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… Read More

Psych 101: Updating your District Asset Inventory Practices

By Anna Maxin Many districts are feeling the pain of outdated asset management processes and procedures, utilizing practices put in place before the days of highly mobile, low cost technology devices now considered necessary to our school and work days. These instructional changes can be an opportunity to address inventory problems that have been frustrating staff for years. It goes… Read More

6 Tips for a New Campus Instructional Material Coordinator

By Anna Maxin Managing instructional materials for a campus is not an easy task, even for the most veteran inventory control specialists.  Campus coordinators wear many hats, working as a liaison between your school and parents, and meeting the needs of the principal and teachers, on top of managing thousands of dollars of instructional assets.  Keeping track of who has… Read More

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? Without adopting new inventory control processes… Read More

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

By Anna Maxin 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… Read More

5 Questions to Evaluate Your District’s Inventory Management Capabilities

By Anna Maxin Transferring, assigning, auditing and budgeting for instructional initiatives is a district-wide, all building, all department challenge.  Think of a typical school day. Assets are moving from room to room, person to person, and even building to building – How do school and department inventory spreadsheets and district financial asset systems keep up? Districts across the country are… Read More

Auditing School Technology Assets – 3 V’s to Avoid Headaches

By Anna Maxin As a district administrator, you know how difficult it is to keep accurate track of the technology assets being purchased and assigned to schools.  Ideally, your department is able to track inventory information to demonstrate what you have, where it is located, and how old it is. However, you know that your asset spreadsheet is only as… Read More

Three Reasons Why Library Style Inventory Control Doesn’t Work for Textbooks

By Anna Maxin Providing the best possible learning environment for students is the primary objective of the 21st century classroom.  To accomplish this, schools must increase the effectiveness of every dollar spent on providing this educational experience.  Unfortunately, not all textbook inventory systems align with this goal and can unnecessarily increase the workload and cost for schools and districts. An efficient textbook… Read More

Expanded Inventory Control Services

By Debbie Disler We’ve been offering services that have had a positive, lasting impact on school district operations for over 23 years.  With our extensive experience, we understand that school district inventory control is an ever changing process of meeting current, relevant initiative goals.  With this in mind, we are constantly reevaluating how we communicate and deliver our consulting and… Read More

Why Building Level Asset Management is the Perfect Complement to Your Fixed Asset System

By Anna Maxin Fixed asset system. Building level asset management system. What’s the difference? Why would a school district ever need both? A fixed asset system is primarily a financial tool designed to manage capital assets above a set monetary threshold to fulfill district accounting needs. A building level asset management system, on the other hand, is the campus counterpart to… Read More