Webcast Recordings

K-12 Webcast Series

Our new K-12 Webcast Series intends to provide technologies, technology educators, teachers, and administrators with insights into cloud computing opportunities and solutions.   We focus in and around Google for Education — Google Apps, Chrome, and Play — but will include topics and solutions related to web-enabled learning in general.


Secure & Manage G Suite Education (22-June-2017)

In June’s K-12 Webcast, Secure & Manage G Suite Education we looked at some of the administrative challenges, security concerns, and compliance requirements when staff and students work in a domain designed for sharing. As a preferred solution, we were joined by the team at BetterCloud for an in-depth look at BetterCloud for G Suite.  BetterCloud is a single solution that provides both advanced administrative and reporting tools and advanced data security, privacy, and compliance capabilities.

Computing out of the Classroom (23-May-2017)

In May’s K-12 Webcast, Computing out of the Classroom  we discussed how better computing in your school and district admin offices can improve efficiency and help leaders make better decisions. As part of the discussion, we looked at the relationship between your classroom and administrative environments, including a mixing Office 365 and G Suite.

Cash for Chrome and more…. (20-April-2017)

In April’s K-12 Webcast, Cash for Chrome and more … , we discussed multiples ways to lower the recurring costs of your 1:1 program.  We presented our new Chromebook and 1:1 Device buyback programs along with financing options that can reduce your device costs by 10% or more. We also looked at Fair Market Value (FMV) leasing as a way to manage the budget impact of 1:1 device purchasing and management.

Including BYOD in Your 1:1 Program (23-March-2017)

In March’s K-12 Webcast, Including BYOD in your 1:1 Program, we looked at how districts have successfully rolled out BYOD 1:1 programs at the high school level.  In doing so, we discussed system requirements, costs to families, and support. We demonstrated how you can keep devices affordable for families while facilitating purchases of preferred devices.

 

Tools & Services to Improve Your 1:1 Program (23-February-2017)

In February’s K-12 Webcast, Tools & Services to Improve Your 1:1 Program, we presented and discussed several tools and services designed to help K-12 schools and districts keep their 1:1 programs on track and moving forward.  From free services and affordable technologies, to services that assist educators in the classroom, we explored opportunities you may want to include in your 1:1 program.

Protecting Your G Suite Ecosystem (19-January-2017)

In January’s K-12 Webcast, Protecting Your G Suite Ecosystem, we examined key risks and challenges of running G Suite for Education and discussed options for ensuring that your students, faculty, and staff are protected, and that sensitive data remains secured.

Cloud Forward for K-12 (15-December-2016)

In December’s K-12 Webcast, Cloud Forward for K-12, we took a forward look at K-12 computing outside the classroom. We looked at the needs of, and opportunities, for administration, facilities, finance, HR, health, and other operational areas of your school and district.  We also explored the challenges and opportunities around increased demand for data collection and reports. The session included several “quick hits” schools can deploy to save time, money, and effort.

Blending 1:1 and BYOD (17-November-2016)

In November’s K-12 Webcast, Blending 1:1 and BYOD, we looked at how schools can include BYOD into their 1:1 program in upper grades. We discussed benefits, challenges, and logistics, along with critical issues, such as family affordability and equitable access. We also reviewed a case study and how one school district addresses these issues.

The Case for Directory-as-a-Service (20-October-2016)

In this month’s K12 Webcast, The Case for Directory as a Service, we looked at the identity and directory challenges facing schools as they move into the cloud or expand their cloud services. We discussed the limitations of SSO solutions and the impact of keeping on-premise Active Directory or LDAP servers.  Joined by the JumpCloud team, we explored and demonstrated how Directory as a Service can free you from AD and LDAP services while providing improved security, device control, user and group management, single sign-on, and a better user experience

SIS & LMS Solutions for Independent & Smaller Public Schools (13-September-2016)

In this month’s we take a look at solutions specifically designed for your needs. Joining us will be Gary Falcon, Founder and CEO of Twine and President of Aptiris. Active in educational computing for nearly 20 years, Gary brings a broad range of expertise in classroom and administrative computing, along with specific solutions to demo.

Protecting Data Beyond Vault (21-April-2016)

In this month’s webcast, we take a look at the current and trending threats and solutions that will protect your data, students’ and faculty’s privacy, and save you time and effort.  We will also be joined by experts from Datto|Backupify, who will demonstrate how a comprehensive backup/recovery system functions as part of a system of protections.

Strategies for Effective & Affordable Tech PD (17-Mar-2016)

In this month’s webcast, we present and discuss multiple strategies and best practices for Tech PD programs. Looking at a range of range of formats, we will present a program models that can support broad participation while keeping to budget constraints.

The State of Tech PD Effectiveness (18-Feb-2016)

In this month’s webcast we will discuss the results of our recent survey of more than 250 educators about the effectiveness of their technology professional development.  By understanding what is working and what is not, we will discuss a set of best practices for Technology Professional Development programs.

Assessing Your Technology PD Program Effectiveness (21-Jan-2016)

This webcast explores the challenges you face in planning and delivering effective professional development programs about classroom computing and technologies.  We look at ways to measure your program’s effectiveness and key success metrics. Finally, we discuss best practice methods and techniques for timely and effective staff development.

Identity Management & The Cloud (19-Nov-2015)

In this month’s webcast, we explore the benefits and challenges of methods and tools currently available for user identity management across cloud services and will identify common gaps between traditional user identity management and the solutions for cloud.  Joined by JumpCloud, we will explore solutions that address cross-service user identity management as well as security for the local device login, online and offline.

Managing the Digital Classroom (15-Oct-2015)

This month’s webcast looks at methods and tools educators can use keep students focused and on task.  With special guests from Hapara, we explore some of the inherent challenges in the digital classroom and demonstrate ways to succeed in providing a productive and effective, personalized learning environments.

5 Ways to Get More from Google Apps (17-Sept-2015)

In this webcast, we will look at strategies, tools, and solutions to get more value from your Google Apps environment — inside and out of the classroom.

Checkpoint: Cloud and K-12 (20-Aug-2015)

In this webcast, we will look broadly at the current state and future of cloud computing in K-12 schools and districts. Beyond classroom computing, we will explore options for administrative computing and community engagement. We will identify services and opportunities schools should consider going forward.

At Least Five Cool Things (24-July-2015)

In this webcast, we are going to present at least 5 (maybe more if we have time) cool things around Google Apps. We want to show you features, add-ons, extensions, and 3rd party apps that you may have missed, all of which can make your life in the cloud just a bit easier.

Chrome Outside the Classroom (18-June-2015)

In this webcast, we look at the value proposition of Chrome for Education as it applies to K-12 schools outside the classroom. In particular, we will look at how schools can replace aging desktops and laptops without losing access to existing applications, chrome’s role in communications and meetings, and digital signage solutions. Our intent is to help foresee and plan a transition when the timing is right for your district.

Augmenting Reality in the Classroom (16-Apr-2015)

In this webcast, we look at how augmented reality can be used in the classroom to enhance and adapt the learning process to better meet students’ learning styles.  We will also discuss the process of managing augmented reality content and tools that help educators create and manage Augmented Reality in the Classroom.

Mobius TPD: Technical Professional Development as a Service (19-Mar-2015)

With a program designed to meet specific goals and objectives, PD content and delivery is fine-tuned to teachers’ needs. By responding to what is happening in the classrooms and to what teachers are hoping to do next, Mobius TPD delivers PD that is timely and relevant.  On-going support from peers and experts empowers educators with the ability to implement their ideas.

Google Apps Beyond the Classroom (27-Feb-2015)

With so much focus on classroom and educational computing, we often overlook how powerful Google Apps for Education can be outside of the classroom. From teachers to administrators, Google Apps and related services can help your school and district collaborate and work more efficiently. Beyond basics, we will look at multiple apps and services and the capabilities they offer.

Accelerating Google Apps Adoption in the Classroom (18-Dec-2014)

Google Apps, Drive, and Chromebooks for Education create a powerful ecosystem that can empower educators by supporting new teaching methods and connecting classrooms to content.  Taking advantage of Google Apps, however, takes time and effort. Classroom adoption requires integrating the use of Google Apps with lesson plans, classroom technology, and curriculum content. We will focus on formal and informal techniques for engaging educators and fostering adoption.

Effective PD for Google Apps (25-Nov-2014)

As more schools migrate to Drive for Education, Google Apps continues to become a key element in teacher-student engagement. And while many educators are comfortable with technology and change, schools often struggle to help teachers learn and utilize Google Apps as a communication and engagement platform for the classroom. We will discuss these and other challenges. More importantly, we will present a new strategy for Google Apps training and professional development that provides on-going education, guidance, and support.

Google Drive for Education: Are You Ready? (16-Oct-2014)

Google’s recent announcement of Google Drive for Education is a game changing event for schools using Google Apps for Education.  Adding unlimited Drive storage and Google Apps Vault, for free, along with advanced reporting, APIs, and controls, gives schools greater opportunities to leverage Google Apps in the classroom and the administrative offices.

With unlimited storage, however, comes renewed challenges.  While removing the limitation of space, Drive for Education creates a potentially infinite peer-to-peer network that schools will want and will need to manage.

Featured Solutions: Gear Up, Deploy, and Transform

Managing the Connected Classroom (19-Sept-2014)

We take a look at the capabilities and limitations of Google Classroom, and when it is and is not the best fit for teachers and students. Joined by the team from Hapara, we will also look at Teacher Desktop and Remote Control, which give teachers broader capabilities to manage assignments and the ability to monitor and manage web activity during class.

We discuss the value proposition of the free versus fee-based tools to help districts decide when and how to best invest in a solution.

Featured Solution: Hapara

Beyond Devices for 1:1 Success (21-Aug-2014)

While selecting the 1:1 devices garners much of the attention, successful 1:1 programs start with a focus on educational outcomes and the needs of teachers, staff, and students.  Policies, finance, and professional development are some of the key factors that can make or break a 1:1 program.

Featured Solution: 1:1 Program Consulting Services

Play for Education Primer (24-July-2014)

Google Play for Education is about learning apps, tools, and content ranging from books to videos, and about making these available to students without overwhelming your IT department or teachers.

Featured Solution: Google Play for Education and Tablets

6 Critical Policies for Schools Using Drive (20-Jun-2014)

Six policies that should be place to ensure regulatory and legal compliance, the ability to manage internal policies, and a means for identifying to student wellness and safety issues.

Featured Solution: CloudLock Security Suite for Google Apps

Email Archiving Primer (03-Apr-2014)

A look at policy and regulation considerations, the session will cover key reasons for archiving email and chat messages.  Chris Caldwell, COO and Vault guru discusses how Vault works and will demo some of its more important features.  Sophia Waldie from Google in Education is on hand with additional remarks.

Featured Solution:  Google Apps Vault for Education

Managing Student Engagement in the Classroom (27-Mar-2014)

We discuss the challenges around using Google Apps as an educational environment and methods for monitoring and managing assignments, documents, permissions, and activity.

Featured Solution:  Hapara Teacher Dashboard & Remote Control