Interoperability in an LMS is more crucial than ever before

Learning management system (LMS) must be interoperable with third party tools and apps

With the ever increasing amount of digital learning tools available to our teachers and administrators it has becomes more unlikely that one single vendor will supply all the needs of one school or district. 

This should not be read as a slight against edtech vendors. It is the reality we live in. There are simply too many useful and effective tools out there. 

This current environment then, necessitates the need for the learning management systems of today and tomorrow to be able to work with myriad third party tools, platforms and applications.

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Get the right tools to move from NCLB to ESSA

What technology can you adopt to ensure you seamlessly transition into the new ESSA era?

With the changeover from NCLB to ESSA, (Every Student Succeeds Act) two new funding streams will be made available to schools and districts that support the use of effective education technology. 

The two funding streams will come in the form of block grants. 

With new funding streams becoming available and with the changes that ESSA brings with it... how can you use those funds in order to set your school and district up for success?

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Distributed Learning for K12 Part 4: Analyze

In this brief blog series we'll be discussing the concept of Distributed Learning. What it is, the impact it has on K12 education, best practices for use in your school/district and other useful tips and tricks. Before diving into this post it might prove helpful to start at the beginning. Part 1part 2 and part 3

Analyze. Analysis. Analytics. 

We realize that a lot of our brains just shut off at the mention of any one of those words. But stick with us here...

You've now come to the part of the process where you as school and district leaders can begin to reap the fruits of your labor. 

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Distributed Learning for K12 Part 2: Determine what you want to learn

In this brief blog series we'll be discussing the concept of Distributed Learning. What it is, the impact it has on K12 education, best practices for use in your school/district and other useful tips and tricks. Read part 1 here

Distributed learning allows for your students and teachers to learn in so may different ways, locations, times of day etc. Because of this, the amount of data generated increases exponentially, far more than you and your staff have time to analyze. So what can you do?

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How to get started with blended learning: Part 7

Step 7: Putting all the pieces together

The decision to adopt a new teaching approach is both exciting and angst inducing. Blended learning offers a new way to reach students, so it makes sense that districts want to harness it's potential. As school districts explore the possibilities of blended learning they are also faced with challanges and obstacles that must be acknowledged and planned for. If you are thinking about how to get started with blended learning, this 7 part blog series will explore the steps you should consider as you adopt this new methodology.

It's helpful to read these posts in order, so before continuing:

Everyone benefits from having a plan when implementing a new program. If you've read all previous 6 posts in this series (and good on ya by the way!) then you've got the steps to begin implementation of a blended learning model at your school and/or district. 

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Our 101 Favorite Education Memes

It's the end of the school year and you need a few laughs. Kill some time by checking out our favorite education memes that we've come across.

Let us know if we've missed some good ones in the comments or hit us up on Twitter.

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