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… Read More

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… Read More

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

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

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.   At last week’s TASBO conference in San Antonio, Pam Armand from Klein ISD and Anna Maxin from Hayes Software Systems gave their… Read More

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… Read More