Technology

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    Technology Policy 
    Visit the link below and select 800 Operations > 815 Acceptable Use of Digital Technology
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    Introduction

                The Hamburg Area School District experienced considerable growth in many areas of technology throughout the current school year.   By continuing and expanding programs that were initiated in previous years, we were able to bring 21st century hardware, software, and instructional practices to classrooms and offices throughout the district.  

     

    Software

                    For many years, students and staff have been issued an account to access the district network. 

    Instruction

                    Access to a Promethean board and student laptops and iPads helped bring many instructional practices into the 21st century.  Teachers developed lessons that were more engaging and included more interactive activities.  Several teachers used the Promethean software and hardware to assess student understanding and provide immediate feedback.  This tool brought a different level of excitement to classrooms and guaranteed student participation.  

     

    Professional Development

                    A critical component to any new program or initiative is professional development.  Training to learn new skills and time to implement them into the classroom are imperative for success.   From inservice days to before and after school workshops, teachers were given many opportunities to successfully integrate technology into their classroom.

                    Teachers at the secondary level completed a 30 hour course titled “Teaching in the 21st Century:  The need for change.”  This on-line course exposed teachers to new communication tools including discussion boards and highlighted how today’s students communicate and interact.  Teachers participated in discussions about the changing needs of students and the challenges that teachers face today.  The needs of a 21st century student are constantly changing and teachers must adapt instructional practices to meet these needs.

                    The elementary teachers were given time to learn new skills and adapt existing curriculums to be used with the Promethean board.  Many workshops were conducted and a schedule was developed allowing teachers to customize their professional development to meet their needs.  Grade level teams met and worked together to develop flipcharts and other tools that could be used immediately in daily lessons.  Teachers responded favorably to the professional development programs that were developed and were appreciative of the opportunity to work with colleagues on meaningful activities.

    Information Technology Department Responsibilities

    1.  Phone System, including phone servers and phones in each of the four buildings.

    2.  Intercom , clock system, and time syncronization.

    3.  Networking technologies including managment and monitoring of computer systems and network infrastructure.

         File servers, network storage, network user accounts, HVAC and lighting server, Card Access server, Security Cameras, Blade server (VMware), SAN, WIFI controllers, food service Point of Sale, Follett library server.

    4.  Technology Budget, and Hardware purchases, including all hardware under lease.

    5.  Inventory of Technology Assets.

    6.  Support and repair of all laptops, and desktops in the district.  The node count will surpass 2000 device after August of 2011 with the additional 1:1 laptops.  

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