Students Learn Better When They're Confident in School Safety

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The research is clear: School safety is not just a security issue, it’s an academic one. Students learn better and have better academic achievement when they’re confident in school safety and feel safe on school property.

Here we’ll take a closer look at one survey on the issue and review some options for technology – and financial assistance –  that schools have for making their campuses more safe. 

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Tags: MOTOTRBO, Grant Funding, Education, Digital Two-Way Radios

Technology in Schools: 7 Examples of Extreme Innovation

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Educators are increasingly using technology in schools in innovative ways to ensure that they’re nurturing the next generation of innovative students. From danger-based learning to recreation center takeovers, we’ve gathered some exciting examples of high-tech education.

When it comes to technology in schools, here are seven examples of extreme innovation:

Transforming Recreation Centers into Tech Hubs

The City of Pittsburgh recently ran a “Rec2Tech” demonstration project that turned five municipal recreation centers into interactive learning spaces focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  

During the free after-school program, about 200 youth aged 7-12 got hands-on experience with digital media production, computer programming, sustainable approaches to urban gardening, video game design and 360-degree imaging technology.

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Tags: Education

Is Police Presence Improving Campus Security?

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Monday, September 12, 2016

As campus security concerns have changed over time across the country, so, too, has the response from education safety officials, including an increased reliance on school resource officers and police. As the number of officers in schools continues to rise, experts on both sides of the issue are still debating whether the increased police presence is improving campus security.

For now, there’s a lack of strong data one way or the other, and most people in the education safety industry will admit that they just don’t know for sure. What they do know is that the number of officers is up: According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the share of schools with a school resource officer increased from 1 percent in 1975 to 40 percent in 2007. As of 2014, there were 31,000 school resource officers employed in public schools nationwide.

More research is under way about the effectiveness of having resource officers and police on campuses. Proponents say the officers protect students, act as mentors, parental figures and psychologists, and improve community relations with police.

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Tags: Public Safety Communications, MOTOTRBO, Grant Funding, Education

School WiFi Quality and Funding Enhanced by E-Rate Program

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Monday, June 20, 2016

In finding the perfect school WiFi and radio solution, schools face many challenges, including funding -- a situation that’s at the heart of the federal E-Rate program to make telecommunications and information services more affordable for schools and libraries.

E-Rate, the government’s largest educational technology program, was first mandated by Congress in 1996 and implemented by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 1997. Starting in 2014, the FCC launched two major modernization efforts to reallocate funding where it’s needed most to close the WiFi gap, particularly low-income rural and urban schools and libraries. The modernization also shifted money away from voice, paging and non-broadband legacy systems. 

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Tags: Education, Wireless Networking

Video Surveillance Solutions for Education and Health Care

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Monday, June 6, 2016

We all know that video surveillance solutions are among the most effective security strategies for education and health care, but as systems age, it can be a challenge to cost effectively upgrade and prepare for the future, especially if you need to keep legacy systems up and running.

As security needs and technology change, many educational and health care institutions are finding it necessary to either replace their fleets of aging cameras or upgrade their functionality. Many are choosing Axis network products because their capabilities, flexibility and reliability match the needs of the  education and  health care sectors. Here are some of the useful features offered with Axis products:
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Tags: Technology, Education, Healthcare, Video Surveillance

School Safety Gets a Boost from Mobile Apps

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Kristina Anderson, co-founder of the mobile school safety app LiveSafe, has said that if her company had existed in 2007, it probably would have changed the course of her life. coll

Anderson was a 19-year-old sophomore when a gunman opened fire at Virginia Tech. She had no idea that shots had been fired at another building on campus, and she was struck three times while entering a French class. She has since become a vocal advocate for campus safety and violence prevention, and her innovative company “was born from a spirit of triumph over tragedy and the desire to make the world a safer place.”

LiveSafe and other apps like it are providing a boost to school safety efforts nationwide by leveraging the power of everyday mobile devices. Students, parents, staff and campus safety officials can communicate instantly and anonymously with the touch of a button or transmission of a text.

Here are 4 of the mobile apps that are changing the school safety landscape:

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Tags: Education

5 Technologies to Include in Your School Safety Grants

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Thursday, February 4, 2016

When it comes to school safety grants, funders are looking for well-defined plans with best-practice-based solutions. While each school and district is unique, there are some universal tools and technologies that can benefit most situations and set your grant application apart.

Asking for the right technology demonstrates both that you’ve done your homework and that you’re committed to finding innovative ways to use your funding efficiently.

Here are 5 proven technologies sure to bolster your school safety grant application:

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Tags: Grant Funding, Education

How to Earn School Safety Grants

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Thursday, January 21, 2016

School and student safety has perhaps never been under more public scrutiny. School administrators and parents want to do everything in their power to ensure safety in the face of tragic events like school shootings and natural disasters.

Fortunately, technology exists to help protect schools and their students, faculty, and staff. But school districts have limited budgets and are often at a loss when it come to accessing that technology. The good news is that there are options and resources in place to help schools get the equipment and services that they need. One of the most common ways to do so is through school safety grants.

School safety grants are awarded to schools (or school districts) to help offset, or even cover, the cost of purchasing emergency communications equipment. Devices like digital two-way radios are valuable pieces to the school safety puzzle, and grants like these help put them in the hands of those who need them most.

Whether you're applying for your first school safety grant, have received one in the past, or have been denied a grant and want to increase your chances of success this time, here are three things to consider when applying:

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Tags: Education

School Safety Insights: How Schools Can Partner with First Responders

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

School administrators bear responsibility for so many things: compliance with regulations, relationships with parents and the community, and, of course, delivering the best education for their students. But possibly the most sensitive area of responsibility is student safety. Tragically, school shootings are in the news with increasing frequency. And while most principals and administrators are pouring a great deal of effort into ensuring safety in schools against that backdrop, for many administrators, it's difficult to know where to start.

One place to start is ensuring that school faculty are ready to deal with emergencies. Faculty are really the “first responders” in the event of an emergency, and they are often tasked with communicating with the public safety first responders to ensure proper actions can be taken. Administrators can ensure that faculty are ready to serve in this critical capacity by:

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Tags: Education

5 Ways Your School Can Use Location Services Technology

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Monday, January 11, 2016

Schools are changing. No, not just the curriculums they offer or the lessons they teach (though those are quite different today than they were even just ten years ago), but the ways in which they use technology to keep students safe, informed, and connected.

Today, many schools have adopted location services, a technology that operates off of a GPS-style system. Location services can be used for just about anything, from sending emergency updates and obtaining student locations to offering interactive campus tours and even notes and content. The benefits are clear, and with today’s students being supremely comfortable with all things technological, the rollout is widely appreciated and is something that students, staff, and parents can get excited about.

Here are five ways your school can use location services:

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Tags: Wireless Communication, Education, GPS