BGR1 Technology Update
By George Beshears, Technology Director, BG R-I
It has been a busy and fast paced time in the Technology Office. It started off with PCs that needed to be re-imaged due to a root kit attack. This was the highest-profile area of our work with 99 percent of the PCs being successfully re-imaged by the first week of school. Work then continued on the remaining PCs and mobile devices.
We moved to Google Apps for our e-Mail, Calendars and collaboration tools. We made a decision to transition from GroupWise to Google Apps. Some of our teachers and staff had been using Google Apps for some time. We moved to Google’s secure cloud for our day-to-day messaging, scheduling, and collaboration needs. The continued focus on using technology in the classroom, as well as the workplace has transpired into the adoption of these apps. This move will allow for a scalable solution that can be tailored to meet the needs of our great students and staff.
SMART Boards were installed over the summer. The new boards provide an interactive whiteboard which combine the simplicity of a whiteboard with the power of a computer. This allows for dynamic lessons, ability to write notes in digital ink and allow for work to be saved – all with the touch of a finger. This move will allow for standardization which will result in better overall support.
The first two months of the start-of-school has produced 743 work order requests with 99 percent being successfully completed by month end. The majority of requests dealt with software issues such as program installation and password resets.
We continued to move forward with the wireless access points being replaced and reconfigured. This included extending wireless access to the football stadium press box. This not only allowed for connectivity during games, but also the ability to remotely access the scoreboard.
Network infrastructure is continuing to be examined as a part of a systematic approach to providing technology support for the District. A back up plan is in place which allows for both a daily on-site and nightly off-site back-up of critical data. This will provide a sound foundation for disaster recovery.
We installed iBOSS as our web content filtering solution. This allows for internet content to be blocked or restricted per our Acceptable Use Policy. This software is designed to restrict or control the content a user is authorized to access.
We look forward to upgrading one of our Business computer labs through grant funded improvements by the end of the year.
In conclusion, it is an exciting time for Technology at BGR1!