ESU Coordinating Council
March 09, 2016 10:00 AM
Technology Committee Meeting
1. Call to Order
Rationale

Notice to visitors:  To be heard at this meeting, the "Request to be Heard" form, must be completed and submitted to the Secretary to the Executive Director of ESUCC.  The President of the Board of ESUCC will call upon visitors wishing to address the Board in the order they were submitted or by subject.

Pursuant to Section 84-1411 of the Nebraska Statutes, notice of this meeting was given by advertisement on the ESUCC website, NE Public Meeting site, and host site.

Open Meetings Law
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2. Roll call
Discussion

Call to order at 10:00 AM. Staff: David Ludwig, Beth Kabes, Deb Hericks, Scott Isaacson, Rhonda Eis Guests: Jamon Hall, Craig Hicks

3. Agenda Item
Chair of Committee
3.A. Tech Plan
Committee Chair - Deturk
Rationale

Nebraska Cloud Technology Plan

3.A.I. K-12 Federation Update
Committee Chair DeTurk
Rationale

Nebraska Representatives:  Dean Folkers, NDE; David Ludwig, ESUCC; Scott Isaacson, ESUCC

The multi state grant is designed to build a sustainable model for future collaboration. States represented are Illinois, Nebraska, Clark County, NV and multiple Regional Information Centers in New York.

Discussion

Executive Director gave an overview of the work being done by the K-12 Federation. Technology Director gave a review of the project management too they are using. They have been discussing the highest needs of the group. They continue to look at assets that are already available and being used by the members. Business and Admin group are working through the legal issues that are needed (intellectual properties, etc) The continue to be open sources using open standards (Edfi, SAML, etc.) The ultimate goal to make the project sustainable for many years. The K-12 Federation model is "For K-12 by K-12."

3.A.II. Single Sign On Update
Committee Chair - Deturk
Discussion

Technology Director gave an overview of the Single Sign On project. There are currently 26 early adopters connected to ADVISER. Tech Director is working on adding four major softwares to the system. Several ESUS are currently working with the project to help move their schools forwarded with project.

3.A.III. Cloud Deployment Model
Committee Chair - Deturk
Rationale

The diagrams and revisions are meant to build a common language, to be used as needs assessment tool and a structure for enhanced services in the future.

Attachments
Discussion

Technology Director reviewed the four Cloud Deployment Models. He continues to work with other groups across the state to increase awareness. They continue to work on sustainability to meet the needs of others.

3.A.IV. LOR Progress Update
Committee Chair - TeDurk
Attachments
Discussion

BlendED Director reviewed the progress of the LOR Committee. This Committee has met since June. The have had presentations from several solutions for the project. The committee has come up with solution that would be most cost effective for solutions. She reviewed the proposal which is a combination of using Learn360, ISLE, and Amazon. The Committee will continue to meet and discuss other solutions. ESUs need to support and train classroom teachers/end users have the tools they needs to work in this environment. The Committee will discuss training our ESUs support system. ESU 13 has an online course created to begin this training process.

3.A.V. Tech Plan Progress Update
Committee Chair - Deturk
Discussion

Technology Director gave an update on the progress of Tech Plan. They continuously update this list. Hardware installation is now completed and moved into production environment. Technology Director continues to evaluate back-up services.

3.B. NATA - Nebraska Association of Technology Administrators
Executive Director Ludwig
Rationale

Through NCSA, this body represents the 15 largest schools in the state.  How do we build a communication platform to leverage resources to include personnel, experience, expertise, knowledge, and funding?

Discussion

Executive Director discussed bringing the NATA group into the statewide discussions. This group includes 70% of the student population in the state.

3.C. Master Service Agreement 2016-2017
Committee Chair DeTurk
Rationale

Master Service Agreement 2016-2017

2016-2017 PDO Budget Requests

Review sections of Master Service Agreement that apply to you Committee.

Discussion

Executive Director reviewed the changes within the Master Services Agreement (MSA). A small group met to discuss and revise the IMAT/BlendED sections of the MSA.

3.C.I. Approve BlendEd Budget
Committee Chair DeTurk
Rationale

Blended Budget

See the 2016-2017 column.

Recommended Motion

Motion to approve budget items for Blended affiliate

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to approve budget items for BlendED affiliate passed with a motion by Uhing ESU 01 and a second by Lofquist ESU 09.

Discussion

Committee Chair reviewed the BlendED Budget with Committee.

3.C.II. Approve IMAT Budget
Committee Chair DeTurk
Rationale

David Ludwig, Rhonda Eis, Beth Kabes, and Molly Aschoff are working to revise the MSA.

IMAT Revisions

Attachments
Recommended Motion

Motion to approve budget items for IMAT affiliate

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to approve budget items for IMAT affiliate passed with a motion by Gegg ESU 05 and a second by DeTurk ESU 02 .

Discussion

Committee Chair reviewed the IMAT Budget with Committee.

3.C.III. Approve NOC Affiliate
Committee Chair DeTurk
Rationale

NOC Budget Requests are as follows:

$5100 - Safari Books Online

$21,000 - to be used for 7/$3000 training or towards large group training.

Some possibilities are as follows:

  • Ron Abel from IMS global specializes in Learning tools interoperability.  As we move forward into the Blend Ed area I would like to suggest a one-two day informational training from somebody in his office on the importance of standards as they apply to learning tool interoperability. Things such as LTI, common cartridge, and learning tools API development.  We can no longer allow for purchasing decisions to be made inside the realm of our experiences and knowledge; we need to step out into the standards world.  Anyway, might want to take a gander at this: http://www.imsglobal.org/cc/imscertified.pdf  $5000-$7000

  • Would it be possible to get Steve Midgley (US Dept of Ed) into our realm from the US Dept of ED.  He has managed to combine efforts from the Advanced Digital Repository (a Dept of Defense initiative) and combine it with indexing and cataloging k12 resources.  I think Steve would be much better for our group because he is of the system's analyst type profession. HIs director, Richard Collata, is the speaking visionary.  This is an exceedingly complex field having   profound effects on k12.  IF we want him we will have to go through Matt Blomstedt. Also, we would probably have to invite our partners from IlliniCloud which would be awesome.  The goal is to learn about the learning registry and how to deploy service to and from it. IT has tons of implications for our LORs. http://www.learningregistry.org.  Note: on the right hand side take a look at the CPALMS link.  Also, on the searching at the bottom type in a search item like "y intercept".  When the lesson plans/resources pop up note the various locations they are being pulled from.  Cost of hotel probably. Not sure there would be a speaking fee. Figure $1200 per day.

  • Bring somebody in from one of the many code schools across the nation to coach us on mobile application development.  There are many 1-2 day classes out there on introductory app development. $2400

  • Of course there is always the highly technical.  I am seeing schools who wirelesses are getting nailed with excess traffic.  We need to do something with traffic management because we are now at the point where many school districts have better connectivity to the internet than they have in their own wireless infrastructure.  It is possible to do this ourselves, but we could allocate funds for a network engineer $1200 per day for 2 days: about $2400.

  • Jon Becker said like to send somebody to powershell training.  It is replacing vb  

  • suggested a overview with the goal of building technical toolkit gui for microsoft environment.

  • Jon  talked about how the training would look.  Ben talked about beginner class and also suggested how it could look based on what is going on at LPS

  • Ben kind of liked the idea of zabbix.

  • Chad talked about the process of sending people to training for train the trainer model.

  • Statewide identity management. 

  • Statewide infrastructure.

Recommended Motion

Motion to approve budget items for NOC affiliate

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to approve budget items for NOC affiliate passed with a motion by Uhing ESU 01 and a second by Gegg ESU 05.

Discussion

Committee Chair reviewed the NOC Budget with Committee.

3.C.IV. Approve TAG Affiliate
Committee Chair DeTurk
Attachments
Recommended Motion

Motion to approve budget items for TAG affiliate

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to approve budget items for TAG affiliate passed with a motion by Gegg ESU 05 and a second by DeTurk ESU 02 .

Discussion

Committee Chair reviewed the TAG Budget with Committee.

3.D. Staff Reports
Chair of Committee
3.D.I. Scott Isaacson
Scott Isaacson
Attachments
Discussion

Tech Director report throughout meeting.

3.D.II. Beth Kabes
Beth Kabes
Attachments
Discussion

BlendED Director/Distance Learning Director reviewed her report with committee.

3.D.III. Rhonda Eis
Rhonda Eis
Attachments
Discussion

IMAT reviewed her report with committee.

4. Next Meeting Agenda Items
5. Executive Session
Rationale

The ESU Coordinating Council is authorized by state statute to enter into executive session. Executive session may be held when clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual. Reasons that meet this standard include but are not limited to: (a) strategy sessions with respect to collective bargaining, real estate matters, pending litigation, or litigation which is imminent as evidenced by communication of a claim or threat of litigation to or by the public body; (b) discussion regarding deployment of security personnel or devices; (c) investigative proceedings regarding allegations of criminal misconduct; (d) evaluation of the job performance of a person when necessary to prevent needless injury to the reputation of a person and if such person has not requested a public meeting; and (e) legal advice.

Explanation

At this point, it is appropriate for the Board to meet in closed session for one of the stated matters and/or any other permissible closed session matters in compliance with the law.

PROPOSAL:

That the Board hold a closed session:

1. For strategy session with respect to negotiations/collective bargaining clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

2. For strategy session with respect to property/real estate matters clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

3. For strategy session with respect to pending litigation, or litigation which is imminent as evidenced by communication of a claim or threat of litigation to or by the public body clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

4. For discussion regarding deployment of security personnel or devices clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

5. For investigative proceedings regarding allegations of criminal misconduct clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

6. For personnel and the evaluation of job performance clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

7. For discussions of the legal consequences of specific action and legal advice clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

6. Adjournment
Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to adjourn meeting at 12:00 PM passed with a motion by Gegg ESU 05 and a second by Lofquist ESU 09.