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A Difficult Conversation About Campus Safety

Posted on Jul 11, 2018 7:20:00 AM

We’ve mentioned this before, but it bears repeating: If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, the definition of futility is knowing the definition of insanity and doing nothing about it. We want to apply that concept to a serious topic that’s weighing on a lot of minds today: campus safety. 

For the sake of being open, this is...

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The Curious Case of Interactive Whiteboards: What Can We Learn?

Posted on Jul 5, 2018 7:20:00 AM
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We’re Taking Back the Word “Solutions”

Posted on Jun 27, 2018 7:20:00 AM

What does the phrase “technology solution” mean to you? For many vendors, it has become a blanket term for any technology that’s been sold and installed, but let’s think a minute about the actual meaning of the word.

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Sustainability Planning Matters

Posted on Jun 20, 2018 7:20:00 AM

We recently discussed the three pillars necessary for every technology solution. These pillars are:

1. Design (i.e. how the solution is built to meet the defined success criteria)2. Implementation (installation and integration with existing systems)3. Sustainability (getting the most out of the technology over its lifetime).

While all three pillars must be present for the solution to be...

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The Vital Pillars Every IT Solution Needs

Posted on Jun 13, 2018 7:20:00 AM

In a recent article, we discussed the three major types of vendors that exist in the IT solution space. One of the biggest benefits of utilizing a partner is that they will strive to understand your business objectives first, then determine a solution that helps the organization achieve those objectives. Another significant benefit of working with a partner is that when they build that...

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What Type of School Technology Vendor Do You Need?

Posted on Jun 6, 2018 7:20:00 AM

One incredibly important rule: Not all technology vendors are created equal. Many of the issues that stem from IT projects (which arguably don’t actually exist) occur because a school district hires the wrong type of vendor for the results they want to achieve. This misalignment between project objectives and vendor capabilities is incredibly costly and frustrating for everyone involved....

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The Campus Safety Conversations You Should be Having

Posted on May 30, 2018 7:20:00 AM

This isn’t the easiest topic to discuss, but it seems that as soon as a tragedy occurs we all start having more serious conversations about safety precautions. While starting the conversation is paramount, the most important thing to consider is the type of conversation districts are having. Sometimes schools discuss budgetary restrictions or statistics of repeat incidents and lose sight of...

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Network Security Shouldn’t be a Science Experiment

Posted on May 23, 2018 7:20:00 AM

As previously discussed, the days of installing a firewall with antivirus and calling your network secure are long gone. Thanks to an influx of connected devices from numerous sources and an expanding list of network-dependent systems (hello, temperature control and sprinklers!), the likelihood of a network breach is much higher than ever (and also more difficult to detect).

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3 Surprising Areas You Might Be Overlooking in Network Security

Posted on May 16, 2018 11:30:00 AM

In days gone by, educational IT departments followed the antivirus + firewall = network security formula. Unfortunately, those days are over. Because of the advent of cloud technology and the increased utilization of your network for mission-critical applications, the network security architecture discussion is no longer optional. The conversation must happen, period.

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Fleet Management Drives Major Organizational Outcomes

Posted on May 9, 2018 7:24:00 AM

 

When we talk about district goals, such as increasing enrollment, boosting campus safety, or impacting student outcomes, we’re typically referring to initiatives that occur on campus. While the vast majority of projects do involve physical location, a newer technology operates outside the walls of the classroom that can affect real change in student success: fleet management systems.

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