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Technology Job Titles in Education

Nancy Morris


I have worked in Education for my entire career, and as I prepare to retire, I was reflecting on all of the changes in technology that have occurred during my 35 years as a working woman. Like many colleagues my age, I started out as a teacher before computers were even in the classroom. Many […]

Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Brian Stiegauf


One of the buzzwords in the IT world for the past couple years has been Hyperconverged Infrastructure or HCI. HCI threatens to disrupt the traditional server and storage area network (SAN) that most institutions have been deploying for the past two or more decades by combining the CPU, RAM, network, and storage resources into the […]

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 […]

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