THE Journal White Papers

Free K-12-technology-in-the-classroom white papers and case studies from our sponsors. Click a title to read more or download.


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802.11ac Whitepaper

01/27/14

802.11ac is a new very high throughput Wi-Fi standard (final approval in 2014). It delivers data rates in excess of 1Gbps in its first phase of products with future iterations planned to take performance to nearly 7Gbps. 802.11ac maintains backward compatibility with existing 802.11 equipment to simplify network migration to the new technology.


IDC Case Study: Grand Island Public Schools Implements Identity Solution to Centralize Management and Increase Security for Macs

01/24/14

A large K-12 school district overcame the challenge of integrating Macs and maintaining security for students and faculty by implementing an Active Directory-based solution enabling centralized policy, password and access management.


Common Core and More – 10 Steps to a Successful Digital Readiness Assessment

12/16/13

If you're in a district that will soon be implementing Common Core Digital Assessments, or other state testing standards, there is no such thing as being over-prepared! While digital assessments offer exciting possibilities such as immediate score reporting, increased security or testing materials, and decreased administrative demands, they also require a lot of preparation. Here is a handy checklist of things to remember as you get ready.


Kid Tested and School Approved

12/16/13

Can you trust a 10-year old with a sophisticated laptop - or a 16-year old for that matter? How can you protect your computer equipment from dings and other damage liable to happen in a K-12 school environment, where students are still learning responsibility? One key is to invest in PCs and mobile devices designed specifically for maximum durability.


A Guide to Common Core Implementation

12/16/13

The Common Core State Standards initiative aims to improve student readiness for college and careers through establishing new curriculum standards in language arts and mathematics. The initiative was launched in 2009, sponsored by the National Governors Association (NGA) and Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The majority of states have signed on to adopt Common Core State Standards, with implementation times phased through 2016. As the ACT, SAT and GED exams are aligning to Common Core curricula, even schools that are not adopting these standards may find the need to adjust their educational content in order to give students the best chance of success on college entrance exams.


Cypress Woods High School – Project HUNCH

12/01/13

Project HUNCH (High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware) gives students the opportunity to design and build products for potential use in space missions. As part of this project, NASA asked the students of Cypress Woods High School to design and build a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that carries a camera and can maneuver around the zero-gravity environment of the International Space Station (ISS) under the direction of ground control. Learn how the students used 3D printing to quickly and inexpensively build functional prototypes to test and improve the functionality of their design.


Too Many Devices + The Wrong Software = Compromised Math and Science Learning

11/21/13

The integrity of content is often compromised when students share work created on their devices with teachers and classmates that are using different mobile or desktop devices. Calculation errors, graphical misrepresentations, the loss of valuable data and analysis, and other functionality can reveal themselves only when files are opened on different platforms. Access this 2-page brief to learn more about how your school or district can avoid the perils of content decay.


Writing Wrongs: Boosting Literacy by Maximizing Content Fidelity

11/21/13

We expect that when a student creates a document—and a teacher, peer or parent reviews or edits the document—content with all feedback and markings will appear consistently from teacher to student, no matter what device each one uses. But nothing could be further from the truth. Integrity of documents—or content fidelity—is one of the most significant, yet seldom talked about, challenges for educators to manage. Access this document to learn more about content decay and what schools can do to minimize it.