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Considering eLearning for Snow Days? 

Posted by Lisa Cutshall on January 17, 2018

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This winter already hasn’t been easy on school schedules and calendars.  Many parents and school faculty are looking for ways to keep the learning going, despite inclement weather closings and delays, as the snow days pile up.  eLearning Days offer an opportunity to avoid disrupted learning, develop digital communication and application skills, and keep those days from accumulating later in the year when everyone is ready for spring or summer break.  Be sure to keep these tips in mind when planning for some awesome eLearning with students:

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Topics: technology, education, teaching, elearning

Choosing the Best Phone System for Your District

Posted by Stewart Wenning on November 29, 2017

Choosing a phone system that fits the needs of your district can be tough. How do you know which phone system will work best for your staff, make day-to-day tasks easier, and still be cost effective? Take a look at our checklist to see if one of our phone systems would work best for your schools.


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Topics: Allworx VOIP Phone System, K12 Phone Systems

A Technology Coach's Biggest Mistake: Part Two

Posted by Adam Cole on November 15, 2017

As we said before, getting teachers to adopt new practices with technology isn’t easy.  In our first installment, our Innovative Learning Strategist, Adam Cole, provided some tips to keep you from making the mistake of ignoring teacher buy-in.  Adam gave some advice for helping teachers understand the “why” and using an emotional appeal to get them onboard with your vision.  In this final installment, Adam offers two more tips to help you avoid this common mistake.

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Topics: technology in the classroom, action planning, coach's guide

A Technology Coach's Biggest Mistake: Part One

Posted by Adam Cole on November 10, 2017

Getting teachers to adopt new practices with technology isn’t easy, and (despite what many people think) it isn’t because of age or how savvy they are with the newest gadgets. It’s about buy-in.  If a majority of the teachers with whom you are working have not decided that your goals are worthwhile, your efforts will fail. It’s that simple.  Ignoring teacher buy-in is a mistake you can’t afford to make.

In the first of a two-part series, Adam Cole, our Innovative Learning Strategist offers some tips for getting your teachers onboard with your efforts.

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Topics: technology in the classroom, action planning, coach's guide

Six Fictional Teachers We Can Still Learn From

Posted by Jenna Ryan on August 11, 2017

Have you ever considered that pop culture might be a good place to start when studying pedagogy? From the pages of books to screens of all sizes, fictional teachers can be great sources of inspiration for teachers and students alike. Check out these tips and tricks from some fictional favorites!

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Topics: educators, Inspiration, pedagogy

A Smarter, More Efficient, and More Powerful Pivot: Introducing Version 2.2

Posted by Adam Jones on July 27, 2017

Over the last several months, we’ve carefully considered our customers’ feedback and thoughtfully designed a smarter, more efficient, and more powerful version of Pivot. We’re proud to announce the release of version 2.2.

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Topics: assessments, Data Warehouse, Pivot

The Teacher Diaries #summergoals

Posted by Hannegan Roseberry on July 21, 2017


I made it through another year and now summer awaits! Sure, it is only about eight weeks, but it is eight weeks without any commitments.  Time for a summer goals list!

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Topics: balance, educators, summer break

Books to Read for Summer 2017

Posted by Cheryl Adams on July 12, 2017

Educators are life-long learners. It's what we do! So, before summer comes to an end, make sure you check out these awesome reads recommended by our very own Five-Star employees. 

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Topics: balance, educators, leisure activities, lifelong learning, relaxation

Taking Time this Summer is an Absolute NEED for Educators

Posted by Val Herald on July 5, 2017

Burn-out: fatigue, frustration, or apathy resulting from prolonged stress, overwork, or intense activity (Dictionary.com, 2017)

We have all been a victim of burn-out. While every individual regardless of age, intelligence, and profession has the potential to experience the effects of burn-out at some point in their lifetime, educators seem to struggle often with this negative phenomenon.

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Topics: balance, educators, Healthy Living, leisure activities, relaxation

Are You Prepared for a Great Year of Staff Evaluations?

Posted by Adam Jones on June 28, 2017

While some people believe that teachers spend their summers lounging on the beach all day, the truth is that great educators are using much of their time away from school to revise their curriculum for the upcoming year. June and July are when educators attend conferences, plan new learning activities for their students, and reflect on ways they can improve their practice. In other words, summer isn’t just a break.

This is true for administrators, too.

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Topics: Pivot, staff evaluations, administrators