What about hub computers?

I’ve been writing a great deal about the cool, new technologies that we’re deploying – our secondary 1:1 program, device infusion at the elementary level, our new classroom suite that includes wireless video and voice amplification, dramatic network infrastructure improvements, virtual applications, and staff device upgrades, to name a few – but am going to devote some time today to a device type that will be phased out within our classrooms.   Continue reading What about hub computers?

What software do we include with computers?

This is a question that I often get, so it seemed as though it warrants a blog post: what software do we install on computers? 

While we install a great deal of specialty software, the following is a list of software that we’ll be installing on all newly-issued computers, beginning in 2017:  Continue reading What software do we include with computers?

In-Depth: Staff Device Replacement Plan and FAQ

One of the challenges of planning substantial technology deployment changes within a large district like ours is tied to the interactions between those various policies.  One of the major changes that we’re making, beginning next year, is to shorten the district’s technology replacement cycle from 6 years to 4 years.  Additionally, our current model calls for the replacement of 1/3 of technology within each building, every other year.   Continue reading In-Depth: Staff Device Replacement Plan and FAQ

In-Depth: Application Virtualization and 1:1 Program Cost

On February 14th, the ICCSD Board approved a purchase of hardware and software that will provide, among other things, application virtualization services.  Now, on the face of it this might not sound like an interesting development, but I’m really excited about the opportunities that this will afford our students – and staff – to embrace the concept of anywhere, anytime learning.   Continue reading In-Depth: Application Virtualization and 1:1 Program Cost

How does Iowa’s allowable growth rate impact ICCSD technology?

There has been a great deal of coverage lately of the Iowa legislature’s approval of a 1.1% allowable growth rate for the 2017-18 school year.  With a number of educational technology projects in the works, one of the questions that I’ve received from a number of teachers and community members over the last week is how our upcoming initiatives will be impacted by the allowable growth figure.   Continue reading How does Iowa’s allowable growth rate impact ICCSD technology?

What’s New in the Technology & Innovation Department: E-Rate

With temperatures in the 50s this past weekend, it finally seems as though spring is in sight.  While day-to-day technology support needs in the district tend to hit a bit of a lull at this time of year – many chronic issues have been solved, and most new technology initiatives and programs are well-established – this is a busy time of year from a planning perspective. Continue reading What’s New in the Technology & Innovation Department: E-Rate

ICCSD Internet Service Disruption

On Monday, February 20th at 6:30 PM, ICCSD will experience an internet service outage due to scheduled maintenance by our internet service provider, the Iowa Communications Network (ICN).  During the outage, internet service will not be available within district buildings, and some district-provided web services, such as Exchange email, will not be available.  The district website, PowerSchool, and Google services will continue to be available during this time. 

While we do not yet have an expectation from the ICN regarding how long this maintenance window will take, we are estimating a four-hour service disruption. 

Classroom Suite Selected

After reviewing bids, the recommendation of the ICCSD Technology & Innovation department is that the district’s new classroom technology suite include:  Continue reading Classroom Suite Selected

Security Error

An update to the Chrome browser caused an alert to appear when people are trying to use district webmail, along with several other district sites, in Chrome. The updated Chrome browser flags all secured (HTTPS) websites that don’t have a certificate that Google considers to be valid as unsecured.

The site will still work if you click advanced and then proceed, and is in fact encrypted and secure.  We’re working on updating our security certificate with a new registrar that will remove this error in Chrome.

If you continue to have trouble opening webmail or other district sites in Chrome, please switch to Firefox or Edge, or use Microsoft Outlook to access your email.

Elementary Device Weighted Resource Allocation Model

One of the areas of research that I’ve followed closely has been the digital divide, generally defined as an disparity in the amount of access that students have to technology at school and at home (Dolan, 2016) but sometimes expanded to include in-school versus out-of-school literacies (Nasah, DaCosta, Kinsell, & Seok, 2010) or inequity driven by race and gender (Vie, 2008).  As we’ve transitioned to a digital society over the past 40 years, technology literacy is no longer an option.  Even in early elementary grades, mandatory assessments are increasingly delivered online, while students applying for college and financial aid will find that applications, supporting documents, work portfolios, and scholarship opportunities are almost entirely digital.   Continue reading Elementary Device Weighted Resource Allocation Model