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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

Pivot 2.1 is here!

Posted by Amanda Fisher on December 5, 2016

Our Pivot team is excited to share several new features that enhance the experience of using our power-packed software. Check out the latest updates to each of our modules!

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Topics: Pivot, Software, software release, software update

Openly‐Licensed Educational Resources ‐ A Tabula Rasa of Today’s Education? (part 2)

Posted by Dr. Ekaterina P. Forrester on May 3, 2016


This is the second of a two-part series written by guest blogger Dr. Ekaterina P. Forrester, Senior Evaluator with Key Data Systems.


Evidence surrounding Openly‐Licensed Resources

The use of openly‐licensed resources is a relatively new initiative with most committed states and school district still testing the waters to determine “what works” and “how it should be done.” To date, only twphotos-315172_1280.jpgo case studies have been published to describe the district‐level transitions to openly‐licensed educational resources. One such case study described a tri‐district collaboration in developing an interstate, inter- disciplinary course that utilized openly-licensed online resources focusing on a single topic “How do people affect the land and how does the land affect people?” (ASCD, 2015). Collaborating districts’ content specialists used Common Core English Language Arts standards to develop units of study and choose appropriate learning activities. Students were put into small, cross‐district groups and worked together through selecting a subtopic related to the guiding question, coming up with and working through a project to answer the question, as well as choosing the

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Topics: case studies, collaboration, creative commons, curriculum, digital tools, #GoOpen, Integration Services, OER, resources, Software

Openly‐Licensed Educational Resources ‐ A Tabula Rasa of Today’s Education? (part 1)

Posted by Dr. Ekaterina P. Forrester on April 27, 2016


This is the first of a two-part series written by guest blogger Dr. Ekaterina P. Forrester, Senior Evaluator with Key Data Systems.


Tomorrow’s learning will be fundamentality different from what we think about a classroom today. We are inevitably moving away from teaching our students via traditional, face‐to face seat time for six hours a day and having them use old earmarked textbooks to study for paper‐and‐ipad-907577_1920.jpgpencil tests. Students’ experiences with technology make them think and learn differently from prior generations of students. Teachers are also embracing technology and online learning in the classroom. According to one recent report, at least three quarters of surveyed teachers indicated that technology and online learning have a beneficial impact on the education process, specifically on student performance and meeting achievement standards (CompTIA, 2014). Teachers also spoke to the importance of developing various technological skills in their students, so they are better prepared for college and career in the future.

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Topics: case studies, collaboration, creative commons, curriculum, digital tools, #GoOpen, Integration Services, OER, resources, Software

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