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I asked last week what you were doing this summer. In addition to my usual reposts, I wanted to post a summary from one reader of his recent doings.
Written by Christopher Dawson, Contributor

I asked last week what you were doing this summer. In addition to my usual reposts, I wanted to post a summary from one reader of his recent doings. Thanks to Josh Kesecker, Technology Coordinator, Wallowa County ESD - Region 18, for the feedback (keep in mind that I just reprinted his email directly, which was sent to me as a list).

Some things we’ve done this year, that have been beneficial for us:

  • Knowledgetree: (open source DMS, used to put all district policies, board minutes, & plans on-line)
  • Asterisk: Open source VOIP (a successful, 6 month implementation start to finish for 164 extensions)
  • Squid/SquidGuard: Open source web filtering. We’ve been doing our own filtering for 4 years now. A necessary evil, but not one we’re paying for…
  • Tech Literacy data: administered our first assessment this year…
  • We surveyed the staff as well, very interesting data…
  • Joomla/Drupal (most districts have or are converting their sites to these CMS’s already)
  • OpenOffice/ThinClients you’ve already covered quite well.
  • Virtualization starting to take off…
  • Using Wireless WAN…
  • We’re going to pilot iTalc this year. It’s an open source Classroom management app utilizing the vnc protocol.

Background:

  • 1,000 students across 4 school districts in NE Oregon. Very rural, just got fiber in the county last year.
  • Keeping the network running in the winter requires snowmobiles ;-)
  • Funding is always an issue, haven’t been able to get netbooks popular yet. Rolling out more WiFi first…

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