1:1 Initiatives

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Top-Notch Programs for Top-Notch Tools

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.

In the article, Marquitta shares some of the challenges and successes that the district has encountered in their 1:1 initiative, and educator Kevin Poirier from West Charlotte High School weighs in on how they’ve used Hayes to streamline their system Continue reading “Top-Notch Programs for Top-Notch Tools”

Is Your District Ready for These 2016 Education Trends?

By Adam Rosenfield2016 Education Trends

2015 was a year celebrating milestones in educational technology. According to Audrey Watters, who runs the website HackEducation, this past year was the 25th anniversary of the first one-to-one laptop program (at the Methodist Ladies College in Melbourne, Australia), and the fifteenth anniversary of the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, which made Maine the first state in the USA to provide laptops for all its middle schoolers. Those might have been some major achievements, but in 2015, the mobile phone reigned again as the technology that’s been changing education, and it looks like 2016 will see the continuation of that trend. Continue reading “Is Your District Ready for These 2016 Education Trends?”

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

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.

Education Week just recognized the district as a “leader to learn from” because the “215,000-student Houston district is setting the bar for how to manage the digital transformation of a large urban school system.”

Superintendent Terry B. Grier and Chief Technology Information Officer Lenny J. Schad worked together to create “Power Up,” which aims to provide laptops for every student in the district’s high schools to use at home and at school, change the way students and their teachers get digital content, and eliminate print textbooks at the secondary school level. Continue reading “Houston ISD’s “Power Up” Initiative Aims to Make Sure Every Student Has Access to Technology”

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

By Jessica Zaleski

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.

Kathleen Brantley, director of EdNET Insight, says, “Schools are more optimistic about their ed-tech budgets than they have been for the past few years.” According to the report, about 90% of districts will see their technology budgets stay the same or increase. The report also found that there is growing reliance on digital resources and a larger focus on the implementation of 1:1 initiatives and BYOD programs. Continue reading “Are You Prepared? School Districts to Invest More in 1:1 and Instructional Materials in 2015”

Houston ISD Supports Changes in K-12 Digital Content Purchasing

By Megan White

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

By Megan White

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

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

By Anna Maxin

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”

Recorded Webinar: How 5 Districts are Solving Critical Asset Inventory Challenges

By Anna Maxin

It’s a fact – there is more costly “stuff” circulating around your school buildings than there was 10 years ago. Assets are being purchased without you knowing about it and issued to people without standard practices – How do school and department inventory spreadsheets and district financial asset systems keep up? Continue reading “Recorded Webinar: How 5 Districts are Solving Critical Asset Inventory Challenges”

TASBO Conference 2013 Presentation: Klein ISD and Hayes Software Systems – 1:1 Initiatives and TBSI

By Anna Maxin

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.

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1:1 Initiatives Require Unexpected Infrastructure

By Anna Maxin

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”