Arkansas Department of Education Research and Technology STAY PLUGGED IN Monthly Webinar Series

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The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), in partnership with Arkansas’ own Team Digital, is proud to announce the return of our Monthly Webinar series! Plugins will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. The first 30 minutes of each Plugin will cover new developments in Research and Technology followed by one of our distinguished guest presenters. Registration is FREE, and spots are limited. Sign-up today!


Each webinar will be recorded and made available online at:





October 11, 2017

9:00 AM

DOK & Data Literacy for ACT Aspire

JJ Walker

Participants will be shown specific ACT Aspire reports (Skill Proficiency and Individual Student Reports) and how to use them along with ACT Aspire’s Knowledge and Skills Map to better understand areas of possible curriculum/instructional problems. A walk through the Aspire Test Design LiveBinder will be provided. The difference between Bloom’s Taxonomy and Norman Webb’s Depth of Knowledge will be discussed as well as how DOK is used to construct the summative and interim tests for Aspire.

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November 8, 2017

9:00 AM

My School Info for Grant Writers and Graduate Students

Jeff Killingsworth

Learn how My School Info can make the grant writing/application process easier. Participants will be shown how to quickly find frequently requested school/district information. Graduate students seeking school information, for coursework, can also benefit from these essential tips.

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December 13, 2017

9:00 AM

Transparency Best Practices Working with Online Service Providers & Apps

Eric Gray

You don’t want to miss this presentation by the Privacy & Technical Assistance Center of the U.S. Department of Education! Review best practices and training for staff when working with online educational service providers. PTAC experts will also review best practices for communicating with parents about school and district data collection policies and practices. Specific attention will be paid to what information is collected, how it’s safeguarded and used, and why.

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January 10, 2018

9:00 AM

Cognos 101

Joe Rapert

Want to know more about Cognos, but feel intimidated? This webinar is for you! Learn basic Cognos functions such as: how to generate a report, how to schedule a report, how to share a report, and more. Data Warehouse Specialist, Joe Rapert, will build your Cognos confidence with this introductory training.

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February 14, 2018

9:00 AM

A Leader's Role in Enhancing Teachers' Collaborative Data Use to Improve Student Learning

Dr. Denise Airola

Join Dr. Denise Airola, Director of the Office of Innovation for Education, and learn what leaders can do to ensure PLCs are productive teacher development experiences that improve student learning. This webinar will highlight the research on how leaders can directly and indirectly impact teacher learning and improve student learning through effective collaborative data use. We will dig into three main areas that contribute to effective collaborative data use:(1) team effectiveness, (2) productive and unproductive team data practices, and (3) team and teacher instructional responses that lead to increased student learning.

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March 14, 2018

9:00 AM

How to Choose a Learning Management System (LMS)

Junior Stormes

Don’t let choosing a learning management system be an overwhelming task. Join this webinar as we provide guidance for selecting the best solution for your students’ needs to reach their desired learning outcome.

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April 11, 2018

9:00 AM

Data Security & Data Destruction Best Practices

Eric Gray

The Privacy and Technical Assistance Center will join us again to review current data security best practices for education data systems, including user privacy and security awareness, privacy and security program development/ implementation, threat modeling, and attacker methodology. This training will also include a focus on the organization’s data management program with a review of the legal requirements and best practices for data retention and destruction, and how to develop a coherent data destruction plan.

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May 9, 2018

9:00 AM

What’s New with ArkansasIDEAS?

Jessica Keener

Join ArkansasIDEAS for an exploration of their newest online LMS, which includes basic navigation of the site, how to find learning, course structure, their comprehensive record of learning, and newest features. They will also explore all available resources offered for educators at no cost, including the resource that provides users with access to high quality, video-based courses on the latest technologies, career skills, and more.

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