When summer arrives the Tech Department shifts into high gear to fit in a multitude of projects in a short window. Summer is the time for equipment maintenance, infrastructure upgrades and other building projects, ensuring the least disruption in computing and network services for our staff and students. It's a bigger challenge at SEDOL, as 12-month employees, evaluations, and the Extended School Year (ESY) program are operational for all or most of the summer months.
Summer is the time for offering professional development for our staff on new systems or applications, and for orienting new staff as they learn to navigate the digital processes and procedures at SEDOL. In the summer we also work closely with teachers starting trial programs such as 1:1 iPad classrooms, interactive projectors, Chromebooks, and we work on committees to research mobile apps, programs and other digital content to support the SEDOL curriculum and the state-adopted standards for technology. We formed a committee with an Administrative staff member from each school and learned how to develop and maintain the new website in the summer of 2014, and worked on plans for training our teachers in building their own webpages.
"Working on the New Website" L-R Terri Nilson-Bugella, Judith Ormerod-Assmann, Theresa Hagedorn, Donna Strollo and Jessica Trudeau
Summer is also a time for preparation and review. We update compliance, policy and procedural documents for electronic systems, and we inspect and update security systems in place on the network. We prepare for the school year by maintaining accurate information in all data systems, updating each one as staffing and enrollment changes occur. Our technicians upgrade computers and operating systems to the highest level of performance possible, as well as install or replace with new equipment as needed.
It couldn't all get done without a great team of dedicated IT professionals, innovative educators, and supportive Administration. We are fortunate that trilogy of collaboration exists here at SEDOL!