I still remember getting my first PC at work (1988), my first email (1992) and even proudly showing my dad how I could instantly alphabetize a long list of names with my spreadsheet. In the beginning, technology seemed like a special, almost magical addition to our lives. Contrast that with the influence of technology on … Continue reading Remember When We Used to Call It High Tech?
Wikipedia tells us "A truism is a claim that is so obvious or self-evident as to be hardly worth mentioning.” I think we would all agree that our work as K-12 transportation professionals is filled with truisms, concepts that are so obvious or self-evident that we might find ourselves taking them for granted. This post … Continue reading We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident
Remember the story of the Three Little Pigs? Piglet number one builds his house out of straw and the wolf is able to blow it right down. Piglet number two builds his house out of wood, certainly better than straw, but the wolf is also able to blow it down. Piglet number three takes the … Continue reading The Building Blocks of a Routing Plan
Summer is a busy time in transportation offices. School details are firmed up, students are identified, runs are built and assigned to routes, drivers are hired, certified, trained and assigned, parents and schools are notified, and the million details that somehow need to be done get done on time. This summer I had the distinct … Continue reading Happy New Year!
I recently witnessed a fascinating discussion at a conference that has had me thinking ever since. A K-12 support professional stated that it was her responsibility to be as effective as possible when providing services for students in support of their educational goals. A peer immediately responded that he felt that it was his duty … Continue reading Efficiency versus Effectiveness
Connect 2014 just concluded on April 16th in San Antonio, Texas. It was by far Tyler’s biggest conference ever, with over 3,000 clients, 500 staffers and a cadre of industry expert partners. The theme of the conference was “Big Ideas, Delivered” and I believe all in attendance would agree that that promise was fulfilled. The … Continue reading Big Ideas Delivered at Connect 2014
We live in a new age, what one might call the age of communication. The line between our physical lives and our virtual lives has disappeared. Every time we step away from our desktop computer we have our portable computer (aka our smart phone) in our hands the very next moment. Content is king in … Continue reading Isn’t It About Time We Saw Your Blog?
The school year is a well defined cycle consisting of phases: planning, startup, maintenance and close out. One of the very interesting characteristics of life as a K-12 professional is the way our work needs to mesh with this cycle. First of all, we need to understand what these phases are like for school staff: … Continue reading Cycling Through the School Year
As responsible school business officials, we know how important it is to be completely certain that our district operations are well managed. To do so we must constantly ask ourselves questions such as: “How are we doing? How do we compare with others? Are we making progress fast enough? Are we using the best practices?” … Continue reading From KPIs to Benchmarking to Best Practices
What does mobile mean to you? The answer to that question very likely depends on how old you are. I got my first PC at work twenty five years ago and still clearly remember my first email. I’ve been using my desktop PC as my main source of computing power and connectivity ever since. While … Continue reading Going Mobile