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Adobe and Microsoft Resources for Teachers

Karen Oberly


One of the top questions we hear from schools subscribing to the Microsoft Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES) and Adobe Enterprise Term License Agreement (ETLA) is: “Where can we go to get resources for our teachers?” Both Microsoft and Adobe are committed to providing resources to their education customers in as many ways as they […]

Intelligent Personal Assistants – The Future Is Now!

Litty Kurian


An intelligent personal assistant (IPA) is artificial intelligence software that can perform common utilitarian tasks based on human input. They have become quite the rage recently. Some of the well-known ones are Alexa from Amazon, Siri from Apple, Microsoft Cortana, and Google Assistant. They use voice recognition to process human commands, provide information, or perform certain utilitarian […]

Check Your Pockets for a Data Breach

Nancy Morris


An article published in Infosecurity Magazine in 2016 reported that as many as 22,000 USBs are left at dry cleaners every year. Even worse, some 973 mobile phones are also absentmindedly left behind in pockets and handed in, the study found. For the past several years, security has been the #1 topic of interest to our audience […]

Minecraft: Education Edition

Karen Oberly


Many of you may have heard that Microsoft has acquired MinecraftEdu.  Microsoft has spent its resources investing in a new and expanded version of Minecraft specifically for the classroom called Minecraft: Education Edition. Microsoft has announced that Minecraft: Education Edition will soon be available for purchase and IU 13 is pleased to say we will have special […]

Productivity Apps

Litty Kurian


“Productivity is never an accident.  It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” – Paul J. Meyer We all have a limited amount of time to accomplish the items that face us each day. I would like to introduce some useful Apps that have really helped me in […]

Ultimate Pi Day

Roy Hoover


March 14 is Pi Day. Get it? 3.14 is an approximation of Pi, so the third month on the 14thday is Pi Day. Actually, this year is special. Pi to four decimal places is 3.1415, so Pi day in 2015 is called Ultimate Pi Day for 3/14/15. If you read the links, you will have […]

How Does Your District Use the Apple TV?

Tim Laubach


The Apple TV has become a popular tool for use in classroom instruction.  It easily allows you to wirelessly stream real-time content from your iOS device or laptop to a projector connected to it.  Many school districts are now deploying them in all of their classrooms because they are so easy to use.  The Apple […]

Package-Based Image Creation and Thin-Imaging for Mac OS X

Tim McCleary


The traditional way of creating a master image for the Mac is to grab the most recent Mac you have, install Mac OS X, run software updates, install all the applications, and configure everything just the way you like it. After a few hours of doing this, a utility like DeployStudio is used to create […]

IT Project Management in an Educational Setting: Project Management by Sticky Notes!

Nancy Morris


Several years ago, we realized that our IT Department was notorious for starting projects and not finishing them.  We would have multiple projects going on at the same time.  When a new project idea came up, we would stop what we were doing and shift our attention to the new shiny object. I was sent […]

Google, Moodle, and FlexBooks: A Winning Combination for Technology Rich Curriculum on a Dwindling Budget

Tammy Miller


Drastically slashed budgets, dwindling and aging resources, and changing curricular requirements are priority issues challenging many districts across the Commonwealth and the Chestnut Ridge School District is certainly not an exception. Chestnut Ridge is a small rural district located in beautiful Bedford County in central-western Pennsylvania. The district services a total student population of 1,648 […]

iPad Lessons Learned

Ryan Bennett


In the fall of 2012, Mercersburg Academy began requiring all students to bring an iPad with them to campus and to carry that iPad during the academic day. As an independent boarding school, we thought we knew all of the ramifications of such a program. We had great wireless coverage around campus in all of […]

Awesome Tech For Teachers Students and Staff

Carl Kishel


We’re (almost) live blogging Tech Talk Live from 2013.  Up next is Carl Kishel from Microsoft, covering Technology and Tools for Students, Teachers, and Staff. We are writing as we listen, so it may not be a perfect transcript. Tablets Carl explains that, in a classroom environment, tablets are useful as you can walk around the […]

iPad-Apple TV Classroom Implementation at Hempfield School District

Mike Graham & Jeremy Paul


​Over the last year, Hempfield has been piloting the use of iPads as a replacement for interactive whiteboards.  Although there was already a large installation of interactive boards and projectors across the district, problems with connectivity, reliability, and software compatibility forced us to take another look at the options for interactive classroom technology.  Updates to […]

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