District Technology Leaders – Paintsville Independent

Posted on 15. Oct, 2013 by in District Technology Leadership Webcast

Webcast for District CIOs and education technology leaders. Each month we go to a different district. This month the webcast was conducted on October 15, 2013 at the Paintsville High School, Paintsville Independent Schools.

October 2013 Webcast for District Education


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Below is a complete written summary and digital copy (audio and video) of the October 15, 2013 webcast for District CIOs and Education Technology Leaders.  This month the webcast was conducted from Paintsville Independent and Paintsville High School.


You can get to both the Video and Audio links for this webcast through our webpage at:



The webcast is approximately 1:33 minutes.   The numbers in red below indicate the time stamp for discussion on the audio and video segment of the broadcast.




00:15  Introductions and district information:  From KDE we have David Couch, Phil Coleman, Mike Leadingham, DeDe Conner, and Region 7 KETS Engineer Frank Wells.


David reminded theaudience that the can participate further by sending questions and answer polls using the using the GoSoapBox platform.


GoSoapBox session with the questions, discussions, and polls for this webcast can be found at:


From Paintsville Independent we will have Superintendent Coy Samons, Steve Trimble -Superintendent of Johnson County Schools, Assistant Superintendent – Harry Burchett, Mayor Porter of Paintsville, Paintsville Independent board member – Eddie Hazelett,   Chuck McClure – Principal of Paintsville High School as well as several teachers and others from the school.


Paintsville’s Wikipedia entry can be found at:,_Kentucky


The district website can be seen from:


The district averages about 95% of their students attend who will attend college, have 50% of their students in the free and reduced lunch program, and they have a graduation rate of mid to low 90% who graduate.  They are getting ready to celebrate their 125th year and have approximately 840 students.  The community supports this district and is very proud of the school system.


Paintsville is the home to the Kentucky Apple Festival during the 1st full weekend in October:


Joe wanted to mention that the district using education technology in a wide range of activities for teachers and students in the district.  Over the past 5 years they have added wireless access to all areas of the district, have almost completed installing smart board classrooms in all of the district, they have purchased and installed 5 file servers for the students.

They have purchased and upgraded new core switches and other backbone switches to 10gig between the buildings.


More of the program software is being moved to cloud types.  Infinite Campus, MUNIS, Reading programs and other application are being moved to the web based/cloud.  They are waiting to get an increase of bandwidth in the next few months that will help that process.


Cathy Creech and Sandy Coleman who sponsor the STLP program for the district gave an overview of the program in Paintsville.  They involve the 4-6 grades and call themselves the Techno Tigers and use it as an enhancement program that the students get exposed to other aspects of technology that they may not get exposed to in their regular school curriculum.  They have been very successful and have won numerous 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place competitions for art and video.


Mrs. Fowler is a Middle School Language Arts/English teacher who uses outside programs to help her students be better prepared for classroom time.  One tool she likes to use is Edmondo, which allows her to collaborate with students as they work through assignments and assessments while they are out of class.  She introduced two students from one of her classes – Emma Plaxico and Alex Fowler.  The class does assessments and article reviews for class assignments.  The ease of use for this technology helps students be better prepared for classes as well as get help from teachers and others in the class.


15:22  The district uses the Digits program in their math classes for 6, 7, and 8th grades which Mrs. Leckie teaches for the district.  Technology is a tool not the end all, be all that many have hoped.  She works hard using technology to better teach her students.  She likes being able to have students to be over to go over the ones they miss in class to later figure out the concepts.  The program always has review questions each day.  She is able to customize her tests based upon the daily reviews.


22:40  Moodle demonstration by Greg Gambill and Mark Shortridge:  The district uses Moodle in their social studies classes for the past five years and wanted to show the visitors what is being done in the district.  Most classes in colleges and universities uses the Blackboard classroom management/online learning solution system and the district wanted to find a cheaper version to use there.   Students use it for forums, to complete assignments, online assessments, and to post questions.  Teachers can critique, grade, observe, assess and assist students using the tool.


Students self-register on the district website for Moodle and can work thru the entire social science set of classes offered by the district.


29:05 Technology Classes in the district:  District technology assistant Jason Kinner noted that the use of technology is increasing in districts.  They use the I-movie software on Mac in the media class concentrating on content instead of edition techniques.  They also teach students how to code using the Scratch software.  They work at their own pace and still get results.


33:32 Language classes using technology in the district:  Jason Adams teaches Spanish and uses technology to help his students be able to interact one-to-one with native Spanish speakers.  With him today are students – Jessica Hall and Makayla Maynard who discussed what tools they have used to be better Spanish students.  They use different language sites to learn the difference in Mexican and Castillian Spanish as a language.  An example of this is the Media Loca program.  It helps to bring in different cultural items than what is done locally.

They use the different language templates when they write out journals and stories in Spanish.


37:42  David noted that Steve Ballmer of Microsoft is retiring and he stated that the top three things that technology has impacted.  Number one was education, number two is healthcare, and number three is helping make the world smaller.


39:00 David introduced the KDE KIDS staff who are in attendance today.  Next week is Digital Citizenship Week starting on October 21st.  It is important that all of us walk the walk in terms with Digital Citizenship especially as education technology leadership working with students setting an example.


David wants users of the GoSoapBox tool we use each month needs to have it’s participants show good digital citizenship.


44:00 K-12 Data systems update:  Dede wanted to remind districts there are still a few that need to sign up for the service.


All public university schools in Kentucky are involved as well and it is free for any K-12 public student to send transcripts to the public universities participating in the program.  The vendor for this program is


47:35  Infinite Campus (IC) update:  DeDe noted that IC and CIITS will be adding assessment data by the end of this month for 2012-13.  K-PREP will be first.


Student Voice is happening via IC in the February-March 2014 timeframe.  Districts need to have the Student Portal open to all students down to the Elementary Schools (Grade 2). 


Ability to track interventions in IC is being readied.  This is an attempt to see what interventions are working and not working.


An additional tab has been added giving more information on the upcoming IC interchange on Dec 12-13.


50:02  CIITS update:  How districts assign and give roles to those who need the extra tools is still a problem.  Don’t give everyone the additional leadership roles, just those who need them such as principals and assistant principals.


Science standards are being loaded as well as key performance indicators are being loaded as well.


The latest update is version 15.3 and will be updated late October and early November.  More information on the way.


These updates are based on a large part of the experience and recommendations of Kentucky.


School Report Card has been released to the wild and generally been well received.  More information will be added in the future as the main information portal for the department.


The Open House portal has had some additional changes in look and areas as more data is featured on the site.


District WAAPOCs in the districts are being asked to help populate various district contact fields.


David noted that school name, school address and grade level are vitally important and need to be up to date and need to be checked regularly.


Civil Rights Data collection going on every two years will start this spring and need to be completed in the fall.  We cannot report on behalf of districts but will help where we can.


58:04  KIH3 Implementation update:  Mike gave an update of the progress and planned goals.  It is a new infrastructure that needs to be built.  Because of some immediate needs for districts KDE upgraded a number of districts under the KIH2.  We are behind schedule for bringing districts unto the KIH3 contract.  We hope to be back on schedule by the end of December.  We are still in the process of getting some pilot districts up to the 50kps per student over the next month or so as we get back on schedule.


1:07:21  Office365 update:  Frank Wells indicated that the pilot within KIDS was going well.  It did take a while to get the SkyDrive Pro up and running.  The SkyDrive Pro will be the final step of the update process.


The Readiness Guide was released to the districts yesterday and will be discussed in the regional meetings.


The start of this process/upgrade will be on October 25th, will be user-by-user, and should take the entire state (staff and Students) about 10 days.


Some older devices/operating systems may have some problems and should be reported.  We ask that everyone be patient during the process.


The KEs will point of contact during the migration process.


1:15:00  Legislative Funding update:  David noted that the Kentucky Board of Education has advanced education technology (KEN, KETS, IDU) as one of the top three funding priorities during the next legislative session.  David also participated in discussions with the chairs of the House and Senate Education Committee on October 23rd and 24th.


Districts also need to get with their legislators and help in this effort.


1:19:20  Technology Readiness Survey (TRS) update:  Mike wanted to remind districts that the web based survey will be released in the next few days.  It will be due by December 1st.  We plan on bringing the School Report Card and the TRS together.  That will start next year.  Once of the difficulties is tying calendars/goals for the devices.  The TRS uses up to date data for the survey for work-stations being reported while the Report Card does not.


1:23:50  Offers of Assistance update: Over 57 districts have been submitted to the School Facilities Commission for the offers to be made available for $10.00 for the 1st and $6.00 per ADA.


E-rate:  The FCC is looking at making changes and we have posted comments for KDE and are participating with the State e-rate Coordinators Association.  We are still waiting for the response to the comments.


KDE will also be attending and participating in various State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) meetings and should be able to get some additional information then.


Contracts:  Mike also informed the audience that the IDU contract is due to expire June 30th.  There will be some changes going forward.  We also looking at the File Server and Storage contracts as well.


1:29:00  State Education Co-Operatives update:  We have worked with the K-12 Co-operatives and Microsoft to have them included in the Office365 software online suite.  We will also Federate them into our Global Address list.  We will also be working with them to give them CIITS access as needed.


1:30:30  K-12 Digital Learning Guidelines are being developed within the department.


1:30:44  Apple new IOS restrictions:  Having learned from previous upgrades – we have put some restrictions in place during the school day to help make sure that districts do not get overwhelmed by the upgrade.  Phil noted that there was a 11 gig peak during this time and we only pay for 6 gig.






Questions from GoSoapBox:  David reminded the audience it needs to be responsible and respectful when asking those questions and comments.


Question:   What is the plan for replacing TMG and will these devices affect those districts that have non-TMG waivers?


Answer from Phil:  That product goes end of life April 2015 – Microsoft will stop supporting it then with patches, upgrades, and such.  We are in the process of looking at many possible replacements.  The 46 districts with waivers will probably still be accepted/could be used by the districts.


Question:  Do any districts currently have redundant bandwidth, is there a process to purchase additional bandwidth outside of the KDE allocation, and are there any special steps to obtain e-rate reimbursement for this additional bandwidth?


Answer:  No districts have redundant bandwidth now, but we are discussing how to be able to provide needed bandwidth as needed based upon funding.  We do understand that some districts may want to go above that amount and still using KIH3 to allow districts to be able to buy additional bandwidth on their own.  KDE files on behalf of all district for bandwidth we provide and those monies then goes out as 2nd offers of assistance.  We are still discussing that aspect of e-rate funding.


Question:  Are all district to use Parchment as the transcript vendor even those using Naviance?


Answer:  All high schools in the state are to use Parchment as the vendor for transcripts due to using a common format.  It was a condition of postsecondary/higher education to have a common format.


Question:  Per the Readiness Guide for Office 365 districts need to update XP users their root certificates in order to use Office 365.  Is this mandatory or recommended.  This would be a hughe task for districts.


Answer:  Yes, XP is almost end of life in 2014 and will not be updated using WSUS, it will be needed and unless it can be scripted by the district would need to be mandatory.


Question:  What Pre-Digital Citizenship online/training is available?


Answer:  David noted that the 2013-18  KETS Master Plan online you can view links to the Digital Drivers’ License and the EverFi Management System.






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