This is an explanation of our changes and upgrades thus far and as they now stand for the near future.
This category includes large scale planning events.
Develop comprehensive I.T. vision for ISPP and obtain approval from new school director Mr. Barry Sutherland.
A comprehensive plan was initiated, refined and launched to transform ISPP's free form I.T. program consisting of multiple platforms into a single platform domain regulated system of inter-connectivity which would make powerful systems of collaboration and network security attainable.
Rewrote the protocol and process for new I.T. acquisitions. Created a systematic method to segregate global I.T. acquisitions from Departmental orders while insuring all technology purchases are vetted based on technical and compatibility requirements.
A system was put into place to self regulate the I.T. budget in terms of how much is proposed for interactive technology (interactive whiteboards, smart tables, document cameras). A flat maximum percentage of 17% of the total I.T. budget will be spent on items in the category of educational technology.
A school wide plan was initiated to centrally control all ISPP printers from a single server. This would allow all teachers and students to print from any printer in the school without the need to configure individual computers to access the printers but instead only to adjust domain accounts. Centralized printing control would also allow for students to print against an amount of printing credit in order to give them more freedom and responsibility to save resources.
This category includes all changes to the general infrastructure and network system.
Research and planning for a complete change over from a static IP system with security vunerability to a dynamic IP address system with MAC addressed enforced security. This will allow laptop users to use the same network card settings on and off campus.
The core of the ISPP network was revamped using modern manageable switching technology. The core connectivity protocol was changed from an unsecured open system to a DHCP system that is regulated by MAC address policing. User accounts and reservations were created and installed for all ISPP equipment and all workstations and laptops were tested.
A exhaustive search was launched to upgrade ISPP's internet service without increasing the cost. We converted our existing dual ADSL connection to a single fiber optic connection 150% faster. We also added a fiber optic link between the campuses which allowed a single internet source to be shared full school in order to maintain 100% bandwidth usage at all times. This connection has a redundant external connection in the case of line damage. and a 99.8% uptime guarantee.
The ISPP network will be improved in two important areas:
First areas of intense wireless usage will see a dual wireless access point system installed. This system will enforce usage division when more than 20 laptops are utilizing a single access point. Secondly the IT department will continue work to replace all megabit switches with gigabit switches from the backbone down. These improvements will vastly quicken inter-network connectivity and improve the performance of our data heavy systems such as the ISPP media server.
During the summer months all ISPP computers will be reconfigured and joined to the domain controller. This domain system will allow for any teacher or student to utilize any ISPP workstation or laptop through personalized login. Once logged in a user will have access to all of thier documents and settings including printer permissions and internet usage allowances. The domain controlled system is exponentially more secure since all network access is regulated by the identity of the user rather than by the identity of the workstation.
The Endpoint security system will regulate the ability of any USB drive or CD/DVD to copy malicious files onto our network. This system can also be utilized to prevent sensitive information from being copied from the ISPP network
This category includes all new and upgraded services on the ISPP network.
Research and planing for the creation of a fully automated I.T. support electronic help desk system and knowledge base.
A fully featured new teacher orientation DVD and website was created by scouring the school for relevant information documentation and photos and organizing these items into a organized digital structure designed to provide a wealth of information to newly hired teachers. The DVD's were utilized during the 2010 recruiting season.
The ISPP online portfolio system was created and introduced to the grade 4/5 team for use. The PYP Exhibition will use the electronic portfolio system this year. The eportfolio system allows students to store files, organize their digital artifacts into web pages and share and collaborate with other students and teachers. Extensive blogging functionality is embedded into this system.
A MRISA coached website was designed and built in order to provide an online collaborative area for MRISA coaches and participants to view photos, post event related blogs, obtain information regarding upcoming events and collaborate regarding event planning and event rules and regulations. http://www.moodlemispp.edu.kh/mrisa
The Etherpad system is an open source collaborative text editor. It will allow multiple users to build a document together and in real time. The education value of collaborative document construction is expansive. Collaborative documents can be used to create meeting minutes, class notes and many other documents that lend themselves to real time collaboration. This system has a full history viewer and will be operational from our internal network as well as from outside ISPP.
The Ulteo application server is an open source application virtualization system designed to broadcast a desktop and applications through an internet portal. Using this system teachers can set up specialized desktops that include preloaded files, applications and settings for students to utilize. Students will be able to utilize this networked desktop from any ISPP computer or even from home. This system will be complete and ready for use by the 2010-2011 school year.
Upgrades and changes to the Moodle online classroom system
Planning and outlining the setup parameters, configurations and internal structures of the MOODLE online classroom system.
The MOODLE online classroom system was create according to advanced planning. All users and courses were created and configured for use starting from the first day of classes. Ready made features of the system included: Online attendance for the Secondary School, school wide online technology booking system, school wide venue and space booking system.
A complete online collaborative accreditation area was designed and built into the MOODLE system. The accreditation self study used this online system to collaborate, communicate and to collect digital documentation.
Several upgrades were performed on the MOODLE online classroom system: Birthday Block - allows all teachers and students to view upcoming birthdays. TO-DO List - A custom block designed to give students the ability to create a custom task list to help keep track of assignments and reminders. Audio assignment - An assignment with the ability to record an audio sample was added to the MOODLE system. Updated Color Scheme - To match the new ISPP website design was created and installed.
The Moodle system will be converted to a domain controlled networked authentication system which will allow the eportfolio system to be integrated as a file storage system accessible through Moodle. This will allow students to access their Eportfolio documents directly for assignment submissions and forum attachments. It will also allow students to capture Moodle online resources within their personal Eportfolio accounts.
Upgrades, planning and changes to the school wide information system
The GRID will replace Education Edge as our school wide information system beginning school year 2010-2011 . The GRID is build from the ground up for a IB world school and will be configured to meet our exact institutional needs. The GRID will provide: student information, reporting, online admissions, HR records, leave tracking, a complete financial package, intgrated curriculum mapping and much more. It is a system that will be incorporated into our upcoming web portal system.
Creation of a comprehensive plan to build a external conversion system in order to collect custom reporting information in Education Edge.
A fully functional multimedia server was created and made accessible over the ISPP internal network. This web service allows faculty and administration to host audio, video, photos and other forms of digital media for the consumption of all ISPP students. The system is fully permission-able and has been found to well in conjunction with MOODLE.
Build, configure and roll out with training a comprehensive system which will allow ISPP to capture all reporting data including photos into the Education Edge System. This "Template" system serves as a go-between so that all report data can be condensed, stored in the Education Edge system and later retrieved for transcripts, web portals and data analysis.
After arranging and obtaining direct feedback on the new reporting process using the new ISPP template upgrade to the Education Edge system, several upgrades were planned, created and put into effect: Teachers now can utilize the template system from off campus, Teachers can now save the information they place into the template as opposed as immediately converting it for use in Education Edge, teachers can now view skills inline while writing comments for reference.
The GRID school information system will be installed and the existing data from Education Edge will be migrated to the new system. The GRID will be configured initially for student data and record keeping, student reporting and report cards, online attendance and for human resources functionality including leave tracking.
We will add and configure additional modules to the GRID including: Online Admissions, Integrated Curriculum Mapping and a complete Financial package which will include budgeting functionality.
Events, changes and upgrades to the ISPP communications system.
The Existing ISPP email system was not available outside of the network and had no capacity for calendar and folder sharing. A new system was planned to include these features.
A completely new email and communication system was built, populated with faculty and staff accounts and mounted onto the new network. This system adds to the old system the ability to access mail, calendars and all other communication features from a web based interface. This change overcomes the limitations we face as a cross platform school and allows all staff to share calendars, mailing lists and folders in a dynamic and productive fashion.
A plan was launched to migrate to a Microsoft based communications package as well as internally handling all email routing both internal and external. This plan was followed by extensive long term reliability testing.
The new mail server was build and placed online for four months of extensive load testing. Additionally, an intermediary antispam server was constructed to add an extra layer of protection since we are moving all email service (internal and external) to our local servers. Managing our email 100% locally will save ISPP hosting fees and improve the speed and consistency of our mail service. The new mail server will be 300% faster, have more collaborative features in it's web portal format and allow for wide scale use of external client applications.
A guided instructional program will be created and made available on Moodle to support the migration to the new communication system. This program will help users understand the more advances planning and collaboration features of the system. The program will be video based and a corresponding set of exercises will help learners gauge their understanding.
All events, upgrades and planning regarding the new ISPP public website and web portal system.
Initial Planning stages of the ISPP Website Redesign: Deciding the backend structures so that the system will have the capacity to support a fully functional parent, teacher and student portal system.
The ISPP website will be analyzed for areas that call for dynamic content. This content will be programmed directly into the website to be pulled live from external databases on our local network including the GRID, Destiny and MOODLE. Information within single web pages, for example the number of nationalities will be converted from a static number that must be manually edited periodically to a live display that changes automatically whenever there is a change in the actual source database.
The ISPP public website was completely redesigned and rebuilt. All new content was collected and or updated. Photographic elements were heavily incorporated into the new design and a faculty review of the new content was conducted to ensure accuracy. The new website was unveiled to the board of directors in it's final form. This is stage one of the web portal system.
An online information portal system will be built onto the static ISPP website. This system will be customized for various roles: Teachers, Administrators, Students, Parents etc. The portal will be a collection of up to date information based on the users identity and role. Parents will see their child's reports, Moodle assignments, Eportfolio views, checked out library books etc. Each role will have different portal blocks and users will have the ability to customize their portal to suit their needs.