MACRO CONNECT BLOG & NEWS

Prepare for the End of the Year

It’s getting warmer. Spring break is either over or just about to start. The end of the year is in sight. But while students get to take the summer off, as teachers and administrators, you’ve got quite a bit of work to do. From tidying up this year to planning for...

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March Education Technology Conferences

At the end of March the Macro Connect team took its talents on the road across the Midwest to two different conferences. Our team started the first leg of their journey in Michigan City, Indiana at the 2019 Midwest PowerSchool User Group Conference. Our team got a...

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Maximize Your IT ROI

Do you see Education Technology as an integral, strategic part of your curriculum and operations? Or do you see it as an expensive “nice-to-have?” If you see it as a “nice-to-have,” this isn’t the blog post for you. But if you value the technology in your classrooms...

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How To Use Classroom Technology Effectively

Education technology used to include books, chalk, and a piece of slate. Today it has grown into a massive array of digital learning tools ranging from tablets and laptops to smart boards, sound reinforcement, and mobile apps. It can be overwhelming to even think...

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Apply For a School Safety Grant

This blog post is not meant to be alarmist. We sincerely hope that the kind of situations we use for illustration never happen in your school, or any school. But the realities we now live with require conscientious planning and forethought to give our children and...

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5 Keys to A Successful EdTech Pilot

With the calendar and the weather clearly set to January, spring seems a long way off, but it’s fun to think about. Longer days. Warmer weather. A time of renewal. And it’s a good time to try out new tech. You’re almost six months into the academic year and you’ve...

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Simplify Scheduling This Year with PowerScheduler

This isn’t the first time we’ve talked about PowerSchool’s PowerScheduler tool and it certainly won’t be the last. It’s pretty fantastic after all. Last spring, we talked a bit about what it is and how we help coach teachers and administrators. In the fall, we posted...

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Computer Science Week 2018

Our modern world is powered by computers. Everything from our basic utilities to our cameras, phones, and toys operate with the help of automation and computation. As our needs for sophisticated computing grow, so will the need for a workforce that can push the...

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What You Need To Know About Standards Based Grading

Education is constantly evolving. So shouldn’t your techniques for student evaluation evolve with it? In a recent post about our new status as a PowerSchool Certified Service Partner, we spoke briefly about reporting customization. Report and report card customization...

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How To Choose Your EdTech Wisely

By about now, your Count Day figures have been finalized and sent to your ISD or to the state. That means you have a pretty clear idea of what to expect in terms of education funding from the state of Michigan and other federal income sources. We know that most of...

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Michigan PowerSchool User Group Conference 2018

Last week we traveled to Kalamazoo, Michigan for the annual Fall PowerSchool User Group Conference (PSUG). It was three days of breakout sessions, one on one training, and networking within the PowerSchool user community. While we were at the conference, we kept a...

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PowerSchool’s Newest Certified Service Partner

PowerSchool has become synonymous with modern education. As our world shifts further into the digital age, every corner of our lives are being made more efficient, more automated. At the core of this movement in education lies PowerSchool, a leader in classroom...

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Why Have Count Day?

The kids are back in class and everyone has finally settled into the rhythm of the academic calendar. Hopefully that means you’re ready for one of the most important rituals in Michigan education: Count Day. Twice a year, once in October and once in February, you take...

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Hot and Trending EdTech Topics: Our Week at ISTE

Last week our team headed to Chicago for R&D on hot and trending edtech at the ISTE Conference & Expo. The ISTE Conference & Expo is the most recognized, prominent education technology event in the world and each year it draws thousands of...

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Experiment, learn alongside innovators at WLCSD

Looking for great technology PD run by local educators during the back-to-school window? On Thursday, August 23rd Walled Lake Consolidated School District will open its doors for yet another home-grown conference featuring sessions run by and...

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What Does an IT Company Do

To some people the world of information technology is a big mystery, so we're here to help shed a little light on what companies like us actually do. Hope you enjoy! IT Companies Provide Data Management Information Technology companies like Macro Connect provide a...

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How Students Can Excel with STEAM in the Summer

With a few months without school, it’s important to keep kids moving, engaged, and continually learning. There’s no better time than the summer to integrate STEAM concepts into playtime. Outside of the classroom environment, learning can be disguised as pressure-free...

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What’s On the Agenda at ISTE?

In a few weeks our team will make the trek to Chicago for a dedicated R&D sabbatical on emerging practices and innovation in edtech. As part of our commitment to keeping our schools' IT and Data practices ahead of the curve, we regularly head to (and often present...

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