The Year in Review:
Highlights of the 2012 School Year
We made significant progress in our advancement of technology in the Manchester School District. Some of the highlights include:
Successful Pilot of district wide Google Apps for Education(GAFE)
We successfully rolled out GAFE within the district, and identified key strategies for utilizing its collaborative capabilities including: student portfolios, project based collaboration, and shared communication. We have integrated it to our Student Information System so all students and staff will automatically be assigned a GAFE account based on their enrollment status. We look forward to continuing to evolve this platform to enhance student learning beyond the classroom walls.
Revision of our Internet Responsible Use Policy
We changed the focus of our AUP from "Opt-IN" to "Opt-out" and renamed our policy from Acceptable to Responsible Use Policy to reflect a more appropriate focus for 21st century classroom. Now students will have to sign the policy only once, and will automatically be granted access to technology until "opting out" rather than resubmitting the RUP every year. This will facilitate much easier access to technology for all students within the classroom.
Redeployment of our District Website to Google Sites.
The Google Sites platform brings content editing to all staff and will enable the district to become more collegiate internally as well as externally to the public who is served by our school system. This platform supports our Technology Leadership Framework vision. Communication and collaboration are key elements to a 21st century workforce and we want our district to facilitate this style of connected shared learning. This transformation will enable better collaboration between our school district staff and the families they serve as well as save the district approximately $12,000 per year since Google Apps for Education platform is completely free to schools.
Migration of District email to a hosted provider.
Our district Email has been transitioned to hosting provider. Hosted email costs are eligible under the federal ERate program. These transitions will enable approx $18,000 to become ERate eligible annually.
Dedicated Internet Access to every school.
Through the federal ERate program, we initiated the process of outfitting each school with dedicated high speed internet access. These connections will provide the bandwidth necessary to allowing collaborative 21st century tools to become integrated into the classroom learning environment. Dedicated access also provides the district the granularity of content control needed to maintain a safe learning environment and to meet federal compliance standards of CIPA(Child Internet Protection Act). Having this granularity means that we can now provide age appropriate access tailored to each individual school.
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Continue discussion on Social Media and Web Tools Policy
Continue discussion on 1 to 1 and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policies
Evaluation of a district wide Learning Management System (LMS)
Upgrade of our Infrastructure based on established priorities.
Enhancement of district wide technology literacy standards.
Provide extended learning opportunities including Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS) and Skype based instruction.