Understanding the Value of Touch when Choosing a Device

During the Fall of 2017, Acer hired our team of researchers, authors, technical producers and designers to explore how learning in the modern classroom requires reimagining both how students use technology and the student computing device itself. Neither a traditional laptop nor a stand-alone tablet alone can meet the many needs of the typical K–12 student who shifts between activities as varied as typing a research paper to capturing and creating media to collaborating with their peers. Over the past few years, the appearance of touch-based, convertible laptops is beginning to change the definition of effective learning with technology. With a touchscreen and a stylus, students interact with their devices much as they would with paper and pencil. At the same time, students can leverage the full power of digital resources and connectivity to improve when, how, and what they learn Read more about Understanding the Value of Touch when Choosing a Device.

Attending SXSWedu + Interactive in Austin, Texas

Thor Prichard is trading one food-cart outpost for another as he visits Austin March 4-14 for two SXSW festivals: SXSWedu and SXSW Interactive. SXSWedu draws a diverse mix of stakeholders passionate about the future of teaching and learning and SXSW Interactive ties together many components that inform the work we do: technology, creativity, design and interaction. Read more about Attending SXSWedu + Interactive in Austin, Texas

Amazon AppStream 2.0 and Google SSO Documentation

Over the course of the Fall of 2017, Luke Maier and Dumar Daniel in our engineering department, along with our AWS certified Solutions Architects, Frank Anderson and Jon Fronza, spent time researching and testing Amazon's AppStream 2.0 service. In addition to understanding the ins-and-outs of the product, our goal was to explore, test, and verify ways that AppStream 2.0 could be used to support teaching and learning in K-12 and higher education classrooms.

Given that over 50% of U.S. K-12 schools who purchased technology for students are using Chromebooks, one obvious need was a means to help students reduce the number of logins they have to manage through single-sign-on ("SSO") and help IT departments manage access to the service. The results of our work with the AWS K-12 education team includes the attached step-by-step documentation that walks through the process a school IT department can take to setup SSO and package Amazon AppStream 2.0 as a Chrome app to improve management and deployment Read more about Amazon AppStream 2.0 and Google SSO Documentation.

PDX EdTech Meetup: Interviewing Vernier

The new year will be here before you know it! Let’s welcome 2018 with a meetup dedicated to science and STEM at one of the premier educational technology companies in the country right here in our backyard: Vernier Software & Technology. This event is a function of the NW Education Cluster, which facilitates the PDXedTech meetups. Clarity has been a member of the NW Education Cluster since 2006, often sponsoring and coordinating many of the events, and we're excited for what this next year holds. Read more about PDX EdTech Meetup: Interviewing Vernier

Community Transitional School Chosen by Clarity Staff for Year-End Donation

At the end of each year, the staff of Clarity Innovations choose an organization for the company to support with a financial donation. We seek out non-profit organizations making a meaningful contribution in a field related to our mission: to improve the process and practice of teaching and learning through effective use of technology. This year, we are honored to donate to Community Transitional School right here in Portland, serving youths who experience transience and houselessness. Read more about Community Transitional School Chosen by Clarity Staff for Year-End Donation