Recent Announcements

Computer Labs Upgraded at Andrean

posted Nov 5, 2016, 2:09 PM by Kelly Murphy   [ updated Nov 5, 2016, 2:17 PM ]

All student computer labs have been upgraded with new PCs that have the newest version of Microsoft Office 2016.  We are presently in negotiation to upgrade the computer lab chairs and tables and provide new projectors and screens.
Next major initiative is the creation of a new computer lab called the Teaching and Learning Lab.  This lab will provide professional development in technology integration for our teaching staff and serve as a "High Tech" learning center for our students.

New Director of Technology Named at Andrean High School

posted Jul 23, 2016, 4:04 PM by I.T.S. Webmaster   [ updated Jul 24, 2016, 8:18 AM ]

Mr. Kelly Patrick Murphy started his education in Oelwein, Iowa at a small catholic school called Sacred Heart Schools. He later obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa and his Master of Science and Specialist in Education degrees in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University.

He has served as Chief Technology Consultant to Stamford Public Schools in Stamford, Connecticut and also was Director of Technology at Indiana public schools. He most recently established CloudMurphy Consulting which provides consulting to K-12 schools and higher education on how to use technology to increase student achievement and enhance staff productivity.  

Mr. Murphy's first day as the Director of Technology at Andrean High School was July 5, 2016. 

His goals at Andrean are to first establish a robust and reliable network, and then concentrate on the integration of technology into the instructional activities in the classrooms of Andrean. He also emphasizes the importance of communication on how technology positively impacts education. "Instructional Technology Services (ITS) is a newly created "service-oriented" department that maintains the technology infrastructure and provides training necessary for teachers to successfully use technology in their classroom," Murphy said. "It also provides support for all other staff on their use of technology."

Murphy stated that his leadership style is based on building collaborative relationships with all Andrean stakeholders. A key element of that philosophy is the importance of communication. To that end, he has established the ITS website where all things technology is communicated to our school. He also will reconvene the Technology Advisory Committee that will examine and create technology policies, and guide the path for future technology initiatives.

Murphy firmly believes that the most overlooked aspect of school technology departments across the country is providing teachers with the training to use instructional technology to increase the academic achievement of their students. In regards to his philosophy on working with teachers and staff, Murphy said, "Teachers and staff don't care what you know, until they know that you care."

Read more about Kelly Murphy at his personal website.

Major Changes to Andrean Network Infrastructure During Summer 2016

posted Jul 9, 2016, 3:25 PM by Kelly Murphy   [ updated Aug 5, 2016, 7:06 PM ]

It was a busy summer for technology enhancements at Andrean High School. New network switches and servers were installed, new cabling has been run to most classrooms, and a new firewall has been configured that will secure our network. Although there has been a lot already accomplished, there is still more to be done before the start of the 2016-2017 school year.

The summer activities have concentrated on the stability and speed of our network. Once we get a robust and reliable network, we will then address our goal of providing technology professional development to teachers to assist them in the integration of technology into our curriculum.

Summary of Summer 2016 initiatives:

During the 2015-16 school year, a site assessment was done at Andrean High School to determine the present state of the technology infrastructure and to make recommendations on how to enhance and improve the design of the network. Because of the magnitude of changes that needed to be made, there were two stages of network enhancements needed to be scheduled. The first stage was scheduled for Summer 2016, and the second stage will be scheduled for no later than summer 2017. Here are the activities that took place during summer 2016:

  • Creation of new data closets located in strategic locations around the building. The site assessment indicated that numerous network switches were located in locations that did properly serve their respective  areas. These switches were replaced with 8 high speed devices and moved to new locations. Due to the new locations, the network cable connecting these new data closets were replaced with either fiber optic cable or high speed Cat-6e cable. The previous speed (point to point communication between our data closets) averaged 10 to 100 MB with some isolated area running at 1 gigbyte (1000MB or 1GB). After the installation of new switches all of our wiring closets are now running at either 1GB, 2GB, 4GB or 10GB.
  • Network cabling to classrooms replaced. Because of the relocation of the Andrean data closets, approximately 90% of all classrooms had to have new high speed network cable installed. These new installations are now going directly to the data closets instead of small switches located in isolated locations.
  • The computer labs located at Room 30, 127 and 129 were completely rewired. All lab computers now are directly connected to individual high speed network switches (instead of individual mini-switches located at each row of computers) which will ensure increased network performance.  
  • Firewall (AntiVirus, Content filtering, and Intrusion Detection). The existing antivirus and content filtering software was not adequately meeting the standards of modern network security. A new appliance was installed that provides anti-virus protection, filtering of websites that are not appropriate for our educational environment, and protection from current malicious internet activity.
  • Two new servers. Our existing servers were recommissioned  and combined with two new servers to adequately provide the current and future needs of Andrean computing. We now have server redundancy built in, additional capacity for future growth and automated backup both locally and to the cloud.
  • Computer / Network switch rack enclosures. Because of the new network switches, new servers, and new data closets; we installed new wall mounted computer racks to secure the  additional equipment. All of the new rack enclosures required the installation of dedicated electrical lines for reliable and steady power.
  • Security cameras.To ensure the safety of our students and staff, our entire security camera system was enhanced to provide increased coverage of all areas of the building.
  • Internet Bandwidth - To increase the performance and speed of internet based educational resources. the internet bandwidth was increased by 50%
  • Roadmap for the 2016-17 school year: 
    • All building computers will be reconfigured to provide enhanced performance and our previous workstation antivirus software will be replaced with Symantec Antivirus. We are also in negotiation to replace the computers in all of the computer labs. 
    • We will be investigating how new classroom and computer technology can enhance the instructional process. A primary component of this initiative is the creation of a high technology training lab for students and teachers. More details on this will be announced in the future.
    • Wireless access at our athletic fields will be examined and enhanced.

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