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Mark H

Central servers and district Intranet sites would help, too. Updating a document is that much simpler, rather than deploying it via pdf or paper.

Scott McLeod

Tim and Mark, I think these are FABULOUS ideas. In this day and age, there's no reason we shouldn't be leveraging the power of technology instead of storing tons of paper in dusty, rarely-used notebooks. A good desktop search engine combined with electronic access to all district policy documents, memos, e-mails, etc. is much more time-efficient, and thus effective, for busy administrators.

Jeff Utecht

What I love Tim is that you are not making more work for someone. The documents are already in PDF form so you just use them that way. So interesting that in 2007 we send PDFs to the copy center to turn an electronic document with all the features you discuss into a static piece of paper that sites on a shelf. I ask myself why do we continue to do these mundain tasks that seem so simple to turn digital. The only reason I can come up with is TTWWADI: That's The Way We've Always Done IT.
Way to think outside the box!

Scott Elias

I wish my district would do this! I've been hinting about it when I get the chance with the higher-ups and they seem receptive. I've got about 8 bound volumes called our "district toolkit" that would be more user friendly if they were searchable...

Matt Hillmann

Our school recently got a copy machine that has "scan to PDF" features. I can put ANY paper on the tray, press scan, and it emails me a PDF copy of the document. I file it on my computer and it is amazing the difference it has made in my productivity.

As usual, great post Tim!

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