Announcing eScholar’s Annual Student Contest: Goals Matter

It’s finally spring, and that means school’s almost out for the summer.  As students and teachers prepare to wrap up this school year, it’s the perfect time to take a quick break to celebrate all the great things students have learned and accomplished. Last spring, we launched our inaugural annual student contest with Make My…
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Client Spotlight: Nebraska Department of Education, Data Conference & Fun Facts

In my role as an Account Manager for eScholar, one of my primary goals is to always support my customers in as many ways as possible. One of the many ways that I support them is to attend individual state’s annual data conferences. State data conferences bring together the appropriate people from the school districts…
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CoSN 2014: Smart Data vs. Big Data

If we want the education data and personalized education movements to succeed, we must focus on quality, not quantity. Smart Data, not Big Data, can help personalize education.

Teacher Prep: Five Essentials for 2014 +

A lot has changed in technology since the days that I was a classroom teacher over a decade ago.  That is putting it mildly.  My students had access to three computers in the back of the room that took about half a class period to power up and had internet connections as speedy as rush…
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Introducing New eScholar Bloggers

I’ve been blogging here at eScholar for over two years. It’s been a great place for me to engage with our readers. I’m not about to stop posting anytime soon, but I figured: Why should I be the only eScholar team member having fun writing? So, it’s time for a blog renovation. You already probably…
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Our Commitment to Student Privacy

In our last post, you heard from one of my colleagues, Elissa Seto. This month, I’ve invited Wolf Boehme, President of eScholar, to share his thoughts on the topic of student privacy. Our Commitment to Student Privacy Recently, Margo Day, the Vice President of US Education for Microsoft, wrote a post on TechNet about the need…
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Education Datapalooza 2014

Last week eScholar had the privilege of attending the 2014 Education Datapalooza, hosted by the White House and the US Education Department (USED). Unfortunately I came down with the flu at the last minute, but eScholar Product Marketing Manager Elissa Seto was able to attend. Below is her reflection on the event. Personalizing the Route…
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The Freedom to Listen

Lately there has been a lot of discussion aimed at interpreting the underlying motives behind various initiatives in the education industry.  It seems as though certain high-profile initiatives in education are suspected of being driven by ulterior motives.  Many times, citizens suspect political motives when the initiatives are supported by politicians, regardless of their political…
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What’s the Common Thread of Success?

Over the past 16 years of working in education, I have learned a lot from both teachers and students. As someone who has focused more than half of his career on helping educators use data, I’ve spent a great deal of time looking into data to find the common thread of success. This may be surprising,…
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EngageNY Road Show

Over the past couple of weeks, I have had the opportunity to travel around New York State as a part of the EngageNY Portal rollout.  It has been a great time to reflect on the past 16 years. Since I founded the eScholar company in 1997 working with one school district in Western New York,…
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