Happy Spring to all!  Hopefully the snow is done and the sun and warmer temps are around the corner.  March is an exciting time, not only when it comes to weather but also for all the activities and events happening at NEOnet in the upcoming months.

Did You Know          

NEOnet has been providing hosted IP telephony service since 2002.  We currently support over 10,000 phones at twenty-two school districts and the City of Cuyahoga Falls.  Please contact me at 330.634.4102 if you are interested in learning more about this service.   You can also find additional information on our website at IP Telephony Service

NEOnet Customer Satisfaction Survey

I realize everyone is very busy and it seems you get a new survey each day but if you have not already done so will you please take a few minutes out of your day to complete the NEOnet customer satisfaction survey.   The survey URL is http://www.mcoecn.org/customer-satisfaction-survey-2017/.  

The survey will allow you to provide your thoughts and ideas regarding ways to improve the services provided to your school district.   You are also encouraged to share the invitation with others in your district who interact with NEOnet.  Your feedback on ITC customer service will help support our commitment to continuous service improvement.  The information you provide will enable NEOnet to better understand and improve services.   

The survey consists of 23 multiple-choice questions plus additional opportunities for you to comment on or suggest ways to improve customer support, system reliability, and other aspects of the services we provide. The survey closes at 11:45 pm on Wednesday, March 29th

Your responses are important to us, again we strongly encourage you to participate in this survey.  The survey results will be shared at the May 1, 2017 Assembly meeting.

NEOtech

The 8th annual NEOtech conference held on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the Kent State University Student Center was a great success.   We had over 500 teachers, administrators, and Technology Integrators in attendance.   The theme for this year’s conference was “All In Tech”.    I would like to thank our Gold sponsors, Kent State University and Logicalis, for continuing to allow us to make this a free event.   Thank you to all of the Technology Directors who make this day possible.  You can find more information about the conference at www.neotechconference.org.   You can learn more about the day’s activities on the @NEOTechConf or #NEOTech2017 twitter feeds.   Pleases contact me if you would like to volunteer to help with next year’s conference.  

Assembly Meeting

Please mark your calendars for the next MRSC/NEOnet Assembly meeting.  The meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at NEOnet.   The agenda items will include recommendations to approve the FY18 fees and appropriations.   I will also be sharing the survey results and presenting our Business Plan.  Your attendance and participation at this important meeting is appreciated.    

Current Initiatives

Below are a list of current projects the NEOnet staff is working on.   Please contact me if you are interested in learning more about these initiatives.   These initiatives will be highlighted in future additions of the monthly updates. 

Cyber Security: What Do You Have to Lose?

Learn the tangible and intangible costs associated with a breach in your cyber security network. NEOnet’s team will discuss the necessary implementation of security policies and controls, as well as current threats and vulnerabilities and how executive level considerations play a key role in the safety of your data.

Implement an Alternate to State Software

Learn from NEOnet’s knowledgeable team how an ITC, an ESC and a school district have successfully implemented EfinancePLUS. We will cover important tips and best practices for migrating from classic state software to eFinancePLUS. The discussion will include migration strategies, professional development requirements and time commitment for implementation.

1:1 Playbook – Planning & Implementation

NEOnet will walk you through the basic understanding of implementing 1:1 in your district. We will cover how to successfully provide a cooperative learning environment for staff and students and how to maintain a secure cost-effective foundation. We will also discuss best practices, how to incorporate 1:1 into the curriculum and the necessity of professional development for staff.

Future Job Training for Fiscal Services

NEOnet invites you to learn how ITCs and career centers are partnering to provide individuals the professional development training they need to successfully work in area school districts’ fiscal support departments. We will discuss the current adult education curriculum and training program. Learn how your school district or career center can participate in this valuable program.

Recommended Article

The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. Our Foundation remains Congress’ only charity. The program is open to all youth ages 14 to 23 and is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. Young people may register when they turn 13 1/2 years old and must complete their activities before their 24th birthday.

Participants earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Congressional Award Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas: Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. Earning The Congressional Award is a fun and interesting way to get more involved in something you already enjoy or something you’d like to try for the first time. You move at your own pace – on your own or with your friends. This is not an award for past accomplishments. Instead, you are honored for achieving your own challenging goals after registering for the program.

You can learn more about the Congressional award at http://congressionalaward.org/about/

 

The Virginia Journal of Education has some interesting articles on if mobile devices can be more than a distraction in the classroom and how Google Classroom can help your students be more creative and collaborative.  

http://www.veanea.org/assets/document/VA/11_16_VJE_Web.pdf

March
2017
Administration Update