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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

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

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

Are You Ready for ISTE 2018?

Posted by Cheryl Adams on June 22, 2018

In just three short days, ISTE 2018 will kick off in Chicago, Illinois! Educators from all over the world will gather to learn how to utilize technology in their classrooms and transform learning for their students. We are so incredibly excited to announce that Five-Star will be attending, presenting, and exhibiting at this conference! This is our first time officially attending as a company, but many of our team members have had the chance to experience this conference in the past. Since we are new to the ISTE world, we gathered some tips from our ISTE-veteran friends for maximizing our time at the conference.

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Topics: personalized learning, explore, professional development, lifelong learning

One Size Doesn’t Fit All!

Posted by Kara Yates on May 11, 2018

It used to be, “One size fits all,” then, “One size fits most.” Finally, Burger King announced, “You can have it your way,” and the floodgates blew wide open.

Learners today require that teachers get to know them as individuals and tailor instruction to meet their individual needs to help them gain maximum growth throughout the year. Personalized learning has become one of the newest “edu phrases” of the year. Teachers are working overtime to meet the needs of their students, but are districts doing the same for their teachers?

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

Winding Down, Gearing Up

Posted by Keshia Seitz on April 20, 2018

It’s hard to believe, but it’s that time of the year again - SPRING!  With warmer weather in the forecast and a little over a month left until summer vacation, many administrators struggle to find time to get everything done to finish up the school year.  This time crunch makes it especially hard to research ways to help their teachers reflect on the year while also inspiring them to try & learn new things over the summer. If that’s you, then you are in luck! Below are a few easy ways that my schools “WIND DOWN” and “GEAR UP” for the new school year. Enjoy!

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Topics: administrators, pyxis, leadership, teaching, education, action planning, time outside the classroom, teaching strategies, professional development

Transform Your District's PD! 

Posted by Zach Dodson on March 14, 2018

PyxisEdu is professional development for teachers like you’ve never seen before! Experience personalized learning in an online environment that features easily-accessible resources grounded in solid instructional pedagogy. Our experts curate resources that are matched to your interests and provide help right when you need it. PyxisEdu keeps track of all your hard work, so when it comes time for teacher license renewal, you get credit for all those hours of growth and learning!

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Topics: pyxis, professional development, administrators, elearning, education

Five-Star + Google = Awesome Learning!

Posted by Cheryl Adams on January 31, 2018

Five-Star Technology Solutions is proud to announce that we are now a Midwestern-based Google Partner! Google has strict requirements that companies must meet before they can become partners.  The year-long process involved observations, case studies to demonstrate our ability to help schools succeed with Google Tools, and the certification of our staff members.  However, this process ensured that our efforts align with Google’s research-based standards and exams. We strongly believe this partnership will allow us to help school districts across the Midwest create even more awesome learning experiences for kids through the use of Google tools! If you are interested in learning more about what we had to do to become partners and what it means for you, check out the infographic below!

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Topics: education, professional development, Google, GAFE, elearning

3 Ways to Take Control of your Professional Learning

Posted by Adam Cole on January 25, 2017

Growth hurts. It especially hurts when there isn’t any interest in growth from the start. Every teacher has been in a PD session, sitting passively waiting for the few important nuggets of information to fall. We store them away and use them later, but it will be a long winter of boring presenter slides before anyone makes it back the classroom. Two more hours of this?  


While teachers will probably never escape these time-sucking black holes completely, there is hope.
The reasons teachers want to grow professionally vary greatly, but they almost always originate in their desire to have kids succeed. Teachers don’t hate learning. They just turn their nose up at professional development in its current form. I say, let’s take it back. Let’s take control or our own professional learning! There are a few keys to taking a leap in the right direction. Here are three ways to get control of your own professional learning.

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Topics: professional development, educators, goal setting