SOESD / Learning Matters / Newsletter Archive / November 2006 / Department Head Message
Technology and Media Services Offers New Programs
Technology and Media Services at the ESD is providing several new or improved programs for teachers. One of the biggest changes has been the Media Library upgrade to a new computer scheduling system. This fall, as teachers “logged on” to the Media Library’s website, they discovered a “new look” for the online scheduling site for media resources. This new system should provide better searching options and much more flexibility for users than the previous system. Another new service from the Media Library will provide “streaming” video for teachers. This will double the number of video titles available to users over last year, and greatly expand the curricular possibilities.
A new area-wide “help desk” is now available to schools offering computer support. Originally developed for ESD staff by the Computer Information Systems program, it is now offered to member districts as well. Hopefully this will help supplement local districts’ own computer support when needed.
The Distance Education program will be providing several new IVC (Interactive Video Conference) systems to schools as a result of a Federal Grant. In addition, new applications for these systems will be employed in several schools that have signed on to the project.
Network Services has installed new systems that should help locate and troubleshoot problems in local school computer networks that will enable teachers to better use those networks for critical needs, i.e. TESA testing. This program is continuously looking for network “security” solutions to help schools as well.
Electronic Services continues to repair schools’ equipment including computers, projectors, sound systems, printers, intercoms and video components—in addition to numerous other systems. They have also recently installed several new “video security” systems in schools. A number of video systems are in the planning stages.
The ESD cable television channel has now been changed from 32 to Channel 16 for the ESD education network in Jackson County. Channels remain the same in Grants Pass (16) and Klamath Falls (7). Media Production is in the process of converting media resources to a digital format for more flexibility and efficiency.
These are just a few of a number of newer programs or services that are being provided to schools this year. We are constantly looking at the needs of the schools we serve as an ESD, and want to continue to assist schools with those needs.
Ron Enger, Director
Technology and Media