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Kaneland gears up for summertime tech projects

School District 302 to hold Kane County Tech Bash this summer

SUGAR GROVE – While school's out for summer, a number of technology projects will be worked on at the assorted schools within Kaneland School District 302.

Tim Wolf, director of technology for the Kaneland School District, detailed some of these forthcoming projects during the board of education meeting May 14.

The assorted projects include an updating of the network map.

“It’s been a while since we did an entire network map,” Wolf said. “I think it’s been about five years. It’s just good documentation, but it’s a lot of work. We have to go through every data closet, all the different links and we will be doing some labeling so that’s one of our summer projects.”

Replacing the backend hardware at Kaneland Harter Middle School is another.

“This is the original stuff from when the building was built nine years ago,” Wolf said. “So it’s still functional, and it’s moving along, but it’s at that point of nine years of being on non-stop. It hasn’t been turned off in nine years so it’s at an end of life.”

Another huge task that’s on the to-do list is the replacement of the food service program at Harter and Kaneland High School. It’s being developed by alum Nic Borg, who co-founded Edmodo, a kindergarten through 12th grade social learning network.

The new food program will allow parents to track what their children are purchasing for lunch and can also set up their account so it auto-replenishes when it’s low on funds.

“It will run off some kind of tablet,” Wolf said. “It’ll be Android or iPad and technically you can do your food service on a phone. It’ll all be web-based.”

Other summer tech projects include the increasing of data closet uptime and routine maintenance and updates.

In related news, Harter will host the Kane County Tech Bash once again this summer on June 20 and 21. The Kane County Regional Office of Education is funding it.

“It was pretty cool last year,” Wolf said. “It’s all the techs in Kane County coming here for training. We had Google here and Microsoft here and all for free and it was such a success.”

Presenters this year include reps from Google, Microsoft and HP/Aruba while Borg is the keynote speaker.

“Our level I, our level II and some of our network people never get out of here and we call them cave dwellers,” Wolf said. “So we decided we would actually host a training day. Last year, we had about 100 people and we’re hoping to get a few more.”

As well as a few good ideas.

“One of the best things about it, because I kind of run the thing, is the roundtable discussion …,” Wolf said. “So we’ll get all the information from the other districts.”

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