CIO Panel Discussion

Tom Ingram presented as part of the CIO Panel Discussion at iTen Wired in October, 2014.

Panel Members:

Robyn Baker – Naval Education and Training Command

Bill Hills – Navy Federal Credit Union

Tom Ingram – Escambia County Schools

Brent Hutfless – Austal USA

Topics for Discussion:

Data Privacy – In the educational world, there are many concerns at the moment over the use of students’ personal learning data. This data could be used to inform student learning much the way our online shopping habits inform suggestions for future purchase. However, as a society, we do not have consensus on the appropriate use of our personal data. How can we build consensus on this issue to achieve the appropriate level of privacy and the best use of modern analytical tools? How do we balance that with the growing threat and cost of “data breaches?”

  • External cloud solutions with thin agreements for data security
  • Appropriate use of data to recommend learning activities

BYOD – In the past, we protected our data at least partially by protecting our devices. It was important for the devices to be easy for our students and staff to use so we tried to provide tools that could be used without understanding the work behind the scenes. Now that so many staff and students are using personal devices, however, they must have a better understanding of how the device works. How do we ensure that our staff and students have the appropriate understanding of how their devices function to be able to use them most efficiently and safely?

  • External cloud
  • Downloaded data

Digital Workflow – As we replace more and more processes with digital equivalents or enhancements, we have an ever increasing need to devices with which to interact with the digital content. For those on the forefront, two or three devices are the norm. For those lagging behind their digital peers, there is a huge gulf with little or no access to the digital tools. In public education equity for all learners is a huge issue. How do we ensure an appropriate number of devices for all of our users–staff and students–to enable an optimal working and learning environment?

  • Identify solutions from within available tools
  • Use interoperability standards to share information from within systems

Constant Change – How are we trying to accommodate the pace of change? Accommodating the gaps in talent, knowledge and experience with regard to the fast changing technologies, regulations, threats, services, and demand.

About Tom – product of Escambia county schools; 7-1/2 years teaching, 5-1/2 years providing tech support, 11 years as an educational technology leader for all aspects of IT; currently leading department of 60 working with 50 tech staff outside of IT; strong belief in public education and the ability of digital learning resources to improve student learning; 5th grader who keeps me focused on what’s important

About ECSD – 47 regular K12 schools with approximately 20 other programs; high poverty district with most schools and approximately ¾ of our students eligible for federal assistance; 40,000 students; 6,000 staff; 35,000 digital devices; sixty major applications hosted internally and externally with interfaces among approximately half of those; telephony and video at all sites