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Summer tips for Teachers

by Kelli 23. June 2016 15:06



It’s summer!!!!! By now you’ve probably already turned in your keys and turned off your brain because you have bigger things to worry about like where is your family vacation going to be this year, what projects do you want to tackle this summer, or is this the summer that you finally get in the shape of your life. Like the good teacher you are, you will use this time to relax and enjoy yourself, but also prepare for the upcoming school year. Now you’re probably thinking, how exactly do I balance my time this summer between enjoying myself while also preparing for next year? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

Enjoy Summer Break

The most important thing you need to do this summer is to actually take a summer break. Even if you have a busy summer schedule, you need to take time out of each day for yourself and your family. The school year is a stressful and busy time packed with a to-do list that’s a mile long forcing you to miss out on some of the things you love to do.  Summer is the perfect time to catch up on these things and refresh your mind for the upcoming year. Annie Condron of TeachHUB writes that teachers should go out and enjoy the outdoors. Condron suggests getting back into an exercise routine like walking, biking, jogging, or playing outside with your kids. So maybe it’s time you blow the dust off those running shoes and enjoy the sun!

Prepare for the upcoming year

Now I know the last thing you want to do is think about school but, if you do a little bit here and there, you will be thanking yourself in August (you know I’m right). Condron mentions later on in her article that teachers should take a few hours a week to think about the school year ahead and prepare any way they can whether it’s the first few lessons or a DIY project for your classroom setup. Also, begin to think about stocking up on any supplies you may need for the year like pencils, paper, lanyards, or even printer ink.

Make a creative class ID

The first few weeks of school are a fun and confusing time. You and your students are meeting lots of new people which can make it hard to remember faces and names. Class ID badges are a handy tool for both you and your students to get to know one another and also gives you an opportunity to show off your creative side. With IDville’s ID Maker 3.0 Software, you will have the power to design your own ID cards and print them out in minutes with one of our systems. So instead of placing an order to some company that prints out generic ID badges, you can customize your own badges and put a unique spin on them. For example, you could put the students name, picture, and a fun fact so they can all get to know each other better. Not only will this benefit you and your students, it will also make it easier for other teachers and assistants around the school to identify a student and figure out which class they belong to.


Remember, this summer you should actually try to enjoy the summer. I know it’s easier said than done but seriously, chill. That being said, take a few hours out of each week to prepare for the upcoming year and develop your professional skills. Finally, think of ways to break the ice with your students and get to know each other.

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Technology in Schools

by Kelli 23. May 2016 09:05


The conversation about whether technology in schools is helping or hurting the learning process is not new. In fact, it has been going on for decades. Advancements have made new tech increasingly user friendly and accessible, which is great but what role should it play in schools and what is the impact on students?

Those are great questions and I think we are finally at a point where we can actually measure the effects of previously used technology and make a strong thesis for what the impact of current and future technologies will be. But what about other uses for technology in schools? What about technology that does not directly impact the learning process but rather enhances the school’s ability to simply do what they do better?

20 years ago, schools were places the whole community gathered. It was a watering hole where everyone was welcome. Unfortunately, tragic events have happened and schools have been increasingly careful with whom they allow in their doors. Student safety has become a critical role for school administration and technology has played a part all successful security measures.

The implementation of student identification cards is one quick and effective way to restrict access to unwanted visitors. Identification cards can give students and employees custom access to external and internal doors. Identification cards also allow you to measure and keep track of what doors are being used as well as where students are going.

Safety is not something to wait on but if you need another reason to implement staff and student identification cards, another use for them can be found in the cafeteria. In this case study, you can read how Joliet Public Schools was able to identification cards to streamline their cafeteria purchasing system.

If you want to learn more about the use of technology in the classroom and the effect it may have on students, check out the Top Hat blog. If you are wondering about any possible identity card misuse, check out our past article.


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Access Control | Education | School Security | Student Identification | Visitor Identification

IDville and Financial Literacy Month?!

by Kelli 6. April 2016 15:30

April is Financial Literacy month and that may not seem to have a direct connection with our brand, but we always do our best to help our customers make the best choices with their hard earned money…or office budgets. That’s why we focus on two things… relationships and value.

Relationships: IDville has numerous ID Maker Systems and plenty of other accessories to choose from, so how do you know what your needs are going to be and what products are going to solve them? Simple. Our System Specialists. If you are looking to invest in the security of your workspace, I recommend talking with one of them. Each caller receives a dedicated account manager so that we can start to gain a real understanding of the customer’s needs over time. You can give them a basic understanding of your organization and what your security goals are and they can start to figure out what best fits your needs so you aren’t ordering something that you won’t need. They will also be your trusted contact for any questions you have about the system and accessories.

Value: With all our ID Maker printer systems, you receive a multi-year warranty, lifetime call support, a 30 Day Guarantee and access to any accessory you can think of. Our goal is to better your workplace and with all these added benefits, you can sleep soundly knowing that if anything goes wrong, you have the whole IDville team behind you. We will even send you a working ID Maker for free if you are having trouble with yours, while we figure out the problem!

Financial Literacy month is a good time to re-evaluate your purchases and invest in what will add value to your workplace. If you have questions and want to start a relationship with one of our System Specialists, please call 1.866.438.4553. If you want to simply learn more about IDville products and what we stand for go ahead and request a free info pack. Shop smart and invest in what matters.

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Student ID cards: Securing the Identity Chain

by Maggie 28. May 2015 12:05

Security is a made up of a chain of elements. Don’t let the campus card be the weakest link.


In a recent article from CR80 News, Andrew Hudson warns his audience about the use of university ID’s in orchestrating identity theft or other fraudulent activities.

Universities and schools- be aware of this!

There have been cases of students who have fraudulently obtained an ID card that is then used to obtain more secure IDs. Should this student then use the newly acquired credentials for identity theft or criminal acts, the paper trail could be traced back directly to the university. 

For example, to obtain documents such as a Social Security card, the applicant must first produce a U.S. driver license, state-issued ID card or U.S. Passport. But if for whatever reason these documents are not available, other documents including the student ID card will be considered.

Even though using a university ID to participate in illegal activity is an extreme case, it is worth paying attention to as identity theft and fraud becomes more advanced. “If not for the sake of the cardholders, then it should be done to avoid the liability that a university could incur if its credentials were used illegally.”

Student ID cards are a key security feature of campus life, but should only be accepted within campus limits. In order to protect individuals and universities, student IDs should not hold legitimacy for obtaining more secure IDs. 

Student ID cards are a strong link on the identity chain, let’s keep them that way!

To learn more about how IDville can keep your student ID link strong on the security chain, contact one of our system specialists at 1.866.438.4553, or shop online at

May 1 Fun! Get Caught Reading Month

by Maggie 1. May 2015 08:55

There is so much excitement in the air this morning! First of all it is Friday, and the sun is shining, catalog craziness is wrapping up in the office, spring is finally ready for more of a committed relationship, and the beginning of a new month brings endless opportunity! 

With school winding down, don’t forget to think about your teachers this weekend, because next week is Teacher Appreciation Week!  Write them a note of encouragement, thanking them for all they’ve invested in you or your children. Make a craft for them that shows them how much they are appreciated. Buy them one of our Apple a Day Fashion Beaded Lanyards to make all the other teachers jealous.

May is also Get Caught Reading Month, so once you’re done thinking about your teachers this weekend, bury your nose in a book! Get Caught Reading Month began in 1999 as a way to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read for pleasure. Exposure to language at a young age has been scientifically proven to stimulate brain growth in children, and children who have been regularly read to have a large advantage over their peers by the time they start school.

So reignite that passion for reading, whether it is the classics, chick-lit, the latest thriller, or just your favorite magazine or the sports pages. Go on, crack open a book and GET CAUGHT READING! 


Protect K_ _ S. "ID" is key

by Maggie 25. February 2015 15:38

It’s a busy time for our education tradeshows at IDville. Jason just got back from the National Association of Secondary School Principals tradeshow, and in the coming month, we have four more education tradeshows to attend!

Education World® notes that ID badges are a great way to enhance school security in their recent article, Badge, Please? Schools Turn to IDs to Enhance Security. ID badges are an effective and simple way to make sure everyone on campus belongs there. With everyone wearing ID badges, it is easy to identify who is official from a safe distance. They’re a great tool for campus access and control. With recent school violence, it’s better to play it safe!

Some school officials are apprehensive about the idea of staff ID badges. They don’t want their school to become a cold, institutionalized place. To make badges warm and friendly, try putting your school emblem on them and create your own design! Fancy them up with a fun lanyard or badge reel to add some personality.

Requiring badges for teachers and students is a great way to ensure security for the kids, and what could be more important? To learn more about simple solutions for your identification needs, contact one of our system specialists at 1.866.438.4553, shop online at, or find us at any of these tradeshows.

It's Back to School Time...

by david 25. August 2014 09:19
This summer seems to have flown by and it’s that time of year again – when parents and students are preparing to head back to school. And you know what that means! New ID badges for students and staff. 

New ID badges usually mean new lanyardsbadge clips or holders for students and staff to use for displaying their ID badges. At IDville we’re offering 10% off custom lanyards with FREE setup so your school doesn’t break the budget buying the necessities for students and staff. 

Having to print so many ID badges all at once may also mean that you’ll need to stock up on ID card printer supplies like printer ribbons, cleaning kits and extra PVC cards. At IDville we offer affordable printer supplies for your ID Maker® ID card printer to keep you printer running through the busy start of the school year. 

Even if you don’t own and ID Maker® printer, we have affordable supplies for all the major ID card printer brands. Just visit our Printer Supplies Locator or contact our friendly staff today at 1.866.438.4553 and we’ll make sure we get you just what you need. 

Lanyards Keep ID Cards Visible for Students, Staff, and Employees!

by Kayla 25. September 2012 09:30
Having a hard time getting your students, staff, or employees to properly display their ID badges? Lanyards keep ID cards visible at all times! It’s not too late to get your school or organization equipped with the right photo ID accessories. 
Here are some recommendations for school and company lanyards options:
Stock Lanyards for Students/Employees. Identification is crucial to the safety and security of your students and staff members, but making sure they display their ID card can be a challenge. Stock lanyards are an affordable option you can choose to give each person a way to display their ID card. You can always add a breakaway function for added safety. 
Theme Lanyards for Visitors. Whether you work in a school, on a college campus, or in an office building, there’s bound to be visitors coming in and out of your facility. Protect your students and staff by requiring all visitors to wear a themed lanyard when they are in the building. This will help everyone easily identify visitors. 
Fashion Lanyards for Office Staff. Who doesn’t enjoy being choosey? Allow your office staff to choose their favorite style and colors from our assorted beaded lanyards to fashionably display their ID card. 
USB Lanyards for Teachers/IT.  Welcome new teachers or IT personnel with a USB lanyard they can use to both display their ID card and carry around important data. The USB lanyard has 1 GB of storage and easily detaches from the lanyard. 
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Custom lanyard options offered by IDville.  
Click here to read the full newsletter article from our September issue. 
If you have questions regarding ID badge accessories, feel free to contact one of our identification system specialists at 1.866.438.4553 or email me today!  
Kayla is a Marketing Specialist with over three years marketing experience. As a new addition to the IDville team, she is eager to share her social media savvy side and crazy affection for cats with IDville customers and co-workers.  

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Are you ready for the upcoming school year?

by Kayla 14. August 2012 10:15
It’s been three weeks since we launched Visitor Express: School Edition and our Sales Reps are busy performing demos and setting up systems around the US. You don’t have to work in the education field to know how easy it is for an unwelcome visitor to enter the building without a visitor management system in place. It’s more important than ever to ensure that school staff and administration knows who is picking up children and that their property is free of sex offenders. It’s nearly impossible to do this without a secure visitor management system.  
Ensure the safety of your students!
Give us a call & learn about Visitor Express: School Edition  
Not only does Visitor Express: School Edition provide quick check-ins, a safe and secure facility, and ease of use, there are also some features that come in handy when monitoring your visitor traffic.
Instant Alerts: Instant alerts allow you to notify the proper authorities and school officials that a registered sex offender is trying to gain access to the school grounds. Send alerts to notify the approved personnel via text or email for quick and easy delivery. 
Tardy Passes: Put an end to students being late. Print tardy passes that students must wear to class as well as log student’s attendance for tracking purposes. Tardy passes print with the date and time to ensure that students return to class on time. 
Quick Reports: Want to access data quickly? With quick reports you can easily access information regarding visitors and volunteers on site and who has not logged out. Quick reports also have the ability to track student pickup information and student tardies. 
“Safe” School: Is your school safe? Visitor Express: School Edition allows you to market your school as a sex offender free school. Utilizing the National Watchdog database ensures you’re getting the most current information. 
Call one of our IDville identification specialists today at 1.866.438.4553 for a free 20 minute demo and receive more information on how easy it is to implement a visitor management system in your facility before the new school year begins!  
Don’t forget to enter our Facebook contest to enter for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card. All you have to do is like our Fan Page. That’s it! Don’t miss your chance to be the lucky winner. 
Kayla is a Marketing Specialist with over three years marketing experience. As a new addition to the IDville team, she is eager to share her social media savvy side and crazy affection for cats with IDville customers and co-workers.  

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Protect K_ _s.

by Kayla 24. July 2012 09:00
For just a moment pretend that you’re a Principal at an elementary school. It’s Friday afternoon. Do you know which of your students have permission to be picked up at the end of the day? Does the visitor waiting in the front office pose a threat to your students? 
ID is key to easily identifying unwanted visitors in your school.
ID is key to school safety.
ID is key to knowing when a child should or shouldn’t be picked up. 
I’m excited to announce that IDville launched their Visitor Express: School Edition visitor management system today! Whether your students are high school age or pre-schoolers, it’s never been more important than it is today to ensure the safety of each and every student in your building. 
Visitor Express: School Edition makes it quick and easy for anyone on your stuff to reliably operate the system and identify threats of any kind to the safety of your students.  
  Ensure the safety of your students!
      ID is key to student and school safety.  
Safe and secure: Did you know the US is home to more than half a million registered sex offenders and has the highest divorce rate on the planet? These factors have led to an increased amount of safety precautions. IDs scanned with Visitor Express: School Edition are referenced by the National Sex Offender Registry. 
Quick check-in: It takes less than 30 seconds for first time visitors to check-in and 15 seconds for returning visitors. How quick is that? The reliable technology keeps track of visitors and checks them out in less than 5 seconds! 
Easier, on everyone: The process to purchase and set up is made extremely easy thanks to our system experts. They will install the system and train your staff to use the hardware and software. 
Be sure that you really know who’s visiting your school and that your students are safe. To learn more about Visitor Express: School Edition call one of our system experts today at 1.866.38.4553 and schedule a quick 20-minute demo.  
Like us on Facebook and leave us a comment. We’ll then enter you in a $50 Visa gift card drawing. It’s that easy! 
Kayla is a Marketing Specialist with over three years marketing experience. As a new addition to the IDville team, she is eager to share her social media savvy side and crazy affection for cats with IDville customers and co-workers.  

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