Picture This! How Educational Infographics Help Teachers and Students

Posted by Patricia M on Jan 24, 2017 10:50:58 AM

A quality infographic is worth a thousand words. Put simply, an infographic is a graphic that lays out information in a visually accessible format. Infographics are a great tool for teachers, school administrators, and transportation directors to quickly learn or teach others about safety tips, teaching methods, and new classroom technology.

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Topics: Bus Safety, Safety, Schools, Student Transportation

Is Tutoring an Effective Way to Educate Children?

Posted by Patricia M on Jan 19, 2017 12:29:22 PM

You want the best education for your son or daughter. But what defines the best education? Is it private schooling? Charter schools? Home schooling? Public schools? Some people believe the best form of education is a combination of traditional schooling and tutoring. Even though it has sometimes been seen as just “extra help” for students with failing grades, tutoring can be effective at bolstering math and reading skills prior to and during high school.

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Topics: Education Technology, Schools

Getting the Job Done: Superintendents, PTAs, and PTOs

Posted by Patricia M on Dec 27, 2016 1:21:40 PM

It takes a lot of support to provide an engaging and safe learning environment. Your school superintendent and groups like the PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) and the PTA (Parent Teacher Association) are part of that very important effort.

SafeStop works with a variety of school administrators and parent groups to bring the convenience of our school bus tracking app to schools. If you want to discuss a school issue, bring up a community concern, or add new technologies like SafeStop to your school, it helps to understand the different roles within the school district.

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Topics: Schools

Lesson Plans for the Holiday Season

Posted by Patricia M on Dec 25, 2016 2:15:00 PM

The holiday season brings joy and jubilation to families of all religious and cultural backgrounds. Teaching elementary school children about holiday traditions and cultural customs they may have never heard of before can be a challenge — but an exciting one.

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Topics: Schools

How Learning and Typing Games Help in the Classroom

Posted by Patricia M on Dec 22, 2016 12:42:15 PM

Math, science, and typing games are common in great schools across the country. Have you ever wondered if “gamification” truly helps your child learn?

You may remember Zoombinis, Oregon Trail, and early typing games like Jump Start. These were some of the first widely available computer games in the 1980s and 1990s. Since then, the eLearning market has experienced phenomenal growth around the globe, with estimates placing revenue from learning games at $107 billion in 2015 alone.

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Topics: Schools

What is a School Board?

Posted by Patricia M on Dec 13, 2016 10:09:00 AM

You’ve probably heard the phrase countless times. But what is a school board? In the United States, school boards were first created in 1647 when a Massachusetts law, which required cities to establish and maintain schools, was passed. Basically, a school board is a local authority tasked with the provision and maintenance of a school or schools.

If you are like most parents, you may be wondering, What is the purpose of this board? Who are the individuals involved? What impact do they have on my child’s education? Good questions. Thanks for asking! The primary goal of a school board is to improve student achievement. However, since school boards have the power to make many key decisions about curriculum, bus transportation, the hiring of teachers and more, it is essential for school board members to be qualified, experienced, and responsible individuals.

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Topics: Schools, Massachusetts

Professional Development for Teachers: What Happens During a Teacher Work Day?

Posted by Patricia M on Dec 8, 2016 12:29:55 PM

Your children are home for the day, but school is in session for teachers. Why? Because it’s a professional development day, and today plays a key role in making sure your school’s teachers never stop learning.

Professional development helps your child’s teacher stay current in their profession. One experienced education policy professional, Emily Hassel, defined professional development as, “the process of improving staff skills and competencies needed to produce outstanding educational results for students.”

Because the professional development (PD) of teachers impacts the educational success of your children, it is important to know what goes on during those days when the school parking lot is full but the kids are home.

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Topics: Schools

School’s Cancelled! Four Fun Things to Keep Kids Busy on Snow Days

Posted by Patricia M on Nov 29, 2016 11:03:00 AM

School’s cancelled! Winter is the season for making the most of a school day even when school is not in session.

Each school district has its own inclement weather policies. You may receive your “school’s cancelled” alert from the school, television, or through an app like SafeStop. When you get the announcement, the best thing to do is relax. It’s time for the children to sleep in, and for you to plan your day.

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Topics: Schools, Student Transportation, Weather

How Can School Districts Save Money with GPS Bus Trackers?

Posted by Patrick Gallagher on Nov 22, 2016 3:20:26 PM
School districts throughout the United States are using GPS trackers in school bus fleets to keep their students safe and save money for their budgets at the same time.

These days, global positioning system (GPS) technology is seamlessly integrated into smartphones. While paper maps are nice, it’s easier to check your phone for directions, not to mention more perks like viewing your time of arrival and getting notified of traffic delays along your route. Unsurprisingly, school districts are taking advantage of this technology for very similar reasons: convenience and extra benefits.

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Topics: School Buses, Education Technology, Schools, GPS

Advances in Education Technology Promote Learning and Teaching

Posted by Patricia M on Nov 17, 2016 1:51:13 PM

New education technology is creating exciting learning and safety opportunities for classrooms and school districts in the United States. As new high-tech business capabilities are introduced in the marketplace, education technology is moving just as quickly to improve learning, safety, and operational effectiveness for K-12 students.

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Topics: Bus Tracking App, Education Technology, Schools