WiscNet Community Conversations: WiscNet Tools

Connections don’t stop just because our annual WiscNet Connectionsis over. WiscNet is on the road again hosting Community Conversationsour event series where we meet you locally in your community. Please join us and other WiscNet members in your area for a morning of conversation, teaching, and learning.
 
During every Conversation we cover a bit about what’s new and next at WiscNet, and provide you with a chance to share the same. (We also provide coffee and some morning treats, of course.) For this Conversation round, WiscNet staff will be on hand to show you the WiscNet Tools asccessible to you and how you can best monitor your network on a regular basis. As always, we’ll leave plenty of time also for you to talk to one another, and brainstorm ideas for future conversations.

WiscNet’s Community Conversations:

Merrill, WI
May 31, 10:00-12:00
T.B. Scott Free Library
106 1st St, Merrill Wisconsin
Click here to attend in Merrill

Milwaukee, WI
June 6, 10:00-12:00
Milwaukee School of Art and Design, Milwaukee WI
273 E. Erie Street, Milwaukee WI 53202
Click here to attend in Milwaukee
 
Join other WiscNet members for good conversation focused on:

  1. Connecting with Members (aka Introductions)
  2. Member Updates: What’s Happening in your world?
  3. WiscNet Updates
  4. New WiscNet Services
  5. WiscNet's Fall Community Event
  6. WiscNet Tools
    1. Knowledge Base
    2. WiscNet’s NRG page and Member IP space
    3. WiscNet’s Peers and Servers
    4. Daily Reports, Network graphs and trends, and more
  7. Topics for Future Conversations

WiscNet Community Conversations - WiscNet Tools

Last fall WiscNet staff toured Wisconsin, connecting people and strategies, talking a little bit about security, tools, and strategies with our members. Come February and March we’ll hit the road yet again to bring you a primer on the various WiscNet Tools available to members. Tips, tricks, and tools, and conversation with real, live WiscNet network engineers. Bandwidth graphs? Yep. Speed testing? We’ll teach you some things you don’t know. Recognizing and stopping DDOS attacks? These folks are pretty smart.

Registration is free for these events if your organization is a member of WiscNet. If your organization is not a WiscNet member, it’s time.

Fennimore, WI - Southwest Technical College
March 1, 2017, 9:30am - 11:30am
Register 

Spooner, WI - Spooner High School
March 2, 2017, 9:30am - 11:30am
Register

WiscNet Wire for January 2017

📆 WiscNet, BadgerNet, E-Rate Update

We are still waiting on AT&T’s response to proposals discussed in our last round of negotiations. 

We are talking with our K12 and library members daily about what all this means with regards to filing for E-Rate. As of today (2/1/2017) there isn’t a filing deadline set by USAC. We typically estimate mid-February to be the deadline. I honestly have no idea or insight into what to expect at this point.

Here’s what WiscNet and our friends at the Department of Public Instruction recommend…

File an E-Rate Form 470 for transport.
File a second E-Rate Form 470 for transit (aka internet access).
File a third E-Rate Form 470 for combined transport and transit.

Cover your bases. If you like what “WiscNet on BadgerNet” looks like when this all sorts out, take it. If things go awry, you have backup options. Bonus: You may find others willing to provide better services at lesser rates. While it requires a little extra work and attention on your end, it’s a way to lessen the anxiety many are feeling about hitting E-Rate timelines.

More information available in my January 18, 2017 update.

🎪 WiscNet Connections

WiscNet Connections — formerly the WiscNet Future Technologies Conference — is fast approaching. May 8th and 9th, 2017. Registration is open. We will be reaching out in the next few weeks with keynote and session details. 

We’ll be adding two new twists in 2017. First, we have 75+ folks that have served as “advisors to the WiscNet membership” throughout 2016-17 that will be giving back to the rest of the attendees at WiscNet Connections on the topics of Community Area Networks, advanced networking, security, and cloud services.

In another cool twist, we are working to bring 100 “next generation” leaders under the WiscNet tent at WiscNet Connections. While we cherish those that have every t-shirt spanning the past 10 years, we’re interested in who you see as interesting, up-and-coming leaders across the WiscNet community. More details soon…get ready.

🗝 WiscNet Community Conversations: WiscNet Tools

Last fall WiscNet staff toured Wisconsin, connecting people and strategies, talking a little bit about security, tools, and strategies with our members. Come February and March we’ll hit the road yet again to bring you a primer on the various WiscNet Tools available to members. Tips, tricks, and tools, and conversation with real, live WiscNet network engineers. Bandwidth graphs? Yep. Speed testing? We’ll teach you some things you don’t know. Recognizing and stopping DDOS attacks? These folks are pretty smart.

Registration is free for these events if your organization is a member of WiscNet. If your organization is not a WiscNet member, it’s time.

Fennimore, WI - Southwest Technical College
March 1, 2017, 9:30am - 11:30am
Register 

Spooner, WI - Spooner High School
March 2, 2017, 9:30am - 11:30am
Register

👩‍⚕️ Wisconsin CTO Clinic: Collaborative Leadership in the Digital Age

Wisconsin Educational Technology Leaders (WETL) is sponsoring a clinic on Sunday, February 26, 2017 focused on collaborative leadership in the digital age. This event is focused on Chief Technology Officers interested in taking on leadership roles in their school districts. Registration for this event is free and open to everybody. It also fits nicely with the Brainstorm K20 schedule. Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, Tamboti Room Suites 7 and 8.

⚡️ Brainstorm K20

We’re always happy to put in a plug for the Brainstorm Educational Technology Conference. This year’s event is February 26-28, 2017 in good old Wisconsin Dells. A handful of familiar WiscNet voices — as well as a few new — will be in attendance and sessions throughout the conference. If you really like the “tech” of educational technology and haven’t checked this conference out, we highly recommend a visit. It’s a great mix of face-to-face conversations, informative sessions, and has great attendance among vendors of all types. https://www.brainstormk20.com

📆 WiscNet Anniversaries for the Month of January 

WiscNet serves more than 500 member organizations. We can't list them all, so each month we recognize those that joined WiscNet in that month. Someday, we'll send presents. Today, you get your name on a list. Thank you to the organizations and their member representatives for your continued dedication to the WiscNet community.

City of Madison - John Schwoerer - 22
Reedsburg School District - Steve Tock - 21
Saint Croix Falls School District - Brian Kray - 21
Stevens Point Area Public School District - Brian Casey - 21
Marshfield Unified School District - Mike Drevlow - 20
Benton School District - Steve Schuaff - 19
Black Hawk School District - William Chambers - 19
Cuba City School District - Christophe Vrielinck - 19
Mineral Point Unified School District - Luke Francois - 19
Southwestern Wisconsin School District - John Costello - 19
Howards Grove School District - David Richart - 17
Albany School District - Suzi Gould - 17
Solon Springs School District - Dave Zosel - 16
Fontana J8 School District - Allen Damrow - 16
Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology - Sally Smits - 16
Mequon-Thiensville School District - Raymond Pitzka - 15
Kohler School District - Paula Anderson - 4

WiscNet, BadgerNet, E-Rate

Schools and libraries, welcome to the 2017 E-Rate season. We are getting a number of questions as the (yet-to-be-determined) deadline for posting Form 470’s approaches. See also, “What’s the story on the new BadgerNet?” Here’s what we know and recommend.

In the past, many of you authorized TEACH to file your Form 470 for E-Rate for 100 Mbps of BadgerNet “transport” for $250/month. Meanwhile, you filed separately for E-Rate for internet access (“transit”) and chose WiscNet as an Internet Service Provider
 
As of today, January 18, 2017, the next BadgerNet contract has no alternative Internet Service Provider options; AT&T is it. There is no WiscNet option on the next BadgerNet. Yet.
 
We (WiscNet, DPI, TEACH) have mentioned a few times that negotiations between WiscNet and AT&T continue. We are working diligently and carefully. I’ll even go as far as saying things are going well. We just aren't there yet.

We know folks are anxious about filing E-Rate. We hear you.

USAC hasn’t announced the last date to post a Form 470. We use February 15, 2017 as our rule of thumb, but this date often shifts.

You may have already filed a Form 470, in which case you are waiting, patiently, for a reply from WiscNet.
 
Here’s what WiscNet recommends…

  • File an E-Rate Form 470 for transport.
  • File a second E-Rate Form 470 for transit (aka internet access).
  • File a third E-Rate Form 470 for combined transport and transit.

Cover your bases. If you like what “WiscNet on BadgerNet” looks like when this all sorts out, take it. If things go awry, you have backup options. Bonus: You may find others willing to provide better services at lesser rates. While it requires a little extra work and attention on your end, it’s a way to lessen the anxiety many are feeling about hitting E-Rate timelines.
 
For those who have already filed Form 470’s, patience. We have held off responding until we know more about what this “WiscNet on BadgerNet” option looks like. While we regret the delay, you deserve our best efforts to keep all sustainable, cost-effective, and E-Rate-able options open.
 
As always, look to Bill Herman (K-12 Schools and CESAs) and Ryan Claringbole (Public Libraries) http://dpi.wi.gov/erate/contacts as experts and for E-Rate guidance from the DPI here in Wisconsin. Bill and Ryan dream about E-Rate so that you and I don’t have to.
 
We'll continue negotiating with AT&T to keep "WiscNet on BadgerNet" a sustainable, cost-effective, and E-Rate-able solution. Thanks everybody for paying attention, sending in your questions, and for the nice messages of support. We'll be in touch soon.

WiscNet Wire for December 2016

Update Re: BadgerNet

The 2017 E-Rate season is approaching for schools and libraries. Last week the Department of Public Instruction hosted a great session with information for the next funding cycle. The big question, “What are the E-Rate implications for schools and libraries interested in using WiscNet under the new BadgerNet contract?” Particularly, “Do we have a choice of Internet service providers in the new BadgerNet?”

As things stand today, AT&T is the only option on the new BadgerNet contract. WiscNet and AT&T have been in discussions over the last few weeks on ways we can continue offering WiscNet services in this new BadgerNet contract. Rest assured, together we are working hard to figure this out in the best interest of schools and libraries throughout Wisconsin. Our talks have been extremely positive as we work together to develop a solution. We will be meeting again right after the new year. Stay tuned.

Things That Have My Attention

This short interlude between holidays is useless for starting and sustaining complicated collaborative work. Instead, I’m focusing my attention on myself. What can I do/learn that will jumpstart 2017? I thought I’d share a few things grabbing my attenion.

Joi Ito: Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future
I had the pleasure of participating in one of Joi’s experiments. In 2006 we created a World of Warcraft raiding guild to better understand leadership and team dynamics in online communities. It was an experience and relationship I’ll cherish the rest of my life. Today, Joi is the head of the MIT Media Lab and on the board of the New York Times. Whatever has Joi’s attention always has mine. “Compasses over maps” has me questioning annual goals/resolutions (maps) and instead thinking, “How would this be better expressed as a compass?”

David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried: Rework
I’m curious how people work. I recently crossed David Heinemeier Hansson via The Tim Ferriss Podcast. David is a world renowned race car driver that learned to drive via video games. He didn’t get a driver’s license until he was 25. He also created Ruby on Rails, a popular coding language, and is a co-founder of Basecamp. David and his business partner Jason wrote a book Rework that’s worth the time. At Basecamp, teamwork is structured around 6 week cycles with 2 week interludes. Regular start and finish lines with a reset in-between. Interesting.

Michael Lopp aka Rands: Five Leadership Hacks
Michael Lopp has many years experience in leadership at Apple, Pinterest, and now at Slack. He has simple advice., “I come up with three questions headed into every meeting. If I don’t have any questions, it is time to ask why the meeting in the first place.” Take a moment to reflect and reset your expectations around meetings. Is this regularly scheduled meeting still valuable? Have we included the right people? Is there anybody in this meeting that no longer needs to be? Is this a 15 minute meeting that dragging to 60 minutes because that’s what it says on the calendar?

WiscNet Member Recognition

Most people I know simply focus on doing way above average work and assume (hope) that an average amount of attention on our political system will suffice. This month, Community Area Networks in Eau Claire, La Crosse, and Platteville are hosting events for state and local politicians about efforts happening in their own communities. Recognizing individuals will result in me overlooking others. If you are/were an organizer or participant in any of these events, thank you. Your work is appreciated by all of us in the WiscNet community.

December WiscNet Anniversaries

WiscNet serves more than 500 member organizations. We can't list them all, so each month we recognize those that joined WiscNet in that month. Someday, we'll send presents. Today, you get your name on a list. Thank you to the organizations and their member representatives for your continued dedication to the WiscNet community.

20+ Years as WiscNet Members
Markesan School District, Jerry Chisnell, 20
Northcentral Technical College, Chet Strebe, 22

10+ Years as WiscNet Members
Phillips School District, Trevor Raskie, 14
Northwood School District, Audrey Visger, 15
Messmer Catholic, Laurence Mala, 16
New Glarus School District, Michael Weasner, 16
Dodgeland School District, Brad Modaff, 17
Rosholt School District, Enrique Ramos, 18
Dodgeville School District, Matthew Butteris, 18
Rib Lake School District, Gayle Perrin, 18
Abbotsford School District, Jesse Meddaugh, 18
Colby School District, Jesse Meddaugh, 18
Gilman School District, Georgia Kraus, 18
Medford Area Public School District, Dennis Hinderliter, 18
Owen-Withee School District, Bob Houts, 18
Lodi School District, Paul Anderson, 18
Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District, Heikki Heikkinen, 18
Monona Grove School District, Jeff DeWolfe, 18
Waunakee Community School District, Herb Haubrich, 18
City of Superior, Dan Shea, 19

0+ Years as WiscNet Members
Jefferson County, Roland Welsch, 5
Iowa State University, Steve Schallehn, 8
 

Projects Happening Over the Holidays?

Our support heroes here at WiscNet World Headquarters are playing rock paper scissors spock negotiating a vacation rotation between Christmas and New Years. We know you might be planning to use the quiet little stretch between holidays for a bit of network maintenance. We want to make sure we are properly staffed at all times over the holidays. If you have a project in mind that you know will need WiscNet Service Success help, please drop us an email letting us know which day to you plan on the project. support@wiscnet.net. The WiscNet Network Operations Center will run 24/7 throughout the holidays to deal with squirrels chewing through cables and other unforeseen events.

WiscNet Wire for November 2016

WiscNet Community Conversations: FICO (Quadmetrics Network Security)

In October WiscNet staff visited Eau Claire and kicked off a series of regular meetings around Wisconsin. We are exploring a security tool called Quadmetrics, recently purchased and rebranded by FICO, that offers a “enterprise security score” to organizations in order to better understand potential network threats and vulnerabilities.

In addition to discussing security, these sessions are old-school face-to-face get-togethers. On November 30th we’ll host here at WiscNet World Headquarters in Madison. On December 15th we’ll be in Green Bay at Green Bay Area Public Schools.

Show up around 9:30am for a cup of coffee or several -- often we'll feature a specific topic, but each time we'll talk about what's going on with us and give you the opportunity to share what's going on with you. 

You'll get to know us better, we'll get to know you better -- but far more importantly, you get to know each other better. (As a membership organization, that's really what we're all about.)

Follow the links below to sign up: 

Nov. 30 in Madison
Dec. 15 in Green Bay

WiscNet Member Recognition for November 2016

Earlier this fall we witnessed a true example of value to the membership through an interaction between Jeff Williams and Nathan Mielke from Hartford Union High School, and Dave Zittlow from the City of Fond du Lac. They came together amidst a security challenge. Information was exchanged and solutions options were discussed in a safe and trusting environment. Everyone learned something new while helping solving a problem, which is what a membership organization is all about.

Introducing WiscNet + Stormwind IT Training

StormWind brings a live, Hollywood-HD quality experience to the world of e-learning. Using proprietary technology, they create and deliver interactive online training that is truly personal and engaging.

Rates on All-Access Licenses for WiscNet Members: Now through 12/31/16

WiscNet Members may purchase a StormWind All-Access License for $1,000 ($1,490 off standard WiscNet Rate)
* There is no limit to how many each member may purchase
* An All-Access license will grant that student unlimited access to every single course within a specific technology for 12 months.
* Includes all Live and OnDemand sessions for each course, plus unlimited access to virtual labs, practice exams, books, and mentoring support for each course

WiscNet members may choose among the following technologies:
* Microsoft
* CompTIA
* Cisco
* Linux 7 Red Hat
* Project Management / ITIL
* CyberSecurity

Members may mix & match All-Access licenses among various technologies if more than one is purchased.

To learn more about WiscNet's partnership with Stormwind — including features, pricing, setup — contact WiscNet's Service Success team at 608-442-6761 extension #2 or use the WiscNet Services Inquiry form to drop us an email. Our team of support heroes is always willing to lend a helping hand to connect people and strategies.

Celebrating November Member Anniversaries

WiscNet has more than 500 member organizations. We can't list them all, so I've teased out those that joined WiscNet in November. Someday, we'll send turkey. Today, you get your name on a list. Thank you for your continued dedication to WiscNet.

Dane County, Mike Barger, 21
Antigo Unified School District, Mark Kautza, 20
Meriter Hospital, Al Grigals, 20
CESA 5, Jeremy Biehl, 19
Stratford School District, Scott Bauman, 19
Winnefox Library System, Karla Smith, 19
Grantsburg School District, Jesse Byers, 18
Webster School District, LeAnn Christensen, 18
Loyal School District, Scott Johnson, 18
CESA 11, Connie Erickson, 18
Turtle Lake School District, Christopher Jump, 18
Shell Lake School District, Ed Heagle, 18
Prairie Farm Public School District, Gerald Henthorn, 18
Siren School District, Jessica Jackson, 18
Frederic School District, Justin Paulsen, 18
Birchwood School District, Steve Janetski, 18
Spooner Area School District, Hugh Miller, 18
Waupaca School District, Julie Eiden, 18
Shiocton School District, Sadie OBrien, 18
Manawa School District, Samuel Mosey, 18
Lac du Flambeau #1 School Distric, Karl Zimmerman, 18
Marion School District, David Heup, 17
Bonduel School District, Dave LaBerge, 17
Bowler School District, Kathleen Glenetske, 17
Tigerton School District, Joyce Bedor, 17
Watertown Unified School District, Greg Gutkowski, 17
River Ridge School District, Lee Pritzil, 17
St. Mary's Springs Academy, Ryan Miller, 16
Burlington Area School District, Scott Christensen, 16
Town of Menasha, Tim Plagenz, 15
CESA 12, Mary Maderich, 15
Jackson County, Ken Lechner, 15
City of Milwaukee, David Henke, 14
Fond du Lac School District, Tom Weishapple, 14
Chippewa County, Christi Haun, 9
University of Minnesota, Dave Farmer, 8
Catholic Memorial High School, Kevin Heaney, 6
Great Plains Network, Bill Mitchell, 5
Big Ten Academic Alliance, Jeff Ambern, 5
Village of Ashwaubenon, Greg Wenholz, 3
UW Platteville Real Estate Foundation, William Kloster, 2
Racine Lutheran High School, David Burgess, 2
Kewaunee School District, Neil Kowalkowski, 2
Holy Apostles School, Anne Levendoski, 2
Hartland-Lakeside J3 School District, Scott Temperly, 2