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Achieving a Seamless Plug and Play Ecosystem Lee County School District in Fort Myers, Florida lies on the southwestern side of the peninsula and is the 9th largest district in the state. Their tech department operates one of the largest and most robust instructional technology networks in the nation, with more than 70,000 computers and mobile devices in use daily. They support a variety of technology solutions from industry leaders, such as Microsoft, Google, Apple, Cisco, Aerohive, Toshiba, NetApp, Dell and Lenovo. With that level of depl oyment, any education executive could imagine the nightmare of organizing log-ins and the myriad of platform sign-ins for teachers, students and administrators.

Technology Integration: Multimedia in Projects: Tools for Creating and Viewing Media Software Tools, Plug-Ins and Viewers Are you looking for top applications for learning? If you are integrating media into your instruction, consider the words of Andrew Churches (2009): "It's not about the tools, it's using the tools to facilitate learning" (p. 1). Andrew Churches' educational origami website includes Gardner's Multiple Intelligences and ICT where Churches matches traditional approaches to each of the multiple intelligences with specific digital tools, strategies, and activities.

Review: Linux Live USB Creator makes it easier to install Linux There used to be a time when Microsoft Windows ruled the operating system world. But in recent years, the free and open source Linux operating system has taken a big bite out of Windows' dominance. But Linux has always had an image problem of seeming too difficult and unwieldy to install and learn, with a steep learning curve attached. Linux Live USB Creator (LiLi for short) aims to take the sting out of a newcomer's introduction to the operating system by making it as easy as possible to get started.

26 Upcoming EdTech Conferences For The 2013-2014 School Year Whether you’re a teacher, administrator, or school support system, there’s bound to be something for you at an edtech conference. Take a look at some of the top edtech conferences nationwide for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year from leading PD providers, including ASCD, ISTE, and others. Let us know in the comments which ones we missed and we’ll update this post to include them! Conference themes and locations usually change by year and registration costs are often lower for earlier sign-ups, so be sure to plan ahead.

5 Ways Liberal Arts Grads Can Actually Get Jobs Transitioning from college to career is never easy, and if you’re graduating with a liberal arts degree the task may seem even more fraught. A recent survey of job seekers and HR professionals from consulting firm Millennial Branding and career network found that only 2% of employers actively recruit liberal arts grads. In contrast, 18% of employers seek out business grads and 27% recruit engineers and computer scientists. Indeed, 49% of job seekers said "no jobs" exist for those with a liberal arts degree.

Whizzimo: an Online Reading Tool - The Tutor Coach In March of 2015, I was having a discussion with Amy Herd, an online dyslexia reading tutor about how most online tutoring platforms are built for older students and sometimes not very user friendly. We talked about our wishes for a platform that was simple to use and little kid friendly. Here’s a snippet of that conversation: I would love to have an affordable program that both my student and I could manipulate what is on the screen. I would like letter tiles with color options. Before You Judge Online and Blended Learning, Get the Data Right The Hechinger Report recently published an article by Nichole Dobo entitled “Should We Hit the Pause Button for Online and Blended Learning?” The article cites a new National Education Policy Center report released by Gary Miron and Chariosse Gulosino. Dobo points out that the report suggests that “Both fully online (virtual) schools and blended learning schools included in the report tended to fare worse than traditional schools on state assessments of quality.” What is not described in the report is the flawed nature of the study. Upon a closer look, it is clear that virtual and blended learning schools are likely to do a better job than traditional brick-and-mortar schools with expelled, truant, or pregnant students, or students who may have behavioral issues—but accommodations for various student populations are absent from the report. In fact, in the section of the study that cites limitations, we find this statement:

8 Travel Grants and Fellowships for Educators Summer is the perfect time to research and apply for a teacher travel grant. The key is to look in the right places and write a compelling application. Then, once you win an award, you might find yourself kayaking the length of the Mississippi River while developing a river ecology unit. (At least, that’s what one teacher did with a Fund For Teachers grant.) To help you get started, here are some tips for writing winning proposals, a few inspiring articles, and a list of interesting travel grants that you might want to research or apply to this summer. The Best Places to Look

Appointment & Class Scheduling Software Q: What are Staff Members in your appointment scheduling software lingo? A. Staff members are the number of people in your business or organization who are able to accept new appointments or need access as an admin to help manage the appointments made with the other staff. Q. What are Locations? A.