Category Archives: General

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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2016 ITEC Reflections

The lead keynote at ITEC this year was George Couros, the author of The Innovator’s Mindset.  George was a likable, entertaining, and engaging speaker.  His message was a re-mix of Carol Dweck’s growth mindset research and the musing of Austin … Continue reading

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Kevin Honeycutt at Prairie on August 8th

Save the date if you’ve not already done so, August 8th.  Kevin Honeycutt will be here at Prairie again to provide world-class PL on digital learning.  If you are looking to strengthen your digital tool kit, please attend.    Here … Continue reading

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Assistive Tech: Not Just a Special Ed Thing Anymore…

I’ve been thinking a lot about assistive tech the last few weeks.  I’m more than a little embarrassed to admit that I really don’t know as much about it as I probably should both professionally and personally.  But, I’m committing … Continue reading

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First Week of School Updates

I have a bunch of quick hitter type of updates for the first week of school.  Here they are in no particular order. We have on last major project to complete for the summer, replacing our core switch.  This hardware … Continue reading

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Staff CRPrairie.org Google Apps Accounts Ready to Go!

The Google Apps (Drive, Calendar, Docs, Sites, Sheets) portion of our transition is ready to go! We are little ahead of the timeline we set out in the spring. We are still working on getting email forwarding setup. So, while … Continue reading

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Where Did the Campus Grade Book Beta Go?

As I announced last spring, Infinite Campus is rolling out new teacher tools – what they call “Campus Instruction.” We were very fortunate last spring to be invited to be one of five districts across the nation to participate in … Continue reading

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Unconference Reflections

I had a great time last Monday morning!  Credit for this really goes to our Digital Literacy Trainers from across the district.  The smooth feel to event is a tribute to that team’s efforts in planning and organizing.  I also … Continue reading

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Prairie Network Maintenance on 12/30/13

On December 30th, electrical contractors will be onsite to install a gas-powered generator at the ESC.  This is great news.  This generator will automatically switch on within a few seconds of a power interruption event.  It will ensure we maintain … Continue reading

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Emergency Calls and Text Messages Coming to Prairie Next Fall!

Prairie has just signed on to partner with School Messenger to provide emergency calls and text messages to our patrons and staff starting next school year.  This means that parents and staff will have the option to receive an automated … Continue reading

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