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The New Game of Average Daily Attendance

Posted on Nov 29, 2018 7:22:00 AM

Historically, a child's school was determined by the invisible boundary line that someone arbitrarily drew through the neighborhoods of a geographical location. Those lines became a map of assignment determining which school residents would attend. The landscape of enrollment in California is suddenly vastly different due to open enrollment. We’re outside of our comfort zone, outside of our...

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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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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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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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Where the Heck’s Your Tech...Plan?

Posted on Sep 5, 2018 7:53:17 AM

We’re not here to give you platitudes about the power of goals, strategies, and planning. We will say this, however: if you don’t have a plan for your IT department, you will be working solely on a tactical level. If you’re constantly moving from trouble ticket to trouble ticket, you will never be seen as a relevant contributor to organizational outcomes or goals. Here are three of the...

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We Need a Better Definition of Campus Safety Now

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

We’ve run out of time. The alarm has gone off repeatedly, we’ve hit snooze enough, and it’s time to establish the ultimate definition of campus safety. Now. We’ve discussed this before, but it bears repeating: it’s time for us to start having the right conversation about campus safety, and a huge part of that conversation is arriving at a consensus that will enable everyone to move forward and...

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Get Your Show on the Road: How to Operationalize IT Relevancy

Posted on Aug 22, 2018 7:20:00 AM

If you want optimized budgets, fewer surprise projects, and support across departments, your organization needs IT relevancy. The truth is that this process can be challenging, but we at DGI have helped so many organizations take steps toward this outcome that we’ve actually identified the four steps necessary to transition your IT department from being viewed as a black hole cost center to...

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