Creating an Educational Continuity Plan

As schools are preparing for possible closures in response to growing concerns about the spread of COVID-19, a wide variety of resources have been created and shared within teaching communities. But despite the wealth of tool-based support in the educational community, not all schools have been able to create an instructional-based response, should the crisis force closure of the school. For this reason, Knowing Technologies recommends that schools take the [...]

2021-01-25T12:58:18-08:00March 10, 2020|

Creating a safer technology workspace

With the threat of COVID-19 being present in schools, we are implementing new procedures to reduce the opportunity for the virus to spread because of behaviors common in technology support. Both students and teachers frequent the support desk, and we usually provide service that includes our handling of the device presented. We recommend you consider the following changes in procedures too. STAY HOME if you are feeling ill. There is [...]

2021-03-31T12:01:29-08:00March 9, 2020|

Consider doing these things now

Preparing for an appropriate, phased emergency response can take quite a bit of time. As you develop those plans, consider these actions to be taken immediately. Acquire and learn a video meeting tool that could be used by all faculty at the same time. One popular choice is Zoom, who has special pricing for schools. For families with students who will need online access to remote instruction. Create a set [...]

2021-03-31T12:01:37-08:00March 8, 2020|

Create the essential COVID-19 response plans for your school

Developing these 5 plans will help you to be better prepared for school emergencies, thinking through the contingencies while the stress levels are relatively low. The idea is not to make a perfect plan, but to create a foundation of preparation that give you the confidence and flexibility to adapt when the reality of an actual emergency require new ideas.The Communication Plan is essential to identify the ways that the [...]

2021-03-31T12:01:43-08:00March 5, 2020|

Building a Culture of Professional Learning at Mercy Burlingame

Lauren Conklin is the Assistant Head of School for Academics at Mercy Burlingame, an all-girls Catholic school in Burlingame, CA founded in 1931 and sponsored by the Mercy Education System of the Americas. The school enrolls about 400 young women in grades 9-12 and aims to prepare its students to become compassionate and successful leaders driven by intellectual curiosity, critical thinking abilities, and self-confidence. Lauren’s role at Mercy involves supervising [...]

2021-03-31T12:01:51-08:00November 15, 2018|

3 Critical Steps for Integrating Technology at Your School

[vc_row type="in_container" scene_position="center" text_color="dark" text_align="left" overlay_strength="0.3"][vc_column column_padding="no-extra-padding" column_padding_position="all" background_color_opacity="1" background_hover_color_opacity="1" width="1/1"][vc_column_text]The verdict is in: technology holds an important place in the classroom and can have transformative effects on schools, students, and teachers. However, without a thoughtful and intentional approach to implementation, schools can create problems that could otherwise be avoided. Recognizing the value of technology for student and institutional success, some schools have made rash decisions to bring tech into [...]

2021-03-31T12:02:20-08:00October 1, 2017|

3 Steps to Cultivate a Culture of Teacher Leaders

The successful implementation of any type of innovative program or initiative at a school relies largely on effective project planning, support from all invested stakeholders, and strong leadership. Though research shows that technology in education has endless benefits for students, teachers, and institutions alike, not all educators are convinced. Or rather, some educators have not yet experienced the added value technology can bring to the classroom. Since technology grows and [...]

2021-01-25T14:12:48-08:00September 1, 2017|

Using the SAMR Model to Assess Your School’s Technology Use

The SAMR Model Explained Bringing technology into a school exemplifies progress. However, such a move is only the first of many if the school wants to truly advance their academic programming with technology in the classroom. One way of evaluating the use of technology in the classroom is with the SAMR Model. Created by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, the SAMR Model is a tool that allows teachers to assess how deeply [...]

2021-07-05T12:54:11-08:00August 16, 2017|

5 Tips for Selecting a Learning Management System (LMS) for Your School

For those who are new to the LMS scene, learning management systems have pervaded the higher education sector for over fifteen years, and have most recently found their place in the K12 setting. What schools are most interested in, as it pertains to learning management systems, is a single shared ecosystem that unifies educators, students, and parents. When schools begin their preliminary research in the learning management system space, it [...]

2021-01-28T12:29:58-08:00December 27, 2016|

How Knowing Technologies Transformed My Instructional Approach

Before the Technology Coaching Program, I knew little about using technology in the classroom.  My general computer skills were minimal, my understanding of the breadth of educational technology was limited, and my repertoire of instructional strategies--linked to technology--was almost non-existent. I didn’t know how to use Google Calendar or, really, the Google suite of options at all. Organizing my drive was a vague and cool-sounding idea, but going about it? [...]

2021-01-28T12:32:19-08:00December 27, 2016|
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