SWATT Meeting Notes Jan 31st, 2012


January 31, 2012


Attendees: Cory Stokes, Jack Erickson, Scott Harpster, Cori Flanigan, Randy Johnson, Jim Stewart, Charlie Roberts, Tracy Davis, Gerald Talbot, Martha Crook, Dottie Covin, Ryan Anderson, Randy Yardley, John Tripp, Cody Pulmhof, Doug Griffin, Dennis Sampson, Travis Terry, Troy Bradshaw, Ken Munford, Jeff Smith, Jeremy Black

Curriculum Loft The concept is promoting 1 to 1 implementation in all schools in every district. Dottie gave a fantastic presentation on Curriculum Loft. Curriculum Loft is for teachers to collaborate and pull all of their resources together, and then be able to share what is necessary with students. Teachers can talk to one another through loft. All departments and courses are decided by each district to cater to their individual needs. Teachers can click on subject and see all of their material in digital format just like they would a “book”. Loft is all cloud based so there is no need for servers. This will sync with each students devices if the teachers chooses to do so. Principals can see which teachers are posting and how often. This could be a great tool for them to monitor teachers. Dottie said they feel like this will be great for assessment purposes. Teachers/Principals can look on tab and see if the material has been taught or not for each subject.

Cory asked how it connects to each device. Dottie indicated that all that is needed is a browser, fire fox is best but Chrome works also. There have been some issues with tablets:

·      CIPA compliance

·      Devices that are internet safe

·       Tech people must filter the browser and the apps. Dottie indicated that the devices could be set up so that the students do not see the android interface at all. Curriculum loft is home page. With this feature students don’t have access to markets/store to purchase apps.

Information can be pushed to devices anywhere the students have Internet at home, school. The Kuno device works best but Loft can put it on other devices with additional costs. The only device that is not compatible with is apple-based products. The Price for each Kuno device is $349, included is a 16GB SD card, keyboard and mouse. Districts can upgrade the SD card if needed. Cases are additional cost. Apps can be pushed and pulled by tech directors through admin portals by using app capture through tools. Loft has a one-time fee of $10,00 for set up cost. $1,000 per school for the first year. $200 each year after, and $2,000 for the district as a whole. They can possibly bundle districts for smaller districts to keep costs down.

This will be presented to the Superintendents at the next Board Meeting.

UEN PrioritiesEric Denna, Interim Director, wants to make sure that the UEN staff is doing what they should be for districts. He knows the staff is very busy but wonders if what they are doing is what best suits the needs of the districts. Is coming up with a priority list the best way to determine this? The group decided that this was a good solution and came up with the following list of priorities for UEN to take action on:

·      Fully fund the regional technology positions

·      Continue to provide the regional advocate program

·      Elementary connectivity

·      Bandwidth for Big Water and Lake Powell

·      Update circuits for western Beaver County schools

·      Continued support of eReach project

·      SIS sync with new Utips

·      Evaluate out west devices

·      Working with charters on bandwidth, circuits, filtering

·      Filtering solution for the region

SWATT will rank this list and send them to Jim for further review and action.

Electronic High SchoolKathy Webb, Principal of EHS joined us via IVC to participate and facilitate this discussion. She indicated that SB 65 has two major changes in it that would drastically affect EHS and all students who utilize their services. As of right now no legislation has been written to extend their time. As a result of this students will now have less options than they did before. This will have a huge impact on current classes and future classes. No summer school will be offered due to lack of funding after July 1, 2012. Last summer students earned 12,000, .25 credits just from June to September. EHS has signed an agreement with canvas online learning system and will no longer using moodle.

If they had been a state wide online education program last year it would have cost Iron $57,000 and Wash $195,000, figures for the other districts are available also. This money would have come out of district budgets if it had been charged. EHS has issued credit to over 6,000 students to date with some of the school year still left. EHS is committed to provide services to students so they will work with districts in any way possible to make this happen.

Credit recovery and credit extension will no longer be an option with EHS if this bill passes. The Statewide education program mandates the cost that would be charged. Right now it is $110 per total credit for each class. If a teacher teaches 1 hour per day they would earn about $25 per hour right now but that would change if the bill were passed.

Open Text Books-ck12.org foundation—flexbooks

Kathy Webb led this discussion via IVC also. She indicated that Nebo District has customized their own science books and had them published for $7 and used them in their classes last year. Studies showed that CRT test scores did not change from those using traditional textbooks and the ones customized by Nebo. Can do it electronically but the option to print for much less is available than traditional methods. What is SEDC’s role if any in this? SWATT would like SEDC to be very proactive on this subject. Charlie suggests a high level of awareness on this and wants SEDC to provide professional development also. Curriculum directors need to be educated on this so districts can run with this new, exciting technology. SEDC will take this to our board and see if they give support for us to do this. With Kindle’s you can run it on up to 6 devices for one purchase price. This is better than most products on the market right now. Those who have seen the Kindle’s in use seem to be impressed.

FIS-SEDC will host servers for Kane and Garfield. All other districts will do their own thing. Cory was wondering if it makes sense for SEDC to provide training for all districts? SWATT thought this would be a good idea to do this. SEDC will contact Alio and make this happen. Does SEDC need to be tier one support? It was decided that we are paying Alio for this and we as of now will not provide this support, but may reevaluate this 1-2 years down the road. Mike Mitchell will be the contact person from Iron. Cory will contact him and get things set up on the training.

OnTrackNot many people on the team are aware of OnTrack. Washington has used it some but not tons. The disadvantage is that SUU credit is not through it so it would be strictly professional development credit. John Tripp was wondering if there is an admin report function to see what credit each teacher needs. He felt like this would be a great tool for administrators. The team will ponder this and let us know their thoughts at the next SWATT meeting. The question was raised about USOE working with the universities on inputting their classes and credit? Cory will research this and find out and report back.

Bit DefenderJon from Bit defender joined us via phone for this discussion. Kane, Garfield, Iron said they aren’t having issues so far. Washington has had some memory problems with certain machines. They also have had issues with servers crashing when bit defender is installed. Jon from bit defender will hold a conference call with Jeremy at a later date to resolve some issues. Virtual machine discussion was initiated by Jon and wanted to make the group aware of some issues. Jon said not to install any antivirus on any virtual machines, no exceptions. Iron is the only one with this as an issue on this right now. Jeff from Iron will contact Jon and get this resolved. Doug from GPA is interested in getting in on this project if possible.  Scott will check with Jon and verify pricing and get back to Doug.

Trouble Ticket Solutions for RegionJack and Scott are seeking solutions from SWATT on this. UEN will provide us the code if we want but it wouldn’t be very useful without some work on our end. Customization is available through UEN but it is not going to be anything more that a simple solution. Knowledge based stuff would be really useful for the region and charters thought this would be really helpful.  They feel like just having some online resources of what has and has not worked for others would be a huge advantage for them. We will have jack put together a sub committee to evaluate this and make a recommendation for the next SWATT meeting.

SUECONCody reported that they are almost done with registrations. They opted to use PayPal this year and it has been a huge success. The conference will be October 26th and 27th. It will be limited to 950 participants due to fire code. Presenters will be opened up at UCET. Districts are encouraged to promote this to their teachers. It will be ½ day on Friday and full day on Sat. Google will be there to present and will have more of a presence than last year. Prices have been set at $35. Charters are interested in attending. Charlie was wondering if they could present this to the administrators at the summer admin conference to get them on board. It was agreed that we would do this since all district will be attending. It is a first come first serve basis.

District and School WebsitesSEDC would like to bring all technology directors together on Feb 23rd and have a demonstration and discussion about websites. We would like to see if everyone would be interested in coming together to use one platform and have SEDC support it.  Washington, Iron have chosen to only supporting Concrete. They have made that decision district wide and won’t support anything else. It has worked very well for them. Kane has all of their schools convinced to go with Concrete also. Garfield would like to scrap Joomla and go with concrete. In most districts individual teachers are using blogs or Google sites. Beaver has all of their schools on Joomla and like it but they would take what we recommend as long as it is used for a long-term solution.

NESSESTuachan would like to participate in this project. This is a scanner based in Washington County District Office that will scan everyone’s networks and see where the vulnerabilities are. The server is already racked and ready to go. We just need to buy the software and it will be up and running. The cost will be associated evenly across the board for all of those who want to participate. Jeremy will maintain this and send reports for all districts. He was going to do this anyway for Washington and it would not be tons of extra work to host this service for everyone. All those who want to participate will need to fill out a packet and send the start up money.

Upcoming EventsNew Horizon training is still available for those who are interested. We still have 60 days left to use as per our contract. They need to be used before September. All were encouraged to consult our website for upcoming events. Tech Summit is June 6-8th in Park City. Secretary conferences are in two weeks and seem to be received very well. So far there are 24 signed up for or Millard and 30 for Iron.

After the regular meeting all those who have South Central contracts met with Dennis Sampson to have a discussion.

Meeting Adjourned 2:10