Friday, Monday, & Tuesday
District – making last minute preparations for network upgrade project on Thursday-Friday. No time for posting progress on job orders.
District – MacBook Air order arrived, prepared and delivered to Jan Mullins, Kenny Moore, and Bobby Carnes. Polled faculty to remember who else had dead batteries.
Kristie Patterson – posted news article about fundraiser delivery.
District – delivered equipment (UPS and switches) for network project.
Jan Mullins – troubleshooting mirrored displays, printer settings and USB connection for Mrs. Mullins new MacBook Air. Had to remove a bunch of Chrome extensions and settings in order to even do a search. Replaced video adapter.
District – delivered UPS units to rooms with interconnect racks for installation next week.
Bobby Carnes – no success is reviving his MacBook Pro. Loaning him the evaluation Chromebook. Mr. Gower processed the PO we had outstanding for 10 new MacBooks. Activated shipment tracking with DHL, but could not find an expected delivery date.
OneNet – sent messages to the provisioning department at OneNet to check on the status of our order for a managed router. Also requested an install date to coincide with Peder Angvall’s schedule of the network install project.
OneNet – tech support responded to my ticket yesterday by reporting that the outbound traffic was going to Google. I sent a message to Google to see it this activity was related to our recent license activiation for Chromebooks.
Peder Angvall – recieved notifications of orders from Cisco for switches and the FedEx tracking indicates expected delivery tomorow.
District – as expected, we are recieving a lot of flack from all directions regarding the blocking of FaceBook. Students, however, seem to have all circumvented the web filter and are still reading and posting as always. No resolution in site.
Technology Planning – sent message to committee members proposing a meeting in early December.
OneNet – completed and submitted a SOA for a managed router. Thought I had done this before, but I guess not.
District – while investigating another matter, I noted that our traffic graph indicated a series of very large data bursts (leaving our site) that are occurring regularly over the last week starting at a little after 8 PM and ending a little after midnight. I contacted Peder Angvall to see if perhaps he was getting switch configs in preparation for next weeks upgrade project, but haven’t had a reply yet. I also notified OneNet of the anomaly to see if they could help me track the activity down.
There will be disruption of service on Thursday and Friday, November 17th and 18th. Although we will endeavor to keep the down time to a minimum, I'm asking for everyone's cooperation by preparing ahead of time to plan activities that do not require technologies that are network dependent. Please acknowledge that you have received this advance notice and are aware of the planned disruption of service.
Things you can do:
- work ahead – if you have projects that fall due on the 17th or 18th, please complete those now
- prepare alternative activities – this is an opportunity to be creative and still accomplish your goals, download resources you plan to use ahead of time
- alter your schedule – move activities that don't require technology to these two days
- old school – this could be an opportunity to demonstrate how things used to be done in school.
- research – 6 Things You Can Do to Prepare for Internet Downtime, Google it now
What won't be available:
- Internet – email, Google Apps, cloud based apps (OdysseyWare, AR, Grade Book, child nutrition program, etc.), pretty much anything online
- Server Access – Wengage accounting, file services, SuccessMaker (blue screen)
- Tech Support – I will be busy trying to help complete the project
- Sympathy – you've been warned
What will be available:
- Physical Resources – Paper, pencil, books, ect.
- SmartBoard and Smart Notebook - except for online features
- Cellular Access – if your room can get a cell signal, you could use your phone as a personal hotspot (if you know how and your plan allows it – I can't help you with this)
- Creativity – here's your chance to show your students how resourceful you can be
- School Email On Your Phone – if you haven't already set up your phone to receive your school mail, this would be a good time
The devices we are working on during this time are what makes a network: you don't even realize they exist until they break. This project will keep us going for years to come. I've worked long and hard to plan, fund, and implement the project. Now it's your turn: plan now for what you will be doing those two days. Please don't call me and tell me what isn't working. I already know what won't be working and now, you do too.
Please send me an email stating that you have read this notice and are going to prepare in advance.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
District – sent a second notification out to all staff regarding service disruptions during the planned maintenance next week on Thursday and Friday. I also posted signs of this notice on all entry points to the buildings and on the doors of each lab. I discussed the notification with each administrator. I don’t know what else I could do to forwarn clients of service disruptions.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
District – Webex with Cisco regarding the demo VOIP phones. Questions:
Peder Angvall – discussed the plan for upgrade outages. Most downtime will be on Thursday, only local disruptions on Friday.
District – instructed by Sean Walker to block FaceBook, verified by Andy Gower, due to harrassment of middle school students and the inability of administrators to confirm the identity of the creator of fake accounts. This was reported to FaceBook and the local police before they got me involved. I blocked the site, but cautioned adminstrators that the students could still access via cellular accounts and circumvent the web filter in a variety of ways.
Don Gallagher – posted a news article he sent me regarding student accomplishments
Andy Gower – sat in on phone coversation with George Burke regarding his recommendations for VOIP phones and PA systems integration.
Website – sent help request to Gabbart to find out why only 5 news articles appear on the front page when the setting is for 10. Also, ask about “visibiliby” settings on statistics page (wondering why the setting for so many pages is “off”)
Emily Fixico – reported problem with speakers. Cable was unplugged.
Upper Elementary – reported computer in spare classroom would not start. Wall plug loose.
Deborah Carr – requested install of Saxon’s Instructional Presentations. Done.
Samantha Adkins – reported speaker problem. Feedback from bass turned up too high.
VOIP Phones – requested evaluation ideas from Cisco reps. Have not heard response yet.
Chromebook evaluation – discussed screen quality and shared usage tips with Sean Walker.
E-Rate – clarificaion of new project and cancelled firewall requests in current RFP.
Thrusday, November 3, 2016
Ramona Bunch – reported problems posting schedules to website. Posted them for her.
Don Gallagher – requested help with accessing files from outside Google Drive. Showed him where share setting are.