Cost Effective IT Solutions for CT Public Schools Facing the Budget Crisis

By Tom McDonald | Mar 21, 2017 8:00:00 AM

It seems that our public schools are in a state of perpetual financial crisis. Many communities supplement their school operating budgets with additional funds from parents and community fundraisers. In addition to bake sales and calls for donations to raise money, they also have to cut costs. Art, music, and sports programs have already been cut from many curricula. Even areas such as school computer programs and IT support have to cut their spending. As Connecticut schools face a growing budget crisis, school IT directors are looking for IT solutions to cut their budgets and still provide essential computer services to faculty and students.

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IT Superstars: How Connecticut’s Ledyard Public Schools Use IT to Their Advantage

By Tom McDonald | Dec 20, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Organizations across Connecticut are increasing their competitive advantage with the help of enterprise technology. New cloud services, applications, and data access technologies are creating new opportunities, and Connecticut schools are among those applying the latest in networking technology.

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Students and Technology: The Bridges We Need To Overcome for Success

By Tom McDonald | May 19, 2016 1:20:00 PM

Technology is the disruptive force shaping our future, which is why teaching technical literacy has become a vital part of today’s classroom. Students are being introduced to technology at an earlier age, using smartphones and computers to play games, search the web, and to talk to family and friends. Today’s students are comfortable with technology and have become accustomed to the rapid pace of technological change. The task educators face is to show students how to apply technology to do more than just play games and chat with friends. Teachers need to challenge students to apply technology in new and disruptive ways that will shape our future. Read More >

How Using Technology in the Classroom Can Help Teacher Engagement

By Tom McDonald | Mar 16, 2016 8:40:00 AM

Keeping students’ attention in the classroom has always been a challenge for teachers. Most students would rather be somewhere other than school so their minds tend to wander, even when the topic itself might be interesting. To engage with students, teachers need to apply new strategies that promote more interaction and more personal involvement, and using technology in the classroom is proving to be an ideal means to make students more active learners. Read More >