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Info Tech@FWPCES

  1. 1. Information Technology at the Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School 1997 - 2009 By Harry Jacobson, Technology Coordinator from 1997 to 2009 Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School Devens, Massachusetts
  2. 2. Francis Parker Charter School & Regional Teachers Center <ul><li>1995-6: First year, 110 students, 23 faculty/staff. </li></ul><ul><li>2000: First graduating class, 350 students, 65 faculty/staff </li></ul><ul><li>2000: Parker moves to 49 Antietam Street. </li></ul><ul><li>2005: Teacher Center moves to 27 Antietam Street. </li></ul><ul><li>2007: 377 students, 75 faculty/staff </li></ul><ul><li>March 2008: New building addition operational, Teacher Center returns to 49 Antietam Street. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Year 2000: move to 49 Antietam Street <ul><li>“ If you build it they will come.” </li></ul><ul><li>Devens Development buy-in to expand telecom feed from 6 phone lines to 100 pair - T1 line. </li></ul><ul><li>Comcast buy-in to install digital cable TV line </li></ul><ul><li>Voice and data share new cabling infrastructure. </li></ul><ul><li>4 quadrant LAN, collapsed backbone over fiber. </li></ul><ul><li>Core & edge switches: Cisco vs. Hewlett-Packard. </li></ul><ul><li>NetGear unmanaged hubs/switches where needed. </li></ul><ul><li>Migrate server tasks from one to three servers. </li></ul><ul><li>Deployment workstation. </li></ul><ul><li>First NT workstations. </li></ul><ul><li>Roaming teachers: 90%+ classroom utilization </li></ul>
  4. 4. Workstation infrastructure <ul><li>Standard Parker desktop on all computers. </li></ul><ul><li>Populations of standard hardware </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Common problems, common solutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faster turnaround </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition </li></ul><ul><li>Ghost imaging </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fast deployment and updates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diagnostic tool: Configuration or hardware problem? </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Parker’s Standard Desktop
  6. 6. 2008: Building addition <ul><li>Building committee formed 2006 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RFQ posted Spring 2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>tech spec change requests during construction. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Design paradigm: Addition of “limb” to existing data network </li></ul><ul><li>Phone and data continue sharing cable infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>State-of-art collapsed backbone switch </li></ul><ul><li>Network Access Control device </li></ul><ul><li>Expand existing Mitel SX-200 PBX </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Copper (vs. VoIP): less expensive, simpler, robust. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>New PA and clocks </li></ul>
  7. 8. Deployment of technology to new addition <ul><li>Minimal disturbance to school operations </li></ul><ul><li>Rapid deployment </li></ul><ul><li>Working phones & PA, inspection, occupancy </li></ul><ul><li>Computer clusters re-organized Sept. 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Phase I – deploy additions to network infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Phase II – deploy new computers </li></ul>
  8. 9. Current technology targets <ul><li>Migrate video: analog TV to digital network </li></ul><ul><li>Extend useful life of old technology </li></ul><ul><li>Deploy Symantec products </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Endpoint Protection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Network Access Control </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Deploy Network Access Control device </li></ul>
  9. 10. Other responsibilities….. <ul><li>Chair: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty committee for standard desktop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet safety committee, presentations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CIPA committee, made presentations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teach and oversee: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>class in computer operations and maintenance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Helpdesk </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Author/editor: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology Plan, updates, e-rate </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Member of Building committee </li></ul>
  10. 11. Harry Jacobson [email_address] h. 978-456-9070 cell. 978-697-6738 Thank you!

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