Center for Digital Education & Converge: research in education technology for K-12 and higher education

August 21, 2014 11:00 AM PT | 2:00 PM ET
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 11 a.m. Pacific / 2 p.m. Eastern
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 11:00 AM PT | 2:00 PM ET
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 11am Pacific / 2pm Eastern
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 Time: 11:00 AM PT | 2:00 PM ET
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 11:00 AM PT | 2:00 PM ET
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 11am PST / 2pm EST
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 11 AM PST | 2:00 PM EST
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 11am PDT / 2pm EDT
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 11am PDT / 2pm EDT
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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May 2, 2013 11am PST / 2pm EST
There is little doubt that virtual environments and e-learning are improving the educational experience at institutions nationwide. Students practically demand it, and the results in retaining students and increasing student success are well documented. Therefore, advanced classroom technologies are no longer “nice to have” – they are essential tools for establishing the competitiveness of today’s higher ed institutions.
April 24, 2013 11 a.m. Pacific / 2 p.m. Eastern
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 survey recognizes districts and school boards that are making exemplary use of technology to provide better communication, to support student learning and to utilize effective technologies.
March 19, 2013 11:00 am Pacific / 2:00 pm Eastern
Today's students expect to have safe and secure access to information while on the move. Smartphones and tablets are pushing technology leaders to provide scalable broadband access at an affordable price. However, meeting the demands of exponential growth in both broadband and mobile devices can seem like an overwhelming task.
March 7, 2013 11am PT/ 2pm ET
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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Resources and Solutions

Common Core Standards
The Common Core Standard, adopted by 45 states, is a benchmark for education that can only be reached through new teaching methods and leveraging technology to make learning more effective. Learn how video collaboration has proven to be an effective learning tool in this new culture of education.

Case Study: Community College Helps Put Mississippi Residents Back to Work with Video Distance Learning

Infographic: Video-enhanced learning is affordable, scalable, anytime, and anywhere.