Industry-leading companies are increasingly releasing devices featuring a new, universal power port. Referred to as USB-C, or Type C, it is steadily becoming the emerging standard for charging devices and transferring data. Although it may take some time for universal integration, there is no question that it is becoming the new standard in digital technology. Compared to the previous ports that it will be replacing, the USB-C has a lot more to offer than simply charging devices. Keep reading to learn more about what the USB-C is capable of, and how your classroom can benefit from the switch!Read More
Flexible classrooms have become one of the most innovative trends to emerge in education. Inspired by research that has shown that learning environments matter, teachers have begun transforming their classrooms to help encourage their students to remain active and engaged in the lesson plan. The major identifier of flexible classrooms is the introduction of quirky, adjustable furniture that can easily be repositioned to create an assortment of learning spaces within a single room. For example, students may opt to stand at desks, sit in beach chairs, kneel on pillows at coffee tables, or even lounge on bean bags depending on the task.
With devices being used in lesson plans, it is important to consider how they will also be integrated into such classroom layouts. Luckily, when it comes to charging and storage solutions for mobile devices, there is a wide range of options available with a variety of features and functionality. By being aware of what qualities to look for in a charging solution, it is possible to find one that will not only complement the flexible classroom, but also the lesson plan.Read More
Classroom technology can empower teachers and students by providing tools that encourage learning in ways never before possible. These digital learning experiences offer innovative ways for teachers to engage and educate their students, while preparing them for success in competitive, highly technological world. Jobs today are increasingly relying on technology combined with not only academic knowledge, but analytical, interpersonal, and intrapersonal abilities too.
This means that it is becoming increasingly essential to find ways to use classroom technology to develop the six key competencies of deeper learning: content mastery, critical thinking and problem solving, effective communication, collaboration, self-directed learning, and academic mindset. So, how can classroom technology be used to support deeper learning environments?Read More
Choosing the right classroom charging station for your district can be daunting. Charging stations provide a way to help store, manage, and charge devices so they are ready for use. The repercussions of making the wrong decision can not only result in money being thrown down the drain, but also interfere with learning.
Since access to devices is a major component of digital learning, it is important to find the right solution. Beyond price, charging stations come in a variety of shapes and sizes and offer several features to help with technology integration. So, how do you know which features you should look for in a charging station? Keep reading to find out!Read More
Virtual reality is steadily moving into classrooms, thanks to its affordability and the host of resources it provides for the curriculum. As more content is produced, teachers are becoming increasingly intrigued as to how to use it to supplement the lesson plan. A primary focus of this has been to search for existing apps that will help achieve learning objectives.
However, virtual reality also affords hands-on opportunities to promote creativity and self-expression in students. One of the most dynamic ways this can be achieved is by giving students the chance to design, build, and share their own virtual reality environment. Keep reading for ideas on how to create virtual reality content in the classroom!Read More
Virtual Reality (VR) technology is rapidly becoming a widely utilized tool for education. The technology provides more immersive and engaging experiences for students, which can be supplemental to lesson plans in a seemingly limitless variety of subjects. Governments around the world have taken note of the potential of VR that is thoughtfully integrated into the curriculum, so why not try it out in your classrooms?
VR technology is now attainable for many schools and there are lots of educators who have tested or integrated it already. So, if you’re ready to get started read on!Read More
Time to roll-out new Chromebook devices? Before setting your students loose with their devices, the Chromebooks must be enrolled into your school’s domain in order for administrative policies to be set and enforced. Fortunately, for those of you facing the task of mass enrollment, there are automated solutions available that will make the job easier.
Cheaper than your traditional outsourced “white glove service” where you pay a fortune for enrollment per device, current innovations allow you to still do it yourself—but with less of the hassle. These modern “white glove” solutions not only bypass the need to manually enroll each device, but are customizable and save your IT department valuable time too! Keep reading to learn about some Chromebook enrollment options that are at your disposal.Read More
As more schools move toward BYOD and 1:1 technology programs, there is a growing need for charging
lockers. These are small lockers that allow students and teachers to secure their individual device while it charges. Each compartment typically has a keypad, which the user would create a new numerical code for each time it is used.
Effectively integrating technology into the curriculum can be a challenge. One of the best new avenues that addresses this issue comes in the form of blogs written by fellow educators sharing their ideas. Whether you are trying to introduce tablets or Chromebooks to students or just looking for new ideas that utilize your pre-existing classroom mobile devices and technology, blogs offer a breadth of information for you and your students. Sifting through resources online can be time consuming, but here are several blogs that are a must-read for creative ideas on making the most of available classroom technology.Read More
As laptops, tablets, Chromebooks, and other mobile devices enter the classroom, school districts face an ever-increasing challenge of managing their technology. Some of the biggest inevitable problems to face will be the theft or damage of the technology. There are a number of methods for curbing these losses, but realistically, some methods are better than others.
An obvious solution to this problem would be to purchase a notebook security cart with vault-like security, insurance for each device, and extended warranties. While this plan seems thorough enough, additional security measures are often an expense that can send your budget through the roof. The ideal plan for security takes into account the cost of each device and the risk of loss to evaluate which precautions make the most sense.Read More