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Teaching the Way Students Learn: N2N Edhubs

You’ve experienced it yourself.

Some educator conferences and teacher inservices are amazing learning experiences. You really get what the speaker is saying, and you leave energized, ready to put your new knowledge to work in your classroom.

Other conferences and inservices…  Not so much. You may get a couple of good ideas from them, but you leave feeling like you wasted most of your day.

What’s the difference between the great and the not-so-great?

The teaching method.

By now, you probably know what type of learner you are. Maybe you need visuals to be able to grasp a concept, or maybe you like to be able to try a new idea out for yourself before you feel completely comfortable with it.

During inservices where material is presented in the way you learn best, you’re bound to catch on more quickly, understand more fully, and be eager to implement any new, exciting ideas.

The same is true of your students.

Today’s students have grown up immersed in a world of technology. If they have a question about something – anything – their first instinct is to Google it, and then watch the video or read the content they find. Many students prefer to study by creating flashcards online, or playing a computer game to review.

And so today’s educators have responded, by developing innovative ways to incorporate technology into the classroom, allowing students to learn in the way that feels most intuitive to them.

But until now, creating and executing these exciting lesson plans was time-consuming and complex. You might have students watch a video on one site, then play a game on another, and finally, take an assessment on a third. For most lessons, there was no one central hub where every element of every lesson could be brought together for easy access.

Until now. N2N Edhubs is the simple, comprehensive solution to creating lessons that maximize the power of technology to help students learn.

Our powerful platform allows educators to create complex, customized lessons for their classes with simple drag-and-drop operations.

Want to have your students read an introduction from a document you created, watch a YouTube video demonstrating the concept, play a related learning game via a mobile app, browse through a website for more information, and then take a quiz you’ve created? It’s easy with N2N Edhubs. Simply search for each element from within our platform, then drag and drop your choices into the intuitive interface, and both you and your students will have access to them all as one complete, connected lesson.

N2N Edhubs also allows teachers to access student analytics, to keep tabs on usage and performance. No more wondering whether everyone really did play that game or check out that site before attempting the quiz! When your students access their lessons through N2N Edhubs, it’s easy, fun – and trackable.

Education has never been more focused on reaching every student, every time. By harnessing the power of teaching with technology through N2N Edhubs, educators have access to a tool that will help them do just that.

For more information on how you can use N2N Edhubs in your classroom, contact N2N Services today.

 

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3 Vital PR Tips Every School Administrator Should Know

When it comes to your school’s image, it all comes down to communication.

Whether with faculty and staff, parents, or the community at large, the information you share with the public – and the way in which that information is conveyed – makes all the difference in how your institution is perceived.

The problem is that oftentimes, it can be hard to know just what to share and how to share it in order to ensure that your school receives the great PR it deserves. To help, we here at N2N have put together a list of the top 3 public relations tips that every school administrator should know.

1. Don’t neglect the basics.

Whether it’s a parent emailing with a question, or the media calling for an interview, your school’s first and most basic lines of contact with the public are also its most important. Make sure you have a school-wide policy in place alerting faculty and staff to the importance of returning emails and phone calls in a timely manner. A friendly, but not completely informal tone should dominate any communication – inappropriate levels of familiarity can be as detrimental to a school’s image as too much formality.

Don’t forget to specify what kind of information can be shared with different parties, as well, and whether certain inquiries should always be directed to a specific person within your school. When the media spotlight shines on your institution for any reason, you’ll want to ensure that only the people with the full story are talking to the press.

2. Share information proactively.

In order to most effectively craft the image you want for your school, it’s vital to take a proactive approach to communication. Don’t wait for those calls and emails – hold regular meetings to share information with students, parents, and even the entire community at large.

A regular newsletter, whether in print or via email, is also a great tool for getting the word out, both to your school community and the wider community, about your school’s activities and news. The more information people have about what’s going on within your walls, the better your school image will be.

Finally, don’t forget to take advantage of the media! Call your local TV station or newspaper every time your school does something noteworthy. They may not feature your story every time, but the more you share with them, the more likely they’ll be to cover your news often enough to build a reputation in the community.

3. Make meaningful communication easy.   

Especially in higher education, the student body’s perception of their school is just as important as their parents’ and the community’s in crafting an institution’s image. Communicating the information that is relevant to each one of them is a vital step in ensuring that their opinion of your school is favorable. But with a large number of students and a limited number of faculty and staff, what’s the best way to go about sharing detailed, personalized information with each student?

The automation of meaningful communication.

N2N’s Student Engagement Platform allows students and parents to easily access the personal data that your faculty and staff are already keeping track of, without adding any extra steps to the process.  Using their mobile devices or computers, they can check their tuition balance, keep track of their grades and attendance, make appointments to speak with faculty or advisors, receive school announcements, and so much more.

Making it effortless for faculty and staff to communicate the data that is most relevant to students and parents is the easiest and most effective way to ensure that your school’s image remains stellar in your community. Contact N2N Services for more information about how we can help your institution take advantage of this solution today!

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Why Is Everyone Moving To the Cloud?

Think back to the last time your home computer crashed. Wasn’t it frustrating to lose so much work, and so many memories, all in an instant? So many files and photos, gone – at least until your computer was repaired. If you were working on something urgent or important, that was just too bad.  And then there was the hassle of waiting for its repair, the cost of fixing it…and maybe the heartbreak of finding out that some of those files really were gone for good.

In fact, your last computer crash may have led you to move all your files to the cloud, so that you wouldn’t ever have to go through that nightmare again.

Organizations across the country are doing the exact same thing.

Businesses are moving to the cloud in droves, and schools and universities are following suit. And it’s not just data security that’s driving this move. There are many other reasons why moving to the cloud is a good idea for any organization – but especially for educational institutions. Here are just a few:

1. Cost Savings: The cloud stores files and data, yes – but it can hold software and applications, as well. This means that educational technology that once had to be purchased outright, and then installed and implemented on-premise, can now be easily accessed via the cloud, and paid for on a subscription basis with only minimal infrastructure needing to be installed on-site. The cost savings are enormous, as is the added convenience.

2. Expanded Accessibility: Gone are the days when you had to use a school computer to access school software. With the cloud, faculty and administration can access work-related applications and data from their home computers, their tablets, or even their smart phones. This boosts productivity and allows employees to get work done wherever and whenever they need to.

3. Room for Growth: Any growth or changes in your institution are easy to accommodate in the cloud. Subscriptions for storage space or software usage can be ramped up or scaled back as needed, without having to buy anything new or waste school resources on something that’s not being used. This flexibility is a huge benefit in today’s agile business environment.

4. Automatic Updates: In order to ensure that your school’s systems are always at their best, frequent software updates are required. When an in-house IT team is responsible for every single one, resources can be strained – and some updates might even be missed, leaving your technology open to problems. Storing your school’s applications in the cloud means that every single update necessary for each and every one of your programs will be automatically and instantly applied, no matter what.

A growing number of schools and universities are finding that moving to the cloud is saving them money, time, and hassles, while increasing their productivity and flexibility. That’s why everyone is moving to the cloud.

And that’s also why the N2N Integration Cloud is such a powerful tool for educational institutions. By providing schools with the ability to consolidate all their legacy systems into one cloud-based hub, the NIC allows them all the business benefits of the cloud, created especially with the needs of schools in mind.  Contact us today to learn more about what the N2N Integration Cloud can do for your school.