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4 Reasons Your Homegrown Inventory Management System Will Fail

Published by Emily Frazier at August 15, 2017 | Categories: Infographic

You’ve put a lot of time and effort into your homegrown inventory management system. You built it because your district didn’t find existing software that met your unique needs. However, while the advantages of a custom-designed system can be alluring at first, the risks and costs over time exceed the initial benefits.

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Gain Financial Buy-In for 1:1 Initiative Infrastructural Investments

Published by Anna Maxin at December 13, 2013 | Categories: 1:1 Initiatives

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...

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Rethink Your Technology Budgeting Practices for Today’s High-Tech Classroom

Published by Anna Maxin at August 26, 2013 | Categories: Budgeting

The perception of technology in the classroom has evolved from being an unproven cost to a learning enabler, prompting large increases in IT hardware investments in classrooms across the country.  Learning now takes place in a blended environment, utilizing both physical and virtual materials daily.  Unfortunately, while we’ve had a pedagogical shift of how technology should be incorporated in the classroom, many operational practices have been overlooked, not enabling the efficient acquisition and management for high-tech infrastructure and learning devices.

It is important to build awareness and re-align budgeting and reporting practices to build the case for the purchase of more technology items and infrastructure.   The following operational best practices should be worked into your plan to achieve your strategic educational goals...

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The Shift to Digital Content: What it means for K-12 Asset Management

Published by Anna Maxin at October 29, 2012 | Categories: IT Asset Management

The State Educational Technology Directors Association recently released a report, Out of Print: Reimagining the K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age [PDF] focusing on the pedagogical shift from traditional print instructional materials, to digital content. The report focuses on what various states legislative bodies are doing to facilitate this change and stresses seven key points that need to be addressed for this shift away from printed materials to take place. Of these seven points, there are two that stand out which directly relate to K-12 instructional material managers, 1) sustainable funding for devices and 2) up-to-date policies and practices...

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