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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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5 Tips to Protect Your Inventory Management Program from the Summer Slide

Published by Jessica Zaleski at July 7, 2016 | Categories: Instructional Materials, IT Asset Management

Researchers have coined a term called the “summer slide” that describes the tendency for students to lose the achievement gains they made during the year if they don’t continue to stay engaged in stimulating educational activity. And it can happen to your inventory management program too if you don’t keep up your positive momentum throughout the season. Here are five tips to prevent your district from experiencing the “summer slide”.

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The Dangers of a Homegrown Inventory Management System at Your School District

Published by Jessica Zaleski at May 23, 2016 | Categories: Instructional Materials, IT Asset Management

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 completely custom system can be significant, the risks and costs over time outweigh the benefits.

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What Your District Needs to Know About Property Insurance

Published by Jessica Zaleski at April 25, 2016 | Categories: IT Asset Management

Your district is full of valuables within the walls of each building, millions of dollars’ worth of assets and materials. So if a disaster strikes, knowing exactly what you have could save your district a lot of money.

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Education Code Requirements 101: California Code Section 35168

Published by Jessica Zaleski at October 8, 2015 | Categories: IT Asset Management

Staying up-to-date on every education code can be a hefty task—and staying compliant can be even more challenging. With that in mind, we’ll be interpreting important education codes that apply to your inventory management strategies and supplying the information you need to meet the requirements. This week, we’ll review California’s Education Code Section 35168.

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6 Inventory System Integration Trends You Need to Know About - Part Two: Systems Management Software

Published by Jessica Zaleski at August 18, 2015 | Categories: IT Asset Management

In part two of our five part series on inventory system integration trends, we will discuss ways your systems management and inventory management software can be valuable complements to each other by helping reduce manual data entry and increase information transparency of laptops, tablets, desktops, and smartphones.

Others systems we’ll be addressing in our series include purchasing, fixed asset, newtork management, help desk, and cash management.  Check back to our blog for future installments of the series.

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5 Inventory Management Implementation Tips Straight From Tyler ISD’s Instructional Technology Specialist

Published by Jessica Zaleski at June 2, 2015 | Categories: IT Asset Management, Quick Tips

We’ve enlisted Tyler ISD’s Instructional Technology Specialist Robin Salars to give her insight into how districts should approach inventory management system implementation. Read on as Robin shares the top five tips she learned while assisting with Tyler ISD’s transition from tracking inventory through multiple spreadsheets to using a centralized inventory management system.

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6 Inventory System Integration Trends You Need to Know About - Part One: Help Desk

Published by Jessica Zaleski at May 6, 2015 | Categories: IT Asset Management, Quick Tips

It’s not uncommon for us to discuss with school districts the differences between a help desk system and an inventory management system. A lot of districts are struggling to use their help desk tool to perform inventory control tasks, but they fall short when it comes to recording purchase history, tracking life cycle details, and offering audit capabilities, to name a few critical inventory needs for budgeting, planning, and daily management.

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Why We Now Love School Inventory Management (And You Can, Too!)

Published by Jessica Zaleski at February 27, 2015 | Categories: 1:1 Initiatives, IT Asset Management

Our friend Leonard Chance has been an asset manager for over ten years. He started managing assets while in the Marine Corps and now he is the Technology Asset Manager for Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. Here is a blog post that he wrote about his district’s experience upgrading their outdated inventory management system in order to take control of 200,000 assets.

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Houston ISD’s “Power Up” Initiative Aims to Make Sure Every Student Has Access to Technology

Published by Jessica Zaleski at February 9, 2015 | Categories: 1:1 Initiatives

Houston Independent School District, one of the largest school districts in the country, has recently rolled out a new initiative to ensure that every school, student, and teacher has access to technology.

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Are You Prepared? School Districts to Invest More in 1:1 and Instructional Materials in 2015

Published by Jessica Zaleski at February 4, 2015 | Categories: 1:1 Initiatives, Instructional Materials, IT Asset Management

Even though 2014 is over, looking back on the year can give us some insight about what’s in store for U.S school districts in 2015. MDR’s state of the K-12 Market 2014 report, conducted by EdNET’s research team, found that when it comes to 2015 education trends, technology is in.

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MDM vs. Physical Asset Management: What’s the difference, and do I need both?

Published by Megan White at October 20, 2014 | Categories: 1:1 Initiatives, IT Asset Management

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....

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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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