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.

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.

OER: An Approach for Teachers White Paper

Open Educational Resources, or OER, is a movement that has become synonymous with a sentiment of sharing in the education world. But what exactly is OER, and how is it different than the informal environment of openness and fair use in the field of teaching and learning? It turns out that everyone has a different definition.

This white paper developed by Clarity Innovations help to both tease out a usable definition and provide a guide for schools, districts, and educators interested in the Open Education Resources movement. Read more about OER: An Approach for Teachers White Paper

IoT in Education: Landscape Review

As technology continues to evolve, computers grow smaller and more power efficient. This means that computing devices can be embedded into all sorts of objects, from household items to clothing. For these computing devices to communicate, they must connect in some way. Those connections and small devices are collectively referred to as the "Internet of Things."

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Get Active: Reimagining Learning Spaces for Student Success

The adoption of active learning techniques means discarding the traditional notion of what a “classroom” is and developing a new type of contemporary learning space: one that is more flexible, agile adaptive and equipped with technology to both personalize and expand conditions for learning. The comprehensive research, real-world examples, insights and exercises contained within the pages of Get Active: Reimagining Learning Spaces for Student Success provide that crucial first step for any educator or administrator looking to support today’s learners with active learning concepts that will best prepare them for tomorrow’s world.

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Teaching and Learning with Technology Infographic

Technology adoption in US schools has grown dramatically over the past five years. In some cases, schools are rushing to adopt technology initiatives in order to support high-stakes testing or even to "keep up with the Joneses" in neighboring districts. To help better inform educators and leaders, one of Clarity Innovation's clients asked us to prepare an infographic documenting the research behind technology initiatives as they relate to preparing students for classrooms of the future, college, and career readiness. Read more about Teaching and Learning with Technology Infographic

Assessing the Capabilities of Touch-based Devices in the Classroom

Do the tablets that you’re considering for your students support the full range of web content and technologies that they’ll need to succeed in school?

You might expect that the latest batch of tablets on the market would effortlessly support the needs of education. However, according to a study conducted by Clarity Innovations, tablet devices vary considerably in their capabilities and compatibility. For students to be successful, it’s critical to choose a device that has fewer problems, is less dependent on workaround apps, and is more likely to just work.

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Personalized Learning: A Guide for Engaging Students with Technology

Written for today’s educators and administrators, this book explains the concepts behind personalized learning, and the strategies, policies, devices, services, techniques and resources available to transform teaching (and learning) into something more relevant, more powerful, and more rewarding. This guide describes how to transform the learning environment and empower students of different backgrounds, interests, and ability levels to champion their educational success.

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Mobile Applications Management – The Current Landscape

The K-12 landscape is seeing a wide variety of implementation models for mobile learning with tablets. Some implementations provide one dedicated device for each student, while others assign devices to classrooms. Others allow students to bring devices from home while some provide devices to students to take home and use for personal as well as academic purposes. In this paper you will...

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