Tech Talk: Corey Howard from Greenbrier County School District

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0:00 (Amy Bennett with Lightspeed Systems)
Today I’m talking to Corey Howard. He is the Technology Systems Specialist at Greenbrier County School District in West Virginia. How are you Corey?
00:14 (Corey Howard)
I’m doing well, thank you.
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Thanks for taking the time to talk to us today. I know you’re very busy as are all Technology teams across the country and the world.
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That’s that’s right. We’re keeping things going during this time.
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Yeah how has the shift to remote learning gone for you guys?
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You know that that was something probably a lot of other schools had like us. We were not prepared for something like this, so we scrambled at the last minute to do what we could this year. Since we weren’t
fully prepared a lot of our students went home with paper packets, so we didn’t have time to prepare digital resources for all access. Eighth grade through twelfth grade, all taking home a Chromebook home with them.
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So they were probably a little a little better equipped to ship to distance learning.
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Yes, for those that were able to have continuous internet access depending on where they are that, type of situation the devices then the access, those are just a fundamental right. Those are things that a lot of
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times we just don’t have control over in
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certain circumstances so we do what we
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can for those devices that are going
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home with your older students how is
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relay helping you out
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so with relay one of the big reasons
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that we purchased relay is how easy it
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works with the Chromebooks and
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Chromebooks already are easy to manage
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in themselves
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so having relay something that you can
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count on to keep your students safe
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while they’re working in the class or at
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home it’s been a huge help for our IT
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department and for our teachers as well
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without any sort of crystal ball or
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clear idea what the fall is going to
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look like are you just preparing for
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hybrid any situation
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I think that they’re focusing on
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multiple plans so if if they allow them
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to return in the fall then we know what
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we need to do to prepare if we get sent
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home again in the spring or in the
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winter if if for some reason we don’t
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return in the fall then I’m sure that’s
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something that they’re working on now
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I’m not sure how that’ll look for us in
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the IT field but we’re ready to go in
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any aspect yep I think you know if
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especially from a technology perspective
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if you’re prepared for some sort of
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blended hybrid approach you have systems
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that work on campus off campus you’re
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ready for anything you have any words of
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wisdom or things that have worked for
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you that you’d like to share with other
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schools out there going through similar
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things I would definitely have to say
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that relay adding all of those nice
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useful tools in the reporting section
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has really given us an insight as to
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which of our students are still out
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there attempting school work which ones
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get given up or haven’t been online
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lately so it helps us to help teachers
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know who is being engaged in the online
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learning environment and who’s not who
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do we need to reach out to and see what
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they need to participate or things like
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that that that’s been great for relay
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our teachers really love the relay
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classroom tool that’s been a huge thing
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that I’ve pushed in the last year and
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the teachers really jumped on board our
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district we use the Google classroom
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sync approach it’s seamless right yeah I
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don’t have to touch anything it makes it
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super nice for me so it’s great in that
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aspect so our teachers can still
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communicate with students in that regard
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so great especially if they’re doing
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some synchronous classes office hours
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those sorts of things
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yes I’m really glad that you saw that
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online activity dashboard and that
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that’s giving you
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the data that you need I know it’s been
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a real challenge for a lot of schools
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just that really basic information about
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who is engaged who is not and when yeah
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yeah and just overall relay in general
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I’m always giving mad props to everybody
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I talked to because I can’t having
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negative things to say it’s really made
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my job easier and really keeps the
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classrooms engaged and on task and
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that’s what we need so great that’s why
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we scheduled this interview I guess I
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appreciate that yeah I know you’ve got
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another call to run off to thank you for
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taking the time to talk to me today and
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let us know how we can continue to build
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in features and do things to help you
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yeah thank you thanks Cory
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all right have a good one you too I’m
 

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