Category Archives: Features

Spring Break Infrastructure Projects and a Pleasant Surprise

Last week, like many of you, I took the week off.  It was great to spend some time away from the office and recharge.  However, Chris, Collin, and Sam were here over break.  We had discussed some possible projects for … Continue reading

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Friendly Disruption

I currently serve on the Iowa Special Education Advisory Panel or SEAP.  I’m one of several members appointed to represent the interest of parents.  About a year ago, I attended an event on behalf of SEAP that comprised several breakout sessions which … Continue reading

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The Big Picture: Hardware. What do we have? What’s next?

According to our annual customer survey data, one area where I can get better is “big picture” communication.  So, this seems like the right time of year to reflect on and review some of the details of our macro plan … Continue reading

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Start the New Year Grieving

On Monday, I saw something remarkable.  We hosted Kevin Honeycutt to present digital literacy PL to our staff.  During the keynote, he produced a headband that wirelessly monitored his brain’s activity in real time via a smartphone app.  The Melon … Continue reading

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Meet Our New Web Content Filter — Securly

This summer CCSD changed web content filters and went with Securly.  While no product in this space is perfect, I believe that Securly provides some really interesting, (and hopefully useful) features.  Below is a a Q and A on how … Continue reading

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Summer iPad Updates

It’s been an interesting spring in terms of Apple and iPads. It’s pretty clear that they are feeling the pressure from Google and the expansion of Chromebooks into schools. Apple has released a bunch of really interesting features in the … Continue reading

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2015-16 Technology Survey Results

Thank you to everyone who completed this year’s survey.  We take this feedback very seriously, making changes and adjustments based upon it.  While we are still digesting the specifics, it’s important to share the overall trend data with everyone in … Continue reading

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Reflections from the 2016 Building Bridges Assistive Tech Conference

I had a great day of learning at the 2016 Building Bridges conference at GWAEA.  As I’ve posted previously, I’m thinking (and learning) more about assistive technology.  There were so many great takeaways from the day.  I really loved the … Continue reading

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Innovative Practice: BreakoutEDU

Breakout room entertainment is popping up all over the place.  If you’re not familiar with it, here’s The Big Bang Theory’s take on this experience. There’s even a new breakout room business in Coralville.  I haven’t been there yet, but … Continue reading

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Assistive Tech: Not Just a Special Ed Thing Anymore…

I’ve been thinking a lot about assistive tech the last few weeks.  I’m more than a little embarrassed to admit that I really don’t know as much about it as I probably should both professionally and personally.  But, I’m committing … Continue reading

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