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Educational Broadband Spectrum – A Tool for Helping to Fill the Homework Gap

Roy Hoover

Spectrum: What Is It? Why Does It Matter? Webster defines spectrum as follows, “The entire range of wavelengths or frequencies of electromagnetic radiation extending from gamma rays to the longest radio waves and including visible light.” Electromagnetic radiation is the magic that allows all of our portable devices to communicate without wires, toy radio-controlled cars, […]

Connecting PowerShell to PowerSchool

Shawn Mellinger

Currently, there are many different products that connect to Active Directory (AD) to get information on students. This is often used for authentication, mobile device management, and user configuration. So keeping student information in Active Directory up to date is critical. It is difficult to keep track of these changes manually, and reports will only […]

Post Back Not Executed When a Link in GridView in Popup Model Is Clicked

Thai Tran

THE PROBLEM: Post Back Not Executed When a Link in GridView in Popup Model Is Clicked. The ModalPopup Extender that enhances the user experience was a necessary part in a project that I was working on at IU13. On the popup, there is a need to post back the page when a link in a […]

Potential Use for Blockchain in Student Data

Litty Kurian

One of my responsibilities currently is to support PIMS (Pennsylvania Information Management System) submission, which involves creating reports based on requirements from the state of Pennsylvania and then uploading them to their website. The data involves transactional information like student enrollment, student attendance, student testing, etc. The state then runs error checks and either accepts […]

Starting a Technology Internship Program

Jessica Diller

School districts are recognizing that graduates must possess new skills for the demands of the 21st century workforce. There is an increase in the districts’ needs to incorporate college and career readiness opportunities into their school experience. At the same time, technology departments, in preparation for the changing climate related to staffing and employee retention, […]

Software Change Management: Using an Intrapreneurship Strategy

Margie Morales

People typically do not like change and this is especially true when IT departments deploy new or upgraded systems and software that staff use to do their daily work. Technology administrators know that making inevitable enterprise changes can be stressful to staff, so planning and communication is always crucial. Having a strategy similar to this […]

Spectre and Meltdown: A Sysadmin’s Perspective

Shawn Mellinger

The last two weeks the Internet has been buzzing with talk about the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. That is understandable given the wide range of computers that they affect. However, we have seen major vulnerabilities over the last few years, notably with the NSA exploits being leaked last year. In the past we have identified […]

The Most Important Tool in Your Toolbox: Buy-In

Matthew Kernicky

Roughly a year ago, I wrote an article on this blog entitled Using Swimlane Diagrams to Document Business Processes. In it, I used modified versions of diagrams developed while performing business analysis for our human resources department. Roughly one year later, I find myself working on a new project with a new group of stakeholders […]

Database Diagramming

Greg Hess

In application development it is often helpful to visualize your database structure.  This is useful for existing databases to make sure you have all the relationships defined correctly, and especially for new projects as you are building the database.  I recently needed to dive back into database diagramming, so I opened Visio Professional 2016 … […]

Google Chrome Administration Tips and Tricks

Dave Light

Over the last few years, I have learned some of the ins and outs of G Suite (formerly known as Google Apps for Education or GAFE).  Here are some tips and tricks for managing your Chrome OS devices and users. Whitelisted Domains The whitelisted domains setting within the Google Admin center lets users in your […]


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