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 >

8 Reasons Outdated Technology Is Holding Back Your School's Potential

By Tom McDonald | Dec 16, 2015 9:15:00 AM

Today’s schools are radically different from when the Baby Boomers were in the classroom, or at least they should be. Just as technology has changed the workplace, school systems need to keep pace with the latest technologies and the new possibilities they present. Unfortunately, school systems are often slow to adopt change. Read More >

5 Technology in the Classroom Ideas For Increased Student Engagement

By Tom McDonald | Dec 9, 2015 8:35:00 AM

Technology in the classroom has been demonstrated to improve the learning experience. Students have become so used to using technology at home that extending that they expect to use that same technology for instruction, and teachers are finding new ways to apply technology to engage students in the classroom. Read More >

Waterbury Public Schools Succeeds with IT Support from NSI

By Tom McDonald | Feb 26, 2014 10:04:00 AM

Waterbury Public Schools realized there were several ways they could reach their goals. Two key area of focus were: Getting a handle on their dynamic and fast-changing student body in an effort to greatly improve their success in helping students fulfill their maximum potential, and the need to find the right technology partner, and the right solution.

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K-12 Replace or Maintain Computers? Challenges of Technology in the Classroom

By Tom McDonald | Jun 12, 2013 3:48:00 PM

Replace, or Upgrade and Maintain?  One of the issues we encounter when we help our K-12 clients is the assessment and determination of academic and administrative computing needs when it comes to evaluating their replacement cycle.  What criteria should be used to determine if PC’s need to be upgraded vs. replaced? 

NSI agrees with IT Services at Stanford when it comes to general rule of thumb guidelines for replacing aging computers for use in education:

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K-12 School Series: TOP FIVE Tips for Summer IT Prep

By Tom McDonald | May 17, 2013 11:44:00 AM

Complete IT Support from Connecticut based NSI, serving CT and the Northeast Government, Education, and Small Business sectors since 1985 – What are the TOP FIVE things your IT staff should do to prepare IT resources for the summer?

As Connecticut Schools plan for the Smarter Balanced assessment test scheduled to roll out and replace Connecticut’s Mastery Test, and the Academic Performance Test during the 2014-2015 school year, IT preparedness and resource evaluation are key components for many district’s summer schedule.

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