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A quick peek on current district technology updates

We are thrilled to welcome another highly qualified addition to our team, Nick Dial.  Nick graduated from the Pratt Institute with a degree in Fine Arts and has also worked at Apple for 7 years as a Certified Apple Mac Technician (AKA “Genius”). In addition to working in technology, Nick is a freelance illustrator who enjoys working with an array of mediums ranging from paint to pencil to digital. He is also a musician who loves to sing and play guitar in his spare time.

The Intermediate Distribution Frames (IDFs), as well as the MDFs, are now equipped with fully redundant power eliminating downtime due to unscheduled power outages. Our district’s wide area network (WAN) has also been upgraded with new switches to maintain the smooth operation of the network.

Our website is consistently updated with new and exciting news about our district. It is one of the many sources of communication as well as a supplementary means to broadcast diverse, school or district-wide announcements.

The high school’s sophisticated engineering lab is an amazing new environment where our students can truly experience and dive deeply into succeeding academically

The middle school’s new Robotics Lab is in full use – students have been coding, designing and building automated robots while using cohesive, hands-on learning curricula, which use Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM).  Students will create their own physical and virtual materials, use 3D printers and assemble their creations in a true Makerspace environment.

Our high school’s new Instructional Media Center is in full swing! Vanguard technology has supported a myriad of instructional goals!  One example, the large 9-panel screen and distributed microphones, allowed a clear, live connection with NanoRacks technicians when our students, winners of the Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), had to assemble the test tube prior to the launch.  As commented by NanoRacks, the crisp, live video allowed their technician to easily assess the detailed image and confirm the test tube was accurately assembled.

The professionally restored, elegant auditorium, at the Jonathan Dayton High School, unveils sound and lighting systems, which are comparable to any professional performing arts theater!  It has recently housed the high school’s fall drama, Superior Donuts, the middle school’s annual musical, Disney’s Aladdin Jr. and Urinetown.

As the new year rolls in, we will look forward to implementing and planning many new technologies and strategies, which support our infrastructure and directly affect learning. Below is a quick list:

  • Clever, an interface allowing students to have a single sign-on to all their account-based resources. Imagine logging in one time and accessing frequently used educational programs without entering additional usernames and passwords!
  • New Switches will replace end of life (EOL) systems as we seek to increase our current internet bandwidth.
  • Review of our current phone system to further optimize general communications and safety features.
  • Continue to seek Federal funding (E-Rate) to minimize the financial burden of all qualified upgrades, such as Telecommunication costs and Infrastructure upgrades.  

Stay tuned for many more exciting accomplishments in technology. Best wishes to all!

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