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School budget preparation over Spring Break

7th March 2017

If you’re one of the lucky people off over Spring Break you’ll probably be heading to the beach, catching up with family and generally making the most of your downtime. But, if you’re stuck at work over Spring break, there are probably a number of tasks you want to get ahead of while the students are out of school, including school budget preparation.

Nowadays schools and districts need a lot of things in place to keep students safe and schools up and running. From furniture to software, now is the time to consider which resources to invest in. During this school budget preparation, it’s important to consider the challenges you are facing with increased activity online and how to control and maintain this online usage.

What do you need to consider for school budget preparation?

1.    increased use of mobile devices

As laptops and tablets are used more often at home it comes as no surprise that students are beginning to prefer laptops and Chromebooks for learning. Students are already used to using these devices which makes adoption in the classroom simple. However, the need to control what students are accessing and how to keep them safe online can often be overlooked. As mobile devices are introduced into the classroom you’ll need to consider if your current classroom management solution works across these various platforms and, if not, include new software as part of your school budget preparation.

Did you know that Education Pro helps to manage Windows, Mac, Chrome and iOS from a single interface? By using the PIN group functionality a student can be using an iPad, Chromebook, desktop or laptop, whichever they prefer, and the teacher will still have the ability to monitor the student’s online activity. From here the teacher will be able to take any necessary action to get a student back on task and use a range of other classroom management features to improve engagement, enhance learning and keep students focused.

“Education Pro helps give teachers more control, they can build their own class and away they go” – Brian Crane, Ignacio School District

2.    concern for internet safety

48 of the 50 states in the United States have bullying laws that include elements of cyberbullying or online harassment. Therefore, monitoring student activity in education and teaching good digital citizenship has become a key concern for more schools and districts in the U.S, making the need for an internet safety solution necessary.

With the help of Education Pro, teachers can actively monitor student behavior online from a single console. Our keyword detection captures any students trying to access inappropriate or concerning material online. Teachers in the classroom can intervene at this point and offer counter-narratives about the situation, helping to promote good digital citizenship. These captures are also saved in a log against the user and can be used at a later date to provide evidence.

 “We were able to identify issues with some individuals planning illegal drug deals in the school” – Cody Walker, West Rusk CCISD

3.    time wasting during lessons

When it comes to logging on, getting students onto the same website and dealing with various IT issues that occur during the lesson could take up to 20 minutes of lesson time.

By scheduling power on and shut down of machines, alongside the ability to push websites to all student screens and remotely fix issues in real time, without interrupting the lesson, students can get on task and begin their work quickly and easily.

“I just click on the favorite site for a certain class, and boom – everybody is up and running in 30 seconds.” – Tree Booher, St. Andrew Catholic School

 

To learn more about Education Pro for your school budget preparation, watch this video. Or if you’re working this Spring Break, why not trial Education Pro yourself? Simply fill in this form or call us on 877.883.4370 today.

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