Over the summer the technology department made significant upgrades to the network Storage Area Network (SAN), increasing the amount of storage space and also implementing a new software architecture called Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) that will allow students and staff to access both files and software (such as Microsoft Office) from home or school. It also helps provide a consistent menu of applications for students to use for classroom projects regardless of the device they are using. This new approach is part of our Open Campus initiative which allows students and staff to bring their personal devices to school, and to date we’ve more than 2500 devices successfully register on the Open Campus network. Below are instructions for how to use Parkland’s new Open Campus applications from home:
- From outside the network students and staff can now go to a web page, http://portal.parklandsd.org and enter their Active Directory (AD) network login and password. This will bring up a menu of software options.
- The portal will work with both Android and iOS (Apple) mobile devices, but it may be necessary to download the free Citrix Receiver app in order to use the software on your mobile device. Depending on the device, you may also be prompted to enter a domain. Our domain is parklandsd or parklandsd.org
- To access your network Home drive files, open up the application that created the document (e.g. Word) and the system is set to automatically default to your home directory. Likewise, when files are saved they will automatically default to saving onto your network Home drive unless otherwise directed, whether you are working on your files from home or school.
- The icons listed on the desktop can be customized for each user by clicking on the + (plus sign) on the left-hand side of the screen, then clicking the All Apps option. This will bring up a list of all applications that are loaded on the server and you may select which shortcuts to add to your desktop.
- To delete an icon from the desktop, the process is to right-click on the icon and select the Remove option. Please note this will not actually delete the software from your account, but simply remove the shortcut from your desktop. It can always be added back in by again clicking the + (plus sign) and selecting the software from the menu of options.
Parkland’s recenty revised Acceptable Use Policy explains the provisions and responsibilities of the Open Campus concept for students and staff. Below is a summary of the key changes which begin on page 11 of the AUP :
- The district will allow personal learning devices on a limited basis for instructional use only at the discretion of the building teachers and administrators.
- This technology includes existing and emerging technology devices including, but not necessarily limited to student-owned laptops; netbooks; tablets (e.g., iPads, Kindles, Nooks, Android/Windows8 based tablets). Acceptable devices must measure 7” on the diagonal and be suitable for a variety of classroom projects.
- Each classroom teacher will decide if student-owned technology and what type of devices may be used in their classroom and for what specific activities and/or assignments. Student-owned technology may only be used in the classroom with the explicit permission of the classroom teacher and only for those assignments and/or activities authorized by the teacher.
- Each student is responsible for the care and protection of their own device. The school district is not liable for the loss, damage, misuse or theft of any student-owned device brought to school. Theft of the device should be reported and will be handled like any other theft of personal property. It is recommended, if possible, that an app or capability be installed and turned on so the device can be located if it is lost or stolen.
- The use of devices in the classroom is up to the discretion of the classroom teacher. Students may only use their devices when authorized to do so, and only for assignments/activities approved, by the classroom teacher, and must adhere to any request by a staff member to stop using the device and/or to put it away. Under no circumstances can personal student devices be used to record video, audio, or pictures of students or staff without the express written consent of those who are being recorded.
The AUP revisions were based on looking at several school district policies that have already adopted an open campus approach, as well as feedback from Parkland staff who are currently implementing a pilot program allowing students to bring their devices to school.
Chromebooks (any variety)
HP Stream 7 /($89)
iPad (preferably with case and keyboard)