When I was in high school, each student was given a school calendar at the beginning of the year which laid out every sporting event, school play, teacher in-service day, and major festivity for that year. Some calendars made it home, while others were introduced to the trash bin. Even if these calendars made it […]

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Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than trying to solve them. –Henry Ford Finding school administration software can be frustrating—so much so that school administrators are doing handstands and cartwheels instead of trying to figure out a reasonable software price for the size of their school or district. After all, the […]

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When I was in high school, one of my favorite events was the weekly football games on Friday nights. I wasn’t a fan of the games themselves, but I enjoyed seeing friends from school, walking around, getting snacks to eat, and the occasional prank or two. Outside of my own bubble, I never realized just […]

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When I was in middle school, I thought I didn’t like math. Luckily, in high school I had a teacher who made the subject come alive, using technology for interactive projects and lessons. I changed my mind, and now I’m getting a degree in math. Funny how that happens. Technology and games are great ways […]

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In September of 2015, the Washington Post reported on how United States students had scored on the SAT ever since the test was overhauled in 2005: “The average score for the Class of 2015 was 1490 out of a maximum 2400, the College Board reported Thursday. That was down 7 points from the previous class’s […]

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Administrators for after-school programs targeted to teens are challenged to provide two, intertwined justifications: That the programs show successful outcomes That they deserve public support The most important outcome for U.S. teens is receiving a high school diploma as a first step toward attaining a higher education contributing to an increase in earning power. Secondary […]

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My faculty advisor at school knows everything. Seriously. He knows everything there is to know about his field of study, and if you happen to ask him something unrelated to his discipline, chances are that he’ll know about that as well.  Every trivia night, he blows everyone away with his encyclopedic brain. Earlier this year […]

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When I was in elementary school, one of my favorite things to do during recess was get on the classroom computers and explore all of their capabilities. I would go through the programs and settings, figuring out how everything worked together. This access to technology helped me discover my love for computers and eventually set […]

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The one acronym a high school senior hears more than any other is FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Those five letters were the beginning of every conversation I had with my teachers regarding applying for college and financial aid, and they came up even more frequently after I chose the school I wished […]

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When I was in middle and high school, teachers were still experimenting with digital classrooms. In computer labs, instructors would have complete access to our display screens at any time. They could freeze our screens, take control of our desktops, and they had full viewing capabilities. However, these capabilities were limited to the stationary computer […]

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