“For the times they are a-changin’.” – Bob Dylan When I was in elementary school, I marveled at the computers in the classrooms and labs. I took every opportunity to use and learn about them, including spending entire recess sessions in the computer lab. This proved to be especially helpful on lessons that required using […]

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I was diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) when I was very young. This meant the rigid constructs of school were difficult for me to adhere to, especially when it came to lectures or very slow lessons using overhead projectors and extremely dated video documentaries. The lack of motion and stimulation taxed my patience. […]

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Imagine growing up in a small town where everyone knows your name. They know you have ADHD, or are autistic, or transgender, or for some other reason you aren’t quite “like everyone else” and they make sure you never forget that. It doesn’t matter which school you transfer to in the area, someone knows about […]

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Movies… they make us laugh, cry, yell, cheer, and smile. We learn lessons from film, we draw inspiration, and we even make life decisions based on the movies that we watch. As a teacher or school administrator, you look for inspiration everywhere, including from movies. Below are six movies that have important lessons for educators. […]

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It can be pretty overwhelming trying to keep up with every news story, technological advancement, and culture shift. But knowing what is happening now and forecasting what is coming down the road makes all the difference in any industry or market. For example, online learning used to be a very small part of the education […]

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“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” —Chinese proverb The more we research educational practices, the more we find that traditional learning methods in the classroom—such as lectures and tests—are failing to fully educate today’s students. Lectures are not only sometimes boring, they are an ineffective […]

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“Let us not wallow in in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends. And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise […]

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Accounting errors are a serious threat to schools nationwide. Consider the University Laboratory High School in Urbana, Illinois. This otherwise successful school accidentally ran a one million-plus deficit in 2014 because it was withdrawing from the wrong account. Errors like this can put a school out of business. Historically, most schools have defaulted to using general accounting software. […]

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There’s no better way to say it: American students are bored. According to Zachary Jason at Harvard University, student engagement in the classroom drops each year due to an ongoing emphasis on standardized testing. This emphasis turns an engaging classroom into a regimented affair filled with sterile fact memorization and dull repetition. Students need creative, […]

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The Capterra Shortlist Methodology Current Methodology: January 2021 – Present Capterra Top 20 is now Capterra Shortlist! Same data-driven methodology; new look.  With our new Capterra Shortlist reports, we are still identifying the top products in our software categories based on a proprietary blend of user ratings and popularity. Where the Top 20 was a […]

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