At Crawfordsville Community School Corporation, we believe that technology must be focused and consistent between grade levels. While the tech department listens to our staff, students, and community in selecting new technologies, our tech purchases are well planned and plotted to last. We do not simply purchase items to have new tech, we purchase tech to fill needs. Much of our technology purchases are building and user driven after collaboration between tech staff, building staff, and administration.
The Crawfordsville Community School Corporation technology department is dedicated to our staff and students in creating, supporting, and maintaining a 21st century learning environment.
Our current network infrastructure consists of redundant fiber connections between all buildings incorporating 10Gb connectivity throughout the corporation. All corporation buildings have controller based, 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity. We provide staff and students with BYOD access; however, guest access is limited to special events upon request. Our Internet access capacity is 300 Mbps and all CCSC internet content is filtered and monitored.
We purchase and maintain various devices for students in our corporation. Our goal is to refresh student technology about every 5 years per building, or when it is determined that the life span of devices are at an end. It is not uncommon for devices to last beyond 5 years in some cases. Devices are broken down according to buildings below.
CHS: Dell Chromebooks / 1 traditional lab and 1 PLTW lab / BYOD / 1:1 chromebooks
CMS: Dell Latitude laptops / laptop carts throughout the building / 2 Dell optiplex labs / BYOD / 1:1 with no take home
Hoover: Dell Latitude laptops / laptop carts throughout the building / Dell Optiplex lab (1-LMC) / BYOD / 1:1 with no take home
Nicholson: Dell Latitude laptops / Dell Optiplex lab (1-LMC)
Hose: iPad Tubs (6 per classroom) / Dell Latitude Laptops (60) / Dell Optiplex lab (1-LMC)
We are transitioning to the Google world as CHS has been outfitted with 1:1 chromebooks for our students. Teachers at CHS have immersed themselves in G Suite while all staff have been moved to GMail. We still offer students and staff Office365 that they can download and install on up to 5 devices for free. We use software such as BrainPop, IXL, ALEKS, Edmentum Products, and Achieve 3000 as well as others to supplement and support instruction and learning. We have adopted Canvas as our LMS (learning management system) and are using it in grades 6-12, while PowerSchool continues to remain our SIS (student information system).
New Projects and Upgrades:
We were able to take advantage of category 2 e-rate funds and dramatically upgrade our network over the last couple of years. We have installed extra acess points in areas of need to ease strained WiFi coverage. We upgraded major networking components to incorporate 10Gb connectivity throughout the corporation. CHS classrooms will be recieving new Epson Brightlink 710Ui interactive laser projectors along with new amps and speakers for improved classroom sound and interaction for instruction. Teacher stations will also be refreshed in each classroom at CHS.