New features and usability enhancements are added to our products as the result of suggestions from district and school level staff who perform these important inventory tasks every day. Here's how we do it.Comments: 0 Read more
Published by Megan White at January 16, 2015
We often hear of school districts going through unsuccessful inventory audits where purchased assets are unaccounted for and policies intended to control assets are nonexistent. With separate processes and a lack of oversight, things can quickly get out of hand. Your school closets could end up with boxes of unopened laptops or iPads that your students and teachers need in their hands, which is exactly what just happened at New York City schools.Comments: 0 Read more
Published by Megan White at December 18, 2014
Hayes Software clients from Houston ISD made headlines this month by helping lead the charge for interoperability standards for the purchase and use of K-12 digital content. This new style of small batch purchasing (by the chapter, lesson, video, etc.) would increase usability and options of digital content in the classroom. Education Week is reporting that these changes could “upend long-established purchasing patterns and help educators more easily access materials from multiple vendors.”Comments: 0 Read more
If you’re a district administrator or technology director, it’s likely that your school has recently increased the amount of mobile technology in your classrooms. It’s also likely that you’re anticipating and preparing for the addition of even more devices in the next several years. And undoubtedly, the challenge of tracking and managing those devices in a secure and efficient way is at the forefront of any instructional technology conversation.
These technological additions to your classrooms are one of the most important investments your district will make, so it’s important to ensure that it’s protected and managed correctly. So you do some research and purchase a mobile device management (MDM) system. All set, right? Wrong.
You think your investment is protected with MDM software alone; this simply isn’t the case. Read on to learn the differences between MDM systems and physical asset inventory management systems, and why it’s important to consider them both as you safeguard your district’s investment....Comments: 0 Read more
The curriculum leadership in your district is pushing to integrate mobile, high-tech learning devices into the classroom, throwing phrases like “1:1”, “BYOD”, and “Connected Learning” around loosely. The fact is, it falls on you, the Director of Technology, to get it all done, and more often than not the entire success or failure of the initiative can ride on your shoulders.
Here is the problem. There are many infrastructural items needed to correctly facilitate the curriculum’s vision, yet the person approving the budget, your CFO, only sees them as added costs. You need to prove that the added infrastructure will mitigate the financial, security, and PR risks for your new 1:1 initiative, ensuring that students and teachers are held accountable for each device, are adhering to usage policies, and that the district won’t spend more money than necessary replacing devices.
If you build the discussion with your CFO correctly, by talking in his terms, you should have a compelling business case to get the budget for what is necessary. As T.H.E. Journal wrote in March, you need to make the CFO your BFF...Comments: 0 Read more