Teachers have integrated some varied technologies in the classroom for some time but it hasbeen fairly limited in ability and distribution. For example, many of the teachers have interactivewhiteboards in their classrooms but the integration is inconsistent across the school and limitedto teacher use.
Students are just now getting to use technology daily with this new one-to-one project. They arebeginning to find new ways to use mobile devices in the classroom and it is isolated to twograde levels.
Stakeholder involvement remains in the Islands stage for a few reasons. The teachers whohave received student devices are involved in the planning with the administrator. Theinstructional technology department at the district level was brought in to help with integrationideas but the networking department has not even been informed of the new implementationthat occurred this year or the plans for future technology integration.
The site administration is very involved in the planning of the new technology implementationand has spearheaded the process by allocating funds to purchase devices for her teachers andallowing additional planning time for teachers who are using this technology for the first time thisyear.
Training is lacking at Freeway elementary school. There was no formal training for teachersprior to receiving devices and the only funding in that channel has been some additionalplanning time for those teachers to collaborate and discover new ways to implement in their classrooms.
The infrastructure support has been limited to this point only because the Networking team hasnot been brought in on the planning process for this project.
CONNECTIVITY:Local Area Networking (LAN)-Islands
The LAN for this site is currently in the Islands phase mostly because the need for extensivecoverage has not existed prior to this year due to lack of technology implementation on a widescale. This summer Freeway elementary school will receive a LAN upgrade as part of a districtinitiative to increase wireless at all school sites, particularly low SES schools where eratefunding can be used to purchase equipment at a significant discount.
District Area Networking (WAN)-Integrated
District area networks are being improved systematically as funding allows. School sites thatare eligible are being upgraded using the erate discounts to purchase equipment. The districtcurrently has wired internet access to all school sites but wireless is still in the Islands phase.
Wired access is available to all district buildings and each school site has many wired ports.Most of the schools, including Freeway Elementary have at least one wired port for a teacher computer in the classrooms. The Internet Access for students is still a work in progress as thewireless equipment is still being purchased and the implementation plan is still under development.
The one system that we currently have in the Intelligent phase is the the communication system.We have district wide email coverage so that every teacher and staff member has an emailaccount and it has become the de facto standard for communication. Teachers are expected tocheck email for communications daily. Students also have a Google email account that hasbeen created through active directory integration with our Google Apps for education domain.