sometimes on free third-party applications that are available. These trainings are available about 2 times aweek. She is also available for one-on one support if it is scheduled ahead of time.
Technical/Infrastructure Support: Islands
The district does provide a full time help-desk support that can be accessed via telephone or email. It isused pretty consistently. There is also a district technical support person who supports our school as well asmany others. They are usually on site about 3 times a month. The staff and faculty lean on each other quite a bit for support. There are about 3 members of the faculty who are pretty technically advanced andthey often provide building support in an informal capacity.
ConnectivityLocal Area Network: Island/Integrated
Wireless Broadband access is available in all areas of the school. A data network that allows students tokeep files was created last year that allowed students to access work from multiple access points but it islimited to internal network access only and not remotely or via the web. Use is mostly limited by access tohardware.
District Area Networking: Islands/Integrated
Wireless broadband is available in all district facilities and network storage is available as well in internetaccess. Data applications are available and have some advanced functionality but the majority of the staff are content with pretty basic use like storing documents, keeping student records and projectingapplications and media.
Internet Access: Integrated/Intelligent
Wireless broadband is available and used pretty extensively. It is pretty locked down for students however and access to new media and technology is slow to evolve. Social media sites are all blocked by thedistrict is a good example of a useful tools that is not being utilized in any capacity.
Communication Systems: Island/Integrated
Email is available to most of the staff and is used to communicate extensively. In fact, it is the primary formof communication in the school. Email is not available to any students however. Email can be used tocommunicate with parents but it is voluntary on their part. I would estimate that less than 10% of theparents chose paper or the telephone as their primary form of communication with the school. Email wouldbe a great way for teachers to communicate with students if it were available but it is not.
InnovationNew Technologies: Islands
New technologies is usually supported informally but teachers are usually on their own. Many of theteachers have used legislative money to purchase projectors or document cameras and now many arepurchasing iPads. The district does come along after enough adoption has happened and put somethingin place. This year, they are starting an endorsement course in education technology. Teachers enrolledin that course received iPads from the district. One teacher did secure a grant to purchase a classroom setof iPads for use in the next school year. New applications and software can be tricky as sites are oftenblocked by the district security policies. Social Media is an example of a technology that is blocked.
Comprehensive Technologies: Islands
Most classrooms now have an AV system and a document camera. Most use their computers to projectmedia in their classroom. About 3 teachers utilize a Smart board. The biggest challenge is that there isvery little interaction with the technology from the learners standpoint. It tends to still be presentationbased. The lack of hands on computer or tablet access limits the ability of the students to experience thetechnology for themselves.