What the heck is a Cloud Access Security Broker? And why do you need one…

As we move more and more to the cloud, a school district needs to ensure that its internal business rules and board policies and procedures are applied to cloud resources. This applies to both files and applications.  Before cloud, software as a service (SaaS), and the ubiquitous edtech apps, file access and applications could be …

Throwback: How to Upgrade 350 Servers to Windows 2000 in 30 Days

I found this article after former Microsoft coworker posted the picture on Facebook. It was still posted on microsoft.com/china. It was originally published April 1, 2000 as part of the Backstage series on microsoft.com that highlighted behind the scenes work running the website. The translation of the picture is “How to Upgrade 350 Servers to …

SBAC FUD and Facts

Originally published in 2013 before the first SBAC testing in California. Given the start of a new testing season I thought I’d repost…. A problem about getting ready for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) assessments is sometimes fear, uncertainty, and doubt, or FUD, as it is called in Technology circles. It is key for …

Complex Texts and Argumentative Writing for Education Leaders

Part of the Common Core and a focus for K-12 educators is advanced reading and writing. Teachers work on strategies to help students comprehend, analyze, and evaluate complex texts. Similarly, students are expected to deliver high-level expository writing that is thorough, well-structured, and persuasive. Reading strategies might include highlighting important passages or pair reading while alternating …

Online Testing – The Positive!

There was a lot of negative press and, dare I say, political upheaval about the Common Core and its online testing component during the testing window in May. Now in its aftermath, I think online testing was the story that never happened – despite what some press wanted. The spotlight was on the tests developed by …

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