Health Insurance Costs Hurt Texas Teachers

Health Insurance Costs Hurt Texas Teachers

Health Insurance costs for Texas teachers are expected to increase again even though the state legislature hasn’t increased its funding to the program in over 15 years. Education jobs are among the lowest-paying occupations requiring a bachelor’s degree, and teacher salaries consistently fail to keep up with inflation. The rising cost of healthcare compounds this problem. TRS Health Insurance Costs The health insurance premium for a school teacher to get decent coverage that includes spouse…

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Stories About Using Accessibility Features in K-12 Education

Stories About Using Accessibility Features in K-12 Education

The impact of engineering for accessibility in K-12 education is significant. As these features continue to evolve, more and more students can be empowered to use them to overcome obstacles to learning and collaborating with their peers. This article highlights the experience of 4 students using the accessibility features in iOS and macOS in school. While, each of these stories is true, the names have been changed. In each case, it was these features in…

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Engineering for Accessibility

Engineering for Accessibility

Thoughts on Engineering for Accessibility Personally, my interest in engineering for accessibility started when I began my career working in education, more than a few years ago. I worked primarily with special education students. What I found very quickly was that, if I used technology and engineered systems to help bridge instructional gaps and help them overcome barriers to accessing and working with the information they needed to learn, even in very basic ways, that…

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Find Your Perfect MDM Partner – Resources for Mobile Device Management

Find Your Perfect MDM Partner – Resources for Mobile Device Management

MDM Resources for the presentation “The Dating Game: Find Your Perfect MDM Partner” This panel for TCEA and ISTE will feature veteran technology directors and MDM coordinators on the topic of Mobile Device Management in K-12 education. Each panelist uses a different vendor, uses MDM for varying degrees of complexity and scale, has different back ground experience, and is working in small to large schools. Apple’s IT and Deployment Site – Amazing resources here. Definitely…

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Stopping to Take a Moment…

Stopping to Take a Moment…

Some days are tough. It’s important to be able step outside of oneself at any given moment to reflect on the impact that we may be making on those around us. At the end of the day, it’s the relationships in our lives, with our family, colleagues, friends, and students that matter.  

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K-12 Schools Need to Start Thinking About Creating Brand Name Recognition for the Future

K-12 Schools Need to Start Thinking About Creating Brand Name Recognition for the Future

K-12 Schools Need to Start Thinking About Creating Brand Name Recognition for the Future   Recent summaries predicting changes in education have emphasised the need for schools, mostly higher ed, to market and develop brand name recognition to keep recruiting students. In light of how Texas seems to be going, this seems prudent for K-12 as well if they are to maintain current student ADA funding. This article is two years old, but I think…

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Preconceived Stereotypes in Professional Development Training

Preconceived Stereotypes in Professional Development Training

Preconceived Stereotypes in Professional Development Training   With all the discussion in the media lately about prejudice, racism and bias, I thought it might be good to reflect on my own biases and preconceived notions when training others. The longer I work with groups of people the easier it is to develop preconceived notions. For technology training it’s not so much about race or gender as it is age. I’ve always assumed that if you…

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Took Time off to be a Dad!

Took Time off to be a Dad!

Took Time off to be a Dad! I took a little time off from blogging recently to enjoy my youngest daughter’s senior year in high school. (Go #Classof2015 ) It’s really nice sometimes to stop and smell the roses. I have two children who for the grace of God take more after their mother than they do their father. If you have never experienced your child’s senior year, it is a very busy time filled…

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STAAR-A On-Line Testing Wasn’t as Bad as I Had Feared

STAAR-A On-Line Testing Wasn’t as Bad as I Had Feared

STAAR-A On-Line Testing I’ve been away from posting EdTech tips on this teacher blog for a few weeks while we helped prepare our school district for this most recent wave of on-line STAAR-A testing. Initial fears were pretty high. The tutorials and documentation offered by TEA (Texas) were actually pretty good, but very time consuming for the average teacher to read up and study. I suspect quite a bit of it was skipped. Also, we…

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The Importance of Patience

The Importance of Patience

The Importance of Patience Working on servers this week, a humbling and frustrating experience, reminded me of the importance of patience when working with people. I found myself in a similar position as many of my teachers when learning to integrate technology in their classes in a meaningful way. I spent 3 days with systems engineers and my account manager at JAMF Software working on preparing for our middle school iPad roll out. Initially everything…

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