Podcasts


Tackling the Digital Learning Time Crunch

When Rialto Unified School District undertook a 1-to-1 program for its 26,000 students, the California school system knew an infrastructure update was in order. And the more those devices were being used for learning — not just during school, but after school, for Saturday school and deep into the summer — the smaller the windows became in which the IT organization could handle maintenance tasks. The district decided to try a new approach for refreshing the network. As Network Services Manager, Raul Maciel, explains, hyperconvergence not only delivered the flexibility IT sought, but boosted performance, added redundancy and kept the familiar management interface staff members already knew well.


Esports as Education Game Changer

When the New York Institute of Technology took a gamer’s advice to organize esports play for its students, little did the institution expect that seed to grow into groundbreaking medical research, a potential area for development of a new minor and a recruitment lure for new students. In this interview Dan Vélez, NYIT’s director of Athletics and Recreation, and Jerry Balentine, dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, explain what medical issues esports players face as athletes, how esports compares to other athletic endeavors and what the future looks like for students who immerse themselves in the world of collegiate online gaming.


Delivering Desktops Virtually

As Lubbock Independent School District makes the transition from Windows devices to Chromebooks, it's relying more and more heavily on virtual desktop infrastructure to give users — both students and staff — access to the learning and work applications and other tools that still require Windows access. At the beginning of 2019, over a single weekend, the Texas district implemented hyperconverged infrastructure, and it's not looking back. As Chief Technology Officer, Damon Jackson, and Senior Platform Technology Engineer, Jason Blackburn, discuss, HCI has given them the "Easy Button" they sought for network management and delivered "remarkably faster" performance.


Staying Ahead of the Metagame: Esports Basic for K-20

Whether it’s a high school, college or university, interest in esports is running high. One of the reasons: Many students are already gaming, so why not find ways to instill learning where they’re already hanging out? Dell Technologies Education Strategists Jeanne Weber (higher education) and Snow White (K-12) work with schools in developing esports programs that tie to career pathways and help students gain valuable skills for continuing their education or moving into jobs. In this interview Jeanne and Snow share their observations on why esports is gaining speed, how teachers and faculty can participate and what’s needed to launch an effective esports program.


Using Hyperconverged to Improve Your District Data Center

The way Dell Technologies’ Jeremy Merrill sees it, hyperconverged infrastructure is simply the next smart step in moving to the virtualized data center. As this technical expert explains, HCI loads software on top of commodity servers to allow IT administrators to manage the compute layer as well as storage. That consolidation gives them far simpler management and expanded oversight of their virtualized workloads to help them keep up with district IT goals. Here’s what you need to understand to get started.


Turning to Student Voice and Choice for High School Esports

Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District CTO Kyle Berger is facing new kinds of challenges he never could have foreseen before introducing an esports program into his high schools, including taking calls from college recruiters who want to know more about some of his players and hearing from parents wondering how they can get their kids on the teams. But, as he explains in this interview, the response from students has made those tiny hassles all worth the effort.


Giving Teachers Voice and Choice

It's time to transform your teacher training from "sit-and-git" or "one-and-done" to professional learning that helps educators understand how to gain the outcomes they want for their students.


A Room of Their Own

An expert on learning space redesign explains why rows of desks don't work anymore and how to figure out where to start your K-12 classroom layout reboot.


Bringing in the Virtual Connection

This e-learning expert is consumed with the problem of how to bring people together for learning when some are physically present and others are virtually present, yet they want to interact as if they're all in the same room together.


Innovation over Iteration in 1-to-1

This school district shares what it has learned about the importance of stepping back and thinking deeply about teaching and learning before handing out devices.


Constructing a Common Language for 1-to-1

An expert on K-12 digital transformations explains why a lot of districts that have already implemented a program to give computing devices to every student aren't getting the return they expected.


Building Purposeful Professional Learning

A technology refresh gave this school district the opportunity to reboot its approach to professional development and help its teachers learn how to ask for instructional support as they need it.


A Classroom of the Future

Invite enthusiastic teachers to request whatever they want for their flexible classrooms and let the learning begin!