Author Archives: Craig

Securly Updates

While far from being a perfect product, Securly is doing some really interesting, new things.  They are a relatively new company, and they are growing their customer base as well as their product very quickly.  There are a number of new … Continue reading

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Useful Approved Chrome Extensions

For safety and security reasons, we lockdown which Chrome Extensions students can use.  If the extension is not on our approved list, students can not install it.  Here is a list of the currently approved Chrome Extensions for student use. … Continue reading

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2016-17 Technology Department Survey Results

Thank you to everyone who took a couple of moments to fill out the survey.  This type of feedback is really important to me and my team.  We read all of the comments and do our best to make adjustments … Continue reading

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21 Google Tools You Probably Never Heard Of…

This is basically just a repost from Eric Curts’ site.  But, this is a lot of really good information — some of it you probably know, but I bet there are a couple of nuggets that you’ll find useful.  Here’s … Continue reading

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Spring Break Infrastructure Projects and a Pleasant Surprise

Last week, like many of you, I took the week off.  It was great to spend some time away from the office and recharge.  However, Chris, Collin, and Sam were here over break.  We had discussed some possible projects for … Continue reading

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Google TakeOut — Transfer Your Gmail and Drive to another Google Account

I just got the note below from Google today.  This feature would have been really handy a couple of years ago 🙂 Your domain now has access to a new tool which allows students to copy Drive and email files … Continue reading

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Staff Computer Upgrades for the Summer of 2017

In the summer of 2015, we made the decision to update 25% of all staff computers each year rather than updating all staff computers once every four years.  The most equitable way to phase this in was to use staff … Continue reading

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Friendly Disruption

I currently serve on the Iowa Special Education Advisory Panel or SEAP.  I’m one of several members appointed to represent the interest of parents.  About a year ago, I attended an event on behalf of SEAP that comprised several breakout sessions which … Continue reading

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More Bandwidth at Prairie

We have upped our Internet bandwidth capacity today from 500 megabits per second (MBPS) to 800 MBPS.  We monitor our utilization pretty closely.  Near the end of last year (November/December) we had a number of days where we saturated our … Continue reading

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The Big Picture: Hardware. What do we have? What’s next?

According to our annual customer survey data, one area where I can get better is “big picture” communication.  So, this seems like the right time of year to reflect on and review some of the details of our macro plan … Continue reading

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