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ISTE Open Access BYOD. We built it! Did they come

June 27, 2012

ISTE Open Access BYOD. We built it! Did they come

Session Description:
Students have devices, but are they allowed to use them in school? How does providing open BYOD access make a difference?
Surrey School District
Kevin Amboe

Wi-fi is critical
Infrastructure is critical

Friends don’t let friends do slow wireless!

2001 – Apple Airport <- techs said they could only have three of them in the school, or they wouldn't work together. Huh?
2005 – HP AirPort
2010 – Aruba Networks

Planned for capacity – 70,000 students, 8,000 staff <- therefore planned for 150,000 devices

Density = Capacity
60 AP's in Secondary schools
25 access points in an Elementary School
Really emphasizing capacity and density, really want people to use the network everywhere, and for it to be seamless

Where are we now?
In many schools, hoping to be finished in February 2013. 2,000 AP's, 1500 more coming online.

Rethinking the learning
Teachers learning about doing things differently, now that access is everywhere.

"It has totally revolutionized how I teach. I am not at the centre. The kids are at the centre." – Anne-Marie Middleton, Grade 7 teacher

"Professional development is the hallmark of every successful technology implementation" – National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training

Note: presenter says “You need to have a really good relationship with your tech team”

They showed a video clip of information from around their district. One administrator said that having an iPad and wireless and shrunk the gap between him and the kids with social media.

Roughly half of the schools have wireless access right now.

Maxed out at 14,737 clients
13,214 on their guest network

Bandwidth usage Board office has 1 Gb connection, secondary schools have 100 mb, elementary’s have 10 mb.

Computers on the network are around 10%, iPhones and iPods are around 50% of the devices on their wireless networks.

Devices do matter – there will be devices that won’t work well, or don’t function properly.

What are we using the devices for? Therefore we can ensure the services you need will work, when you need them.

They told some stories about teachers who did some amazing things to make it work for kids, while waiting for the district to get up to speed. Once the district was, they did even more amazing things.

One school had a BYOD day, so everyone brought their devices, supported themselves, and had to do projects and show things that they had done.

Authenticated network is internal, private
Guest network is on the segmented, just Internet

Not doing any bandwidth throttling.

Ratio of devices to AP – no real set ratio, really based on construction, etc. Approximately one AP per class set (30ish) devices.

Convinced the Board to do this by framing it as the tech stuff, tech crew, provides the Oxygen that teachers need to do their work.

Haven’t determined a hardware refresh rate yet for the wireless. But one of the keys is a proper refresh was not possible on their computer hardware, but now have to have fewer devices, and less refresh if kids are bringing their devices. Still were using 10 year only bondi-blue iMacs up until this year.

No hardware goes out unless schools are ready for it. All monies spent have to be applied for by the schools. School team must have an inquiry question on their funding application.

Where are we going?
By 2013 wireless in all schools…
Every decision they make is empowered by “educational” decisions. It’s really important to have educators and tech people at the table.
Work in progress – some are at transformative stage, others are early on the continuum yet.
Use of Twitter and hashtag sd36learn has exploded

Big Questions
Teaching, Learning and Citizenship
Equity issues, Digital Divide <- need to have equipment in learning spaces that can be used.
Building out Infrastructure
Cross Platform / Multi platform

We built it, They came. It will never be the same!

For More Information
Dan Turner
Director of Information Management Systems @dj_turner

Elisa Carlson
Director of Instruction @ECSD36

Todd’s note: Seems the key to success is the educators and technical people working together in order to move forward.


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