This last summer Tahlequah Public Schools experienced a significant amount of change in technology. We completed the transition to Windows 10, migrated our Student Information System to Wengage, upgraded our internet connection to 10 GB, added another 27 carts of Chromebooks, purchased sixty-five 2nd grade iPads, replaced all the Middle School computers and some of the Greenwood computers, and upgraded many of the High School machines.
The Windows 10 migration has completed the transition to “Cloud” computing. Users are beginning to become familiar with the changes and are using these new technologies to their benefit (as well as the benefit of others). Students and staff are using their personal storage on OneDrive/Google Drive/File Stream as well, and we are in the process of moving shared folders onto Sharepoint.
The transition to Wengage has been smooth overall. There have been a few issues (as will come in any migration), but overall the process has gone well. Teachers and Staff are getting more comfortable using it with each passing day.
Student devices have grown exponentially as well. This last summer saw TPS add 27 Chromebook carts (carts for every 5th & 8th grade classroom and 8 additional carts for the High School) and 65 iPads (5 for each 2nd grade classroom). That brings our total number of devices to around 2,500 Chromebooks and 900 iPads.
The internet upgrade will satisfy the SETDA requirements for bandwidth for the foreseeable future. The internet connection provided by COX is 10 GB (that is over 2.5 MB per student!).
The district also replaced all the Middle School (and Greenwood teacher) machines with new Dell All-in-One desktop machines. This is an enormous upgrade over the older machines they had been using. Employee machines also were upgraded to have a 2nd monitor. In addition to that, high school machines were upgraded with extra memory.
We are now in the middle of security camera upgrades that will see improved camera coverage and clarity at the High School, Maintenance, and Heritage.
Technology for the Tahlequah Public School district is progressing, and we know that we need to keep evolving and adapting to meet the demands of the modern education environment. We are excited to see where we go next!