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The EdTech community is always looking for ways to collaborate, share best practices and empower each other.

Andy Hall, the Director of Information Services for Platte County R-3 School District, recently developed an “Alert Button” using nothing more than a button attached to a Raspberry Pi, the $35 computer board.

When the button is pressed, it sends an email/text alert message to whoever is set up in the system, basically saying, “help is needed in this location.”  It is our intention to place these at building front desks to allow front-line staff to quietly ask for help when a difficult customer or other situation arises.  THIS DOES NOT REPLACE A TRUE ALARM SYSTEM OR 911 CALL, it simply sends a discreet message to other staff, requesting their assistance.

To help other districts and give technology departments a chance for a little professional development, Platte County R-3 will be hosting a “button building” session on Wednesday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to noon.  If you come with the parts needed (listed on the linked sign-up sheet), you should be able to leave that day with a working unit to take back to your district or library.  If you simply want to come and see what its all about, that is fine as well.  The technology skill level for this is not exceptionally high — you just need to be willing to experiment and learn new things.

However, in order to adequately prepare, Platte County has asked that you please sign up ahead of time at so they know how many to expect.  You can contact Andy directly if you have any questions.  This training is in no way associated with any vendor or outside organization — just Platte County R-3 School District sharing something they think may help others.

As an added bonus, we’ve already asked Andy to bring this two-hour session to #MOREnet2018, and we’re quite pleased he’s agreed!


When:  March 21, 2018, 10 a.m. – noon

Where:  Platte County R-3 District Education Center – 998 Platte Falls Rd., Platte City, MO  64079

Contact:  Andy Hall;; (816) 550-0127

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