A pragmatic approach to predicting our edtech future.

To 2017 and Beyond! A pragmatic approach to predicting our edtech future. Crystal ball predictions about the upcoming year in education are often compelling cases for bold, lofty ideas, but rarely fully consider public policy or government funding landscape. That is perplexing given that K-12 public education is almost entirely funded by taxpayers and for all…


Doug Mesecar on January 25, 2017

Funding possibilities under ESSA explored

The one-year anniversary of the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is here. Like most major laws, the impact of ESSA on policy and practice, as well as on funding, is still being determined as regulations and guidance get sorted out, and Congress figures out how to provide funds for it. When finalized,…


Doug Mesecar on December 15, 2016

IO Education Receives a Pair of Industry Awards for Its Student Achievement Products

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE IO Education Receives a Pair of Industry Awards for Its Student Achievement Products IO Education honored with 2016 EDDIE award and 2016 Top 100 Products award for its IO Insights and IO Classroom products ATLANTA – Dec. 6, 2016 – IO Education, a market leader in helping educators in all roles use…


Eric Miller on December 6, 2016

Teacher, Time and Technology: Building Blocks of Learning

To get the most out of blended learning and personalization, school leaders must not start with blended learning or technology for its own sake, but instead must undertake a careful design process that emphasizes and appropriately prioritizes the building blocks to unlock its potential. Recent surveys and reporting have highlighted a need to re-emphasize some…


Doug Mesecar on November 2, 2016

From Good to Great Through Personalized Learning in Loudoun County, Virginia

Click here to download the article as PDF. Executive Summary This fall, Northern Virginia’s Loudoun County Public Schools will introduce a new personalized learning approach in 15 elementary and secondary schools, adding a powerful strategy to the district’s overall vision of preparing students for an increasingly competitive, but collaborative world. Moving deliberatively – and quickly…


Doug Mesecar on October 26, 2016

Professional Development Resources for Personalized Blended Learning

Now is the time when districts start crafting budgets for the upcoming school year. For those embarking on personalized blended learning, or those already underway, serious consideration should be given to the time, funding, and strategy devoted to professional development (PD) because blended learning is a fundamental shift in strategy and pedagogy, not a tactic…


Doug Mesecar on October 19, 2016

Middletown, NY Personalizes Learning To Narrow Achievement Gaps

Click here to download the full study as PDF. Summary The Enlarged City School District of Middletown, New York is showing the nation how to transform a once-struggling district. Proving that good things come in small packages, this economically challenged district is improving on important metrics — for example, 4-year high school graduation rates have…


Doug Mesecar on October 12, 2016

Defining and Visioning Blended Learning: The Learning Accelerator Goes Deeper

The Learning Accelerator (TLA), a national non-profit organization that is, in their words, “seeking to transform K-12 education by accelerating the implementation of high-quality blended learning in school districts across the US through cultivating and funding the supporting ecosystem” is out with a new, expansive, experience-informed vision for blended learning. TLA’s website is chock full…


Doug Mesecar on October 5, 2016

Education Technology In The Every Student Succeeds Act

The reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act, signed into law last week by the president, includes important education technology provisions. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) represents a significant devolution of power from the federal government to states and school districts while espousing a broader concept of what constitutes academic achievement. But will the removal…


Doug Mesecar on September 21, 2016

IO Education Recognized on the Prestigious 2016 Tyton Growth50 List

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE IO Education Recognized on the Prestigious 2016 Tyton Growth50 List IO Education honored as a top 50 growth-stage company in education sector achieving impact at scale ATLANTA – Sept. 13, 2016 – IO Education, the leader in empowering educators through data to improve educational outcomes, has been recognized as a 2016 Tyton…


Eric Miller on September 13, 2016

Paying for Personalized Learning In The ESSA World: What States & Districts Need to Know

Districts looking to implement personalized blended learning can look to the new federal education law for help. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) strongly encourages personalized educational strategies, including through blended learning, and attempts to ensure more equitable access to technology and digital learning experiences. The ESSA, reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, was…


Doug Mesecar on August 1, 2016

IO Education Upcoming Events

This week is going to be an exciting one for us at IO Education! For more information about the 2016 NCES STATS-DC Data Conference in Washington, DC, click here For more information about the 2016 DATAG Summer Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY, click here If you are unable to make an event, follow us on…


Eric Miller on July 11, 2016

Personalized Learning Produces Positive Outcomes

“The longer students experience personalized learning practices, the greater their growth in achievement,” according to new research by the RAND Corporation. The report, entitled Continued Progress: Promising Evidence on Personalized Learning, is an important contribution to understanding whether personalized learning is producing results and how it is being implemented. With the advent of new technology…


Doug Mesecar on July 8, 2016

Data, What is it Good For?

Data, what is it good for? My daughter’s answer, when I recently asked her this question was, “to keep track of things.” Great answer for an 8-year-old, but unfortunately it captures a still-too-common view that data is for measuring and tracking, rather than informing and guiding. Only using data to measure and track is like…


Doug Mesecar on July 5, 2016

Online learning with CaseNEX PD

Online learning is becoming the conventional way educators participate in professional development. Family demands, childcare costs and transportation expense mean a boost for distance learning.  Because of the interactive and collaborative technology tools available and innovative learning platforms, educators across the world are taking advantage of the conveniences online learning provides. Furthermore, research tells us…


Eric Miller on June 28, 2016

Michael Williamson Featured on Building The Future

On June 16th, 2016, IO Education CEO Michael Williamson was featured on Building the Future; a radio show that spotlights entrepreneurs striving to make the world a better place. In his interview Michael discusses his motivations for starting an EdTech company and the importance of data in both student and teacher success. Click below to listen…


Eric Miller on June 23, 2016

2016 Datacation EXPO Highlights

On Tuesday, May 24th DataCation hosted its 6th Annual Tech EXPO in New York City. We want to thank all attendees, panelists, presenters and members of the education community who helped make this year’s EXPO such a success. The combination of 200+ attendees and our growing product line made this year’s EXPO the most memorable yet….


Eric Miller on June 13, 2016

Longleaf Solutions, DataCation & CaseNex Rebrand as IO Education

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE LONGLEAF SOLUTIONS, DATACATION AND CASENEX REBRAND AS IO EDUCATION The combined business, IO Education, will deliver innovative data solutions to grow student achievement, operations efficiency and educator effectiveness for K-12 school districts ATLANTA, GA. – May 24, 2016 – Longleaf Solutions and CaseNEX, announced today the rebranding of the combined business as…


Eric Miller on May 24, 2016

CaseNEX and Longleaf Solutions Join Forces Supported by New Investment from LLR Partners

Combined business will offer comprehensive data management, teacher professional development and personalized learning solutions to the K-12 education market. CaseNEX and Longleaf Solutions, both innovative leaders of data management and professional development solutions for the K-12 education market, today announced that the companies have merged, supported by a new investment from LLR Partners. Combining the…


Eric Miller on September 4, 2015

2015 DataCation EXPO Highlights

Thank you to everyone who came out on Thursday, May 14th for our 5th Annual DataCation EXPO. We can’t think of a better way to bring together our friends and clients, our CaseNEX-DataCation team, and a terrific group of educators both curious and passionate about learning how to put data to its best use in the classroom. A…


Eric Miller on May 26, 2015

Driving Efficiencies in School, District Operations & Management

As costs continue to soar ahead of school funding, it becomes more and more imperative for superintendents and other district officers to get strong outcomes for the dollars spent on education. Effective district leadership has become synonymous with streamlining (and possibly re-engineering) systems to increase efficiency. Having the tools and knowledge to drive this continuous…


Hardin Daniel on December 15, 2014

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