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Summer Technology Projects

Every summer means more technology projects for the Tahlequah Public Schools technology team.  This year is no exception as there are so many projects on the project board that the technology department has hired some part-time help to complete them.

The first major project is the Windows 10 migration that started at the primary schools and administration offices last summer, but now shifts to the secondary sites.

As stated earlier, the migration will also include a major shift from traditional storage of data to an emphasis on “cloud” technologies like Google Drive and OneDrive.   This will allow all our users to have access to their files always whether on a Windows 10 PC, a tablet, or even a phone.  This will create potential for greater collaboration amongst employees and outside sources.

The technology team will also be implementing the 3rd year of the technology replacement plan.  This summer they will be installing 250 new desktop computers at the Middle School.  They will also be adding 27 more classroom carts of Chromebooks (for the 5th & 8th grade classrooms as well as 4 more carts for the High School), and 65 more iPads for the 2nd grade.

The technology team will also be adding additional memory to the High School machines during the Windows 10 migration to make it as smooth as possible.

On top of all those projects, the district is also planning for a major internet upgrade.  We will be moving our bandwidth up from 1 GB to 10 GB which will ensure that testing and any other online activity will be smooth and responsive.

Another big project will be adding Chromebooks and iPad into the Library checkout system.  This will allow better inventory and management but will provide quite a challenge as the district now has around 2700 Chromebooks and 700 iPads.

The job of technology inside our school district is always advancing and it is a challenge to keep up.  TPS keeps moving forward and has made technology a priority.  Our vision is to enhance learning by getting technology into every student and teachers hand.