More than half of Americans in 2012 were using a mobile device to access the Internet, according to a Pew Internet survey. Out of these, 31% were using mobile as their primary way to get online.
Many districts are taking advantage of mobile technology by getting iPads or other mobile tablets into the hands of both students and administrators. Here are some of the ways they are using it!
Dig deeper into Aesop and VeriTime, meet the Frontline team, network with other district professionals, show off your Ping-Pong® and Nerf® gun skills...
These are just a few of the reasons to attend a Frontline Technologies Regional Conference - check out this infographic for more great reasons to attend our Columbus conference in October!
Getting a "box" from their previous sub placement vendor wasn't exactly Christmas for Pittsburgh Public Schools. It meant that their sub-calling system, which ran off an on-site server, had gone down – again – and had to be replaced.
When they switched to Aesop, they suddenly got an "out-of-the-box" solution with zero hardware and software!
So you've pretty much written off most popular myths: the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, we never really landed on the moon (conspiracy theorists, cover your ears)! But when it comes to time and attendance and workforce management systems, some myths are surprisingly hard to shake off.
Here are some of the common myths school districts may believe about time and attendance systems – and the true stories you should know!
Billions spent on substitutes. Up to 50% teacher absenteeism in Rhode Island. Reduced student achievement.
Ever since the media got a hold of newly released data on teacher absenteeism, these kinds of statements are prompting raised eyebrows and tough questions from the public.
But is it the whole story? And how do districts need to respond?
"You're in charge of Aesop now!" That's a familiar line for many district professionals who've suddenly found themselves dubbed the "Aesop Administrator" when someone leaves or positions change. While Aesop is not a hard system to learn, some things can get overlooked when a "newbie" takes over who was never trained on the system.
That's the situation Pam Graham found herself in at Garland ISD, but thanks to some help from the Frontline team, her district uncovered some huge ways to maximize the benefits and savings they get from Aesop.
Last week, many in the Northeast found out they were overly prepared for the "snowquester" - the snowstorm that didn't quite happen. The overblown "snowquester" (named after the recently passed "sequester") left a lot of people in the Northeast feeling a little sheepish after the 6-18 inch predicted super-storm brought little more than a drizzle for many areas that had already called off school.
What about the "sequester" from which the snowquester took its name? Districts have been prepping for the worst, but the dreaded cuts slipped into place last Friday with surprisingly little noise. Will the sequester, like the snowstorm, fizzle out after a flurry of activity - or will the full impact of the cuts still threaten to cripple education?
It's official: the new healthcare reform is not going away. Not only was the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act upheld by the Supreme Court last spring, but the IRS has also just released Proposed Regulations - this time with some rules specifically for educational organizations like school districts.
While the regulations don't go into effect until January of 2014, the preparations are beginning now for many school districts that are realizing the far-reaching effects of the mandate on part-time employees - including substitute teachers.
Keep reading to learn some of the key points of the Affordable Care Act and why 2013 is a crucial time to prepare.
The role of the school district IT Manager has changed. What used to be a position marked by installing and maintaining hardware has shifted to one of safeguarding - almost consulting for - the district on decisions and their effects across the entire organization.
The IT Director has grown from maintaining systems to managing them; from running software to recommending it.
Gary Lambert, the Educational Technology Manager for Beekmantown Central School District in New York, has embraced this evolving role. In the interview below, he shares his insights on this new role and how to maximize your value as an IT professional to your school district.