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Education in an Automated Future: Part 3

By |December 13th, 2019|

Today’s kindergartners will likely enter the workforce around 2037. With automation quickly changing the world of work (and the world at large), what might education look like in order to adapt to the future?

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Education in an Automate Future: Part 2

By |December 12th, 2019|

We may not know precisely how automation will affect the future of work. We do know it will have a rather significant impact. What, then, does this mean for K-12 education?

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Using WordPress for School Communications: A Tool Review

By |December 9th, 2019|

One of the holy grails of a communication center is to write once and then let the content flow to all necessary channels. A host of tools exist to assist the process. For this post, I want to share a favorite (and common) tool for communications in schools: WordPress.

Education in an Automated Future: Part 1

By |November 26th, 2019|

Advances in technology. Increasing automation in all sectors of society. And the creative destruction of capitalism. What does this mean for K-12 Education? This is part 1 of a series of posts derived from a presentation delivered during the 2019 Ohio School Board Conference.

What Does it Mean to be a Google, Microsoft, or Apple School?

By |November 6th, 2019|

The other day, a friend shared a conversation. “My daughter’s school said they’re a Google District. Do you know what that means?” We often ask new customers if they’re a Google District, a Microsoft District, or an Apple District. The question is crucial because it affects our playbook. It also affects the playbook of instruction.

Abre Customer Summit 2019. A Reflection.

By |October 21st, 2019|

A highpoint of the year is our Customer Summit. Few moments are more fulfilling than bringing customers together to share how they use Abre, what ideas they have for the future, and brainstorm with company leadership. We love the productive conversations, the “ah-ha” moments, and the laughter.

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Finding & Creating the Right Visuals

By |October 3rd, 2019|

Visuals are essential to any social media interaction. A snappy graphic, photo, or drawing pauses the reader and encourages engagement. Visuals help control a narrative.

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Yourls. An Abre Review

By |September 18th, 2019|

URL shorteners provide many advantages to schools and districts. In this Abre Tool Review, we take a look at the open-source software called "Yourls".

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Spreadsheet Hell. An Antidote.

By |September 5th, 2019|

At this moment, in every single school and district in America, someone is plumbing the depths of spreadsheet hell. K-12 is about piecing together data to not only understanding the workings of a school but also to continuously report back to state department of education.

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Using Student Support to Help with 1:1 Initiatives

By |August 28th, 2019|

As a former Director of Technology in a 1:1 school, one of my central concerns centered on keeping devices functional and lasting. With some 11,000 Chromebook spread over numerous campuses, how would I provide support to the occasional breaks, wear and tear, and general grime? My tech team was small. And my financial resources were dedicated to devices.

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The Machines Are Good at This

By |August 27th, 2019|

Terms like “personalized learning” and “AI-driven instruction” and “adaptive learning” become buzzy. We view algorithms in awe and wistfully predict their power in shaping human cognition. I think it’s prudent to ask what is edtech really good at doing? Consistently, and over a long time?