The technological advances experienced in recent times and expected in the next five years open up tremendous opportunities for improving the ways in which students learn and are taught. Information is king, and whether it is being used to analyze a student’s weak subjects or track a class science project, it is only of value if it can be accessed when it is needed. The proliferation of technologies enabling this access has made it easier than ever to get data to the right people, but this advance has not come without liabilities. Data that is easily accessed by the “right” people can often be accessed just as easily by the “wrong” people, with potentially disastrous consequences.
Information security is no longer about stopping annoying viruses; it is about protecting children from real harm, and must be treated as seriously as the security of the physical learning environment. The NYCDOE’s information security strategy, through protections proactive and reactive, administrative and technical, and physical and virtual, ensures that our students, teachers, staff, families, and other stakeholders can safely navigate the dangers of cyberspace well into the next decade.
Budget to Implement
Enterprise Active Directory (AD) / Identity Management
SECTION 9: STUDENT/TEACHER LEARNING AND COLLABORATION
In order to deliver the new 21st century classroom experience, we see an environment where the classroom extends beyond the school. Suppose students want to create a presentation about preserving resources and creating a green planet. They conduct a live interactive video lecture with a researcher at NASA who presents them with a slide show live on line, and the students ask interactive questions during the presentation in real time. Once the NASA presentation is complete, the students launch their Virtual Desktop in the class and start working on their own presentation. During the preparation process, the teacher can assist the students by projecting their work on an interactive smart board and discuss issues with them while everyone is also doing research on the Internet. Once the students go home, and want to complete their assignments, they use their home and/or library PC to launch the school portal via a web browser; or, they create a secure remote session (VPN) to the DOE, and launch their desktop if they need to use specific tools. Since the school portal gives them their unique homepage, the look and feel of this is exactly the same no matter where they log in from, and their assignments and homework are stored in their ePortfolio system which grows with them, and can be transferred when they graduate or move to another school or district.
Teachers can employ an online Learning Management System (LMS) to impart differentiated anywhere/anytime learning for their students. The Enterprise Learning Portal (ELP) is used to create new curriculum and share with staff across the DOE environment to create a new era of learning.
Goal and Strategy to Obtain Vision
School Technology Goals: Enhance the technology to support the teaching and learning experience for all students and educators.
Enhance the learning experience for collaborative teaching and learning.
Equip and train our students with the skills required in today’s economy.
Create a replicable curriculum and spread the learning experience across the DOE schools.
School Technology Strategies
Implement an enterprise-wide scalable Learning Management system.
Create an Identity store to manage student and parent identities.
Implement and deploy collaborative technologies to support IP Video Conferencing, Centralized storage, and VPN Remote access.
Enhance Primary WAN circuit bandwidth and provide redundancy for the WAN circuit for any time anywhere access, around the clock.
Deploy a secure, remote access solution for allowing trusted users to access their resources, while mitigating attacks.
Provide a centralized Unified Communication Platform for voice and video conferencing.