Archive for October, 2010

CCSD-Ranked #1

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

GCSR is proud to announce that teh Clark County School District, NV, one of our premier customers, has been named #1 for Large Districts in the Center for Digital Education’s 2010 Digital School Districts Survey. On October 19, 2010, Converge Magazine published the results of their annual survey on the K12 Technology Utilization. The results were ranked 1-10 for Large, Medium and Small Districts.

In the Large Student Population Category – More than 15,000 students:
1st Clark County School District, Nev.

“With rising expectations and shrinking resources, these districts have utilized technology to effectively serve their students, educators, and community members,” said NSBA’s Executive Director Anne L. Bryant. “School boards across the country should look to these districts for ideas about using technology to make their work as a board more transparent and their district operations more efficient.”

Founded in 1940, NSBA is a not-for-profit organization representing state associations of school boards and their 95,000 local school board members throughout the U.S. Working with and through our state associations, NSBA advocates for equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership. www.nsba.org

The Center for Digital Education is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy, and funding. CDE supports the Converge media platform composed of the Converge Special Reports and Converge Online. The Center is a division of eRepublic, a national publishing, event and research company focused on smart media for public-sector innovation.

CCSD Named Top Large District in Converge: Top 10 U.S. School Districts in Digital Technology

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

2010 Digital School Districts Survey — Top Ten-Ranking Winners

Large Student Population Category – More than 15,000 students:
1st Clark County School District, Nev.

“With rising expectations and shrinking resources, these districts have utilized technology to effectively serve their students, educators, and community members,” said NSBA’s Executive Director Anne L. Bryant. “School boards across the country should look to these districts for ideas about using technology to make their work as a board more transparent and their district operations more efficient.”

Founded in 1940, NSBA is a not-for-profit organization representing state associations of school boards and their 95,000 local school board members throughout the U.S. Working with and through our state associations, NSBA advocates for equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership. www.nsba.org

The Center for Digital Education is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy, and funding. CDE supports the Converge media platform composed of the Converge Special Reports and Converge Online. The Center is a division of eRepublic, a national publishing, event and research company focused on smart media for public-sector innovation.

K12 Fiber WAN Design Rules and Considerations

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

1- Any infrastructure that supports essential services needs to provide carrier class reliability, therefore a school network needs to have carrier class reliability.
2- Only the very biggest districts should consider dark fiber (Clark County, NV-greater than 300 schools).
3- Any provider of fiber dark or lit fiber must be able to provide 24 hr/day help desk and field support.
4- The District must be capable of building and maintaining its own help desk for say 6AM to 8 PM 6 days a week and have escalatable support available for all of its network connectivity and equipment 24/7.
5- The District Architecture must be a flat IP network and structured so that applications such as voice can travel between network nodes (schools) on the network and to the PSTN over controlled interfaces. Internet Access should be over redundant feeds from two locations.
6- Clark County was able to develop the organizational infrastructure to support its network, and to contract for the outside support. This is a fundamental issue.
7- For a much smaller district like Oswego308 , IL Comcast Cable was able to supply and install and support the fiber, WAN Network Equipment and Internet Connectivity in a way that was most cost efficient. This network had about 16 locations.
8- In any case, whether supplied by Carriers, not carriers, lit or dark, the WAN and LAN equipment must be separated at every school. So if it is lit fiber, the provider supports the Edge Device and the fiber, the district supplies the main LAN/Router Switch and so forth.
9- Data Rates: 1 Gb on a Ring with central feeds 10 Gb; Spoke feeds to Elementary Schools of 100 KHz were generally OK, but as I read the National Broadband Plan 1 Gb is required for all governemnt buildings.

CoSN Presentation Accepted

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

We are proud to announce that the Consortium of School Networking (cosn.org) an organization dedicated to “ Advancing K-12 Technology Leadership” has accepted a proposal by Dr. Phil Brody and Ivan Sindell for a 55 minute presentation for the CoSN Spring Conference in New Orleans, LA, March 14-16, 2011. Our presentation titled, “Adapting to Changing Network Environments: Lessons from 50 Years of Experience” will combine our lessons learned from different points of view and industries to provide guidance on how K-12 CTOs can introduce increasingly complex technologies while simultaneously lowering operational costs.

Project Management by the Day

Thursday, October 7th, 2010


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