Guidance-- Survey Section C: Technology & Infrastructure Inventory

Question 1: 

Please identify the capacity of the telecommunications line coming into the district network hub. The district’s Regional Information Center can provide the district with this information if needed.  (Answers are radio buttons) 

  • Greater than 10 Gbps
  • 10 Gbps
  • 1 Gbps – < 10 Gbps
  • 100 Mbps – < 1Gbps
  • 50 Mbps - <  100 Mbps
  • 10 Mbps– < 50 Mbps
  • Less than 10 Mbps

Guidance: Choose one answer. Please make sure that this is the most current information available and use the radio button to select the individual response that most closely reflects your district’s telecommunications line capacity. This question refers to the district’s network broadband bandwidth. Please note network broadband bandwidth may be different than the district’s contracted Internet access bandwidth.  The contracted Internet access bandwidth is requested in question two below.

Question 2: 
What is the total contracted Internet bandwidth access for the district?  Choose one.

  • Greater than 10 Gbps
  • 10 Gbps
  • 1 Gbps – < 10 Gbps
  • 100 Mbps – < 1Gbps
  • 50 Mbps - <  100 Mbps
  • 10 Mbps– < 50 Mbps
  • Less than 10 Mbs

Guidance:  Please use the radio button to select the individual response that most closely reflects your district’s contracted Internet access bandwidth.

Internet Access – 

This is the circuit that connects the district network hub to the external network such as the BOCES Regional Information Center (RIC) or Internet Service Provider (Time Warner, Comcast, Verizon, etc.).

The total contracted Internet access bandwidth is the speed configured from your district hub to the Internet.  As noted in question one, your district’s contracted Internet access bandwidth may be different from the network broadband bandwidth.

For example, your district may use a 1 Gbps telecomm line to transport Internet access bandwidth of 40 Mbps.  For Question 2, you would choose the range of  “10 Mbps– < 50 Mbps”

If your district utilizes multiple connections to the Internet (for example, for redundancy or for segmenting student from administrative Internet access), you should respond to this question with the range or individual response that most closely reflects your district’s total of combined Internet access bandwidth.

Question 3:
What is the name of the agency or vendor from which the district purchases its primary Internet access bandwidth service? See guidance document for further clarification and example.

Guidance: Your district’s Internet Service provider is the organization or vendor from which your district purchases Internet access bandwidth service.  Your district’s Internet Service Provider is not necessarily the same company that provides the telecommunications line (Question 1 above) connection over which this Internet service is delivered.

For example, your district may purchase its Internet service from its local Regional Information Center, but this service is delivered through a network telecommunications line leased from a commercial network provider.  In this example, districts should indicate their local RIC when answering this question.     

Response is limited to 50 words.

Question 4:
Please identify the capacity of the telecommunications line coming into the district’s school building(s) from the district hub or district data center.  The district’s Regional Information Center can provide this information if needed:  (All answers are radio buttons)

  Speed in Gbps or Mbps
Minimum Capacity
  • Greater than 10 Gbps
  • 10 Gbps
  • 1 Gbps – < 10 Gbps
  • 100 Mbps - < 1Gbps
  • 50 Mbps – < 100 Mbps
  • 10 Mbps – < 50Mbps
  • Less than 10 Mbps 
Maximum Capacity
  • Greater than 10 Gbps
  • 10 Gbps
  • 1 Gbps – < 10 Gbps
  • 100 Mbps – < 1Gbps
  • 50 Mbps - < 100 Mbps
  • 10 Mbps– < 50 Mbps
  • Less than 10 Mbps 

Guidance: Choose one response for each row. Select the speed or range that most closely represents the existing minimum and maximum capacity of the telecommunications line from the district hub or data center to the district’s school buildings.

Question 5:
Please identify the minimum and maximum circuit speeds at which the classrooms in the district are connected to the school building wiring/network closet.  Please note: The buildings with the minimum and/or maximum circuit speeds may be two different buildings within the school district.

 
Please provide the speed at which classrooms are connected to building wiring/network closet.
Minimum Circuit Speed within a School Building
  • Greater than 10 Gbps
  • 10 Gbps
  • 1 Gbps – < 10 Gbps
  • 100 Mbps - < 1Gbps
  • 50 Mbps – < 100 Mbps
  • 10 Mbps – < 50Mbps
  • Less than 10 Mbps 
Maximum Circuit Speed within a School Building
  • Greater than 10 Gbps
  • 10 Gbps
  • 1 Gbps – < 10 Gbps
  • 100 Mbps – < 1Gbps
  • 50 Mbps - < 100 Mbps
  • 10 Mbps– < 50 Mbps
  • Less than 10 Mbps 

Guidance Choose one response for each row. Select the speed or range that most closely represents your existing minimum and maximum circuit speed within a school building.

Question 6:
What are the minimum and the maximum port speeds of the switches that are less than five years old in use in the district?  Unit of measurement in Gbps or Mbps.  Response must be a numeric value.

  Port speed of switches Mbps or Gbps
Minimum Capacity of Switches  
  • Mbps
  • Gbps
Maximum Capacity of Switches  
  • Mbps
  • Gbps

Please respond with 0 if not applicable.  For example, if all switches are five years old or older, the response would be zero.

Guidance:  Check the appropriate speed for each response if not “0.”

Question 7:  

What percentage of the district’s wireless protocols are less than 802.11g?  Answer must be a numeric value.  For example, if 20% of the district’s wireless protocols are less than 802.11g, the answer is 20.

Numerical value only

Question 8:
Do you have wireless access points in use in the district? Drop Down Answer:  Yes or No.

8.a: If yes, what percentage of your district’s instructional space has wireless coverage? Answer must be a numeric value.  (i.e. if you have 90 % coverage the answer is 90)

Guidance:  Please calculate wireless coverage for instructional space ONLY. Locations such as business offices or bus garages should not be included in the calculation for your district.

Question 9:
Does the district use a wireless controller?  Drop Down Answer:  Yes or No.

Guidance: The controller does not necessarily need to be located in the district.  The question relates to use of a controller not where it is located.

Question 10:
How many computing devices, less than five years old, are in use in the district?

 
Number of devices in use that are less than five years old
How many of these devices are connected to the LAN?
Desktop Computers / Virtual Machine (VM)
   
Laptops / Virtual Machine (VM)
   
Chromebooks
   
Tablets less than nine (9) inches with access to an external keyboard
   
Tablets nine (9) inches or greater with access to an external keyboard
   
Tablets less than nine (9) inches without access to an external keyboard
   
Tablets nine inches or greater without access to an external keyboard
   
Totals
   

Note: Include only devices used for instructional purposes. See guidance document for additional details.

Guidance:   Please do not include any devices that are five years old or older unless they have been modernized within five years through a virtualization process. Include all devices used for instructional purposes, not just devices that are located in a classroom. 

Note: Refurbished devices of any age should not be included in the device count unless they have been updated through the virtualization process.  When the answer is none, please use a zero.

Tablets with or without access to a keyboard : This question is designed to determine if there are enough keyboards available for use with tablets that are utilized for computer-based testing.  Example:  If the district’s survey response lists 100 tablets less than nine inches with access to a keyboard, this means that the district has 100 keyboards available for use with those 100 tablets.

Question 11: 
What percentage of students with disabilities in the school district, as of the submission date of this technology plan, have assistive technology documented on their Individual Education Plan (IEP)?

Example:  If there are a total of 150 students with disabilities in the school district and 27 students with disabilities have assistive technology documented on their IEP, the percentage of students with documented assistive technology would be 18%.  Therefore, the correct response would be 18.
Note: This information should be available within the district’s Special Education Student Management System.

Question 12:
Please describe any additional assistance or resources that, if provided, would enhance the district’s ability to improve access to technologies for students with disabilities.

Response is limited to 250 words.

Guidance: Some examples might beFunding for specialized professional development for teachers and IT staff in order to make full use of available assistive technologies or funding for a comprehensive assistive technology needs assessment, on an individual basis, for all students identified as disabled.

Question 13:
How many peripheral devices are in use in the district?  Note:  It is now acceptable to include devices older than five years of age, as long as they are in use.  Including these additional devices is optional.  The district may use the same device counts as last year, provided any new purchases made since the last plan was submitted are included.

Please give the number of the following:

  Number of devices in use
Document Cameras
 
Flat Panel Displays
 
Interactive Projectors
 
Interactive Whiteboards
 
Multi-function Printers
 
Projectors
 
Scanners
 
Other Peripherals
 

Guidance: Include only peripherals used for instructional purposes. Other peripherals might include, for example, video conferencing devices, cameras, or probes.

Question 14:
If a number was provided for “Other Peripherals” please specify the peripheral device(s) and quantities for each.

 

Question 15:
Does your district have an asset inventory tagging system for district-owned equipment?  Yes or No.

Question 16:
Does the district allow students to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)? Question refers to students only. Yes or No.

16.a: If answered yes to question 16:  On an average school day, approximately how many student devices access the district’s network?

Guidance: Question appears only if answer to Question 16 is yes.

Question 17:
Has the school district provided for the loan of instructional computer hardware to students legally attending nonpublic schools pursuant to Education Law, section 754?  Select Yes/No/Not Applicable. Please select “Not Applicable” if the question does not apply to the district because there are no nonpublic schools in the district.

Question 18: 
What barriers may prevent the district from testing 100% of its grade 3-8 students and NYSAA students on computers by the year 2020?
Please check all that apply.  If you choose option 6, do not choose any other options.

  • Insufficient number of devices meeting testing requirements
  • Lack of reliable Internet service
  • Insufficient broadband access
  • Inadequate staffing levels
  • Insufficient testing spaces
  • District does not foresee any barriers
  • Other

18.a:  Please provide details if response to Question 18 was Other.

Guidance:   If you selected option #7 (Other) you will be asked to provide a description of the barrier(s).