KIBSD Examines Technology Needs


Diana Gish/KMXT

At the Kodiak Island Borough school district’s regular monthly board meeting, Director of Operations Scott Williams outlined a district technology project for the school board members.

Williams said the project began last November when eight district representatives attended a national conference on blending technology in the learning environment. Williams said the conference left the attendees with the desire to hire a consultant to improve the district’s use of technology.

The specialist that was hired to do the assessment was Twan Gwynn. According to Williams, Gwynn is a nationally recognized education technology expert.

(KIBSD Technology 1 "Twan conducted his … our documentation.")

Last week, Gwynn’s findings were shared with the district. Williams said that while the point of the assessment was to find the district’s technology short-comings, it starts off on a positive note.

(KIBSD Technology 2 "these are his … valuable asset.")

Williams said that while the rest of the report focuses on negative findings, he believes the results are not the sole responsibility of the technology department itself.

(KIBSD Technology 3 "Limited rescources …and support.")

Deficiencies in the system include security issues and a lack of bandwidth. There’s also a need for standardizing the equipment. Currently the district uses many different kinds of computers which has created a mis-matched system. The school board recently authorized the purchase of new, commercial-grade routers to replace what Williams called the "daisy chain" of individual home routers that the district currently uses. He went on to describe some of the other findings.

(KIBSD Technology 4 "Our server infrastructure …adequate storage.")

Williams said that the district’s goal for its future use of technology is to achieve a system that is easy, accessible, reliable and standard; goals that are also in-line with Gwynn’s recommendation’s.

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