We sat down with Information Systems Specialist, Louis Turk, to discuss how his team manages the technology at Santa Maria-Bonita, Santa Barbara County’s largest school district. This California-based district is in the “heart of the coastal agricultural area” and has around 16,900 students within their 16 elementary schools and four junior highs.
With over 20,000 devices deployed, Turk’s team juggles repair, constant device updates, end-of-life procedures, and the purchasing of new Chromebooks. Although he’s busy, bumping between the 20 sites within the district, you could tell through his enthusiastic voice that he truly has an unwavering passion for supporting the community through technology. Read about Turk’s typic
When any large-scale changes are made within school districts, they must be implemented properly, and most of all, approved by the administration. Depending on the climate of your school, it may be hard to convince members of the board to allocate funds for technology upgrades. If you’re passionate about using technology in the classroom or updating your technology to benefit the productivity of your school, here are a few tips to help guide your pitch.
Start Planning, Now!
When touching base with members of your administration, make sure you’re pitching at the right time of the year so your concerns aren’t washed over, or forgotten abo
Every year, schools are approached by EdTech companies who are looking to sell and increase the awareness of their interactive tools. Since there are hundreds of different tools flooding into the EdTech space every single day, how do you determine which tools are the best for your classroom?
One of the biggest questions that we get asked is, “what does the future of the classroom look like?” According to Google’s Global Report, Collaborative Classrooms and Computational Thinking are two of the eight emerging trends in K12 education - hence, the importance o
The landscape of the traditional classroom has drastically changed over the past thirty years. With these classroom changes came the implementation of technology. The use of technology in the classroom has given students a chance to benefit from interacting with different types of resources to learn. With the increasing dependence on technology, schools are shifting their classroom models to support the new infrastructure. Here are 7 reasons why we need technology in classrooms.
Improves Student Outcomes
The beginning of the school year is right around the corner - that means tech directors are busy with tasks to prepare for the school year. Thirty years ago when large networks and data systems made their way into education, school districts began hiring tech directors to assist in the implementation of technology in schools. Since EdTech has changed the landscape of education, it has also changed the role of the tech director. What was once an IT-focused role has now progressed into a position responsible for funding, training, research, and so much more. It may be easy to overlook all the hard work tech directors put into their systems. Over the summer, you’ll find them working hard to prepare for the up
Technology is changing the way students view learning in the classroom, because of this, many school districts are slowly transitioning to 1:1 Chromebooks. Technology allows for educators and schools to adapt to their students’ needs - creating a more engaged environment. With hundreds of different apps, educational tools, and other ways for students to connect with their classmates, Chromebooks make it easier than ever to grow. If you’re interested in the benefits of 1:1 Chromebooks in your schools, read our latest blog here.
Since technology is so valuable
Deploying hundreds of 1:1 Chromebooks in schools is never an easy task - that’s why you need the best monitoring software on the market to ensure that your students are safe and getting the education that they deserve!
Before choosing a paid classroom monitoring software, we recommend setting up your Google Admin Console account. This is a staple for many Tech Directors and administrators. Through here, you will be granted access to an admin account used to manage all of the Google services in your organization. Giving you the ability to install updates, manage user accounts, manage APIs, devices, and more.
After you’ve set up your Google Adm
When introducing technology into schools, we are inherently opening the door for an increase in broken devices. Things happen and technology breaks, but what are you supposed to do when you get that email from a student, parent, teacher, or administrator saying they have a broken Chromebook? Although you may have your own procedures, here are a few options you should consider when determining what to do with a broken device in your school.
1. Repair In-House
If you have some experience with repairing Chromebooks or similar devices, performing in-house repairs might be the solution for you. When doing your own repairs, we recommend you keep a hefty stock of your frequently damaged Chromebook parts -
Every year, hundreds of educators, administrators, tech directors, and EdTech leaders gather around the country at some of the most engaging education conferences in the world. Since there are hundreds of conferences that focus on technology, education, leadership, and more, you’re bound to find at least one to attend.
Our team at eduPARTS spends a significant amount of their time traveling around the co
Chromebooks have transformed modern-day classrooms. Instead of writing journal entries in a composition notebook, drawing on chalkboards, or finishing tests and assignments on paper, Chromebooks have unlocked a boundless world of educational tools that students can use. Educators now have access to Google Classroom, G-Suite for Education, Learning apps and much more. What is 1:1 technology?
What is 1:1 technology? “The term one-to-one is applied to programs that provide all students in a school, district or state with their own laptop, netbook, tablet computer, or another mobile computing device. One-to-one refers to one computer for every student.”