What we’ve been up to!

It’s been a little while since we’ve shared any updates.

While you may see us running around in and out of schools, what happens behind the scenes? Lots!

We’re thrilled to confidently say this fall has been one of the best for our team – the time and investment into our infrasturucture has paid off for our team & helped our students & staff stay connected reliably to local and online resources.

We’ve been implementing a significant number of improvements to our Wifi system – something which we’ve seen great results from in terms of bandwidth and reliability. We’ve been learning and implementing a feature called ‘network shaping.’ Simply put, we can focus our users experience towards apps that encourage learning – rather than things that detract (Facebook video streaming, gaming, social media). We’ve also tuned our Student & Staff wifi networks appropriately to ensure these changes represent their users needs.

Our team has also been focusing on security and redundancy of our data, records, student data & backups.

The big focus this fall has also been around security. With so much focus in the IT world on becoming security focused, we’ve taken pre-emptive steps to ensure our network, the devices & infrastructure is patched, updated & we have appropriate security policies on our firewalls & servers. The world of IT is ever evolving, so must we.

We’re thrilled to be a part of such a unique & wonderful district, we welcome the challenges & projects our team tackles on a daily basis. Here’s to another fall school startup!

Wow, it’s Fall again!

Wow, what a summer it’s been!

    To say our tech team has been busy has been an understatement! Although we all got some great Holiday adventures fit between our busy projects, we also hit a number of big milestones this summer.

First off, we have successfully transitioned all but one of our school sites to the new NGN Network. In addition, our 2 biggest sites, Salt Spring Middle School & Gulf Island Secondary, are worth noting of finally joining the new network.

Secondly, we assisted in moving & wiring our new Windsor House school site in North Vancouver. They’ll be starting their school year with a fast new network, a new fleet on notebooks & speedy Wi-Fi.

Thirdly, we worked with our partners at JAMF Software to setup our new Mobile Device Management server for our iPad users, which will allow downloading and updating of iPads to be a smoother and easier experience… more on this soon.

We also finished a number of smaller, invisible refinements across the district, including our new redundant backup system for all our servers. This will act as the new central way to protect and ensure the privacy of our district data. We’ve also optimized Wi-Fi across all our school sites, and based on your feedback, improved many of the weak spots or dead zones in classrooms. We’ve improved wiring, labeling & cooling in many of our wiring closets and server racks, as well. These changes will improve reliability & performance.

Additionally, we’ve completed work on the labs in your schools as well, ensuring updates & antivirus, browsers, etc are all working top notch.

We’re heading back into the 2016/17 school year and feeling more confident than ever – thank you to everyone for supporting us the past year and a half through these big projects. We couldn’t have done it without your support!

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