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How to Rebuild a Technology Department From the Ground Up

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Sunday, June 23, 9:00–10:00 am
Location: 113A

Chris Belcher   Steve Burkhart   Donna Dixon   James Graham   Seth Harris   Rene Nicholson   Josh Shepard   Zach Sheppard   Anna Shivar  
With a new technology staff, our district embarked on an adventure to implement 1:1, improve data and network security and develop policies to prepare our district in support of the 21st century learner. Come and hear how we did it!

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Professional developers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: None
Focus: Leadership
Topic: Technology planning and evaluation
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Systemic Improvement
  • Establish and maintain a robust infrastructure for technology including integrated, interoperable technology systems to support management, operations, teaching and learning.
Visionary Leadership
  • Engage in an ongoing process to develop, implement and communicate technology-infused strategic plans aligned with a shared vision.
For Education Leaders:
Systems Designer
  • Ensure that resources for supporting the effective use of technology for learning are sufficient and scalable to meet future demand.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this presentation is to help other school districts be able to quickly identify key components in their infrastructure that can be affordably updated to support the unique challenges within the 21st Century learning environment.

Our department will share how we:
- Virtualized our server infrastructure
- Leveraged E-Rate funding for fiber, switches, and other core infrastructure upgrades
- Purchased and implemented 1:1 devices while completing the infrastructure upgrades
- Created and implemented data security procedures and policies that align with industry standards
- Created #ElevateOconee to provide PD to district employees
- Provided district guidance on securely rostering and distributing student information
- Worked as a team on many smaller projects that enhanced the learning environments across our district

Participants will leave with multiple resources to bring back to their district to help improve and/or rebuild their technology department to support the 21st Century learning environment.


Our department will serve as an informational panel rotating through the following topics (Time spent on each topic will vary depending on depth and attendee interest).

- Introduction
- History of our department (5 Min)
- Building your staff (5 min)
- Vision/Goals – Creating a shared vision with the Instructional Department (10 Min)
- Where to begin and what went wrong? (10 Min)
- Core Infrastructure (10 Min)
- Classroom Technology (5Min)
- 1:1 Instructional Technology (10 Min)
- Blending it all together (5 Min)
- Questions

We believe in using peer-to-peer interaction and discussion to facilitate a realistic approach to the implementation of this information. Real life applications and examples will be shown, shared, and discussed among presenters and attendees.

Supporting research

NIST Standards for Technology (Aligned to state and district policies).

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Steve Burkhart, School District of Oconee County
Donna Dixon, SDOC
James Graham, SDOC
Seth Harris, SDOC
Josh Shepard, School District of Oconee County
Zach Sheppard, School District of Oconee County
Anna Shivar, School District of Oconee County

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