Technology in the educational environment primarily falls into two domains- the "back-end" operations side and the "front-end" integration of technology into classroom instruction. We tackle both of these elements with an agile, innovative staff, drawing on experience from the worlds of business, higher education, and K-12 classrooms.
On the operations side, we currently maintain more than 1,800 computers consisting of primarily Microsoft Windows laptops and desktops. More recently, we have introduced Chromebooks at our Elementary and Intermediate buildings. Each of our buildings has multiple mobile laptop labs for use in the classroom. Additionally, classroom sets of laptops or desktops have been provided where appropriate. Behind the scenes, over 53 servers running either Windows Server or Linux support a wide array of services and provide access to various resources.
This equipment is supported by a team of our technology staff, part-time aides, and the STAR (Student Technology Assistance and Resources) program at our high school. Our STAR students provide a variety of services for our staff, including troubleshooting, equipment repairs, and software installation.
Technology integration in our classrooms is supported by our Technology Coaches at the Elementary and Intermediate buildings, while our Technology Coordinator and Applications Coordinator provide integration support at our Middle and High schools. We work to prepare staff and students through a multi-tiered approach involving in-person professional development, asynchronous online training resources, and in-class co-teaching applications.
In the classroom, integration is driven by a few primary systems. Instructional materials and communication are driven primarily through Schoology, our district's Learning Management System (LMS). Each child's course schedule is imported directly into Schoology, where teachers are able to post assignments, deliver assessments, and guide student learning, both within the school building and outside of the school day. Students also have individual accounts through Office 365, Microsoft's online productivity platform. Among other items, Office 365 provides students with access to online versions of Microsoft's traditional Word, PowerPoint, and Excel productivity suite. Office 365 also provides students with 1 TB of online, cloud-based storage through OneDrive for business. Saving and working within Office 365 allows our students to transition seamlessly between home and school, as well as between different devices, including laptops, Chromebooks, and mobile devices.
In all of our efforts, we work to support students and staff in cultivating a creative, collaborative, and meaningful educational experience for all members of Granville Schools.