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Addressing Learning Loss and Social-Emotion Disruption: Technology in Post-COVID K-12

The COVID-19 pandemic presented many challenges to students, educators, and parents. Some school districts had already integrated tech into their classrooms before COVID-19, so the shift to distance learning wasn’t their biggest hurdle.   Lightspeed Systems had the opportunity to meet with Stacy Royster, Chief Technology Officer for Opelika City Schools

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The Post-COVID Paradigm: Integrating the Things that Worked

The emergency shift to remote learning, due to school closures in response to COVID-19, forced districts to use tech to support online learning in ways, and in the immediacy, they never thought possible.   Now a year later, Lightspeed Systems had the opportunity to meet with Steven Langford, Chief Information Officer for the Beaverton School District

Maintaining the Communication Advantage with Parents When Returning Back to Campus

One positive result of the COVID-19 pandemic was that many schools and districts saw an uptick in parent involvement in their students’ day-to-day learning. In many cases that was unavoidable, as parents themselves were forced to work from home and

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The Case for Keeping Remote or Hybrid Learning Options

As we emerge from the pandemic, some students—and some parents, for that matter—may have recognized the potential positives that remote or hybrid learning models have to offer during the course of the pandemic. Students with chronic health issues; children with social or

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“What are we going to do?”: A Proactive Rather Than Reactive Approach to School Violence

Lightspeed Systems hosted Mr. Frank DeAngelis, retired principal at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, who spoke with our webinar attendees and staff regarding the fateful events of April 20, 1999. As shootings and other violent incidents continue to affect schools, Mr. DeAngelis believes that, unfortunately, districts may need

Enhancing the In-Classroom Experience with Online Tools

Last year in 2020, K-12 school districts distributed and brought online more mobile devices than ever before, and as students have become more familiar with using these devices for learning, some districts may choose to adopt more of a 1:1

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How Online Student Safety Translates to Greater Physical Safety and Emotional Wellbeing

A return to the physical classroom, depending on the particular learning model, may or may not mean a reduction in student time spent online, but that doesn’t mean districts can be any less vigilant regarding dangerous online content threats or inappropriate online

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Returning to Campus and Your Edtech Spend

A recent survey of 200 K-12 district leaders revealed the following:   More than 82% of those surveyed said reducing spending inefficiencies and maximizing the reach of their budget was their top priority   Nearly 79% are prioritizing the need for better understanding

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“This was a fantastic school… I was in disbelief”: Lessons Learned from Columbine

Frank DeAngelis spent 35 years at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. He has been named Colorado High School Principal of the Year and was a finalist for National Principal of the Year. He recently received the Jefferson County Schools

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Using Data for Effective School Reopening

Making sure district reopening plans are cost-effective and drive the best student outcomes Lightspeed recently spoke with Anthony Padrnos, Executive Director of Technology for Osseo Area Schools in Minnesota, who discussed how ed-tech classroom tools can both inform important budgeting