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APS on Chromebooks, Internet security & security cameras

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on August 17, 2017 – 12:36 amNo Comment

The information technology department at Alpena Public Schools has remained busy over the summer months with an aggressive “to do” list.

Paul Mancine heads up the department and this week gave a board of education committee an update on a few of the summer projects, including the “high availability” strategy to make computers more accessible to all students.

APS is moving forward with Chromebooks for most students.  Mancine said that by early to mid-September, another nearly 600 of the devices will have been rolled out to all elementary schools.  The focus will then shift from elementary buildings to English-Language-Arts classes at both the junior high and high schools.

Mancine said the department continues to keep an eye on internet safety issues, and this summer new wireless routers were purchased to aid in that effort.  He said staff members who are accustomed to using simplistic passwords to log in will be forced to choose more secure passwords.  He said the change will better protect the district’s entire network.

And new security cameras on the exterior of the high school and at Wildcat Stadium are ready to be installed.  Mancine hopes to have them up and running before students return on August 28.

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