Cost Effective IT Solutions for CT Public Schools Facing the Budget Crisis

By Tom McDonald | Mar 21, 2017 8:00:00 AM

It seems that our public schools are in a state of perpetual financial crisis. Many communities supplement their school operating budgets with additional funds from parents and community fundraisers. In addition to bake sales and calls for donations to raise money, they also have to cut costs. Art, music, and sports programs have already been cut from many curricula. Even areas such as school computer programs and IT support have to cut their spending. As Connecticut schools face a growing budget crisis, school IT directors are looking for IT solutions to cut their budgets and still provide essential computer services to faculty and students.

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IT Superstars: How Connecticut’s Ledyard Public Schools Use IT to Their Advantage

By Tom McDonald | Dec 20, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Organizations across Connecticut are increasing their competitive advantage with the help of enterprise technology. New cloud services, applications, and data access technologies are creating new opportunities, and Connecticut schools are among those applying the latest in networking technology.

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Students and Technology: The Bridges We Need To Overcome for Success

By Tom McDonald | May 19, 2016 1:20:00 PM

Technology is the disruptive force shaping our future, which is why teaching technical literacy has become a vital part of today’s classroom. Students are being introduced to technology at an earlier age, using smartphones and computers to play games, search the web, and to talk to family and friends. Today’s students are comfortable with technology and have become accustomed to the rapid pace of technological change. The task educators face is to show students how to apply technology to do more than just play games and chat with friends. Teachers need to challenge students to apply technology in new and disruptive ways that will shape our future. Read More >

How Using Technology in the Classroom Can Help Teacher Engagement

By Tom McDonald | Mar 16, 2016 8:40:00 AM

Keeping students’ attention in the classroom has always been a challenge for teachers. Most students would rather be somewhere other than school so their minds tend to wander, even when the topic itself might be interesting. To engage with students, teachers need to apply new strategies that promote more interaction and more personal involvement, and using technology in the classroom is proving to be an ideal means to make students more active learners. Read More >

How Technology and Education Needs To Be More Focused in 2016

By Tom McDonald | Mar 9, 2016 8:15:00 AM

How to use technology in the classroom has been a topic of discussion among educators for some time. Technology is changing classroom instruction as the cost of computing hardware drops and demand for Web access increases. The current generation of teachers are dependent on technology as part of their lesson plans. However, rather than adapting old lesson plans to include technology, educators are rethinking teaching strategies by building new teaching models with technology as a foundation. Read More >

How Schools Can Improve the Future of Educational Technology

By Tom McDonald | Feb 23, 2016 7:50:00 AM

Technology has changed the face of education, although the basic principles of teaching have not changed. Many argue that technology has taken the place of the teacher in the classroom, or somehow made skilled educators less valuable. Teachers are still essential, but what technology has done is give educators new approaches and new tools to be more effective. However, technology is still only a tool, but skilled teachers who understand how to apply technology tools to best advantage will continue to change the face of education. Read More >