Kristin School’s computing resources place it among the ranks of the biggest ICT users in New Zealand. As a vital part of the learning experience at Kristin, ICT is woven into the classroom and curriculum. A laptop programme was begun back in 1996, BYOD was underway by 2007, and today Kristin is a true multiplatform environment, says director of ICT services Jason MacDonald.
As part of a comprehensive ‘Education Architecture’ project begun in 2010, Kristin School was one of the first to deploy a Palo Alto Networks (PAN) identity aware firewall solution in New Zealand. Today, a pair of PAN PA-4050 next-generation firewalls and a customised network authentication system, with device awareness and configuration solutions from CloudPath, allow any device and its user to connect securely in the most simplified manner to the correct Kristin network.
In 2012, Kristin is focused on foundation services projects, including updates to storage systems, a wi-fi network upgrade, completion of a near real-time backup solution, and a major overhaul of ICT service management systems.
“Updates include a focus on sustainable innovation and driving value from our pedagogically focused use of multiplatform laptop devices (Windows and Apple) and enhanced software offerings (including the latest Adobe Master Collection and Microsoft Office) in Middle school, as well as the expansion programmes using tablets and laptops and some funky web solutions supporting teaching and learning workflows,” says MacDonald. “Most exciting for 2012 is Kristin School’s Project Dewey. This project blends Information and Library Services with ICT to create an advanced library and information centre.”