external January 2016 - BlueRange Technology  

Rugged Chromebooks for Classrooms: HP Chromebook 11 G4

As classrooms become more digital in an effort to keep pace with business trends, manufacturers have responded to the new market by creating products specifically for educators. The HP Chromebook 11 G4 Chromebooks for classrooms model stands tall as a premier choice for educators of all levels. A powerful tool that lends itself towards flexible accessibility, the HP 11 G4 encourages beginners while offering more than enough depth for advanced students and comprehensive coursework. Here are a few of the standout features that separate the HP 11 G4 from the rest of the pack.

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Another Reason Schools Love Google: Virtual Field Trips

With many K-12 schools investing in Google Chromebooks for Education, it’s no surprise that these institutions emphasize Google apps. Google offers a bulk discount for K-12 institutions, support, management and Google Apps built into the Chromebook. Not only is it an affordable solution, but it also provides the ability for teachers and students to do so much more.

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Top 7 Workstation Desktops for Enterprise Users

Although they may not be exciting, workstation desktops remain among the most effective tools for enterprise users. Unlike consumer models, they are designed to be extremely durable and are loaded with extra features that enhance productivity and limit downtime. Fast, reliable and powerful, the best workstation desktops are sleek, compact and, in most cases, easy to service. However, identifying the right one is a much taller order than picking up a consumer-grade model at a local store. To help speed the process along, we’ve handpicked seven of today’s best workstation desktops for enterprise users.

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Every Student Succeeds Act Offers Opportunities for Education Technology

Credit: American Action Forum

In December of 2015, the Senate approved and the President signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act, a bill that transfers much of the supervision of education standards from the federal government to the states. This law effectively supplants the No Child Left Behind Act, which was generally reviled because of its relentless emphasis on testing. The similarities and differences between the two Acts may be a little more complicated than superficial examination reveals, but the new law has enjoyed bi-partisan support, and educators and administrators alike are cautiously optimistic about the changes it will enact. Of particular interest to those in the education technology field is a provision in the new law that encourages, in the form of federal money, the use of education technology in the classroom as a way to customize learning not just for districts and schools but also for individual learners.

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2016: What to Expect in Enterprise Tech

Call them trends, predictions, or safe bets, there are some big changes coming in 2016. In 2015, there was plenty of talk about private cloud computing for enterprise, and appliances to handle those huge cloud operations; but what’s to come in 2016?

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2016 National Education Technology Plan: Extending Access

The U.S. Office of Education Technology has released its National Education Technology Plan (NETP) for 2016, which details an updated vision for constant access to learning. As the flagship policy on ed tech for the country, the NETP exists to inform educators and education technology experts about a common call to action for today’s top teaching strategies. The 2016 NETP covers five topics: learning, teaching, leadership, assessment, and infrastructure.

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5 EdTech Projections for 2016

Educational technology has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. Increasingly, educators and school administrators are seeing first-hand how these tools can help improve student engagement and achievement. Indeed, the opportunities technology affords students and educators are invaluable. Not only do teachers gain access to a broader scope of resources and content, students get to participate in a more personalized and rich learning experience. Let’s take a look at five projections for educational technology in 2016:

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