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1 Sheldon K. Smith, Ed.D. ssmith@slocoe.org Gonzales Unified Technology Review Sheldon K. Smith, Ed.D. Gonzales Unified

2 Sheldon K. Smith, Ed.D. ssmith@slocoe.org Hire an Outside Auditor Take a Snapshot Gonzales Unified

3 Sheldon K. Smith, Ed.D. ssmith@slocoe.org Gonzales Unified Equipment Technology n 869 Computers (most networked), 13 servers n 100MB network connection among school sites n Web Access for email, student data, classroom web pages. n Stellar TV Studio n Well functioning computer labs Gonzales Unified

4 Sheldon K. Smith, Ed.D. ssmith@slocoe.org Gonzales Unified People & Staffing People n 3 well networked schools n 2281 students n 2.6 students : computer n Staffed computer labs n One technician; one student data specialist. Gonzales Unified

5 Sheldon K. Smith, Ed.D. ssmith@slocoe.org Four Cornerstones Getting a handle on Technology I. Readiness for Change I. Readiness for Change How prepared and capable are people for activating new ways of teaching and learning that will make a difference for all students? II. Teaching and Learning What new ways of teaching and learning are actually developed with technology uses demonstrating added-value that makes a difference for all students? Gonzales Unified

6 Sheldon K. Smith, Ed.D. ssmith@slocoe.org Four Cornerstones Getting a handle on Technology III.Technology Deployment How robust and pervasive is the technical infrastructure in supporting the new ways of teaching and learning for all students? IV. System Capacity How organized and capable is the system for scaling and sustaining the change in order to ensure results for all students? Gonzales Unified

7 Sheldon K. Smith, Ed.D. ssmith@slocoe.org What the Audit Measured All Cornerstones Equal n Not in Place n Emerging n Developing n In Place Gonzales Unified

8 Sheldon K. Smith, Ed.D. ssmith@slocoe.org Data Collection n Two on-site visits n Three Interviews n Four telephone interviews n Various email exchanges n Three computer lab visits n Two classroom visits. Gonzales Unified

9 Sheldon K. Smith, Ed.D. ssmith@slocoe.org Findings System Capacity – Policies Procedures A system can tolerate up to 30% "foreign" or new ideas without snapping back. This elasticity surprises groups whose first efforts yield results and then a "wall" of resistance stops the forward movement. The indicators in this cluster are critical when moving from optional use of an innovation to full expectation of technology use. The success of this cluster will yield equity across the system. General District Findings: IndicatorFinding Policies ProceduresEmerging - Developing Gonzales Unified

10 Sheldon K. Smith, Ed.D. ssmith@slocoe.org LearningRecommendations Policy – Procedures n Additional Support Staff n Procurement-Purchase procedure n Guidelines for classroom web pages n Procedure for SASI privileges n Automated backup policy/procedure n Passphrase procedure Gonzales Unified

11 Sheldon K. Smith, Ed.D. ssmith@slocoe.org Findings Learning – Ubiquitous Access Learning II. Learning – This cornerstone measures the learning environment and the integration of computer technology. In all learning environments visitors ought to feel students first, learning second, and resources, like technology, third. Many times, people confuse the means with the ends by focusing only on computers, and not on the improved learning well implemented computers bring to students. General District Findings: IndicatorFinding Ubiquitous Access In-Place Gonzales Unified

12 Sheldon K. Smith, Ed.D. ssmith@slocoe.org Ubiquitous Access Recommendations School Type of School/District Grade Span Number of Schools # of Computers # of Students per Computer # of Classroo ms with Internet FAIRVIEW MIDDLEMIDD5-811643.927 GONZALES HIGHHIGH9-1215081.447 LA GLORIA ELEMENTARYELEMK-411954.647 SOMAVIA HIGH SCHOOLCONT9-121217.52 District Total:UNIFIED48692.6123 County Total:12112,7595.53,849 State Totals:9,8331,389,8054.5320,997 Gonzales Unified

13 Sheldon K. Smith, Ed.D. ssmith@slocoe.org Ubiquitous Access Recommendations n Staff development n Computer recovery procedure n Automated data backup / recovery n Method to systematically replace 20% of the computers over a five year period (*Tool Capacity) Gonzales Unified

14 Sheldon K. Smith, Ed.D. ssmith@slocoe.org Findings Technology Deployment This cornerstone is becoming increasingly technical and complex requiring very competent staffing. Educational purposes and goals rather than hardware/software acquisition must guide these decisions. General District Findings: IndicatorFinding Tool CapacityEmerging - Developing Connectivity In-Place Facilities Developing - In-Place* Technical Support Emerging - Developing * There is one critical area of need relating to the Main Distribution Frame Gonzales Unified

15 Sheldon K. Smith, Ed.D. ssmith@slocoe.org Tool Capacity Recommendations n Address EOL equipment n Create systemic funding source n Utilize Microsoft Settlement moneys. n Utilize ERate money to replace EOL network equipment (*Connectivity) Gonzales Unified

16 Sheldon K. Smith, Ed.D. ssmith@slocoe.org Gonzales Unified - Connectivity School Building Level Layer III Switch Classroom Switch Gonzales High School School - Classroom School Building Level Layer III Switch Classroom Switch School - Classroom Main Distribution Frame Gonzales High School School Building Level Layer III Switch Classroom Switch 100 mbps

17 Sheldon K. Smith, Ed.D. ssmith@slocoe.org ConnectivityRecommendations Connectivity n Replace aging equipment (ERate) n Category 6 Cabling (consider) n Work with Monterey County Office n Consider own Firewall & Internet content/email filter n Consider network monitoring tools n Upgrade fiber cards for gigabyte throughput. Gonzales Unified

18 Sheldon K. Smith, Ed.D. ssmith@slocoe.org FacilitiesRecommendations Facilities n Main Distribution Frame n Fire Suppression n Electricity Backup n Data backup n Work with Monterey County Office n Classroom Electricity Standards Gonzales Unified

19 Sheldon K. Smith, Ed.D. ssmith@slocoe.org School Building Level Layer III Switch Classroom Switch Gonzales High School School - Classroom School Building Level Layer III Switch Classroom Switch School - Classroom Main Distribution Frame Gonzales High School School Building Level Layer III Switch Classroom Switch 100 mbps 10 mbps 45 mbps Gonzales Unified

20 Sheldon K. Smith, Ed.D. ssmith@slocoe.org Technical Support Recommendations n Close the technician to computer ratio n Consider network support specialist n Consider frequent procedural meetings with users. Gonzales Unified

21 Sheldon K. Smith, Ed.D. ssmith@slocoe.org The biggest enemy of excellence is good enough -Gil Noble The Future Whats Next Gonzales Unified

22 Sheldon K. Smith, Ed.D. ssmith@slocoe.org Gonzales Unified Technology Review Sheldon K. Smith, Ed.D. Gonzales Unified


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