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.   Read More »

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:  Read More »

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.   Read More »

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.   Read More »

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

There has been a great deal of coverage lately of the opens in a new windowIowa 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.   Read More »