3 Surprising Ways ACS Can Help Your Organization

Posted on Jun 15, 2017 7:52:12 AM

When IT leaders think of Access Control Systems (ACS), they typically only think in terms of technology. It makes sense considering their position, as well as the growing list of responsibilities that many IT departments manage. But DGI is passionate about finding ways that technology can serve the mission of the organization – a concept we refer to as IT relevancy. We’ve seen many examples of...

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Four Things to Look for in an Access Control System

Posted on May 18, 2017 1:04:18 PM

If you’re looking for a new access control system (ACS), STOP. Do not collect $200 and do not pass go until you’ve read this article. This is a complicated area and, while incredibly important, it involves many moving parts plus the buy-in from leadership across many departments from IT to facilities to administration. Don’t invest your time, energy, and money in ACS until you’re 100% sure you...

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What to Look for in a Digital Curriculum Consultant

Posted on Apr 24, 2017 12:18:13 PM

Why are you interested in digital curriculum? Maybe you’ve decided to implement because the students and parents in your district demand it. Perhaps you think it’s the right decision for delivering your curriculum through a medium that students consume and understand better. Or maybe it’s simply the way that education companies are providing materials now, and you feel like you don’t have a...

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Secrets Your Access Control System Vendor Won't Tell You

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 12:48:34 PM

With the advent of emerging network technologies and the heightened need for tighter security strategies, Access Control Systems (ACS) are becoming incredibly important to many organizations. Carrying around a growing set of keys is cumbersome and unnecessary with the right technology. In addition, there’s the expense to consider. One DGI customer reported that they spend more than $20,000...

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Questions You're Missing When Selecting a Digital Curriculum Provider

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 1:44:00 PM

In our most recent blog, we discussed why it’s time to integrate digital curriculum into your educational system today. So let’s get started. You may begin by contacting providers and scheduling demos to decide which implementation works best for your overall district goals and needs. That’s relevant and necessary, but there are many more questions you need to ask before you make a final...

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Why It’s Time to Go Digital with Your Curriculum

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 11:50:57 AM

According to McGraw Hill Education, 77% of students say adaptive technology has helped improve their grades. We know that integrating a new technology in the classroom is often an uphill battle. It takes careful coordination, a lot of persuasion, and the resolve necessary to overcome the little bumps that you will encounter along the way. But the effort is worth it if the end goal is a better...

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E-rate 2.0: A Meaningful Strategy for an Old Program

Posted on Mar 16, 2017 5:11:41 PM

Free money always seems like a good idea, but developing an actual strategy to maximize that money’s impact and relevance to the district is critical, and seldom handled properly. In attempts to secure these funds, districts often just “do what they’ve always done,” and this is producing unfavorable results. Let’s start with some “not so fun” facts:

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Your bond passed. Now what?

Posted on Mar 2, 2017 11:36:39 AM

Avoid the common mistakes we often see with bond funding. Don’t simply replace a bunch of technology for the sake of replacing it, don’t just buy a list of “stuff,” and don’t sit on funds that could be benefitting your organization now. Here are three tips for maximizing your bond funds.

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3 Common Mistakes IT Departments Make With Their Bond Funds

Posted on Feb 27, 2017 12:57:12 PM

At DGI, our K-12 Business Advisor is a former CTO who has seen many bond seasons come and go. Throughout his years as a district leader, he discovered some common mistakes that occurred repeatedly and interrupted the end goal of every IT bond issue: student success.

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Security Breaches: The London Plagues of Technology

Posted on Jan 19, 2017 10:40:40 AM

Security has been around forever. Centuries ago, there were villages and castles that needed protection, so the citizens built a wall. And then as technology improved, they would build a higher wall, and then they used stones instead of sticks. After that came the moat, then spikes on the wall, then crocodiles in the moat. Meanwhile, with everyone paying attention to this wall and making it as...

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