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

How IT has a Direct Impact on Student (and School) Success

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Why K-12 Needs to Come Out of the Dark Ages

Posted on Apr 25, 2016 2:16:13 PM

We’re going to say it: there is not an environment with more silos than K-12. From financial services to HR, facilities to curriculum specialists, in larger districts, the district office alone can have 100 employees amongst 30 or 40 departments, and that doesn’t take into account any of the schools (which are all run independently). This means there are many different departments fighting...

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Aligning School Leadership and IT

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 2:13:18 PM

Let’s be honest: running any successful organization, including a school or district, requires making good business decisions. It’s not the same as running a car wash or coffee shop but there are a lot of principles that still apply to K-12 business. There has been a shift in the way parents select where their students will attend school. Instead of automatic attendance based on geographical...

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The Future of School IT: How K-12 IT is Changing (And What You Should Do About It)

Posted on Mar 23, 2016 3:05:28 PM

There’s no question about it: educational technology is changing quickly. Think about some of the more recent additions to school IT departments like wireless, energy management, and telephone services. While these seem like natural extensions of the technology department, most K-12 IT departments had a full workload before those operations were added to the pile. Without additional funding...

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