Meeting Reminders:
The next Technology Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting is Thursday May 2nd, 2013 at 9:00am.

Collaboration with File and Print Services
NEOnet will be working with some schools this summer to centralize their Active Directory as well as their file and print services here at NEOnet. The benefit of this venture will be single username and password for all applications, centralized storage, backups and directory services without any local resources and overhead costs. With distributed administration of user accounts and computer/user policies, it will be just as if the district hosted the services themselves, but without any of the extra expense or overhead of local servers. In addition, we will be tying this into a drag and drop file sharing “Drop Box” type of service for teacher and student collaboration. This, along with a Citrix pilot, will help pave the way for the next set of NEOnet services to help districts save money and improve education through the use of technology. If you have any questions on this initiative or just need more details please feel free to contact Christopher Zolla via email at zolla[at]neonet[dot]org.

Internet Expansion
Internet bandwidth utilization has exponentially increased along with the wide spread implementation of wireless throughout our customers. While we added 300mbit of additional bandwidth this year alone, we still saw it being consumed at astounding rates. Next year we will be purchasing an additional 300Mbit of internet bandwidth, thereby maximizing our 1Gbit connection to the state. As part of our PARCC assessment readiness, NEOnet is making preparations to move to 10Gbit on that connection. Our goal is fast reliable internet connectivity so that the bandwidth our customers need for streaming media and online testing is there when it’s needed. We will continue to provide additional information on our move to 10Gbit in our monthly communiques and during our Technology Advisory Committee meetings.

PARCC assessment meeting
Our first of many PARCC assessment readiness meetings was held on April 8th 2013. The meeting was well attended and provided a lot of feedback on how districts are preparing for the PARCC assessment requirements. A compilation of questions that need to be answered as well as notes on how some things are being addressed at the school level were sent out via the Technology Coordinator distribution lists. NEOnet had a list of action items from that meeting that included finding an ITC level contact regarding PARCC assessment and identifying the path to 10G connectivity to the K12 network. We are working on those items and will pick the next meeting time for the PARCC assessment readiness group our next TAC meeting. If you did not receive a copy of the notes, please contact Christopher Zolla via email at zolla[at]neonet[dot]org.

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