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December 18, 2014
Today, every aspect of a college’s delivery and support system must increase efficiency while improving the institution’s ability to meet key objectives.
December 18, 2014
In a consumer technology centric world, the choices for end-user devices in education are seemingly endless. Finding the right device can feel like looking for a golf ball in the tall grass.
December 11, 2014
For many IT organizations, storage has been an area preventing them from realizing the success they have sought in a variety of application lifecycle and virtualization implementations.
December 10, 2014
Windows Server 2003 support will end in less than 250 days….are you ready? Many organizations are just beginning to deal with the reality that MS 2003 will be obsolete beginning next summer. How do you prepare your organization for this move?
December 4, 2014
The interaction between teachers, students, and content is at the heart of any successful school improvement effort.
November 20, 2014
Finding the Right Mobile Device can be a daunting and overwhelming process. What questions should you ask to help find the right device?
September 25, 2014
Meeting the security and technology requirements of Common Core is a top priority for school districts across the country. Online Common Core student assessments can make testing easier to deliver and more accurate than past testing methods but we must first understand the challenges to moving to online testing in schools.
September 18, 2014
Classroom Management in the 21st Century has progressed far beyond controlling and confining students to managing and maximizing our learning environments. The use of technology has become an integral part of personalized learning. Everything from infrastructure and security to digital textbooks and managing devices, involves IT leadership. How do all these initiatives connect?
August 21, 2014
With the goal of reducing costs and increasing efficiency, most higher education IT organizations have implemented a cloud strategy with assets both on-site and in third-party data centers. This has been done strategically in some cases and in an ad-hoc manner in others. The latter strategy has posed many challenges for IT organizations, as one might expect.
June 19, 2014
The complexity of IT in education has grown exponentially over the last few years: back office business support, instructional learning systems, large scale wired and wireless upgrades, massive 1:1 device deployments, video surveillance systems, and energy management programs are but a few of the digitally dependent programs supported by technology. There is a shift toward intelligent campus technologies in both higher education and K-12 that is revolutionizing the physical campus.
May 28, 2014
Join us for this three-part event series that takes us inside Broward County, Florida's groundbreaking initiative, Digital 5 – Pathways to Personalized Learning. Learn about the challenges, successes and lessons learned in launching a personalized learning initiative inside the 6th largest school district in the country.
April 10, 2014
The use of digital and online tools to measure performance is causing educators to rethink not only how we collect assessment data but also how we teach and learn in information age schools. The upcoming Common Core online assessments are driving school districts to build out infrastructure, purchase devices, shift to digital content and capture student performance data that would be extremely difficult using paper and pencil methods. Regardless of whether your state is participating in the Common Core, online assessments will play a critical role in the future of education.
March 25, 2014
Exponential growth of digital tools being utilized by today’s K-12 institutions has created mountains of data across a variety of systems. Systems such as Student Information, Performance, Assessment, Finance, Learning Management, Accountability, and State Reporting carry very meaningful, but siloed, data. Now more than ever, there is a need for tools that can connect this data from disparate sources and create meaningful analysis and reporting to meet the demands of personalized learning and accountability.
March 18, 2014
Piecing together the perfect IT architecture is becoming increasingly difficult for today’s K-12 institutions. Time-strapped and resource restricted, districts often lack the ability to build an in-house IT infrastructure capable of supporting today’s sophisticated back-end enterprise systems. And, the task has become especially daunting with the introduction of new demands on district's IT systems: BYOD, 1:1 implementations and online assessments.
February 20, 2014
Providing all students the tools they need to access digital resources is critical in this “information age” of learning. While devices are important, a strategic learning plan is essential for successful 1:1 implementation in your school…but wait, there’s more! Professional development, support for instruction, tech support, and community alignment are other major considerations for achieving your 1:1 goals. In a nutshell, successful implementations partner Curriculum & Instruction with the Technology department to create sustainable plans.
January 24, 2014
Join the Center for Digital Education, Forrester Consulting, and Brocade to find out what makes software-defined networking (SDN) the smartest approach for the design and deployment of your institution’s Science DMZ.
December 17, 2013
The value of classroom mobility has become bigger than just purchasing devices. The real power is in expanding access to all students for a wealth of personalized learning resources. Who is implementing programs well? What are we learning? What are the keys to success?

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November 26, 2013
K–12 districts are gearing up for a big transition to digital curriculum. The motivation for this may lie with new common core state standards and the online assessments that are coming soon. The shift from paper and pencil assessments to online will require some BIG changes in how schools do business. However, to effectively establish and sustain readiness for this movement, leaders must consider the people and processes side by side with district policy and technology.
September 25, 2013
Whether you work in K-12 or higher education, student access to digital content, assessments and resources is changing the way we design our learning environments. This generation of students has come to expect their educational experience to be customized to their learning needs, and educators are increasingly realizing that a more personalized learning environment can improve student outcomes.

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June 13, 2013
The concept of Big Data for education seems murky, but it is actually elegantly simple. We’ve collected mountains of data for years: course records, student attendance, class rosters, program participation, degree attainment, discipline records, test scores and so on. But while education organizations are good at amassing such a collection of information, most have not unlocked its secrets to improve student outcomes. .

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March 7, 2013
Education is fully immersed in a digital age that continues to bring unprecedented and alarmingly fast technological change. To prepare for and take advantage of this, education leaders need to be well informed to ensure their infrastructure can sustain this change into the future. Based on the Q1 Special Report on Smart Infrastructure for the Future of Education, this webinar highlights some of the major infrastructure priorities for K-20 education to help leaders architect a smart environment for teaching and learning in the digital age. .

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January 17, 2013
A whole new class of specialized learning tools and technologies are appearing in classrooms and are expected to increase in the near future.
December 4, 2012
Each year, the Center for Digital Education invites all U.S. community colleges to participate in its annual Digital Community Colleges Survey. The Survey recognizes and showcases community colleges’ use of technology to provide a high level of service to their faculty, students and communities.
November 28, 2012
A one-to-one computing environment has been the dream for many since the reality of providing personal computers to students was realized. However, tight budgets and limited resources have largely prevented K12 schools and higher education institutions from being able to provide computing devices for every student.
November 27, 2012
The 2012 Yearbook aims to support and inspire education leaders on their path to a more digital education.
October 10, 2012
Join the discussion on where Education has been and where it’s going with digital content and curriculum, cloud, and the effect on security policies.This webinar archive is now available for on-demand viewing to registered attendees.
October 2, 2012
Blended and virtual learning are now quickly becoming mainstream. Find out what this means for education leaders. This webinar is available for on-demand viewing to registered attendees after the event.
September 27, 2012
Are you on the front line of your school’s mobile revolution? Are you looking for strategic support and tactical air and ground cover? The Center for Digital Education invites you to listen to the archive recording of this webinar to hear what works from your peers and education technology leaders.
September 26, 2012
Join the Center for Digital Education to hear this archived webinar that looks at practical ways to manage the “Big Data” storage crunch.
August 29, 2012
Are textbooks a thing of the past? A transition to digital content and e-textbooks is undeniably taking place. Please join the Center for Digital Education as we investigate where districts are in the shift to digital content.
May 24, 2012
In this webinar, the Center for Digital Education investigates the critical issue of mobile security and management in our schools. If you are responsible for managing school IT resources in today’s relentless Internet world, please view this informative and thought provoking webinar.

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May 10, 2012
Each year, the Center for Digital Education, in partnership with the National School Boards Association, invites all U.S. public school districts to participate in its annual Digital School Districts Survey. This webinar features some of the ranked winners of the 2011-2012 Digital School Districts Survey. Each presenter shares how their district is utilizing technology to more effectively serve students, educators and the community.

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April 17, 2012
Employee time management, student retention, PO approval, and budget administration prove that school district operations can be extremely complex. A powerful and flexible financial and HR management system can simplify these back-office processes and help create greater insight for a more effective institution. Dave Matyas, Business Administrator of Central Bucks School District, and his team lead this complimentary webinar, discussing their recent implementation of a Microsoft financial management system.

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April 12, 2012
Virtualization is widely touted as a source of savings by many schools and colleges. However, that is only the beginning! In this webcast you will hear industry standards on storage effectiveness and efficiency, learn to evaluate your storage environment and find solutions that will help your IT budget go farther.

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March 28, 2012
Capturing students’ interest and making concepts come alive is an educator’s and institution's greatest challenge. Microsoft Kinect™ is helping transform classroom activities, from academics to physical education. Educators are enhancing traditional lesson plans, physical education, school communications and after-school programs with extraordinary immersive, body-moving experiences that help students get engaged and stay on task. .

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March 13, 2012
This webinar highlights the emerging and critical aspects of infrastructure that campuses need to address to be prepared for the future. Discussed were key technology topics covered in the 2012 Q1 Converge Special Report on Campus Infrastructure such as networking, the cloud, data center virtualization, and storage and security concerns, as well as at the “people” side of the education equation: human resources, IT management and leadership. A panel of K-12 and higher education technology leaders share their personal experiences and set the stage for why infrastructure is so important to the evolution of education. .

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January 19, 2012
Do you know your total overall cost of printing? No? Well, you’re not alone. The Center for Digital Education recently completed a national survey to access print and imaging environments of Converge readers from K-12 and Higher Education organizations. This webinar takes an in-depth look at the full findings of the survey and its implications.

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December 6, 2011
The traditional elements of the classroom are changing. Once standard, the model of a teacher at the front of the room and students in rows of desks has evolved as learning environments have become virtual, ever-present and always available. The evolving classroom can include non-conventional education such as home schooling, private or charter schools. It can also be taken further to include hybrid learning, distance learning, virtual schools and instruction methods like project-based learning, flipped classrooms and personalized learning. This webinar highlights the myriad learning environments available today and provide a vision of what is to come.

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November 30, 2011
Technology is transforming education, but it can’t be said enough that it is not the technology itself that makes the change happen. Properly integrating technology into curriculum is critical. Each step of this process requires strategic decisions that impact the future of every student in the school system. This webinar walks the audience through some of these critical steps outlined in the handbook, “Planning for Progress in K-12 Education: Inspired Outcomes through Practical Technology Application.”

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November 16, 2011
Today’s students are hungry for technology. As mobile devices become more ubiquitous, increasingly it is not a matter of deciding if schools should allow these devices in the classroom, but of when and how. This complimentary webinar features education technologists who are using mobile devices for instruction and highlights how they are overcoming barriers to adoption.

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November 2, 2011
When used effectively, blended learning and lecture capture helps colleges and universities economically serve more students and better meet their needs. This complimentary webinar takes an in-depth look at the blended learning approach and how it can be leveraged for both individual courses and on an organizational level to improve flexibility and student outcomes.

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November 1, 2011
The Center for Digital Education proudly presented the first Yearbook issue on November 1, 2011. This Bonus Issue of the Converge Special Reports profiles leaders in K-12 and higher education who are using technology to transform their schools, districts or colleges.

View this webinar from Center experts and some of the education officials who are making a big impact on education.

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October 27, 2011
Each year, the Center for Digital Education invites all U.S. community colleges to participate in its annual Digital Community Colleges Survey! Top Colleges from the 2011 Digital Community Colleges Survey program joined the Center for Digital Education to discuss campus trends in Social networking policies, Cloud applications and virtualized environments, Longitudinal data systems and more!

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October 25, 2011
Mobile devices have been transformative for education, opening the doors to almost endless opportunities for student learning. Students, faculty and staff expect access to school network resources using a myriad of Wi-Fi devices. This webinar addresses how school IT managers can overcome issues of: Security, Bandwidth, Wireless Coverage, User management and Compliance.

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September 29, 2011
Educational organizations manage high volumes of data on a daily basis. This data is the fuel that keeps schools running — but it can also create some of their greatest challenges. Data needs to be accessible to school leaders, faculty, staff, students and other interested parties wherever or whenever it is needed, but it must also be controlled and organized appropriately to comply with privacy laws. In this Webinar, experts from Converge magazine and the Center for Digital Education held an interactive webinar to will help you do just that. .

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September 21, 2011
There is no question that digital content is transforming education. It is widely considered a money-saving endeavor, a smart environmental choice and the most flexible, individualized and relevant educational delivery model. This webinar examines key considerations for incorporating digital content and enable you to develop a digital content framework that ensures effective policy and practice.

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September 20, 2011
This no-cost webinar examines the emergence of education dashboards and best practices for leveraging data to support decision-making. We also provide tips for developing a dashboard that will meet your institution’s unique needs.

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June 7, 2011
In this webinar we will explore mobility and it's revolutionary effect on K-12 and higher education, and the challenges of implementing a mobile education environment and balancing access and content with the need for security and privacy.

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May 24, 2011
A server is a protected, high-tech warehouse where data and applications needed to power an effective school are delivered. But how do you know what you need? Learn Tips and Tricks and ask questions on how to make your serve dollars count.

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March 29, 2011
Students, parents, teachers and administrators expect 24/7 access to course material, grades, attendance, admissions and more. What’s more, they want to access that information from a dizzying array of devices, from traditional desktops and laptops, to smart phones and slick new tablets. In this webinar we explore the ever expanding role that digital learning plays in education today and the IT challenges and approaches to safeguard data and information systems.

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March 22, 2011
School leaders face the major challenge of supporting teachers with proper professional development to keep them current on digital teaching best practices. Professional development must keep pace with the emergence of new tools as the high art of teaching evolves to embrace and leverage digital resources. This no-cost webinar will examine the shift in the classroom dynamic as teachers utilize technology to engage students and improve the learning process.

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December 7, 2010
Digital content is transforming the way students consume information as well how teachers prepare lessons, engage students and access student achievement. This webinar will explore the boundaries of the digital content revolution occurring in K-12 and higher education and discuss the evolution of the learning management system as a resource for bringing digital content together for students and teachers.

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November 30, 2010
Graded winners from the annual Digital Community Colleges Survey program join the Center for Digital Education to discuss campus trends in: •Digital content and distance learning •Student access to transcripts and grades •Information security and infrastructure •Online library capabilities •Strategic planning •and more!

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November 9, 2010
Join this year’s winners for an internet seminar on the latest trends in Communications, Technology, Access, Strategic Planning and more.

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September 23, 2010
In this webinar we investigate the major digital infrastructure technologies on P-20 campuses today, including voice, data and video infrastructures as well as their unified applications.

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June 8, 2010

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Join VMware and guest speaker John Halpin, Vice President of the Center for Digital Education, for a discussion on how virtualization can benefit K-12 schools, and how to leverage E-Rate funding to pay for it.
May 27, 2010
Hear about the hottest technologies that could come to (and transform) a classroom near you!

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May 19, 2010

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Leveraging desktop virtualization as a means to provide anytime access from any device with Internet access.
March 25, 2010

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Hear how robust campus management systems are within your reach – even on a tight budget.
February 10, 2010

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Reduce costs and increase efficiencies by combining computer, storage and network facilities into one shared infrastructure. In this webinar, Jorge Mata, CIO from Los Angeles Community College (LACCD), shares how they addressed issues district-wide with converged infrastructure.
December 1, 2009

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Ranked winners from the annual Digital Community College Survey program join the Center for Digital Education to discuss campus trends.
October 7, 2009
According to a recent survey, 78 percent of students ranked improved retention of class materials as a core benefit to capturing classroom lectures. In this webinar, learn how the Nursing Program at Columbus State Community College implemented an affordable lecture capture solution that was both flexible for the faculty and beneficial for students.
August 19, 2009
This webinar will detail the latest trends in technology for the education market and how your school — no matter its size, budget or technical know-how — can take advantage of the current stimulus to fund a digital makeover in and out of its classrooms.
June 19, 2009
This webinar will provide an overview of what's happening with connectivity funding and the Stimulus, plus give a briefing on formulating your grant requests including discussion of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
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