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Don't strive for perfection-instead, embrace mistakes and funny moments as you build community and relationships that support student-centered learning

When secondary educators plunged into emergency online teaching in March 2020, we faced a slew of challenges. Among those challenges was the lack of student engagement after the novelty of logging in from home in pajamas wore off.

What started as a two week attempt at keeping things as normal as possible 'just until after Spring Break,' became more than a year of uncertainty combined with lack of knowledge and resources to maintain high levels of engagement and content delivery. This is not for lack of trying, most definitely on the part of educators everywhere, and we've now reached a point where teaching blog posts like 'Is Anyone In Teaching Actually Happy?' fill my teacher-gram.

The global pandemic has required many teachers, students, and parents to adjust to many changes in the education system - and do so quickly

Pre-pandemic, the rollout of a digital learning program would take months; last year, schools had weeks (if not days) to implement remote learning models to ensure students continued their education despite all social distancing rules. Education technologies - or edtech - got a huge boost from a nice-to-have to a must-have.

As schools around the world prepare for the next term, everyone is keeping their fingers crossed that these will include as much in-person learning as possible. However, 'going back to normal' is clearly not an option. Online learning is here to stay, at least partially, in a hybrid model of education.

Having multiple cloud environments can help institutions avoid overspending and underprovisioning

Higher education institutions face a rapidly evolving technology landscape. A growing number of students are expressing a desire for flexible learning environments, and administrators are turning to learning analytics and adaptive technologies to improve student retention and success.

Thankfully, the IT capabilities that are needed to support this convoluted landscape of technologies have one common component: the cloud. When institutions have sufficient cloud storage, computational and Big Data management technologies, they are more likely to get the most out of their IT investments.

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