I have moved several times as an adult. Each move has started out much the same: I am charged with a burst of energy to reorganize and evaluate all my worldly possessions. I purge and develop a unique color-coded system to organize boxes. I tell myself, “This move will be different! It won’t be stressful!” But life happens, and inevitably as the big day arrives I find myself throwing random items into boxes (those juice glasses don’t need to be wrapped in newspaper, we can just put them in this bin of baby clothes!) and then dumping said boxes into a spare room of my new abode to be dealt with later.

Maybe you have not physically moved recently, but have you embarked on a digital migration or move? Often when moving to a new database or school year, you start off with great organization intentions (just like me). But as reality sets in and timelines rapidly progress, you fall into a similar practice of dumping everything into the database to be organized and evaluated later.

The good news is that Blackbaud’s education management portfolio has several new data imports that can help you feel less overwhelmed when sorting through and organizing your school’s data. Use this robust tool to add large quantities of new, clean data to your system, or to quickly and efficiently update and tidy up data that you are already storing.
Want to learn more about the data import process as well as tips and tricks for working with large data files? Register today for the new Blackbaud University course, K–12 Core: Importing Data.

Good news for Blackbaud Learn® training subscribers! If your school has a Learn More subscription, this class is included. Not a subscriber? Find out how a Learn subscription can help develop efficiency and build skills for every user of your system.

Challenge Accepted – Cleansing The Blackbaud Student Information System Curriculum

Last year I completed a 30-day clean eating challenge. And yes, I made it out alive. Thank you, thank you. Ok, ok, back to the real reason I’m expressing my success…

Anytime I went out to eat, which was rare, I wished every single restaurant served only the items I wanted—or should I say only items I should eat. After all, the menus always listed A TON of options I wanted to order, but only a few I should order. Seeing only a list of things I knew I should eat would have made my ordering process so much easier!

So, here at Blackbaud University, we decided let’s do that for our K–12 Blackbaud Student Information System curriculum! Let’s restructure our classes to base the content on typical roles at schools so everyone can take classes based on their own needs or to-do lists. Some people set up the system, some people manage the system after it’s set up, some people enter data into the system, and of course, some of you database rock stars do all of these things!

Thus, we have our newest Blackbaud Student Information System curriculum:
Good news for Blackbaud Learn® training subscribers! If your school has a Learn More subscription, these class are included. Not a subscriber? Find out how a Learn subscription can help develop efficiency and build skills for every user of your system.

Posted by Michelle Grant on Feb 5, 2019 1:57 PM America/New_York

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How do I know which classes I have taken and which are new? I took all of the Core, On Record and On Campus in the previous system but it looks like there might be some new one? Also are there any advanced ones?
  • Posted Wed 30 Jan 2019 10:14 AM EST
Hi Michelle, great question! If you go to Training Central and check out your transcript - you can see the list of classes you've taken. The two classes that you may have already taken are K-12 onRecord: A Day in the Life of a Teacher, and K-12 onRecord: Grading. The other four classes listed were released in January of this year (2019). While the content of our four newest classes may share topics with the other classes you've taken - these four new courses are Outcome-based which means they can help tie the content back to how you do things at your school. I suggest signing up for any of the courses that involve the tasks you complete - as you'll notice the content has been updated. The two classes geared towards a Database Admin or anyone responsible for the setup of the site are: K–12 Blackbaud Student Information System™: Optimizing Schedule Configurations and K–12 Blackbaud Student Information System™: Configuring Administrative Tasks. I hope this information helps!
  • Posted Fri 01 Feb 2019 12:53 PM EST
Always happy to learn something new.  Checking on what I haven't taken yet.
  • Posted Mon 25 Mar 2019 11:12 AM EDT