Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Powering Up Computer Security in Everett Schools

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Powering Up Computer Security in Everett Schools

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Everett, Washington, located about a half-hour north of Seattle, is home to Boeing, Hewlett-Packard, Tramco/BF Goodrich Aerospace, Intermec and Fluke Corporation. A state-of-the-art military facility, Naval Station Everett is also located here. Microsoft is headquartered just a few miles south.

The early success of Everett, Washington was crafted by the wealth of John D. Rockefeller with other investors in 1893. Today, continuing that success means preparing over 17,000 students to meet the challenges of Everett's high-tech future.

Helping students learn to use technology is a priority for the dedicated staff at Everett School District #2. We try to incorporate as much technology into the school day as possible. At Gateway Middle School, every classroom has four Macintosh computers, a TV monitor, a videodisc player and a VCR. Morning announcements are broadcast over our closed circuit fiber optic network. Students use Tech Lab 2000 to learn how technology can be used in the working world and create their own video reports using Claris Works Slide Show, video digitizing, Digital Chisel and Hyper Studio.

At H.M. Jackson High School, there are six Macintosh Power PC labs for students to use and every room is equipped with a networked computer for teacher and student use. The Tech Lab 2000 program continues covering four major areas within Industrial Technology: Communications, Engineering, Electronics and Materials Processing (metals and plastics). These allow students who are working in teams to learn about computer-aided drawing, digital imaging and video, image morphing, 3,D drawing and designing and problem solving.

One Network for All

As a supervisor in Instructional Technology at Everett School District, my job is to support and provide direction in the instructional technology area. I plan district staff development for instructional technology and do individual planning in some schools. It is my job to provide answers to the schools and individual teachers, to support district initiatives like getting schools' home pages up on our district's Web page (www.everett.webnet.edu/) and to help with purchasing decisions.

But, five years ago when I accepted the position, variety in software was not helping our teachers or students. Different schools were using different programs for computer security. …

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