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 Wi-Fi connectivity. CHS will be upgraded to 802.11ac this summer, completing wireless upgrades in the copropation. 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 Optiplex desktops and Latitude laptops / traditional computer labs and laptop carts throughout the building / BYOD / 1:1 with no take home
CMS: Dell Latitude laptops / laptop carts throughout the building / BYOD / 1:1 with no take home
Hoover: Dell Latitude laptops / laptop carts throughout the building / Dell Optiplex traditional lab (2) / BYOD
Nicholson: Dell Latitude laptops / Dell Optiplex lab (1-LMC)
Hose: iPad Tubs (K) / Dell Latitude Laptops / Dell Optiplex lab (1-LMC)
We are a Microsoft campus and shop across the board. We 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, Compass Learning, 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:
Our last main network upgrade happened in a couple of stages over the last 2 summers and are still being finished up. We upgraded major networking components to incorporate 10 Gb connectivity throughout the corporation. The final stages of these upgrades will be at CHS. We are installing new access points at the high school to increase WiFi coverage and speeds. Hoover will receive new classroom technology including new Epson BrightLink 695WI interactive projectors. CHS and CMS will be refreshing student laptops this summer.