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Migrating to Windows 10

Posted by Nathan Park on February 12, 2019

 

The Windows OS Lifecycle

Windows 10 is the next major version in the Microsoft Windows operating system family, seeing its initial release in July of 2015.  As part of Microsoft’s OS lifecycle, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will stop receiving updates and support in January of 2020 and 2023, respectively. In addition, 7th Generation CPUs from AMD and Intel are already requiring Windows 10 for driver compatibility, so anything released after early 2017 excludes compatibility with the earlier OSes. Since Windows 10 has matured considerably since the initial release, and with the end of life of Windows 7 less than a year away, it’s definitely time to begin migrating!

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Topics: Managed Services, Software, software release, software update, support, technology, IT, computer technicians, school improvement

Who Should Really Be Taking Algebra I in Middle School?

Posted by Schauna Findlay Relue on April 5, 2016

The idea that we should accelerate students' math curriculum to ensure they can complete Calculus before graduation was a trend in the early 2000's that we now are able to see the results from. Requiring students to take Algebra I in middle school has proven problematic because there are many students being accelerated without the required foundational skills for future math success.

While these students may be able to earn a passing grade and pass the state test for Algebra I, the lack of foundational skills and many standards which are left unmastered eventually catch up with students as they pursue higher math courses. With our shift to college- and career-readiness standards, we must rethink how we are determining placement into accelerated math classes for middle school students and how we are designing the middle school curriculum to ensure students do not have gaps in their learning.

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Topics: Algebra, assessments, curriculum, Data Warehouse, educators, math, Pivot, Pivot INSPECT, Software

Gut Feelings V. Data-Driven Decisions

Posted by Tamra Ranard on February 3, 2016

Do you ever make decisions based on “gut feeling”?  Can you tell within minutes of meeting someone whether you like them or you don’t?  Are you a teacher who magnifier-24270_1280.pngcan tell within the first week which of your students will graduate first in class, last in class, or not at all?  

Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Blink,, talks about the decisions we make every day, in an instant – in the blink of an eye. In the book, he talks about processing information quickly with the ability to “thin-slice” or filter multiple factors to come to a conclusion.  He goes on to point out that there are some people who are very good at this, but there are more that think they have great intuition and, in fact, they are very, very wrong.

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Topics: Data Warehouse, Integration Services, Pivot, Software