At the High School, technology has been actively incorporated throughout all curriculum areas. Several courses such as, Principles of Accounting, Keyboarding, CAD, BCA, Desk Top Publishing and Web Page Creation have been cited as examples to document the use of technology.
In addition, other areas involving either college courses, (SUPA-Public Policy), or research papers, (English and Social Studies), and the Math department has incorporated the use of online applications.
Technology has enhanced the Foreign Language areas by giving students the opportunity to communicate directly with students from the countries they are studying. The areas of Music, Art, Technology and Physical Education each have networked computers equipped with specialized software and hardware for each area.
The Music department has an advanced computer controlled recording studio system to make their own CD’s and cut demo pieces for students to submit to colleges. Many classroom projects and reports are now submitted in multimedia presentation (Power Point) format.
In the Library Media Center students sign out books from Libraries throughout the area with an automated Library exchange system.
The Guidance Department has specialized software that aids students in their search for the right colleges, which interacts with college websites on the internet, allows students to create their own profiles, submit applications and correspondence, and is available on all high school computers.
Internet access has been made available to all computers on the Local Area Network (LAN).
Existing High School equipment includes two shared curriculum labs, one with 29 networked computers, the other with 25 networked computers. The Social Studies department has a computer classroom with 15 networked computers in Nova desks. Technology has a Computer Assisted Drawing (CAD) lab with 18 networked computers.
All labs have teaching stations with projectors and high-speed laser printers. The automated Library-Media Center has a high speed laser printer, 8 networked computers for research and 3 networked computers for the Library Automation System. The high tech Distance Learning classroom has 17 networked computers in Nova desks.
Every classroom is equipped with a minimum of one networked computer and the four major departments each have three P4 multimedia networked computers, with projectors, DVD/CDROM and zip drives, on mobile carts.
Three P4 mobile systems are available in the Library Media Center for sign out. A total of 185 networked computers are available to all users with all systems accessible to the internet. The High School is the central hub for internet access and the Wide Area Network (WAN).
At the Middle School level, each student participates in a ten-week "computer class" in grades 6, 7, and 8 as a part of the special area rotation. Concepts taught include word processing, spreadsheet, database, keyboarding, desktop publishing, presentation creation, graphics creation and Internet browser. The 6th grade technology session is directly tied to a ten-week communications block. Together, the program focuses on improved communication skills. The areas of Music, Art, Technology and Physical Education each have networked computers equipped with specialized software and hardware designed for each area. Faculty has integrated technology into almost every subject area. Computer generated projects; reports and presentations are required in all three grade levels.
From an equipment view, all networked computers are connected to the Internet. Each grade level has it’s own computer lab with 30 networked computers, plus an additional shared computer lab with 33 networked computers. All labs are equipped with high-speed laser printers, scanners and teaching stations with high-resolution projectors. The automated Library-Media Center has 4 computers for research and 2 for library automation. Every classroom is equipped with a minimum of one networked computer and the three grade modules each have three P4 multimedia networked computers, with projectors, DVD/CDROM drives and zip drives, on mobile carts. Three P4 mobile systems are available in the Media Center for sign out. The Middle School has 215 networked computers accessible to the internet and available to all users.
At the elementary school level, a variety of multimedia software programs are in use, as well as word processing, desktop publishing, animated presentation creation and self-paced reading comprehension.
Certified and protected children’s web sites are used for drill and practice that contain animation and sound. The Library-Media Centers have integrated with enhanced self-paced reading comprehension programs that utilize book titles available in the school libraries. Software programs and manuals that assist teachers with integrating curriculum and technology are available in each school. All elementary libraries have partial automation.
Currently four of the elementary schools have one computer lab with 30 networked computers, one elementary school has 3 computer labs with 22, 25 and 30 networked computers, with high speed laser printers, color printers, scanners and teaching stations equipped with projectors.
The elementary school Library Media Centers have a minimum of 2-5 networked computers with laser printers. In addition all elementary school classrooms have 2 computers each. A total of 433 elementary computers are available to all users and accessible to the internet.