This Is the Future
It’s almost 2020. Wait — read that again. 2020. How futuristic does that sound? In the movie Back to the Future, “the future” was portrayed as 2015 — which was almost five years ago! If we’re in the future, then why are so many of our schools stuck in the past?
So Do Teachers Still Want Apples and Coffee Mugs at the End of the Year?
The internet abounds with subjective blog posts about what teachers really want for end-of-year gifts and what their back-to-school aspirations include (i.e. another Starbucks gift card, a more organized classroom). But studies from DonorsChoose and the like tell an altogether different story: that teachers. want. tech. (period).
Aside from the obvious device-supported learning endeavors and personalization that classroom technology enables, not much thought is given to the school-wide impact of effective technology use. School safety and security are among this decade’s top concerns: being “in the future” comes with increased dangers, and yet schools that haven’t evolved are facing compounding problems using the same, outdated methods from, well, the past.
Threats Are Abated with Widespread Tech Use
At Eduspire Solutions, our mission statement and purpose are to transform education through technology. With responsible tech tools like e-hallpass, our digital hall pass application, schools all over the country have reported improvements in the areas of school safety, classroom culture, and behavior management. Here is a short list of security concerns that can be resolved with the use of a digital hall pass:
- Student Safety: pinpoint students’ whereabouts outside the classroom, building-wide
- Vandalism: protect school property and prevent costly damage
- Bullying, Drug Use, and Other Misbehavior: restrict certain students from meeting in the halls at the same time, or disable certain hall passes altogether for a set time period
- Hall Pass Abuse: restrict excessive bathroom and water fountain passes and see a live timer with location notifications to prevent aimless wandering
- Lack of Actionable Data: gain access to real-time insights and regular reporting that provide crucial information about students’ hall traffic patterns
Don’t think tech like this exists? Think again — we’re in the future, remember? If your school is still using paper hall passes (or some random object), it’s time to hop in your DeLorean and park in the year 2020 with hundreds of other schools that are using e-hallpass.
Added bonuses that teachers really love: it’s sanitary, and it virtually eliminates classroom disruptions. Preserving instructional time and seasonal immunity? Yes please!
Back-to-School? You Mean “Back to the Future!”
Eduspire Solutions offers free pilots of this in-demand tool that was recently featured by PBS. It’s been called a “no-brainer” by EdTech influencers, and it’s a cost-effective way to seriously bring your school out of the stone age. Contact us today for a demo, and make sure you’re going back to the future when you go back to school in September!
The Online Digital Hall Pass Solution
Our application e-hallpass (EHP) is a ground-breaking software solution for 1:1 or bring-your-own-device schools, designed to modernize and simplify today’s antiquated methods of administering hall passes. EHP digitally enhances both accountability and school security with easy-to-use cloud-based technology. Benefits include effortless hall pass creation and approval, instant logging of time in the hall, real-time hall traffic data, and powerful student monitoring capabilities. Its dynamic, cutting-edge dashboard captures all data related to student hall passes in order to revolutionize classroom management.
e-hallpass for School Security
EHP customers are well aware of the classroom management, student behavior, and school security benefits of e-hallpass, but they hope that certain situations necessitating these added security protocols will never come to fruition.
In this article from the York Dispatch detailing a September 18th bomb threat at Eastern York Middle School, Principal Keith Shoemaker explains the school’s response to the situation.
In addition to increasing patrols throughout the school and restricting building usage, students are being required to use e-hallpass software to allow for better monitoring of hall activity, awareness of student whereabouts, and increased security.
There For You When It Counts
Thankfully, the bomb threat at Eastern York Middle School was a hoax (their second in as many weeks). Of course, no one ever wants to see such a dangerous and tragic situation become a reality, and we at Eduspire Solutions are no exception. But when the theoretical becomes painfully real, we’re reminded of the reasons we design our products with such capabilities — for the students, and for you, our clients who care about them.
For more information about e-hallpass or to schedule a free demo, contact an Eduspire Solutions representative today.