A few weeks ago, I was asked to participate, and serve on a panel, at Intel’s Capacity, Content, and the Cloud (C3) event in Dallas. Below, and in future posts, are my notes from the sessions.
This session, moderated by Rick Herrmann from Intel, featured Robert Gravina, CTO of Poway Unified; David Akridge, Executive Manager of I.T. for Mobile County in Alabama; Jeanne Weber, Director of Suffolk Regional Information Center; and Rachel Wente-Chaney, Information Projects Manager of High Desert ESD in Oregon. The focus of this session was to explore how schools are supporting K-12 IT talent and infrastructure as well as innovative programs that provide technical support in schools.
Rachael works in a large geographic area that is lightly populated. Her support of a one-to-one laptop initiative proved challenging as time progressed. They’re rolling out Google Apps for Education in Oregon. Oregon’s cloud has content, resources, Google apps, teacher tools, and professional development.
Robert: Poway has 34K students and 37 schools. He’s been building Poway’s cloud for a few years. A local bond has helped support technology infusion in schools. Their IT vision is to empower students, parents and staff through innovative technology. Current projects include a cloud computing portal, packet shaping, a new SIS, and an online high school.
Robert played a funny YouTube video “Everything’s amazing and nobody’s happy” that talked about how much life has improved compared to the primitive technologies baby boomers were raised with, and yet we complain about current technologies.
Three keys to a strong network: standardization, consolidation, and automation.
Jeanne is the CIO for more than 60 school districts and 300K students. They host a variety of applications in the cloud they’ve constructed and store data offsite. They’re currently working on public/private partnerships, virtualization, VOIP,
Who sets the technology agenda in your districts?
Rachel: it’s collaborative.
Robert: it’s important to always support the district’s & superintendent’s goals and to build flexible learning environments. (They allow mobile devices and don’t lock down networks.) Kids should be allowed to use technologies that facilitate their learning.