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Digital citizenship is a term that has recently gained prominence as our schools and classrooms have become increasingly steeped in technology. Simply put, digital citizenship refers to the way we behave online and the social rules and expectations that we apply to those behaviors. The word “citizenship” refers to our contribution to and responsibility toward a community.
Since cellphones have found their way into the back pockets of so many students, teachers have been faced with the dilemma of whether to embrace them or ban them altogether. Some believe that if students have cellphones and they are given educational reasons to use them, then they are less likely to be disruptive or distracting.
An Acceptable Use Policy, or AUP, is a policy used by schools to clearly spell out what is acceptable and what is unacceptable when using a school’s network and the internet. It can also include rules for the care and use of devices in situations where a school provides laptops, tablets, or other internet-ready devices that students take home.
Technology in the classroom is no longer the exception. It’s now the rule. But not all schools can afford to outfit each classroom with the latest devices to enhance learning. One way schools have found to work around a shortage of resources is to allow students to bring their own devices into the classroom. This strategy is commonly called BYOD, or “bring your own device,” and it has been largely successful in getting more tech into schools.
When B. Reed Henderson High School introduced a BYOD policy and began allowing students to bring their laptops, tablets, and other electronics to school, the new policy created a new need for students to have a secure place to store their devices when they weren’t being used.
East Georgia College was looking for an individual storage solution for dormitory students to store their laptops and other valuables within the limited space of their dorm rooms. The college needed a solution that was convenient and easy for students to use, and it also had to be secure and compact to ensure that the students’ computers and other items would be kept safe and out of the way in these small spaces.
With the explosion of classroom technology, IT directors and technology coaches are working to keep up with bandwidth demand and predict its growth from year to year. While every school is different in the kinds of technology it uses, understanding trends in classroom technology can help make bandwidth predictions more accurate so budgets and planning don’t fall short.
When budget time comes and you’re charged with identifying the tech needs of your faculty and staff, it’s sometimes hard to see down the road far enough to predict long-term needs. This is especially true for IT directors and technology coaches who are constantly trying to navigate changes in hardware, software, and related equipment, as these resources tend to operate on a very short lifecycle.
As more teachers move from paper tests to online tests, one thing has stayed the same: cheating. Whether or not online tests are making cheating easier is arguable, but one thing is certain. Students are finding new ways to cheat online, and they’re making it harder for teachers to catch them. How are they cheating?
Technology is continuing to have a dramatic effect on the classroom, not just in terms of the devices that students are using to learn but also in how the classroom is designed and furnished to accommodate device storage and charging. What does it mean for your school and its approach to device management? Here’s a closer look.
If you’ve ever tried to find a practical way to store resources or get the most out of your existing workspace, you know how hard it can be to find products that fit your unique needs. Datum is the trusted source for schools, organizations, institutions and private facilities looking for innovative storage and furniture solutions.
While you can find plenty of debate on whether the paperless office is a myth, paper usage in the U.S. reached its peak in 1999, followed by a steady decline of about 1 percent per year. That’s great news for the environment. Yet according to the Clean Air Council, the average American office worker still uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year, generating about two pounds of paper per day.
Since 1865, the Montana Historical Society has been building and preserving one of the nation’s oldest historic collections. By 2014, that collection had stretched to seven miles’ worth of precious records and artifacts stored on open shelves. The shelving system left items vulnerable to damage and dust and made poor use of the society’s space.
Record keeping is a never-ending challenge for municipalities, and Northampton County in eastern Pennsylvania is no exception. In addition to the usual document storage, Northampton County houses an extensive historical archive stretching back more than 250 years. In 2004, the County ran out of space for its growing archives and turned to off-site storage for some of their files.
In a sense, mobile devices were at the forefront of the “sharing” economy. For years, businesses, libraries, schools and other organizations have been sharing expensive technology to stretch their budgets and give users better experiences. Sharing technology can provide great benefits.
To maximize the existing space, individual workstations were reduced in size and lateral files at individual workstations were eliminated. Datum installed two MobileTrak5® high-density mobile storage systems to replace the previous file storage units and to expand file storage capacity for the entire department within the existing footprint.
The South Windsor Police Department needed to increase the storage capacity of their records department. They wanted a space efficient system, with room for future growth, and an aesthetically pleasing set up, as the area can be seen through a window in the building’s lobby. The solution was a MobileTrak®3 system equipped with 4Post™ shelving and drawers.
Relocating to a new facility left the Sandy Police Department of Sandy, OR, in need of a more consolidated and better-organized storage system in two different areas in their building. Their needs were specific: get the most storage out of the space allotted and do it within their budget.
During their move into a new building, the Watertown Police Department in Watertown, MA, found their current freestanding shelving to be less than adequate in storage capacity for their needs.
The City of Schenectady in New York is in the middle of economic growth, and as the city has grown, so has its police department.
With this growth and the everyday need to collect and store evidence and property, the Schenectady Police Department set out to find a long-term solution. The Police Department instituted a bar code system for all of its property and evidence. To build on this system and its current storage facility, the Department needed help in the planning, development, and installation of a comprehensive storage system.
During the renovation of their building, the Woodway Police Department on Woodway, TX, found that they needed a convenient place for their officers to store their personal belongings in their locker room area.
The Kentucky Air National Guard needed to expand their storage area where they house aircraft survival equipment. The end goal was to consolidate space so that additional training supplies could be stored, to include Pelican storage cases, response gear, parachutes, ML-4 survival kits, and more.
Managing an organization’s records means much more than finding room for file boxes. Whether you’re responsible for sensitive patient records, historical materials, legal documents or tax records, how you manage your physical documents affects your organization in ways that go far beyond clutter and office organization. The following are five aspects your records management system needs to address.
Today’s police officer is outfitted with more tactical gear than ever before. Keeping gear, weapons and personal items ready for fast deployment can be a challenge, particularly for departments that are working with limited space. Using a combination of optimized storage solutions can help you get the most out of your existing facilities—and help your officers respond fully prepared for every call.
Tight budgets mean tight quarters for many law enforcement departments, and many are feeling the squeeze in their evidence and records storage areas. Unfortunately, crime doesn’t slow down just because department budgets are being cut back. If anything, the opposite occurs.
Storage and security solutions evolve and update on a continuous cycle in order to keep up with technological advancements and combat evolving threats. When your security, as well as the security of your team and your facility is on the line, you need weapons storage that works and a solution you can trust. Finding the right weapons storage cabinet for your needs changes the game – it keeps the security of your weapons, gear, ammunition, accessories and effects top priority, and provides a lot of other benefits too.
The Costa Mesa Police Department is located in Costa Mesa, California. The department employs approximately 200 people who serve and protect Costa Mesa and the surrounding areas, preserving the peace and operating under a philosophy of community-oriented policing.
Imagine this scenario. You’ve just been assigned the task of securing the weapons in the armory and storage rooms. No big deal, right? First things first, you take a look at a number of variables: available space, the volume and type of weapons, ammo, and gear to be stored, layout of the rooms, etc. You know secure, efficient weapons storage is your top priority, but the current storage situation is severely lacking.
When the Palmyra Police Department’s facility was built in the 1990s, the men’s and women’s locker rooms were designed with school-type lockers that measured 12 inches wide by 12 inches deep. Over the years, this locker size became insufficient for storing each officer’s uniforms and law enforcement equipment. The Department wanted to replace the existing lockers and corresponding bench seats with a larger storage solution and new bench seating while staying within the existing space and room height.
Today’s correctional facilities must proactively address overcrowding and claim more space to provide critical services that can decrease violence, enhance public safety, and reduce recidivism. Every element that goes into the design of a correctional facility has to meet a specific need, and it has to do so safely and efficiently. Specifying the right storage with the necessary security, versatility, and space is one important part of the solution.