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

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