Franklinville Central School Board of Education Report

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Franklinville Central School Board of Education Report

  1. 1. Franklinville Central School Technology Plan 2010-2013
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Review of the resources we have </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Currently approximately 475 computers in computer labs and classrooms. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-K – 3 rd grade have one teacher computer and two student computers per classroom. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gr. 4 – Gr. 6 we are moving toward 6 computers in each classroom and one printer. All computers have access to the local network and the Internet </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gr. 7 – Gr. 12 students have access to computers in special areas like art, music, technology but its less than one to one. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Overview of the Servers <ul><li>A year ago we moved from 24 physical servers to... </li></ul>
  4. 4. Today we have a cloud.. Three servers that run many applications and have one big disk drive.
  5. 5. Netbooks and Thin Clients Connecting to resources in a cloud environment. This means lower costs and ubiquitous access 24 x 7.
  6. 6. What is a Netbook? <ul><li>Netbooks (sometimes also called mini notebooks or ultraportables) are a branch of subnotebooks, a rapidly evolving category of small, light and inexpensive laptop computers suited for general computing and accessing web-based applications; </li></ul>
  7. 7. What is a thin client? <ul><li>A thin client (sometimes also called a lean or slim client) is a computer which depends heavily on some other computer (its server) to fulfill its traditional computational roles. </li></ul><ul><li>We have used older computer as thin clients to extend their life and save money. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Thin Clients and Netbooks <ul><li>These two device types leverage clouds and cost less money to purchase and support. </li></ul><ul><li>All or most applications are web based and are housed in the “cloud.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The opportunity to pilot Stoneware fits our current vision and moves us toward our destination a little quicker and less expensively. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. We're becoming “cloud-centric” Stoneware leverages traditional desktops, netbooks, thin clients and mobile phones in one cloud environment that is scalable and affordable.
  10. 10. Long-term goal <ul><li>One to one access for all students 24 x 7 </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We want all of our students to have one to one access so that they can take advantage of resources like Study Island, School Island, Moodle, blogging and other content creation software. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We want our students and community to be able to use all of our resources whether at home or at school. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Vision driven Curriculum <ul><li>What are the tools our graduates need to succeed in 21 st century America? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Are we preparing them for the present and future? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How can we do that cost effectively yet fairly? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>How are the needs of today's learners different? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What about students with special needs? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can we use a cloud like Stoneware to deliver applications like Kurzweil E-Reader Software to homes of our students. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Potential Alternatives <ul><li>OpenOffice.org vs. Microsoft Office </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Using open source software that includes systems like Moodle to reduce costs. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Colleges and BOCES moving in this direction too. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Elimination of desktop software and move to the web for all student and most staff applications. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Using Cloud based applications like Google Docs and Moodle. Emphasis on communication skills rather than application skills. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>These are free applications and can be used at school or at home. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Recommendations <ul><li>Move to more thin clients and netbooks and away from desktops. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do we need to teach Openoffice.org or Microsoft Office or should we be encouraging student writing that moves them toward a more digital future using blogs and wikis? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Teach keyboarding at lower grades. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Leverage partnerships with BOCES and look to ARRA funds including FCC partnership with cable companies to put internet computers in low income homes (February 2010). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Professional development for teachers – that moves them toward 21 st century skills and how to teach those skills to students. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Continuing to rely heavily on reading and research to stay in front because that is how we got the Stoneware opportunity. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Additional Recommendations <ul><li>Continue to virtualize infrastructure and move to public and private cloud. </li></ul><ul><li>Move most servers into the cloud and off campus. </li></ul><ul><li>Move to the web entirely. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Leverage Web 2.0 and what comes next. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Teach Reading, Writing and Computation and look to work toward innovative approaches that encourage students empowering publishing. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Thank you <ul><li>Donald Watkins </li></ul><ul><li>District Technology Director </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: don_watkins </li></ul><ul><li>Tech Plan Wiki: http://franklinvilletechplan.wikispaces.com/ </li></ul>

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