Whitepapers

Welcome to our free K-12-technology-in-the-classroom white paper and case study library from our sponsors. Click a title to read more or download. If you have any questions or comments about our white papers please contact Mallory Bundy via email.


How K-12 Learning Can Cultivate True Collaboration

While collaboration is one of the four “Cs” in 21st century learning, students need skilled guidance to learn how to work with others most effectively. Here’s how to get started.


Empowering Student Voice and Choice to Deliver Personalized Education

Many educators and school districts know that K–12 education has to consider the learning requirements, preferences and talents of individual students in order to be effective in preparing them for success in their college, careers and life. Listening to students’ voices and giving them learning choices are critical in providing personalized learning. Incorporating student voice and choice results in better educational outcomes, and happier students and teachers. This whitepaper shares insights from Student Voice, an organization that helps educators and students incorporate student voice and choice in teaching and learning, and from Hall County School District in Georgia, where students’ voices and choices already are critical elements of personalized education.


Inspire Creativity in Learning

Creativity is becoming a more essential component as innovative teachers prepare students for a multifaceted and technologically advanced world. Students find new and creative ways to learn, to express themselves and collaborate with their peers. Following a THE Journal survey that examined how teachers are getting creativity into their students and their classrooms, three points were evident— collaboration nurtures creativity, access to technology is essential, and students will help you help them.


Achieve Excellence with Blended Learning

As an educator, you know things are changing in your classroom—new educational techniques, new technology to help support those techniques, and a greater connection with each individual student. The world is changing and the way you teach your students is changing as well. Student-guided and technology-driven activities are helping create a truly personalized blended learning experience tailored for the needs and strengths of your students. The focus is more on the individual student. THE Journal has helped guide you through these transitions.


Schools Embrace Mobile Devices

To understand the issues K-12 faces in the midst of increased technology purchases and usage, THE Journal surveyed district and school personnel on matters related to E-rate participation, student device programs, major challenges posed by device usage, security matters and delivery of technical support, among other topics. Here’s a look at the findings.


Student Devices on the K-12 Network Infographic

Shifting to a student-centered education model requires that schools allow mobile devices for personalized learning. This also introduces new demands related to networking, security, technical support and more. To understand the new challenges, THE Journal surveyed K-12 educators and staff members on their practices related to device usage and security in their schools and districts. Here's what they report.


5 Ways to Bridge the Homework Gap

Anywhere/anytime learning can’t happen when students lack reliable, high-speed connectivity. Likewise, as school and teacher communications with families are increasingly handled through on-line forms, this "homework gap," as the February report points out, is becoming a "widening chasm into which parents/guardians also fall." If you're in one of the 75 percent of districts with no strategy for providing connectivity to students at home or after school, here are five ways to tackle the challenge of delivering internet access outside the classroom.


Accelerate Professional Learning

Download this informative white paper to explore how two districts help their educators create the collaborative, creative, and student-centered environment every student deserves. Two districts profiled here—one a pioneer in the use of 1-to-1 devices in the classroom and the other much newer to the pervasive use of educational technology—share their lessons for building a culture of change that’s both sustainable and scalable through regular professional learning sessions.