Michael Mades, CETL, Director of Technology
Here is a summary of the major tech projects for this summer, in preparation for the 2016-2017 school year:
1. On Line Back to School Verification and New Student Enrollment
-Have added a new module to Infinite Campus, allowing parents to update their contact information, student records, and emergency contacts, pay fees, and sign the handbook agreements on line.
-This eliminates the need for schools to print back to school forms, and for parents to go to school and turn in paperwork.
-Parents can officially do their verification starting August 3, and will be sent a link with the important details.
-New families are now enrolling online, instead of writing enrollment information on paper.
2. Implementation of Its Learning, the new learning management system
-After a thorough review and adoption process last semester, Its Learning is now in deployment phase, with training teachers to use the digital classroom and curriculum management features.
-Some curriculum is being uploaded, while other curriculum will be written into the new system over the next several years.
-The system is being integrated into existing district systems for data sharing and single sign on user account access.
3. Expansion to the high school of the 1-1 Chromebook deployment
-Training for high school teachers started in January
-2000 Chromebooks and cases have been purchased
-High school and college students are prepping the Chromebooks for delivery
-Computer labs and student computers are being removed from the high school
-Used computer sale are being sold to the public by pre-ordering.
4. Maintenance of 1-1 Chromebooks for grades 6-9
-All student assigned Chromebooks were collected in June
-All Chromebooks have been cleaned, inspected, and repaired if necessary
5. Chromebook Kickoff on Aug. 22-29, for grades 6-12 (excluding Prairie Phoenix Academy)
-Students will schedule a time to attend
-Students will pick up Chromebooks at Patrick Marsh
-Students will have their photo taken, get their school ID
-Students will get bus route assignments
6. School preparations for new school year
-Replacing 325 computers
-Cleaning and repairing SmartBoards, projectors, and other classroom technology
-Preparing new 5th grade classrooms at Prairie View and Patrick Marsh
-Preparing 1 set of Chromebooks for each 5th grade classroom
-Training new teachers at Camp Cardinal
-Delivering Chromebooks to new teachers
-Developing and enhancing MakerSpaces in all schools for opportunities for student design and creation
7. Network and Internet Upgrades
-Replacing all core network switches in the schools and District Office
-Installing high capacity wireless access points (WIFI) in the High School Field House, commons, and PAC
-Doubling the district's Internet bandwidth
8. Sharing our District's technology expertise with others
-EdCamp Madison is held in Sun Prairie
-Hosted the Google Apps for Education Summit at the High School
-EdCamp Leader was held here in July
-District tech staff presented at ISTE, CoSN and WISEdata Conferences
-District tech staff have upcoming presentations at the Madison Power Up Conference, the Games and Learning Society Conference, and the SLATE Conference.
That's all I can think of for now!