The Surprising Key to Campus Safety

Posted on Apr 18, 2018 7:26:19 AM


As we’ve mentioned, when we discuss campus safety with district leadership, we frequently hear about the list of technology that has been purchased and installed. One key to campus safety that’s not typically categorized as a safety measure but which significantly contributes to the security of your students, faculty, and organization as a whole is the expanding technology involving network...

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Why Campus Safety Technology Doesn’t Equal Campus Safety

Posted on Apr 11, 2018 7:32:00 AM

What does campus safety mean to you? For many districts, “campus safety” can be traced back to a list of disparate technologies. In actuality, it should be thought of as a philosophy or an ecosystem that requires input and collaboration from all corners of the organization. The challenge is that the former (simply ordering and installing equipment) is fairly straightforward, while the latter...

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Your Most Important Asset

Posted on Feb 8, 2018 7:40:00 AM

What’s your most important asset? We’ll give you a hint: It’s not any of your racks, hardware, or laptop carts. It’s not funding or processes or your authority. It’s not even your staff, although they are incredibly important for the success of your organization. The most important asset you have is time. It’s something that’s easily spent and something you can never get back. It’s something...

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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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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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Outsourcing is NOT a Four-Letter Word in IT Departments

Posted on Aug 9, 2016 3:37:08 PM

If there’s one point we want to get across to IT departments, it’s this: the only reason for your existence is to serve the mission of your organization. That’s it. Regardless of whether you work for a church in Kansas or at Nike headquarters, the only reason you are in operation is to enable and contribute to your organization’s business objectives. Period. 

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3 Business Practices that K-12 Needs to Adopt

Posted on Jun 16, 2016 11:08:12 AM

K-12 is an industry filled with passionate people and is not always viewed as a business organization. In truth, the best K-12 organizations have an element of both. But at DGI, we think there are some business practices that would greatly improve the desired outcomes of the organization—mainly the success of the students. After all, there are school districts that literally manage $500...

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Quit Fixing Stuff: How to Get out of the Trouble Ticket Business

Posted on Jun 2, 2016 12:06:15 PM

Most K-20 IT departments spend their time firefighting and working in broken-machine land. They spend their time on break/fix issues, completing upgrades, and installing software. This is an issue because it leaves very little time for doing what actually matters: creating strategy for technology that makes a difference in the classroom. The time to change is now because in a few years you...

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Closing the Achievement Gap

Posted on Apr 29, 2016 3:12:32 PM

In the past few years, schools may not have seen a huge change in what is being taught, but there has been a monumental shift in the way that curriculum is delivered. Gone are the days of teachers spending six hours standing in front of the classroom and delivering information in a lecture format. Today, pupils can be seen working in small groups around a device, using video, or learning via...

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