DDN hosts largest class of K12 technologists at DSU
The Digital Dakota Network (DDN) is hosting their annual training program on the campus of Dakota State University in Madison, S.D. this week. The training consists of five days full of classes with labs and additional time invested during the evenings.
The annual training of K12 technologists allows them to keep current and trained in the software, hardware and architecture standards that the Bureau of Information and Telecommunications (BIT) supports throughout the DDN.
This is a long-standing, very successful partnership between the BIT, Department of Education, K12 Data Center, DSU, the instructors and the K12 schools.
Paul Ersland, the director of the K-12 Data Center located at DSU, and his team did a lot of work over the last 8 months in preparation for this week creating and testing the lab materials, helping develop the curriculum and setting up over 500 virtual devices and providing assistance throughout the week.
A record-setting 97 students and 87 school districts are attending the training. This is the largest class to date for the annual event.
Training topics may vary from year to year. Below are the topics discussed at this year’s training:
- Security and Content Management
- Windows 8
- Desktop Management
- Desktop Imaging
- Windows 2012 Server
- Network Management
About the K-12 Data Center
Located on the campus of Dakota State University, the K-12 Data Center helps educational entities to enhance their technology. The Center offers technology services to South Dakota's K-12 educational community including public schools, tech schools, cooperatives, multi-districts, etc. The Center provides consistent, cost-effective services including email and calendars, email list services, web hosting, course management, streaming media, a help desk for the schools, and more.
Photo: Courtesy of the Bureau of Information and Telecommunications