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Category Archives: Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grant

Compare & Connect K-12: Learn how to get more bandwidth for your budget Posted on Nov 22

Compare & Connect K-12: Learn how to get more bandwidth for your budget

EducationSuperHighway recently released the full version of Compare & Connect K-12, which enables users to more easily view and compare bandwidth and broadband pricing information for their own and other school districts across Massachusetts. Compare & Connect K-12 is a free online tool that empowers   …Continue Reading Compare & Connect K-12: Learn how to get more bandwidth for your budget

The Fundamental Shift to Blended Learning Posted on Oct 7

The Fundamental Shift to Blended Learning

The Massachusetts Personalized Learning Network considers blended learning a key component to engaging learners within its personalized learning framework. Many confuse the terms blended learning with personalized learning. Blended learning is an instructional model that integrates digital and online media content into teacher instructional practice.   …Continue Reading The Fundamental Shift to Blended Learning

Turning chrome into gold: Chromebooks in the classroom Posted on Jun 28

Turning chrome into gold: Chromebooks in the classroom

At West Springfield Middle School, teachers began the 2015-16 school year with the arrival of over 700 brand new Chromebooks and wireless internet service. Coupled, with existing desktops, our building quickly gained a 1:1 ratio of students to computers. We quickly sorted the Chromebooks into   …Continue Reading Turning chrome into gold: Chromebooks in the classroom

Earth to Cruse, Earth to Cruse: A Life Science teacher’s spiral to Earth Science Posted on Jun 10

Earth to Cruse, Earth to Cruse: A Life Science teacher’s spiral to Earth Science

The end of the school year is quickly approaching and I’ve got to say, I’m kind of freaking out. Not that the school year is done – I’m good with that, but I’m “concerned” about next year. MA Science Standards for grades 6-8 have changed   …Continue Reading Earth to Cruse, Earth to Cruse: A Life Science teacher’s spiral to Earth Science

Speed dating: How technology met professional development Posted on Apr 27

Speed dating: How technology met professional development

Thanks to the Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grant, we started this school year with dramatically improved Wi-Fi and over 600 new Chromebooks, 1 for each student at Lawrence School. For the pioneers in our building, this was a long-awaited dream come true. Yet for a good   …Continue Reading Speed dating: How technology met professional development

Five mistakes teachers make when using technology Posted on Apr 6

Five mistakes teachers make when using technology

In the 2014–2015 school year, I used 22 different technology tools with my students and I made a lot of mistakes. New technology promises better student engagement and enhanced learning. But when a teacher first uses any tool in the classroom there are certain things   …Continue Reading Five mistakes teachers make when using technology

Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grant galvanizes changes at R.C. Mahar Posted on Mar 30

Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grant galvanizes changes at R.C. Mahar

The DCPS Grant provided the R.C. Mahar School District the capital to catalyze a lot of progress that we had planned on making as we continue to incorporate technology in our schools, classrooms, and teaching.

Rethinking ed tech by reinventing state-local partnerships Posted on Mar 11

Started in 2014, the Digital Connections Partnership Schools (DCPS) grant program is a competitive, matching state grant program to bridge the digital divide that exists in some public schools across Massachusetts and strengthen twenty-first century teaching and learning. This article highlights the theme of partnership,   …Continue Reading Rethinking ed tech by reinventing state-local partnerships