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History of Information Technology during the first decade of the Francis Parker Charter School Devens Massachusetts

History of Information Technology during the first decade of the Francis Parker Charter School Devens Massachusetts

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