Faster speeds, more laptops: School officials highlight technology initiatives

By Douglas McCulloch | Jun 06, 2018

It’s been a busy year in technology, according to Jonathan Gallishaw, the Chief Technology Officer of the Dartmouth school district.

As the school year comes to a close, Gallishaw highlighted some of the district’s major accomplishments in educational technology, and gave a look at where the district is heading in the future.

The district’s Chromebook future is moving along nicely, he said. This year, the district conducted maintenance on much of its network infrastructure. New hardware was added in school lunchrooms to better serve students. Every school began all-digital MCAS testing, which went off for the most part without any problems.

The district’s brand new website launched at the beginning of the year, replacing the former SchoolFusion service, which has since been taken offline. Gallishaw also highlighted the companion app which launched alongside the website, giving students and parents direct access to school apps, data, calendars, and notifications.

School buildings might feel empty during the summer, but they will be bustling with activity among the district’s technology staff. Big summer initiatives include completing a thorough hardware inventory, upgrading several servers and machines, bringing new Chromebooks online, and launching a new security campaign.

Long-term, Galishaw said the district is in the very early stages of developing a one-to-one computing policy. It would mean every student would have access to a laptop computer they carry with them. Officials have been meeting with students and faculty to get a better understanding of needs across the district, Galishaw said.

Galishaw also plans to implement a fully online registration system, eliminating data entry from paper registration documents altogether. More bandwidth and network security is also planned.

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