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The largest prison technology company in North America released some exciting news in recent weeks. Securus Technologies of Dallas, a holding company with over 20 subsidiaries that provide technology-based solutions to law enforcement agencies and corrections facilities, completed an 18-month trial of its drone detection technology. The trial was an intensive testing period that wrapped up in early March of 2018. The technology is similar to the company’s cellular device detection that uses digital antennae structures, or DAS, to triangulate contraband cellular devices inside of prisons. Due to the increased security concerns of prison officials who have seen an increase in drone activity bring contraband into their facilities, the technology has been in the works for a number of years.


Securus also announced in late February 2018 that the company was the recipient of three Stevie awards at the 11th Annual Stevie Awards banquet held in Las Vegas at the historic Caesars Palace. They won the Gold Stevie Award for the Team Customer Service Complaints category. Two individuals won Stevie awards for their work in customer service, both a silver and a bronze. The company operates a U.S.-based customer service call center in Atlanta, Georgia. Securus Technologies was formed in 1986 and provides a host of services that are technology-based to over 1 million inmates and 3,500 government agencies in North America. These agencies include local and state municipalities, law enforcement agencies, and corrections facilities.


ClassDojo is an app that improves the efficiency and availability of communication in school classrooms. It forges a stronger bond between the parents, students, and teachers by allowing them to communicate more and in an easy and fun way. The app is available for use on smartphones, computers and tablets so it can be used anywhere conveniently. It is a way for parents to keep up with how their student is performing socially, academically, and behaviorally. The teacher has the ability to assign behaviors to the students based on various activities throughout the day. These activities are attached to points, and this point system makes the students more eager to perform well. Many teachers give out rewards when the class has accumulated enough points. The students are also able to customize the avatar that is inside the ClassDojo app, which they love doing.

The instant messaging feature in ClassDojo allows the teachers to contact the parents during the day about something that is urgent and needs attention. The parents also have the ability to contact the teacher, which comes in handy when they are running late or otherwise need to notify the teacher about something. This is much easier than email communication. ClassDojo has also been a great way in which teachers are able to save time. They no longer have to record class activities on the board or write them down. They can easily be recorded in the ClassDojo app with just a couple taps. Since the app is available or smartphones, this can be done at any time while they are on the go. ClassDojo has also found a way to encourage parents to become more involved with their students schooling. They are able to observe how they are performing and make sure everything is going okay for them.