Archive for the ‘EDUCATION’ Category

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.

CoSN Reports

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

GCSR  provided leadership for the creation of  two Emerging Technology Reports for the Consortium of School Networking (www.cosn.org).

Founded in 1992, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is the premier professional association for school district technology leaders. CoSN is committed to providing the leadership, community and advocacy tools essential for the success of these leaders.

The Emerging Technology Committee (ETC) was charged with producing reports for the use the k-12 community including the Policy makers in at the Federal and State level.

Ivan Sindell provided leadership on two of these reports. Both reports are available directly from CoSN.  

He was the project manager for “Collaboration in k-12 Schools: Anywhere, Anytime, Anyway” and also contributed the section on school network infrastucture  –  WAN and LAN, wired and wireless – that  is required to support collaboration applications such as wikis and blogs .

The Executive Summary begins:

“Collaboration in K-12 Schools: Anywhere, Anytime, Any Way is the fifth CoSN Emerging Technologies Report. Based upon extensive research and interviews with educators, administrators, and industry experts, the report explores the implications, technologies, costs, and current implementations of the digital tools that make collaboration—regardless of location and time—possible for groups of teachers, administrators, and students.”

 The complete executive summary. This report is available for purchase for purchase through CoSN’s online Catalog:  http://www.cosn.org/Resources/EmergingTechnologies/CollaborationinK12Schools/tabid/4501/Default.aspx

On the “Digital Learning Space 2010”  Report  he was the lead on the team that contributed the the section on required infrstructure to support digital learning spaces. The executive summary lists these underlying phenonment that we beleived would be driving change in Digital Learning Spaces:

  • Affordable speed and power. High-speed bandwidth is inexpensive and common. Viewing high-quality videos, interactive lessons or other superior media content on a computer or smaller device can be done easily and transparently, whether at home or in the classroom. Anytime, anywhere capacity.
  • Wireless technology is making it possible for schools to bypass the expensive, complex and time-consuming task of wiring older schools. Students and teachers can routinely take advantage of online learning, use a variety of hardware and software tools, and communicate and collaborate extensively in “schools without walls.”
  • Customized, effective learning for every student. Affordable, flexible and customizable hardware and software are powerful tools for personalizing teaching and learning. Software, loaded locally or from a network, embodies advanced algorithms for analyzing and assisting every student, based on individual needs and learning styles.

The complete Executive Summary and a link to the online catalogue is found here:

 http://www.cosn.org/Resources/EmergingTechnologies/DigitalLearningSpaces2010/tabid/4500/Default.aspx

CCSD: VoIP Trunks 26,000 Phones

Thursday, May 20th, 2010
  • Alcatel System Installed in > 300 schools
  • In Everyclass Room
  • Flat Network
  • Minimized new cable infrastructure
  • We manged  Requirements Developmenta and Procurement
  • >$10M, On time and on budget

School District WAN: Oswego, IL

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

School District WAN: Clark County, NV

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

The fifth largest school district in the United States determined that it wanted to interconnect more than 300 schools and administrative facilities spread over a 150 by 100 mile area with an IP  gigabit Ethernet network. Over this network the District intended to overlay a VoIP telephone system with a phone to every one of the 16,000 classrooms and 12,000 administration desks, high speed video including 80 streaming channels and 1000 Video-on-Demand channels, as well as video conferencing. The overall budget is approximately $100M.
 

 

Global’s Role:

  • Provide independent technical and management expertise in data, voice and video to the project manager/CTO
  • Serve on the project steering committee for day to day and strategic management of all phases the project
  • Manage other consultants and direct their activities
  • Participate in all RFI, RFP and vendor evaluation activities
  • Validate all processes (Independent Validation and Verification)
  • Ensure Requirements coverage
  • Develop Alternative technical solutions
  • Provide in depth technical analysis
  • Provide Specialized Technical Analysis- (Wireless Trunking Solution)
  • Ensure load and traffic modeling reflected the requirements

Outcome:

  • Procurement for Dark Fiber, WAN electronics, Voice System and LAN Electronics completed in June 2004
  • More than 340 sites are connected with dark fiber and are on the Gigabit WAN
  • Virtually all sites have Voice swithes  with VoIP trunking and digital and VoIP phones  
  • More than 33,000 phones are currently active on the Gig E network
  • All systems are ahead schedule and under budget
  • WAN is transporting video conferencing, streaming video and Video on Demand