Tech Talk: Stacy Royster from Opelika City Schools

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I’m Amy Bennett with Lightspeed Systems, and stuck at home a long time today I’m gonna reach out and talk to some of our customers. Good morning, Joe, how are you today?
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I am good.
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Can you introduce yourselves for everybody?
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I am Joe Kuzo, the Director of Technology at Quakertown School District  – a small school district of about 5500 kids, about an hour north of Philadelphia.
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You guys have been in remote learning mode for several weeks now, how’s that going?
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Oh it’s going pretty well. We are already in a pretty good place for it. We had a one-to-one in six through
twelve, and surprisingly on a Friday that
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we know we were gonna shut down our
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elementary teachers and principals
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distributed 2,800 Chromebooks in about
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two hours to all our elementary students
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so I know you’ve got relay filtering on
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all of those devices how’s that goin
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correct good I mean a lot easier than
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on-prem right now but I will say one
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thing I’ve seen a slight uptick in would
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be the safety check notices so I think
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with kids being home more often now and
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dealing with some of that that
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distancing has some effect on so that’s
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nice to be able to alert the necessary
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people to that so you think about how
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hard this is for all of us for kids who
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are isolated and lonely I’m not hanging
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out with their friends I think their
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mental well-being is a pretty big
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concern I’m glad we were able to help
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out those alerts I know that you and
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your team are always busy over the
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summer doing your summer project
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preparing for the next year have those
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priorities shifted do you have a new
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summer plan I’m not sure if they’ve
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shifted I mean it’s been a topic I mean
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budgets obviously a concern right now
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we’re all seeing a multi-million dollar
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shortfall this year so everything you
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know what can we cut one of the
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fortunate things I guess for me is in
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this time it really shows how much you
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rely on technology I’d say if anything a
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lot it’s a lot of things related to
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technology have kind of come up front
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and center is you know we can’t we can’t
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be unprepared you know especially come
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to fall if we’re still in this
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environment or it rebounds
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and it gets worse who knows I don’t
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believe fall is gonna be a regular start
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to the school year any words of advice
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for schools out there who maybe didn’t
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transition as smoothly as you go I think
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that a summer I think a lot of districts
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need to look at investing in and what it
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is to to teach in this environment so I
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don’t think this will be the first
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obviously the first but I don’t think
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it’s gonna be the last yeah well I think
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even though you say it you don’t like to
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give advice you had some good advice in
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there which is invest in technology plan
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for the future make sure you’ve got the
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devices and thus offering stones to
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scale for this yeah I think the you know
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see in a lot of districts right now you
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know whether they didn’t have the money
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or they just didn’t think technology was
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the route they wanted to go and now you
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see everybody you know struggle right
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now to quickly acquire technology get up
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and running and then to have the
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expectation of teachers to understand
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how to utilize it with no training is
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also I think unfair for everybody
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involved so so Joe had not looked at the
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online activity dashboard but I just got
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him to take a look we released it I
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think it was just last week so it’s no
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surprise you didn’t see it yet we our
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developers quickly jumped into action
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after talking to you a lot of school
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districts and what they needed was that
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sort of visibility and who is engaged
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and who’s not that you were talking
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about Joe so now you’ve taken a look
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what do you think I I think it’s a
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really nice kind of fingertip report and
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in Granite I have not dug into it but I
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think one conversation we’ve had at you
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know a cabinet level when we’re looking
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at engagement as you know what our
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students engaged are they online you
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know what are they doing so I think got
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a quick glance at least you can see
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Steven nice that it’s broken down by day
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and time so you know in the future maybe
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target particular hours of the day that
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seem to be more active with student
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student use so well and just like all of
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your other relay reports you can drill
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down and look at the same thing by your
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schools or classes or however you have
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your structure set up so take a look at
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that and you know you need to pay close
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attention to all those emails I send I
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do apparently I’m not new
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well thanks for sharing your story
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collecting these to help some of those
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schools that may be warmest preparer
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looking for some advice and guidance
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were think all in a totally new
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situation and learning from each other
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yeah I agree
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I appreciate it thank you John okay fine

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