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Using Data to Support Students, Parents, and Staff

April 13, 2015
One of the most important aspects of data and technology is that it’s for the benefit of not only students, but also teachers – used well, it helps both do their best work. Check out some examples in this fantastic article on how teachers, schools, and districts are using data to support their students and staff. One of them is Lisa Wilson, a fourth- and fifth-grade teacher at Arroyo Seco Elementary School (Livermore, CA), who uses TenMarks Math to customize assignments to meet the wide range of academic levels her students need.  She can check during recess to see which of her students...

Keeping Technology in the Classroom

April 08, 2015
Teachers are always trying to do what’s best for their students.  This means finding ways to protect student information, while also keeping useful technology tools in the classroom.   Ken Halla, a Smarter Schools Project Contributor, recently penned an Op-Ed on how technology is impacting the classroom, and why policymakers need to understand these uses when writing legislation.  Check it out here. 

Teacher Texting Increases Student Achievement

April 02, 2015
As a teacher or parent, you’ve probably gotten fed up with your students’ (or children’s) constant texting. If only they’d just spend half that time doing their schoolwork! According to a new study, however, those two seemingly competing activities don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Researchers at the Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, decided to study the effect of the “Teacher Text,” or a text message sent intentionally with an educational purpose. Instead of a one-way, generic message from the teacher (like “Don’t forget to do your homework!”), Teacher Texts involve individual...

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