Preparing for Online Testing

Online Testing has quickly become a necessity and requirement for school districts across the country. We asked two of our Directors of Technology to give an overview of how they have prepared for online testing requirements in their districts.

“To prepare for online testing for Keystone Exams and PSSA tests we are setting up temporary wired “labs” by putting extra Ethernet connections in key rooms. This ensures all students can test on a wired connection.   All of our technology staff attended the proctor training with our teachers so they are familiar with all the rules and regulations as well as expectations from PDE.  It is our understanding that PDE is auditing much more than they have in the past for testing. Due to this new format, we wanted to be sure that every I was dotted and T crossed.  Due to regulations from PDE about not having electronic devices in the testing areas will be going phone-less and device-less in general.  This includes not allowing teachers to be on devices to check email.” – Mike Lipnicky, South Side Area School District

“We set up a caching server for online testing a few years ago and have been engaged in Keystone CDT testing on a limited basis for quite some time. This past November, the high school LGI was used exclusively for two weeks to administer Keystone CDTs in English, Math and Science. We set up 60 computers using floor-mounted network drops to eliminate potential issues with wireless connectivity. We also made sure the systems were logged in before each testing window, so the students could spend their time testing rather than dealing with issues with forgotten passwords and the like.” – Director of Technology, Moon Area School District

Teaching 21st Century Skills by Keeping the End in Mind

It is said that a ship without a rudder has no destination. So an organization without a vision has no direction!

Questeq believes that by developing a clear Vision of the Future and a Quality Comprehensive Plan, your organization will start marching in the right direction of achieving your mission, goals and aspiration!

We envision facilitating K-12 leaders through the transformation from traditional teacher centered classrooms to the anywhere, anytime learning that will deliver individualized curriculum to our community of teachers and learners.

The transformation process begins with a belief that individualized or personalized learning will bring more efficient and effective teaching and learning processes to our communities.

If you intend to deliver individualized learning to your community then we can help you develop a plan and road-map to get there.

Vision Management is a process that “Starts with Why” and delivers a “Quality Comprehensive Plan” that will offer a step-by-step action plan through 7 pillars of education processes.

We begin with:

  1. Governance and Administration Processes
  2. Teaching and Learning Processes
  3. Analytic and Measurement Processes
  4. Communication and Collaboration Processes
  5. Professional Development and Support Processes
  6. Network and Infrastructure Processes
  7. Physical Plant and Security Processes

In the end we will enable you to offer your students a personalized anywhere, anytime learning curriculum by embracing the 4Cs of communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.

Questeq is now an OnSSI Partner

OnSSI

During the building of our Assessment Services, we discovered a need to offer a robust yet easy to use Security Camera platform to the school districts and businesses that we manage. Questeq had been a partner with Axis security cameras for over a year, however we did not have a security camera software vendor that met our needs. As of May 1st, Questeq has become partners with OnSSI, which is one of the industry leaders in security camera software. OnSSI produces a security camera package called, Ocularis. It is one of the best we have found. It possesses a large set of impressive features such as event and motion tracking, extremely fast location of key video events, instant playback during live recording and compatibility with virtually every camera on the market. Ocularis has proven to be a perfect fit in the markets we serve.

Ocularis has full remote viewing capability, so you can allow local emergency responders and law enforcement the capability to view the cameras if needed. With the release of the Ocularis-X add-on, you can now watch up to nine cameras in full high definition on your mobile devices. We are excited about this new partnership as it filled a void in the services we offer. Over the past few years, the realm of IT has expanded to handling additional pieces of hardware and software, with security cameras being the latest addition.

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Our Approach to Assessments

With so much new technology converging in the K-12 environment, it is quickly becoming too much for one person, or even an internal IT department, to handle. To review your school district’s current state of technology we have developed a series of technology assessments that can be implemented quickly and affordably. These IT assessments provide a simple audit for your district’s readiness to upgrade equipment, to prepare for your next round of strategic planning, to introduce new technology into your current infrastructure, to address new challenges, such as online testing, or simply to assess your current spending and how you might be able to save funds.

The assessment process begins with a series of conversations/interviews with key district administration about your short and long-term goals and desired solutions. We then learn about your current environment through a series of onsite visits to collect data and details in the following areas:  Infrastructure, Endpoints, Telecommunications, Security and Safety, Applications, Operations and Services.

Once the interviews and data collection processes are complete our experienced team evaluates the data to compile a complete list of suggestions and recommend solutions to the district.  The final assessment outputs include a personalized scorecard that graphically portrays your current technology status and indicates areas of relative strength and weakness; additionally we provide an Executive Summary for administrative/Board presentation that portrays your current state in non-technical terms and relates your technology status to teaching and learning issues.

We are currently executing two “State of the Technology” assessments at both Beaver and Blackhawk School Districts.  Both projects are scheduled for completion by the end of March 2012.

Contact us today if you are interested in more information about our assessments.