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Tech Talk Live Blog

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 […]

Virtual Professional Development

Jason Murray


Technology integration within the classroom continues to grow at an exponential rate. Teachers and administrators demand more integration, and soon the state’s observation rubric will require more technology integration in the classroom.  The paradigm shift in education involves teachers delivering content in new innovative techniques, which will help the students remember better and excel on […]

Bring Your Own Device . . . Twin Valley School District

Ken Gibson


We often look at the economic situation in the public school systems, and attach Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs to it and call it a solution to a financial problem. However, is this really the case, or was it an inevitability that simply happened coincidentally along with a financial crisis. Is BYOD a natural […]

Protecting Against Cyber Threats

Mark Villinsky


After a compelling video of various security facts, Mark Villinsky had some amazing facts to share.  Of approximately 1200 companies surveyed, 91% had at least one security intrusion last year. Sixty one percent had a virus issue. For a sense of scale of the escalating problem over time: In 1994, the average new virus sample […]

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 […]

Welcome to the Tech Talk Live Blog

Paul Billy


Welcome to our blog! To expand the value of Tech Talk Live throughout the year, we have created this blog to highlight real technology problems in education, and the solutions that IT professionals in education have implemented. Most of our blog posts will be written by guest writers, highlighting a specific issue they have solved […]

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 […]

Using FileMaker Go on Mobile Devices to Facilitate Teacher Observations

Kent Sweigart


Cocalico School District administrators had been exploring ways to complete teacher walk-through observations using a mobile application. Expectations included a simple interface with the ability to share observations with staff electronically and to review past observations. FileMaker Go allows devices to connect to a shared FileMaker database. See more here. The development of the form […]

Anytime-Anywhere Learning Program

Lotsie Wooten


The Eastern Lancaster County School District is in the process of implementing strategies to enhance the education of our students through our Anytime-Anywhere Learning (AAL) program. The AAL program is defined as a flexible and personalized educational program that integrates new instructional strategies and a mixture of technology tools with the goal of transforming classrooms […]

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