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  1. Conroe ISD Technology Terry McClaugherty Director of Network Services Teri Ross Director of Information Services Jarod Lambert Coordinator of Instructional Technology

  2. Goal 6 • CISD will provide technology infrastructure, tools, and solutions to meet the administrative requirements of the District and to maximize learning for all students.

  3. Technology Upgrades • 3 year plan recently approved funding these projects: • Campus computing needs, • Ongoing district maintenance, • Bandwidth upgrade, • Infrastructure upgrade.

  4. Campus Computing Needs • Replacing old student hardware with faster and newer devices. • Reduces repair cost on older hardware / devices. • Purchasing refurbished computers to reduce acquisition costs. • Refurbished has the same warranty as a new device.

  5. Campus Computing Needs • Web PC Carts and iPad Carts • 347 WebPC laptop carts • 120 iPad carts

  6. Ongoing District Maintenance • Wireless Saturation (Completed Feb 2014) • Wall to wall wireless coverage in buildings • Next phase is density upgrade for high traffic wireless areas • BYOD, iPads, WebPC carts continue to support the need for increased wireless at campuses. Many people have 2 connected devices

  7. Ongoing District Maintenance • System upgrades • Servers, storage and Internet filter • Phone system • Core networking equipment, routers and switches • Security system servers, panels and camera replacements • IP broadcast devices (TV over IP) • Onsite data backup system • Student & Finance servers

  8. Bandwidth upgrade • Current internet bandwidth is 700mb (upgrading to 800mb in 2014-2015 school year) • More video, cloud computing, hosted programs (iLearn, Gradpoint, LMS, etc) requires additional bandwidth • Re-cabling schools for increased internal bandwidth • Replacing switches with faster/newer devices • Changing internal connection to our own fiber (from leased connections) for reliability and scaling. • Increase available bandwidth between campuses and admin

  9. Infrastructure Upgrades • Replacing older hardware that is used for emergency communication in power failure • Generators at hub campuses • Replace old IP Phones • UPS data center upgrade / replacement • Student system / network storage

  10. Technology Support • Windows XP end of life • Implementing Windows 7 this summer • Certain models in our district that can handle and are licensed for Windows 7 will have a district image soon • Major system change was required for our internal imaging system to work with Windows 7 • 6 District network technicians travel to assigned campuses for work order and technology issues. • 2 District security technicians for security cameras, servers, projectors and other video related issues.

  11. Future • Mobile computing continues to be the future for anytime, anywhere learning • Multiple types of computing deviceclassrooms

  12. Questions?

  13. http://goo.gl/faMR0W Research & Information Fluency Technology Applications TEKS Instructional Technology, Conroe ISD | http://technology.conroeisd.net/instructional

  14. Sites to Validate All About Explorers http://www.allaboutexplorers.com The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus.html Instructional Technology, Conroe ISD | http://technology.conroeisd.net/instructional

  15. The "link:" command searches for sites that link to the site of interest. In this case, the search results list web pages that have a link to www.allaboutexplorers.com. The "link:" command searches for sites that link to the site of interest. In this case, the search results list web pages that have a link to www.allaboutexplorers.com. By including additional information, you can keep the search results from returning pages from the site itself in the results. For this search, the additional information would be: -*.allaboutexplorers.com. Instructional Technology, Conroe ISD | http://technology.conroeisd.net/instructional

  16. All About Explorers Using the Google Link Command • link: www.allaboutexplorers.com • link: www.allaboutexplorers.com -*.allaboutexplorers.com Instructional Technology, Conroe ISD | http://technology.conroeisd.net/instructional

  17. link: www.allaboutexplorers.com Instructional Technology, Conroe ISD | http://technology.conroeisd.net/instructional

  18. link: www.allaboutexplorers.com -*.allaboutexplorers.com Instructional Technology, Conroe ISD | http://technology.conroeisd.net/instructional

  19. Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus Back-tracking the Domain • http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus • http://zapatopi.net Instructional Technology, Conroe ISD | http://technology.conroeisd.net/instructional

  20. http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus Instructional Technology, Conroe ISD | http://technology.conroeisd.net/instructional

  21. http://zapatopi.net Instructional Technology, Conroe ISD | http://technology.conroeisd.net/instructional

  22. Advanced Google Search Take some time to build a search using Google's Advanced Search tool. • http://www.google.com/advanced_search Using operators within the Google Search Box • Click here for more information. Instructional Technology, Conroe ISD | http://technology.conroeisd.net/instructional

  23. Common Web Extensions • .k12 - Schools in the U.S. • .edu - Educational Organization • .ac - Academic Institution (not in the U.S.) • .com - Commercial • .org - Any Organization • .gov - Government Agency • .net– Network • .mil - Military Institution (U.S.) November, A. (2008). Web literacy for educators. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, p. 33. Instructional Technology, Conroe ISD | http://technology.conroeisd.net/instructional

  24. Going Wayback! Archive.org's Wayback Machine • http://www.archive.org Instructional Technology, Conroe ISD | http://technology.conroeisd.net/instructional

  25. Closing Thoughts • Validating information is a valuable skill regardless of the format of that information. • We are past the point where we can tell people to use just books to find information. • Knowing how to validate information is a vital skill for both academic and workforce development. Instructional Technology, Conroe ISD | http://technology.conroeisd.net/instructional