The education landscape is changing, and at Hayes, we love being part of it!
A couple of weeks ago, Education Dive published a piece by Marquitta Mitchell of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina.Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools have been customers of Hayes Software Systems since 2017, utilizing our TIPWeb-IT & TIPWeb-IM to efficiently manage their assets and inventory.
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.
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.
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.” Continue reading “Houston ISD Supports Changes in K-12 Digital Content Purchasing”
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.
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. Continue reading “Gain Financial Buy-In for 1:1 Initiative Infrastructural Investments”
Klein ISD has been on the forefront of integrating technology in the classroom, launching incredibly successful initiatives that foster engaging learning environments. These initiatives require much planning and a strong infrastructure to ensure success.
There is no doubt that 2012 was the year for 1:1 initiative buzz at school districts.
From large to small districts, getting technology in the hands of students has been front and center in administrative meetings and news mediums all over the country. Districts are realizing the potential of implementing an effective instructional technology program to increase student achievement. However, 1:1 device initiatives are still relatively new to K-12 leaving many administrators wondering what should be done to implement a sustainable program. Continue reading “1:1 Initiatives Require Unexpected Infrastructure”