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Tech 2 Teach 2016 - 2017

posted May 26, 2016, 7:55 AM by Albert Martinez   [ updated Jul 17, 2016, 5:16 AM ]

Veterans Memorial HS
August 2 & 3, 2016
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Click image for conference information and registration.

Tech2Teach News

posted Aug 6, 2015, 3:15 AM by Albert Martinez

Tech2Teach was designed to provide an opportunity for teachers to learn technology solutions and applications used in their classrooms.

SMART Board and Projector Updates

posted Mar 15, 2015, 4:57 AM by Albert Martinez   [ updated Mar 15, 2015, 4:57 AM ]

Effective February 2015, Technology Systems will keep spare parts in stock including bulbs for a faster turn around time on work order requests from schools. It's our goal to have your SMART Board and projector in working condition within one business day. Please continue to submit work orders when you need support. 

Bring Your Own Device Update

posted Apr 21, 2014, 8:51 AM by Albert Martinez   [ updated Apr 21, 2014, 10:30 AM ]

Will the District partner with companies like Dell or Apple  to create laptop or tablet purchasing program for teachers? 
Technology Systems is working with the Office of Finance to determine the best approach for teachers interested in buying devices. An answer will be provided before the end of the school year. 

Will teachers and students have access to CCISD network drives when using personal devices. 
Anyone using the District's WIFI network will have access to the Internet. This does not include CCISD network drives. We encourage users to use Web 2.0 tools, such as Google Apps. 

Should my personal laptop have anti-virus software? Can CCISD Technology Systems recommend an anti-virus software?
Yes, your personal device should have protection against malware and viruses. For Windows machines, we recommend either of these two free products:Avast or Microsoft Security Essentials. For Macs, a free software is iAntivirus

Improving IT!

posted Jan 21, 2014, 7:26 AM by Albert Martinez   [ updated Jan 21, 2014, 1:43 PM ]

Every few months the District's Technology Work Group Committee gets together and talks IT for a bit. It's informal and provides a forum for teachers from primary and secondary campuses to offer feedback on the current state of technology within the campuses. Our goal is to provide updates on current projects and to document the pain points provided by the representatives from the schools. I'm always able to take away areas of concern that need immediate process improvement. Below is a list of current issues that are under management review for improvement.

Content Filter is too Restrictive - I couldn't agree more. Considerations are underway to include adding sites, such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter to the trusted list. This means no more blocking at all for those sites among. This also supports are move towards Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). Who wants to log into the content filter on their PC and their phone. Not me! Hopefully, this change is around the corner. 

          I know, we dread the blue screen, too!

Email storage runs out quick - Help is around the corner for this one. The District will migrate to the cloud soon and you will have your email storage increase from 500MB to 25GB. Yes, that's tons more! You shouldn't run out anytime soon once we make the move.

BYOD Update

posted Jan 2, 2014, 6:10 AM by Help Desk   [ updated Jan 21, 2014, 1:47 PM by Albert Martinez ]

So far, so good. Teachers have connected to the District's CCISD-WIFI with few issues. The following issues have been identified:

  • weak signal in certain areas within the school - submit a work order and a network technician will conduct an assessment to determine next steps. 
  • internet connection is slow - bandwidth was tripled December 2013
  • students cannot access CCISD-WIFI - students will be granted access to CCISD-WIFI next school year (2014 - 2015)
Click on the link below for access to the District's BYOD website for additional information and helpful tips and tricks. 

BYOD Website

Mobile Device Management

posted Oct 10, 2013, 9:01 AM by Help Desk   [ updated Jan 16, 2014, 2:50 AM by Albert Martinez ]

Technology Systems is helping campuses deploy their iPads. Getting them connected to the network is just the beginning. In the spring of 2014, IT staff will deploy a product called Mobile Iron that will help schools push applications to iPads and Android tablets. 

Once Mobile Iron is in place, we can even help maintain your inventory and look at data to determine if the app is truly meeting your needs through utilization reports. 

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