John Williams

About John Williams

John is a veteran school board member with a passion for education technology. He's consulted in the field for over 25 years and built over a dozen retail software packages for educators and students.

How Diagnostic Data Can Be Used to Help Prepare Students for State Testing

Help your students use their data to build confidence It’s that time of the year again! Students all over the country are anticipating their state tests. Some are busy sharpening their #2 pencils, while others are charging their laptops to prepare for testing online for the very first time. Whether your students have a

By |2021-09-11T01:04:06+00:00September 11th, 2021|Assessment, Mathematics, Reading|0 Comments

Special Education and FAPE

In an interview with Dr. Mitchell Yell and Dr. Kurt Hulett, Let’s Go Learn sponsored a free special education workshop to explain the legal issues surrounding FAPE, and how Let's Go Learn can help. FAPE means a "free appropriate public education", and it's a fundamental right spelled out for eligible children with

By |2021-07-01T17:43:24+00:00July 1st, 2021|Special Education|0 Comments

The Crucial Elements of Faithful Data

Did you know, in 2008 researchers estimated that the number of data bits surpassed the estimated number of stars in the universe? Since that finding, data has grown by a factor of 10 every five years. With greater amounts of raw data, educators have the opportunity to improve their use of data in their RtI/MTSS implementations

By |2021-03-17T19:34:53+00:00March 17th, 2021|Assessment, Instruction, Mathematics, Reading|0 Comments

Getting Staff Back to School

During the first week of February this year, new CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said there is growing evidence that schools can re-open safely. Not coincidently, her statement came at the same time COVID-19 vaccines were beginning to role out en masse. Some states, like Oregon, put educators in the top Phase of vaccine

By |2021-03-16T18:37:27+00:00March 16th, 2021|Instruction|0 Comments

12 Ways to Avoid Holiday Learning Loss

With chestnuts roasting on the fire, and the eyes of tiny tots all aglow, the winter holidays bring a much needed respite from the rigors of school, especially in 2020. But according to the US Department of Education, the holiday break can also result in the “opportunity for significant learning loss.” Learning loss is

By |2020-12-23T23:38:15+00:00December 23rd, 2020|Assessment, Instruction, Mathematics, Reading|0 Comments

Finding Help With IEPs This Fall

While many students navigate their schools’ online learning environments without difficulty, students who receive special education may find the task daunting. Some special needs students have trouble logging into online learning programs, finding their teacher's face on the screen, knowing when to speak and when to listen, or sitting in front of a computer

The Challenges of Virtual Learning

After speaking to many teachers it’s clear that teachers are trying to make virtual learning work, despite the tremendous challenges. In addition to the usual curriculum tweaks each year, teachers and administrators must contend with a variety of virtual learning challenges, including disparate parent expectations, enrollment challenges, educational equity for all students, internet access

By |2020-10-03T02:43:45+00:00October 3rd, 2020|Assessment, Instruction, Mathematics, Reading|0 Comments

Top 10 Tips for New Homeschoolers

As students head back to school this fall, many parents are exploring homeschooling as an alternative to online schooling or as a way to supplement the unique learning situations provided by schools. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all schools are affected in degrees ranging from prohibition of all in-person education to students on campus

By |2020-09-03T18:46:50+00:00September 3rd, 2020|Assessment, Instruction, Mathematics, Reading|1 Comment

Hybrid Learning

As schools attempt to open back up this fall, one strategy to get kids back on campus is to conduct hybrid learning, during which students spend a portion of time on campus and another chunk of time at home using remote learning technology. Hybrid learning is a compromise, as the name implies, to get

By |2020-08-25T01:06:40+00:00August 25th, 2020|Assessment, Instruction, Mathematics, Reading|0 Comments

What is the Zone of Proximal Development?

Efforts to find the best way to teach students involve many personalized learning strategies. One such strategy is to determine the “zone of proximal development.” The zone of proximal development is the sweet spot for personalized learning, where the subjects and rigor are ideally suited to an individual student’s optimal learning. Ideally, this is the

By |2020-08-25T00:35:25+00:00August 25th, 2020|Assessment, Instruction, Mathematics, Reading|0 Comments