Creative Ways to Streamline School Transportation With Communications

Posted by Cathy Kulnig-Dastice

Thursday, January 26, 2017

School transportation is one of the parts of running a district or campus that has the most moving parts -- quite literally. Buses and other vehicles have to be dispatched and tracked, student class and activity schedules must be coordinated, and for all of that to happen successfully, reliable communication is essential. Whether your district is large or small, your communications solution is tasked with keeping everything running smoothly and all personnel in contact.

Compared to cell phones, radios offer enhanced durability, reliability and functionality, as well as reduced cost, and they’re an ideal way to centralize communications. Two-way radios and mobile radios are user-friendly, and the overall solution is easily scalable for when districts are ready to expand their capabilities or number of users.

In this blog, I'll share some creative ways to use communications to streamline your school transportation system.

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Tags: Education

How Two Way Radios Transformed School Safety at One Illinois District

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Thursday, January 19, 2017

When Fremont School District 79 (SD 79) wanted to improve school safety at its three Chicagoland campuses, administrators were focused on communications, both among staff and with public safety agencies, and we knew two-way radios were the answer.

We’re proud that we were able to provide a solution that blended Motorola two-way radios and a Teldio application to make the district’s 2,200 students safer.

Fremont SD 79 covers 36 square miles in the northwestern Chicago suburb of Mundelein in a part of Lake County that’s semi-rural. Forest preserve and rolling hills make it pretty isolated, and cell coverage can be spotty.

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Tags: Education

New Year's Resolutions for a Better School Communications System

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Friday, January 6, 2017

The beginning of another year – and the midway point in most schools’ academic year – is a great time to review your current school communications system and decide how to make it even better.

Too often, school districts and campuses wait for an emergency or disaster to strike either elsewhere or close to home before making communications system improvements. As 2017 begins, now is your chance to get better prepared in case of an emergency and improve the efficiency of your day-to-day operations.   

Here are 5 new year’s resolutions for a better school communications system:

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Tags: Education

8 Things Educators Are Doing to Improve School Safety

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

To enhance and ensure school safety, educators across the country are using a combination of policy and security technology to protect students, staff and visitors alike, according to a national survey.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has data for the 2013-2014 school year on what measures public schools had put in place to improve safety. For each measure, an overall percentage is available, as well as breakdowns by primary schools, middle schools or combined primary and secondary schools.

According to the NCES, here are eight things educators are doing to improve school safety.  

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Tags: Education

Studies Point to Troubling Results from Technology In Education

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Several studies looking at technology in education have produced some troubling results, according to a recent news article, suggesting that access to computers and online coursework aren’t necessarily effective at helping students learn – not yet anyway.

The three studies were wide-ranging and covered K-12 and higher education, as well as blended learning and online, in the United States and abroad. Let’s take a closer look at the findings.
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Tags: Education

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