CETPA 2017 is happening! This year there has been a great turn out and our team will be implementing some of the ideology and strategies gleaned from neighboring districts and specialist in the EdTech field. We are very excited to bring home some new technologies and ideas to help us prepare for the inevitable shift to digital curricula and cloud based learning services. The cloud is coming, and we will be ready for it.
Our last District Tech Committee meeting on Thursday, November 9th was a productive one. Several hot topics were discussed and there were some great conversations around those topics. We decided as a committee to begin reducing filter restrictions and promoting digital learning relative to digital citizenship. This is and will be be an ongoing goal and the filter changes will be implemented slowly and effectively. Our district has already done a fantastic job of implementing this type of training and we would like to support and expand those endeavors. The first round of filtering lifts will include news sites that have comment sections. I would like to thank our wonderful staff and administration for agreeing to meet and discuss these difficult and polarizing topics and come to an agreement for the benefit of our students and district. I look forward to many more productive meetings.
By far our most common issue with student laptops is broken/missing keys. These requests account for about 20% of all the technology requests we get. These types of repairs are very time consuming and back-stock intensive; furthermore, once a key has been broken off it will never be quite like new again. Please ensure that your students are treating our devices with respect, and (most importantly) hold those that choose not to be respectful accountable. For ideas on how to do this effectively please reach out to us or your colleagues as there are several simple steps that can be taken to drastically reduce these types of damages and abuse. Thank you for your cooperation!
Our WiFi is getting antiquated. Several of our Access Points (the units that our devices connect to for wireless internet) have long passed their ‘End of Life’. The good news is that the wiring is all done for an Access Point in every classroom, so all we need to do is get some new APs. We are pleased to inform you that we will be deploying some new Aruba Access Points into high-use areas for testing. The AHS Library, MHS Field and select classrooms will be getting these new Access Points for testing purposes. If all goes well, we will be looking into a complete district upgrade to support our expanding wireless network.