I have to start planning my summer. I am on an eleven month contract in order to have time to fix all the stuff I ignored during the school year because I did not have time to fix it. Being the school techie means you get to do a whole lot of interesting and varied things, none of which you have training for or initially know much about.
Here is my list.
- Get a new wireless system up and running in the two schools. The present system was inexpensive and works that way.
- Update 200+ computers from XP to Win 7. I have no nifty way of doing this. Lots of CDs, lots of time.
- Convert a Xen virtual server to HyperV. Xen is a pain in the posterior.
- Reinstall Moodle on said server.
- Update Powerschool again. They do not seem to believe in automatic updates and all of their updates require 47 poorly explained steps.
- Get WSUS working again. It sort of worked at one time.
- Google-ize the school. Get Google Apps for Education understood. Maybe convert from Exchange to Google. Same with Moodle.
- Inventory 200+ computers. Where did I move that computer to?
- Learn C# to a level where I can teach it to Programming III kids to write some Kinect stuff. Since I have not touched C# in two years and even then was a bit weak this should be interesting.
- Tinker with Processing. I may not teach it but I really need to look at popular teaching languages just to be sure I am not missing something that would benefit the kids.
- Play with the Arduino board. I think this thing has a big future as a teaching tool. Write a program to make lights blink and motors turn? Cool.
- The iPads are coming, the iPads are coming! The elementary school is getting 52 of the things. Being the school techie means I have to know how to run the things and be able to give advice. Which means I have to be semi proficient in the whole Apple i world.
- Move my file server from a standard desktop computer with Server 2003 to a real server box. Should be simple, it won’t be.
- Retire a sick domain controller and build a new one. Should be a real pain, and it will be. I do not do this often enough. In fact I do it never.
- I have about 30 new computers coming in sometime this summer. Setting those up in the new lab might take a few minutes.
- I have a classroom set of laptops coming in this summer. Oh goodie. Lots of setup.
- I have to figure out a cart to buy for the laptops.
- Collaborate in building a two day techie conference at the local university. Not my idea but I agreed to help. I am an idiot.
- Collaborate in writing a Corona for Beginners text book. I think Corona is a great teaching language but there is nothing for the Programming I and II level so I am try to help write something. I am still an idiot.
Add to this the 17 days of National Guard Annual Training in July, a road trip to Yosemite with the wife and daughter, and, hopefully, a motorcycle trip to British Colombia. Oh, I almost forgot, I am supposedly training for a marathon in July. Last time I did a marathon (2008) I had a heart attack at mile 20. I finished but my time was greater than I wanted and my wife was really pissed at me. She has said if I do the heart attack thing again she will not let me go out and play with the big kids any more.
I might be slightly over loaded for the summer but at least I will not get too bored.