Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Continuing Connectivity

The process of learning has never really been restricted to within the four walls of a classroom. All of us from every generation continued to gain new skills and knowledge beyond the school day. For too long, though, we thought instruction ends at the classroom door. Once the end of the school day arrived, formal education was over and real life began.

Technology now provides the tools to extend instruction and learning beyond classroom walls and minutes in the classroom to almost anytime anywhere. Students equipped with an internet-connected computing device have access to instructional resources whenever and wherever an internet connection is available.

All ESSD students in grades 4 - 12 are issued a WiFi-equipped device. Every district-issued device is pre-configured with the necessary information to connect to all of the Wi-Fi access points in every district building. So, while on each campus, student devices automatically connect to the district Wi-Fi, providing each student with high-speed connectivity to internet-based resources.

Students who take their district iPad home can connect the device to their home Wi-Fi and continue access to internet-based resources.

However, for students who do not have high-speed internet access or Wi-Fi at home, continuing instructional activities at home that require the iPad is a tough barrier to overcome. There are several after-hours resources available to help with this.

Each of the district instructional buildings and administrative offices have an outdoor Wi-Fi access point available 24/7/365. All district-owned devices, including student devices, automatically connect to this access point when the device is within range.

Students who have a High School activities pass are able to enter the High School during any activity open to the public and use the Wi-Fi provided inside the building. During these activities, the concession stand is available for a drink and snack as well.

Middle School students attending intramurals and afterschool activities can use their iPads while inside the building during the activity.

Elementary bus students who take home the iPad can use it on the bus while the bus is parked in the bus lanes through the outside Wi-Fi access points.

In addition, don’t forget the public library. All Mid-Continent Public Library locations have free Wi-Fi to which students may connect their school and personal devices as well as utilize all the resources there.

As more classroom instructional processes rely on high-speed internet connectivity at home, students have a variety of options available to complete homework or for independent exploration.

November 2017 By The Numbers

November 2017 numbers brought the 2nd highest amount of opened requests in 4 years and the 3rd highest since 2008.  Here are the statistics gathered from the IT service request system.

Monday, November 6, 2017

October 2017 By The Numbers

Continuing the decline from the August high, October came in as the lowest number of new requests in 5 years.  Here are the statistics gathered from the IT service request system.

Friday, October 13, 2017

IT Staff Changes

Please take a moment to allow an introduction to the two newest staff members in the IT department.

Brandon Collins joined the team on September 18 as a Technology Technician.  Brandon is an Excelsior Springs native who comes to the district from Midwest Computech where he provided onsite contract technology support to the Richmond, MO school district.

Brandon provides building technical support to the Middle School and Westview Elementary.

Leroy Clayton joined the team this week as the Technology Technician Lead.  Leroy is a Cameron, MO native who comes to the district most recently from Great Wolf Lodge as the onsite IT Manager.  With his time at MFA Inc., Lear Corporation, and Applied Technologies, Leroy brings over 18 years of IT support, network support, and field tech support to the position.

In addition to providing support to the building technicians, Leroy will serve as building technical support for Elkhorn Elementary, Lewis Elementary, the Early Childhood Center, Maintenance, Tiger Path, and Central Office.

Go to the About Us section of the department website for a look at the entire team.

Friday, October 6, 2017

September 2017 By The Numbers

September 2017 numbers dropped from August as is typical for September and were not as high as the previous two years.  Here are the statistics gathered from the IT service request system.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Starting Something New

“And suddenly you know: It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” Meister Eckhart

Romeo Templeton is wrapping up his time at ESSD40 today.  Next week he leaves to embark on training for his next career in HVAC.  

Romeo came on board in June 2015 as the building technician for Lewis Elementary and the Middle School.  By April 2016 he earned the Classified Employee of the Month recognition for his work in those buildings.  

We wish Romeo the best in his new career.  Keep in touch!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

August 2017 By the Numbers

August is typically our busiest time of the year and the numbers for 2017 were no different.  The process of requesting technology support changed for everyone this year which had an adverse affect on total new requests.  August 2017 was the lowest in 4 years for new requests.

Note:  Service Requests are the help requests received from the majority of staff through the self-service portal.  Incidents include all the work done behind the scenes by system administration staff that isn't necessarily initiated by a service request.