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Start of Year Checklist

Start of Year Checklist

The summer heat seems to have broken just in time for the new school year. Students have their new backpacks and shoes and their parents are eager to get them back in the classroom. Depending on your school, you may already be a week into teaching or the first day may...

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Noteworthy News in Education Technology

Noteworthy News in Education Technology

Part of our mission is to keep schools up to date on the latest noteworthy news in the education technology space. Below are three important items that we think everyone should read about. Modernizing the E-Rate Program For over 20 years, the E-Rate program has...

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Cyber Security Staff Training Program

Cyber Security Staff Training Program

If you keep up with our blog regularly, you’ll remember our recent post about five great ways to introduce students to the world of Cyber Security. It can both start them down a path to great career opportunities and keep them safer in their personal digital...

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5 Ways to Introduce Students to Cyber Security Studies

5 Ways to Introduce Students to Cyber Security Studies

Digital threats are everywhere. As more and more people save personal information online, whether that’s with retailers, school districts, or even the federal government, the need for Cyber Security grows increasingly important. To meet that need, we must train a...

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Detroit PowerSchool Summit

Detroit PowerSchool Summit

PowerSchool is the leading provider of K-12 education application technology. Their cutting-edge Student Information System empowers thousands of educators to deliver an outstanding education to millions of students. With that dedication to innovation and education...

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Celebrating Excellence at The Carnegie Institute

Celebrating Excellence at The Carnegie Institute

As a Detroit born and raised company, we are regularly humbled by the amazing work our clients do right here in our community. This month we wanted to pause to recognize the ongoing contributions our friends at Carnegie Institute have made to training a highly...

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Our School Data Superpower

Our School Data Superpower

Our School Data SuperpowerWe're going to be talking about your student information system, some areas of concern that we've seen with our clients, and some possible solutions to help you get those problems solved. We don't wear any S's on our shirts, but we have...

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Prepare for the End of the Year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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’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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