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.

Supplement Your Blackbaud Education Management Experience With Videos!

As we've pivoted to better assist you during these trying times, we've also revamped and expanded our video selections.
I hope you’re all doing well and continuing to stay safe as we navigate through this wild time. As you’ve all seen over the past weeks and months, we’ve continued to push information to you in an effort to better assist and ease the transition to remote learning. Links, help topics, guides, blogs, and more have hopefully provided some relief to you at some point during this crisis.

While we’re still 2 months in, I wanted to make it clear that we’re not satisfied or done with the things we've provided so far. We’re still continuing to create new content and will continue to do so for as long as we can.

This week, we’re talking videos. As many of you know, we have a dedicated channel on YouTube to assist with using the Education management products. We cover all kinds of topics from more high level overview topics to the more specific and detailed guides.

At the start of this global health crisis, we also quickly put together a Distance Learning playlist, intended to highlight topics which are likely now getting a lot more attention than they normally would have. We’re talking about Rubrics, how to work with Bulletin boards, Assignments, Assessments, scheduling, topics, and more. Check it out right here.

As I’ve hinted at above, we’re continuing to create new content for you to explore and utilize. The same can be said for out videos. Not only do we have a lot more video content on the way, but we’ve been going back to update some of our more legacy videos to reflect the current UI as well as styles. Just recently, three new videos were re-added including a Teacher’s Guide to using Topics and both Committee Review videos for administrators and those doing the reviewing.

Videos are not the only area we’ve been working on, however. We also have something new in the works that we’re excited to share with you in regards to our release letters. Unfortunately, I can’t go into that today but soon, I promise.

For now, thanks for stopping by, checking out our content, and making the community an active and thriving place. We’re all in this together so stay safe and stay healthy. We’ll see you next week everyone.
Posted by Derek Nichols on May 19, 2020 9:00 AM America/New_York

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