Back-to-School Resources to Take Your EdTech Management from Mess to Success

Across the country, backpacks are being packed, hallways are humming, (parents are rejoicing) and edtech tools are being recharged and upgraded as the 2018-19 school year gets into full swing.

For administrators and tech directors, the new year serves as an opportunity to implement new strategies and resources that allow for quicker vetting, more efficient implementation and more deliberate use of their organization's digital learning tools.  

From data-driven reports to tools designed to improve personalized learning, we’ve got just the thing you need to take your edtech management from mess to success this school year.

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LearnPlatform is Growing—Meet Some of Our Newest Team Members

We’ve been called the “most charming team in edtech.” Sure, that commendation was granted by our CEO, Karl, but we like to think it still holds weight (call it part of our charm)

Over the past few months, the "charm" at Lea(R)n has grown considerably, as we’ve added new rock stars to every team. We've got new Lea(R)ners supporting schools and districts, designing and improving the LearnPlatform customer experience and working directly with teachers and administrators to organize, streamline and analyze their education technology.

We’re so excited to have new muscle and charm on the team helping  expand equitable access for all students the best edtech. Get to know them and join us in welcoming them to the team!

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Filling in the Gaps with ‘Predictive Modeling’ Research at JSM 2018 in Vancouver

Another week, another opportunity for Lea(R)n to convene with brilliant minds and academic stakeholders from around the world to share some of the innovative ways we’re helping advance education and revolutionize the future of edtech and its impact on student achievement.

This week, we’re presenting at the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM), the world’s largest international gathering of statisticians. Held this year in Vancouver, British Columbia, JSM 2018 is hosting more than 6,500 attendees from 52 countries.

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Celebrating Four Years of Expanding Equitable Access for All Students to EdTech That Works

There has been a lot of celebration and reflection around the Lea(R)n office this week, as our team marked the four-year anniversary of our mission to help schools and districts expand equitable access for all students to edtech that works.

That’s been four years gathering data and insights on thousands of edtech tools and sharing them with our community of more than 100,000 educators nationwide.For many of us on the quickly growing Lea(R)n team, these accomplishments have been shared, rather than experienced personally.

So to really get a sense of what the past four years have been like, we wanted to speak to our founders — the ones who have been here since the beginning, who started the company and built it into the industry-leading edtech management and rapid-cycle evaluation system it is today.

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Convening with a Network of Educational Innovators in the City of Brotherly Love

This week, we’re attending one of the most collaborative and innovative annual gatherings for education stakeholders in the country — the 2018 EdClusters convening in Philadelphia, PA.

We’ve talked about this in a past post, but to give you a quick recap, Education Innovation Clusters (or EdClusters) are local communities of practice that bring together educators, entrepreneurs, funders, researchers, and other community members (such as families, local government officials and non-profits) to support innovative teaching and learning in their region.  

Each year, leaders from EdClusters across the country gather during a multi-day workshop to share new ideas, resources, frameworks and discoveries in an effort to learn from one another and accelerate the pace of educational innovation in their local communities.

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Reflections from ISTE 2018

ISTE 2018 has somehow come and gone, and this one was one for the books - the largest attendance on record (and the best use of an inflatable magical creature, thanks to Project Unicorn). There was electricity in the air from the second you stepped foot in the exhibition hall. Tens of thousands of educators roamed the aisles, interacting with each other and meeting with product providers to check out the latest innovations in edtech (not to mention participating in some of the best karaoke you’ll find anywhere).

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Meet our 2018 Lea(R)n Fellows

LearnPlatform was designed by, with and for educators. Several summers ago, we kicked off the Lea(R)n Fellowship program to take that collaboration to the next level. Now in its fourth year, the program received applications from incredible educators across North Carolina who wanted to help peers get control of their many digital learning tools - and make the best (data-led) decisions for their teams, classrooms and students.

After speaking with a number of fantastic teacher leaders and edtech champions, we are excited to announce our two newest  2018 Lea(R)n summer fellows — David Balmer, an educator with Wake County Public Schools and Laura Linton, Instructional Resource Teacher at Davis Drive Elementary School.

We’re thrilled to begin working with both of these outstanding educators and want to help you get to know a little more about each of them: 

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Personalize Learning @ Scale: A Framework for Identifying (and Improving) EdTech Outcomes for All Students

Effective individualized academic support (i.e., personalized learning) can play a critical role in fostering better student outcomes, regardless of factors such as demographics, environment or prior achievement. While the impact of technology-enabled learning tools has continuously expanded in the U.S., the practice of pairing edtech with best teaching practices and established learning science has created a more efficient and effective means of scaling personalized learning to all students in an equitable manner.

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