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/02/how-redesign-k-12-media-center" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> Check out how to redesign the K–12 media center.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">1. Who Should Be on the Refresh Team?</h2> <p>Core team members should include the person who will teach in the space, the person who <strong>oversees curriculum and the person in charge of technology </strong>and innovation. Each has a role to play: experience with day-to-day classroom flow, a broad vision of educational goals and advice for integrating technology in a meaningful, supportive way.</p> <h2 id="toc_1">2. How Do We Avoid Design for Design’s Sake?</h2> <p>Ground your refresh in research on how students learn. The <a href="https://cei.umn.edu/teaching-active-learning-classroom-alc" target="_blank">University of Minnesota</a> has done compelling work on the impact of active-learning classrooms, and the <a href="https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/09/future-of-jobs-2018-things-to-know/" target="_blank">World Economic Forum’s</a> “The Future of Jobs Report: 2018” illuminates <strong>skills students will need for successful careers</strong>. Research like this is foundational to any refresh effort.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/02/ice-2019-physical-arrangement-sets-tone-k-12-modern-learning-environments" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> See how physical classroom arrangements set the tone for modern learning environments.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_2">3. Dream Big, or Dream Within the Budget?</h2> <p>There’s no need to limit yourself at the start of planning. Don’t be afraid to define an <strong>ideal vision for what a learning space could look like</strong> in your school. Even if it isn’t achievable now, a broad view of possibilities sets a roadmap for the future and ensures you don’t sell your space short before you’ve begun.</p> <h2 id="toc_3">4. Are There Nonclassroom Spaces That Tend to Be Overlooked?</h2> <p>Yes! High school and middle school students spend a lot of time in hallways, moving between classes. You can envision hallways as a learning commons: <strong>Activate that space</strong> in the service of education, and set the tone for continuous learning.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/11/qa-rachel-gorton-how-k-12-schools-envision-future-education" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH: </strong>Here is how K–12 schools can envision the future of education.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_4">5. We Refreshed — Now What?</h2> <p>Students and instructors will need support as they adjust to the new environment. <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/03/cosn-2018-expert-lays-out-6-best-practices-instructional-coaches">Instructional coaches </a>can help teachers determine the best way to use the new space. Students should be taught how to use equipment or reset a classroom in support of the day’s lesson plan.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/k12/taxonomy/term/11826"><img src="/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/styles/face_small/public/people/4Rx2DwqD_400x400_0.jpg?itok=-4uOpaZr" width="58" height="58" alt="Jennifer Brown" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/k12/taxonomy/term/11826"> <div>Jennifer Brown</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Jennifer Brown is a K12 Education Strategist at CDW•G and former elementary school teacher, whose passion is elevating the learning experience through educational technology.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 03 Jun 2019 18:43:55 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42316 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12