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Personalized PD at its Finest: The True Story of PyxisEdu and Mishawaka Schools

Posted by Caity Stockstell on December 7, 2018

PyxisEdu is our “go-to” professional learning platform at Mishawaka Schools. PyxisEdu is a professional learning platform that has 201 content categories with593 videos, 513 other learning resources, and 60 collections/units. Content is created by a group of edtech pros that are25+ licensed educators with 60+ edtech certifications and 200+ school years. Teachers in Mishawaka Schools use it to harness the power of technology to move from theory to practice and fuel any time learning. PyxisEdu has professional learning resources for everyone such as blended learning, using G-Suite, telling stories digitally with Book Creator, or using Skype to invite guest speakers into your classroom. Most importantly, however, is the fact that at the core of this platform is learning. PyxisEdu is grounded in a strong learning theory that goes beyond just integrating education technology. Our teachers immerse themselves in resources like learning style theories, universal design for learning, and leadership strategies while getting credit for their learning with the PyxisEdu Professional Growth Point (PGP) tracker.

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Topics: personalized learning, pyxis, professional development

8 Ways for Admins to Release the Power of PyxisEdu

Posted by Brad Fischer on November 15, 2018

 

Your school has a shiny new PyxisEdu subscription. Congratulations, you’ve taken the first step in providing your teachers a personalized approach to professional development! As a building leader, you understand the powerful benefits that PyxisEdu provides for your teachers. You know about the resources rooted in strong pedagogy, the professional growth tracking, and the digital badging that helps your teachers display their strengths and interests. You can’t wait to see how your staff uses this new program to amplify their professional learning.

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Topics: professional development, administrators, personalized learning

Saving Money While Spending Money

Posted by Josh Gates on November 7, 2018

One way to upgrade your school network infrastructure is by tapping into the dollars available via the federal E-Rate program that is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). E-Rate provides discounts to eligible schools and libraries in the United States in order to ensure access to affordable telecommunications and information services.

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Topics: E-Rate, technology

eCoaches: Here's why you need PyxisEdu!

Posted by Molly Rupert on October 19, 2018

Ah, the life of an eCoach. You are the cheerleader, the champion, the confidant, and the caretaker. At the beginning of the day, you're a hero for fixing a Kahoot crisis, but by lunch time, you're sorting through emails of frustration about the district's new LMS. Your day is a wild roller coaster ride of highs and lows, of twists and curves and near misses. Many of you were classroom teachers before stepping into this role, and you experience the same cycles of frustration and pride that you did in your own classrooms.

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Topics: pyxis, professional development, personalized learning, education

Top Cybersecurity Threats for K-12 Districts

Posted by Aaron Kovacich on October 10, 2018

With the availability of easily accessible attack tools, everyone is at risk - including school districts. New vulnerabilities and exploits are discovered on a daily basis. Incidents are on the rise and a substantial percentage of cybersecurity incidents involving schools are due to the actions of school staff and/or students of those schools - sometimes resulting in criminal charges.

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Topics: IT, technology, cybersecurity

The Importance of Cybersecurity for Your District

Posted by Aaron Kovacich on October 5, 2018

New network vulnerabilities and exploits are discovered on a daily basis.  The protection that was adequate just a few years ago doesn’t even come close to protecting your school district today.  Mid-sized and small K-12 districts used to feel a certain amount of safety in security through obscurity - meaning a feeling that you don’t have anything hackers want - they’ll leave you alone.

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Topics: IT, technology, cybersecurity

Developing 21st Century Citizens During Digital Citizenship Week 2018

Posted by Katie Bradford on September 6, 2018

Beginning in kindergarten, students are taught how to be good citizens.  We teach them the importance of being honest, trustworthy, kind, respectful, responsible, and safe.  Students read books, analyze characters, watch videos, and act out scenarios to discuss and practice each of the skills needed to help make the world a better place.  

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Topics: elearning, teaching, education, technology in the classroom, teaching strategies

Kindness & Passion: Kicking off the 2018-2019 School Year

Posted by Jason Roseberry on August 16, 2018

If you support technology in schools, then you know that the beginning of the year is a chaotic and stressful time of year.  Our experienced crew of onsite technicians, engineers, trainers, and directors take great pride in the work we do to partner with school districts to calm the storm, train on the new tools/devices, and place the focus on what matters most - creating awesome learning experiences for kids.  For this blog entry, we humbly share some of the comments that warmed our hearts at the beginning of this school year.

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Topics: IT, technology in the classroom, support

Real World Learning with Google Apps

Posted by Kara Yates on August 7, 2018

As teachers head back to the classroom for the 2018-19 school year, many are still wondering how they are going to get everything accomplished on their massive to do list. Standards? Technology Integration? Real life application? Engaging learning? How can students get the best of each of these while learning in a meaningful way?

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Topics: Google, growth mindset

Individualized Learning with PyxisEdu!

Posted by Jason Roseberry on June 25, 2018

It has been our absolute joy to share the power of individualized professional development with teachers at conferences all over the country. We had many conversations with teachers who wanted to use PyxisEdu but felt their school district didn't have the funds to purchase the program for all of their teachers. We heard you loud and clear, and we are proud to introduce the PyxisEDU Individual Premium Plan. This plan allows individual teachers to access all of the awesome resources and collections inside Pyxis, earn any/all badges, and automatically track their progress using Pyxis Points. Whether you are looking for new ways to engage your students or seeking fun and practical tips for license renewal, you can now secure an individual PyxisEDU account for $5.99 per month or $60 per year

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Topics: personalized learning, professional development, pyxis, elearning, teaching