If you’re unfamiliar with Securus Technologies, it is a prison technology company headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Founded in 1986, Securus Technologies is a business predicated on providing detainee communication, as well as high-tech software solutions, to the criminal justice industry. According to the company’s LinkedIn bio, Securus Technologies is a privately held company with a workforce of approximately 1,000 to 5,000 employees and specializes in call Management Systems, data Analytics, information technology, and telecommunications.
Although headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Securus also has regional offices in Allen, TX, Carrollton, TX, Allen, TX, and Atlanta, GA, and with considerable success in each market, Securus is recognized as a leader in civil and criminal technology solutions. In addition, the company has been described as best in class when it comes to monitoring, corrections, and investigation protocols. Securus currently provides communication technology services to over 1.2 million inmates in North America. Securus cites the ability to adapt to change, as a key component to their success. In a PR Newswire article, CEO and Chairman Richard Smith states that Securus is currently making strides to allow inmates the option of using their own mobile device to place and receive calls through the company’s Wireless Containment Solutions.
According to Securus Technologies, allowing inmates access to their own mobile device also benefits short-term facilities; inmates who have access to their own devices will invariably have access to important phone numbers, which could expedite bail out times. In addition, Wireless Containment Solutions allow inmates to access visitation schedules, law libraries, job finding resources, and a host of other online resources. Although these resources are not currently available to all inmates, they are available to some, and CEO and Chairman Richard Smith believes that it will be possible to offer these services to all inmates in the future.
What is Class Dojo? It’s a free app for teachers that helps with classroom management and parent communication. In the classroom, the Class Dojo app can be set up on the SmartBoard or on a computer screen. The children can pick avatars for themselves, and earn points for meeting behavioral goals. The goals are set by teachers based on the needs of the classroom and individual students. When needed, the teacher can use the app to keep track of student behavior. What’s even better is that the app allow students to keep track of their own behavior. If they are curious why they haven’t earned Dojo points, they can find out why, and self-correct their own behavior. Unlike traditional classroom behavior charts, the students are able to track their own behavior, but they are not able to view the behavior of their peers.
The app also serves as a communication platform for parents and teachers. If the teacher uses this feature, parents are able to track their own child’s behavior through the app, getting rid of any surprise phone calls at the end of the school day. There is also a messaging feature on the app, enabling parents and teachers to message each other directly throughout the day. Another communication tool on Class Dojo is the ability to post class “stories” to let parents know through words and pictures what is going on in the classroom during the day.
If used wisely, this is an app that can make classroom management fun for teachers, help students monitor their own behavior, and help foster parent communication with their children and their children’s teachers.
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When Bob Reina first got the idea to start a business that would allow users to send videos via email easily, he had no way of knowing that it would grow into a global multimillion dollar enterprise. Reina’s innovation led to the establishment of video marketing company Talk Fusion in 2007. The firm began operations with a bang, launching Video Email, its flagship product. This eventually developed into the first integrated video marketing solution in the world.
Bob Reina currently serves as Talk Fusion’s Chief Executive Officer. He has been able to lead the company to international success through am an intriguing mix of visionary innovation, dynamic leadership, and a passion for helping others. Further, he was able to channel his over 25 years’ of direct marketing experience into promoting his innovation. In fact, this direct selling model now forms the core of Talk Fusion overarching marketing approach.
Recently, Reina brought this experience to HuffPost, which rebranded from Huffington Post in the past few weeks. He was among the first to have articles posted on the changing news platform. His articles were titled “Promoting with Purpose: How to Understand Your Audience,” and “How to Thrive in a Society of Quitters.” These offerings went live on HuffPost in late April, right in the midst of the platform’s night-and-day rebrand.
Lydia Polgreen, HuffPost’s Editor in Chief, explained that this rebranding was done with the aim of telling the stories of the overlooked and disenfranchised minority. This goal resonates with Reina’s lifelong mission as both HuffPost’s contributor and the leader of Talk Fusion. Since mid-2016, he has been a regular contributor on the platform, sharing articles that focus on entrepreneurship, trends in technology, marketing, self-development, and lifestyle.
With his unique background, Reina brings a unique and compelling outlook to the news platform. On the rebrand, he explains that successful brands never stop evolving and integrating new innovations into their systems. This dedication to evolution is shown in HuffPost’s focus in fulfillment and culture. He further stated that the future of their collaboration looked bright, and he was excited to keep sharing content with the news provider’s 200 million subscribers.