Tuesday, April 29, 2014

City of Huntsville Goes Google, and our District is Here To Help!

Back in the summer of 2012, the City of Huntsville helped our district expand our wireless internet network.  They lent us person power and expertise to get our wireless connectivity ready for our Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) initiative.

A whole new world for HuntsvilleTx.gov !
And, as we've mentioned in previous posts, last school year, Huntsville ISD "went Google!" Now, it's the City's turn to "Go Google," and our turn to help them out!

Parks & Leisure Administrator Penny Joiner gets down to business.
Teachers, staff and students learned a way to work that can literally transform the way we operate through sharing, collaboration and an integration of cloud-based applications that were unheard of a few years ago. Now, the City of Huntsville is entering the wonderful world of Google and our town's recreation sports managers, technicians and crew leaders (among others) will be putting the Apps to work for them (and, you!)

When we heard that the City of Huntsville was going to "go Google," we were happy to help them with some staff training here at the High School.

Huntsville employees are students for the day!
(And we didn't get any questions about recess, either!)
Last month, a dozen or City employees came back to school (....ah, the memories!) to get some training.

Chris Vasquez and Network Administrator Bill Wavra.

It all began when HISD's Director of Technology Tracie Siemental introduced Chris Vasquez, the IT Director for the City of Huntsville, to Amy Mayer, Director for Staff Development & District Initiatives (and well known & regarded Google Certified Teacher and Trainer).  A date was set, and it was back to school!
Evidence Technician Carla Vasquez takes a break, while Parks Superintendent John Agey (in background) figures it out.

Do you see what they see?
Engineering Design Technician Lisa Hall (dark hair, center) and Planner Rose Kader look at the projector screen
while Permit Technician Jesse Ferguson follows along on the laptop.
Tech Services Coordinator Drew Nevlud and Wastewater Crew Leader Dusty Farquhar
are ready to get their Google on!
City employees learned about Chrome, Mail, Drive, Calendar and other Google Apps.

Help Desk Analyst Kate Smith is getting into it.
Matthew Lahey  Huntsville ISD Huntsville Independent School District

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