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.


Massapequa (NY) School District Unifies the Classroom for Improved Teaching

Prior to 2009, Massapequa Public Schools (NY), like most districts, lacked a learning management system that could provide a one-stop shop for collaboration throughout its eight K-12 schools. The district had disparate technology tools that didn’t communicate efficiently. For Massapequa to better fulfill its mission “to educate all students to their highest level of academic potential,” the district found itself in need of a more efficient system to better enable teacher collaboration, offer its 7,000 students more advanced learning opportunities, and better engage parents in their children’s education.


The Roadmap to Successful Formative Assessment Implementation

The teacher’s understanding of exactly what their students know before and during instruction is significantly more powerful than finding out what they know after a lesson or unit is complete. State standards are becoming more rigorous each year.


9 Signs Your School Needs an LMS

The learning management system (LMS) has evolved from its early days as a classroom tool that disseminates information to students into a school- or district-wide solution that facilitates learning, communication, and collaboration amongst everyone in the school community: teachers, students, administrators, and parents. You may not even realize that some of your school or district’s biggest challenges—inside and outside the classroom—can be overcome using an LMS. If even just one or two of these signs sound like we were walking through your halls or sitting in on staff meetings, you may want to start researching how an LMS would fit into your setting.


Goochland County Public Schools Increases Graduation Rate to 96.7% Using PowerSchool Analytics

Goochland County Public Schools serve 2600 students outside of Richmond, VA. The district implemented PowerSchool Analytics in 2012 to more easily monitor student subgroups, meet federal objectives by tracking school and district performance data, and better meet the needs of all students by identifying exactly when they started struggling. They had an assessment tool, but what they didn’t have was insight into how subgroup students were performing on all of their assessments, like MAP, PALS, WIDA, and CogAT. Without visibility, it was nearly impossible to catch and correct learning gaps immediately.


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.


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.


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.


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.