The addition of these Wi-Fi access points and Chromebooks allow more students and teachers to access online resources via the OneClay portal, such as i-Ready, Achieve3000, textbook resources, and the G Suite for Education applications, to communicate and collaborate on educational activities assigned by the teacher. In addition, a total of 1,249 instructional employees have completed the online Google for Education Fundamentals Training course on how to integrate Google in the classroom. Clay County District Schools plans to continue to increase students’ access to technology with the 1:OneClay plan, which will ensure that each student has access to the OneClay online platform of carefully cultivated online resources and tools each and every day.
“Our dedicated information technology team has worked around the clock for the past three months to accomplish these technology upgrades. I know Clay County teachers are looking forward to using these tools to provide our students with high quality, rigorous, and authentic learning experiences designed around content that connects our students to a global society. This technology empowers them to use compassion, curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration to achieve their academic and personal goals,” said Superintendent Addison Davis.
- Dell switch installs at each school to improve internal bandwidth connections
- Upgrades to Internet connection for 1GB at each school (was 250MB)
- Implemented fail-over technology to allow continuous internet connections for district if Primary or Secondary Internet connection failed (tested several times in last year)
- Upgrade to Primary and Secondary Internet connections to 3GB each
- Upgrade to Internet Filter to allow up to 10GB connections
- Content filtering at the device
- Ability to allow teachers to control internet filtering at the classroom level
- Enhanced Anti-Malware (anti-virus) protection on all servers, and ¼ of PCs in district. Network aware firewall capability
- Enhanced collaboration between teachers and students with Class Orchestrator (“LanSchool” for Chromebooks)
- Common area wireless access point installs to cover large open areas
- Greater online video access and controls, such as with YouTube
- Installing new Voice Gateways to allow new VoIP phones to work with localized internet outages
- Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) in each communications closet to allow VoIP phones to stay on longer during power outages
- Emergency Phone Lines at each school for failover capability and Emergency Shelter needs.
- Full disk encryption on all devices