This week, we welcome the newest member of the IT department today. Alex Lagunas has joined my team as the PM High School Technology Support Analyst. Alex is a seasoned IT veteran with experience from both educational and corporate worlds.
High School technical requests and support tickets will be transitioned to Alex in the next few days. In the meantime, please give Alex a warm welcome as he navigates the high school corridors and beings to learn our faces, names and building culture.
Due to a forthcoming departure from my IT team, I’m in search of a full-time, technology support hero. The position’s primary duties include the installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of IT hardware and software and desk-side tech support for teachers, staff and students in a complex, multi-platform, mixed-vendor academic setting. Excellent customer service skills, superior interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate technical procedures to non-technical staff are essential to this position. A Bachelor’s degree in a related field, 2-3 years Mac OS X and PC hardware/software support and the drive to createexceptionalcustomer support experiences is required.
The minimum salary for this positions is 41K, commensurate with relevant experience and includes an extensive benefit plan. Submit a PDF cover letter, resume and salary requirement via email to Mr. Charlie Reisinger, Technology Director, Penn Manor School District, at email@example.com. Deadline: November 3, 2010. The job description is available.
As of Sunday evening, we are experiencing technical issues with our district email server. IT engineers are working to resolve the problems as quickly as possible. At this time, no other district servers or systems are impacted.
Update: As of Monday morning, all issues have been resolved and webmail is once again functioning normally.
Penn Manor’s libraries are benefiting from a major upgrade to their online catalogs and circulation software. This August, all 10 district libraries will begin using a new library management system titled: Koha.
Following the open source model, Koha is a free, community-driven library management system developed by worldwide teams of programmers and librarians. Koha is a full-featured, Integrated Library System (ILS) and the first fully open source ILS. Referring to the the Maori custom of gift-giving, Koha was initially developed for libraries in New Zealand between 1999 and 2001. Since being released to the world, Koha has been installed in thousands of libraries worldwide.
Nearly 10 years have passed since Penn Manor installed the previous Follett CircPlus card catalog system. The Koha migration replaces the aging Follett system and provides an extended menu of system benefits and efficiencies. Additionally, by choosing the free open source Koha platform over commercial library systems, Penn Manor will realize approximately $50,000 in cost savings over three years.
Penn Manor’s Koha conversion began last April with a pilot test at Central Manor Elementary School. CM library staff and students worked side-by-side with PM IT staff to migrate from the previous system and test Koha’s new functionality. During the summer of 2010, PM library staff trained on the new system while the tech team further refined and tuned Koha for full implementation. During the upgrade, the district also enlisted Savitra Sirohi and the team at OSSLabs for data conversion help.
I’m thrilled to announce the launch of the new Penn Manor School District official website. Our new design has been in development for the past 4 months and represents a significant modernization of our primary community site. The new site is build on the outstanding WordPress content management engine and features a host of new sections, tools and content. During the upgrade process, the PM Education Foundation and Alumni sites also received updated designs.
For the past several years, Apple has run a summer educational promo offering a free iPod touch with the purchase of a Mac laptop or desktop. The offer is again open to college students and educational staff at both schools and colleges. This year, Apple is offering a free 8GB, 2nd generation iPod touch. Check out the details at the Apple Store for Education.
While the rate of progress and innovation in communications, engineering, medicine, science, and technology continues to accelerate, the need for professionals with innovative new skills becomes critical. As an educational community, we are challenged to prepare students for future jobs that may not yet exist, in markets that have not yet emerged, and with tools and devices currently unimagined. From alternate energy and sustainability specialists, to robotic engineers and genetic architects, future careers will demand that our students possess radically new literacies and talents. Continue reading →
On Wednesday June 9th Penn Manor webcast the High School Commencement Ceremony live on the Internet. The broadcast marks the district’s 11th commencement webcast. Congratulations to the PMHS Class of 2010, we wish you the best!
We are pleased to be offering Penn Manor teachers and staff a menu of 20 individual technology workshops this summer. Sessions range from old favorites such as Blogging, Podcasting, Moodle, iWork and Online Safety to new workshops on Mimio Interactive tools, Glogster, GoogleDocs and other popular instructional technology resources. The PM IT Team would like to thank the numerous teachers who are leading technology workshops for fellow teachers and colleagues.
A reminder that staff may sign up for district sponsored professional development sessions online at: http://ots.pennmanor.net.