Together, we do amazing things. That includes LightspeedConnect — our most amazing event all year!
LightspeedConnect 2015, our second annual user conference, is poised to be the best yet. But as we continue planning this year’s conference, June 22-24 in Cincinnati, Ohio, we need you — namely, your brilliant ideas.
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Safety issues like student data mining and cyberbullying are hot topics in education right now. And it’s no wonder: 95% of students have experienced or seen cyberbullying — but less than 1/3 ever tell an adult.
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Things tend to move at such a fast pace, there isn’t often time to pause and look back at progress. That’s what is nice about year ends.
2014 has been a big year for schools.
You bought more devices than ever before, you made progress towards your 1:1s (with more than 30% of districts now saying they’ve substantially implemented a 1:1) and you’re engaging students like never before with digital content and new tools.
Read more on The Big Lightspeed Systems 2014 Recap and 2015 Plans…
In 2014, student data privacy became a prime concern for global education. You know this and we know this. And we took it seriously. That is why we responded by enacting transparent and comprehensive data privacy policies:
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Last week I was at the Center for Digital Education’s DELC conference. DELC stands for Digital Education Leadership Conversation — and conversation is the key word there. The presentations, discussions, and collaborations at the event were inspiring. They were also affirming, as our vision for our Mobile Learning Essentials solution seems right on track for what districts need and where education is heading.
Read more on Our vision for the future: four things I know…
Back when Google moved to encrypted search by default in 2011, it created issues for schools who wanted to restrict and report on Google searches so we worked with them to create an option to be able to redirect Google search traffic to servers that do not allow encrypted searching. By redirecting to nosslsearch.google.com, schools could filter and monitor like usual. Many schools have been using this solution.
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What would you tell your friends?
More than 5,000 districts use our products so we know you like us. But what we want to know is: do you really, really like us? Not just Would you use our solutions? but Would you recommend our solutions to your friends? So to figure this out, we track something called a Net Promoter Score.
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Teacher choice sounds like a great thing, and empowerment of teachers is definitely something missing and needed in our schools today. But not when it comes to an LMS. Not having a school-wide top-down LMS or not having one that is used regularly isn’t a step forward in individuality; it’s a step backward in learning.
As a parent, you’re always learning. And not just about how to be a better parent or who the latest pop singer is, but also about all the stuff your kids are learning in school. The posts have already been popping up in my social media feeds: parents confused about their kids’ math, complaining about CCSS, not sure how to help with homework or even why the kids have to learn this stuff if the parents never use it in their own lives.
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Everyone in education is talking about student data privacy these days. As CoSN says in their Privacy Toolkit, “It is critical that leaders in education, industry and policy find ways to ensure student privacy, while continuing to encourage innovative uses of technology and student data.” They advise schools to develop data privacy policies and to ensure that any vendors providing services to them adhere to those policies and meet federal regulations for protecting student data privacy.
Read more on New! Protecting Privacy: Lightspeed Systems Overview…