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The ElmoreNET Project. Transforming Educational Technology. Where To Begin…. “In the modern world, the most dangerous form of determinism is the technological phenomenon. It is not a question of getting rid of it, but by an act of freedom, of transcending it How is this to be done?”

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The elmorenet project

The ElmoreNET Project

Transforming Educational Technology


Where to begin
Where To Begin…

“In the modern world, the most dangerous form of determinism is the technological phenomenon. It is not a question of getting rid of it, but by an act of freedom, of transcending it How is this to be done?”

—Howard Rheingold


A little about elmore county schools
A Little About Elmore County Schools

  • 7th Largest School System in Alabama out of 135 school districts

  • 10,510 Students in grades K-12

  • Over 1,000 employees

  • 15 schools and 10 ancillary sites


Funding for elmore county schools
Funding for Elmore County Schools

  • 134 out of 135 in funding per pupil


Technology staff
Technology Staff

  • 4 technicians

  • Network administrator

  • database specialist

  • New Ed Tech Specialist to work with teachers on integrating technology and professional development

  • Administrative Support


The history
The History…

  • Discussions began 2 ½ years ago

  • Board approved $1.2 in December, 2004 for project

  • Citrix was our solution

  • Bid Project in January – decided not to award bid

  • Went back to the Board in February to ask for additional $600,000 – for network upgrades

  • Rebid project in March

  • Awarded bid to InTec

  • Work Began in May, 2005


So what were the issues
So, What Were the Issues?

  • Need to update outdated computers so that students could be more prepared for the 21st century

  • Provide equitable access to software and hardware

  • Virus Outbreaks – updating old equipment

  • 4 week turn around time on work orders

  • 350 work orders any given week

  • Locations 30 minutes away from technology office

  • 4 Technicians – responsible for upwards of 800 computers each


Technology an essential component
Technology… An Essential Component

“Technology has become an essential component of the day-to-day operations of our school system. Measures had to be taken in order to ensure that our student data was accurate and secure, that teachers had access to the necessary applications to report data on their students and to improve instruction and most importantly that students had access to the most up-to-date advanced technology.”

—Davis Brock


Before the project
Before the Project…

  • Over 3,000 computers in the school district

  • Over 1,500 of those were 10 or more years old with Win 95 or Win 98

  • Budget:

    • $40,000 for local to run office

    • $100,000 for schools from state funding

    • $350,000 in Erate funds for phones, internet connectivity, cell phones, distance learning

    • $100,000 in federal grant funding: EETT of which 25% must be used for Professional Development

Fall 2005: 3.6:1


The elmorenet project
Now…

  • Over 3,000 computers in the school district

  • Removed 1500 Win 95 and 98 Computers

  • All computers 2000 and above

  • 1500 of those now Ardence Machines

  • 15 different images, 5 servers

  • Gig connectivity

  • New 6,400 sqft facility

  • 200 Workorders in a given week

  • 2 Week turn around time

  • Replaced all switches in MDFs and classroom hubs


So what issues do we have today
So, What Issues do We Have Today…

  • Printing

  • # of Images on One Machine (10 max)

  • Wireless access – portable buildings

  • Saving inside programs