Written by Jason Gray, Network Administrator
Although we do have some exciting improvements planned for next year, this summer will not be nearly as hectic for the Technology Department as the last. Here is a quick preview of some things we will be working on that you can look forward to for next year.
The Hamilton-McPherson Fine Arts Center
Although this will not be a technology-centered facility, there will be a good bit of technology within the building once it is completed. There will be some classroom technology, as well as an extension of our wireless network accessibility at this location, and a state-of-the-art audio-video system will be installed in the 500-seat auditorium making it a flexible facility suitable for both the performing arts as well as seminars and other similar events.
We are upgrading all of the district websites to provide a more attractive presentation, as well as efficiently accessible and current information.
New Content Filter System
We have chosen to utilize a new internet content filtering system provided by Lightspeed Systems. This new system will give us additional flexibility in choosing which content should be blocked. It will also add additional flexibility to our teachers, allowing them to bypass the filter if they find it necessary for classroom their curriculum.
My Big Campus
We will also be utilizing My Big Campus, which is a new collaborative, blended learning system with a safe social learning platform and an educational resource library. This will replace the system we tried out last year and we anticipate that it will be a much more stable and effective system.
Network Maintenance & Upgrades
As always, we will be upgrading and performing scheduled maintenance on the data network throughout the entire district. This may include repairs additional network drops, or additional wireless access points which will improve both the performance and availibility of our network.
Regular Technology Maintenance
And finally, we will be performing annual maintenance on all the instructional computers which will include each of them receiving a new image.
Although they are not nearly as dramatic as last year's, we anticipate that the projects we implement this summer will contribute to the overall improvement of Bremen City Schools' educational technology.