SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 115
June 14, 1996
|FROM:||William C. Bosher, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
The Six-Year Educational Technology Plan for Virginia contains recommendations and language to support the installation of compatible, reliable, and cost-efficient network systems in schools and the identification of the best practices for these networks. The Division of Technology began a series of forums in April 1996 to bring to school technology coordinators and decision makers a panel of service providers from the business community to debate issues such as appropriate applications of copper, coax, and fiber for retrofitting or selection of Appletalk, Novell Netware, or Microsoft Windows NT operating systems. A second one-day forum (10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) is being developed for the last week in August 1996. The content of this forum will center around choices of fiber, twisted pair, coaxial, and hybrid cabling backbones in new and old school buildings. In addition, network topology issues as they relate to choice of medium will be covered. The second forum, unlike the first, will include afternoon sessions for small groups and individuals to discuss pertinent problems. Panelists will be available to provide assistance in these sessions. Panelists will include representatives from businesses such as AMP, Computer Cabling and Telephone, and Bell Atlantic - all recommended by school divisions knowledgeable about the quality of their services. The date of the forum and a registration form will be sent later. A broadcast video-recording is being planned for the panel discussion for those who are unable to participate. Questions should be directed to Ida J. Hill, Division Chief, Technology Division at (804) 225-2757 or E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org. WCBJr./psw