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Wireless that Works in the Classroom

Posted by Josh Gates on March 14, 2019

 

It’s 2008 and you just deployed wireless access points in all the hallways and common areas of your schools. You apply a simple password and give it out to all the staff. Voila! You have a wireless-accessible network.

At this point, most IT staff were content with the setup. It was a simple solution to a simple problem. Device density was not an issue since most schools only had a handful of laptops or wireless devices. Every kid and staff member did not need to stream Netflix or Youtube throughout the day. It was easy. It was simple. It was the past.

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Topics: 1:1, Managed Services, network infrastructure, wireless, IT, computer technicians, engineering

Putting Time In Where It Counts: Active Directory and PowerShell

Posted by Alan Israel on February 28, 2019

The Problem: Time Management

Time management is a problem many IT departments face; often there is just not enough time to complete all the requests in the time they need to be completed by. This is especially true between the times of student registration and the first student day of school. The IT staff is burdened with making hundreds, if not thousands, of Active Directory user changes and new accounts. Active Directory serves as the central source of user accounts for a long list of applications including G Suite for Education, Microsoft Office 365, PIVOT, Canvas, Student Information Systems, Content Filters, and many more.

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Topics: 1:1, Managed Services, productivity, IT, computer technicians, leadership, administrators, engineering

Device Collection: Not for the Faint of Heart

Posted by Jason Roseberry on June 1, 2018

Our techs and schools work tirelessly at the end of the year to ensure that device collection goes smoothly. Though they expect the occasional problem, they don't always anticipate some of the conversations they have with their students and staff. In honor of the end of the year, we offer you the top ten comments our techs heard during device collection last year.

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Topics: 1:1, support, technology, work, IT

3 Things That Can Help Make Digital Learning Successful

Posted by Nathan Davidson on December 27, 2016

Let’s face it. The day is rapidly approaching when every student, in every school, across the country will using a device in school. Or, for that matter, TWO devices! Many districts have already started the process of embracing this reality and shifting towards more digital learning environments.

This road has been bumpy for most, if not all, of us who are at some stage of the transition. How has this process been for you? Has it been smooth sailing? Rocky and tumultuous? A little scary? Most likely, a little of each.

Any district delving into digital learning ultimately wants to do it well. ISTE knows this and developed the Essential Conditions for Effective Technology Integration. There are fourteen essential conditions in all. Below are three key elements derived from those that must be present to establish a foundation for success.

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Topics: 1:1, 1:1 rollout, technology in the classroom

Is Our District Ready for 1:1?

Posted by TJ Patterson on August 18, 2016

We’re often asked by schools whether or not they’re fully prepared to deploy a 1:1 solution for students. Your district may be thinking, “What kind of devices do we use? How will we integrate these devices in the classroom?” Both of these questions require careful thought and planning.

Another question we’re often asked is whether or not a district’s network infrastructure is fully prepared to handle a 1:1 solution. You may be thinking, “Aren’t those the boxes with flashing green lights on the ceiling?” Yes, that is partially correct. The network infrastructure does consist of boxes with flashing lights, lots of wires, and even invisible radio waves flying through the air.

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Topics: 1:1, 1:1 rollout, bandwidth, Managed Services, network, network infrastructure, support, wireless, wireless access points