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.
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.
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
Early in 2017, Intel commissioned us to draft an analyst report on the right device for learning and teaching. After numerous hours of research into the latest Chromebooks, Windows 10, iOS, and other education devices the results of our discovery and testing can be found in the attached paper.Read more about The Right Device for Learning & Teaching Analyst Report
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."Read more about IoT in Education: Landscape Review
Dell's education team commissioned us to review and evaluate Apple's latest mobile device operating system release, iOS 9.3, during the second quarter of 2016.
The results of our research, test implementation, and evaluation can be found in the attached report.Read more about Apple iOS 9.3 in Education: Assessment and Evaluation
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.Read more about Get Active: Reimagining Learning Spaces for Student Success
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
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.Read more about Assessing the Capabilities of Touch-based Devices in the Classroom
Clarity Innovations worked with Intel Education to loan 25 Android tablets to Creswell Middle School in Oregon to explore how these devices work in the classroom. The results were somewhat surprising in that the teachers and students loved the tablets and found that the easily integrated into their project-based curriculum.Read more about Android Devices in the Classroom Case Study
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.Read more about Personalized Learning: A Guide for Engaging Students with Technology
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...Read more about Mobile Applications Management – The Current Landscape
Collaboration is essential in teaching 21st Century Skills and applying project-based learning in the classroom. Research has shown that, in addition to demonstrating mastery of subject matter, students who collaborate also increase their skills in problem solving, creativity, and interpersonal relationships. This paper...