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A Real Example of a Frustrated 21st Century Parent

Posted on Nov 15, 2018 7:20:00 AM

We’re almost two decades into the 21st century, so let’s not act surprised that the parents of today’s students are not the same parents schools were working with 25 years ago. The technology that was once impressive and slightly out of reach for most educational institutions is in the pockets of most students attending school today. So why are we ignoring the fact that their parents are going...

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The Overlooked Technology for Student Success

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

What if there were a technology architecture that could solve or contribute to the solution for numerous educational goals/challenges, like:

  • Increasing parent engagement
  • Teacher recruitment and retention
  • Educational professional development
  • Student success and engagement
  • Professional learning communities

One ubiquitous technology can contribute in all of those areas, all of these groups are...

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The Stark Reality of Campus Safety

Posted on Nov 1, 2018 7:20:00 AM

In the ongoing conversation about campus safety, it’s very important to be honest and realistic about our expectations. One of the most common misconceptions revolves around “prevention.” Barbed wire, posted guards, and strict security provide an arduous entry but aren’t really realistic for schools. Not only are these answers not fiscally prudent, they would make our schools feel more like...

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Leveraging Technology for Teacher Recruitment and Retainment

Posted on Oct 24, 2018 9:21:00 AM

Let’s start with an assumption: School districts are focused on creating environments that contribute to student success. Everyone on board so far? Given that ultimate objective, they’re going to need a teaching staff that’s up to the challenge. This is an important issue because recruitment and retainment are difficult for many districts across the country. Many factors contribute to finding...

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Who is the Real IT Customer?

Posted on Oct 17, 2018 7:20:00 AM

The way we purchase technology solutions is broken. Even the term "technology solution" doesn’t apply to the vast majority of modern IT projects. Typically, we’re working from an RFP that includes a list of stuff (that isn't tied to any success criteria) with the final decision(s) based almost entirely on price. The list of stuff is purchased, it's delivered, it's installed, and that’s the end...

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IDFs Don’t Belong in Classrooms

Posted on Oct 10, 2018 7:20:00 AM

Many technologies (i.e. BYOD devices, video, and digital curriculumbelong in the classroom. When implemented correctly, they all contribute to the educational experience, provide direct benefits to students, and have logistical and business-related reasons to be inside the classroom. Something that has historically been placed in the classroom that could (and should) be moved immediately is...

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Lessons from 100 Blogs

Posted on Oct 3, 2018 7:21:18 AM

Can you believe it? This is our 100th blog! That’s about 50,000 words over two years and countless cups of coffee. We thought we’d celebrate this momentous occasion by sharing some of the important things we’ve learned through the process of writing 100 blogs aimed at helping you on your own IT journey.

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How to Use “No” to Your Advantage in Technology Solutions

Posted on Sep 26, 2018 7:20:00 AM

No one likes rejection. The circumstances don’t matter that much—hearing the word “no” is generally unpleasant for everyone. As technology professionals, we’ve all been in situations where we’ve made recommendations to key leadership and had those recommendations declined. In an ideal world, your solution was mapped to business objectives using the six-step proven process, kept the three...

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Why Compromising on Technology Solutions Doesn’t Work

Posted on Sep 19, 2018 7:20:00 AM

“A good compromise leaves everybody mad.”– Calvin, Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

When it comes to implementing technology in the classroom, many roadblocks can appear throughout the process, and most districts turn to some form of compromise to overcome the challenges. While this might seem a better option than doing nothing, in many cases, it’s ineffective or even worse. 

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Everything's encrypted. Now what?

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

Here's a fun fact: Educational organizations have some of the harshest network conditions in the industry. They have:

  • Increasing mobile devices pounding the network incessantly
  • The most stringent content filtering requirements paired with lofty network performance standards
  • Multiple mission-critical applications, many of which reside in the cloud
  • A physical security posture that is...
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