Michael Stern, Becky Avantes, Jeff Duncan, Bethany Eggman, and Brenda Smith
27 Imac Computers in the Computer Lab Server for Entire School School Wide Internet
Overhead Projector w/ LCD Projector (Old) Two Digital Cameras (Old and Outdated) Video Camera (Old and Outdated)
All Classes have computers and some have printers. However, they are old and not kept in working order. Some teachers have newer computers than others.
The tech support we have is okay. We have to call the school district to fix our computers. It takes roughly 2 weeks to get them to come out. We have a tech guy on site but he takes just as long as the district and he has no idea.
We have NO curriculum support at the school. The individual because he only cares about searching the web and leaving early. We do have teachers who have some type of experience but not much.
The programs that the students have access to are mostly learning games.
Type to learn is a program intended to introduce students to the keyboard. Troggle Trouble is a math game that uses math facts to feed the hungry dog. Wild West Math is a leveled math game. You have to answer the math questions before the horse bucks off the cowboy. Hyper studio is art program where the students can show off their creativity.
All the IMAC’S are internet ready with Microsoft explorer 6.0. Most teachers don’t use the internet but instead have the students playing the learning games. Approved internet sites are on the whiteboard in the computer lab.
MAIN PROBLEMS … TECH ASSISTANT – Not able to assist student & teacher’s needs. ROOM/LOCATION - Lab located in library area not allowing enough work space.
MORE PROBLEMS…. TEACHERS – Not trained ensuring optimal student learning. EQUIPMENT - Not enough computers, LCD screens/projector, scanner, digital cameras……..uggh!
Solution #1- Move the library to a vacant room. To make more room in the Computer Lab. Solution #2- Change the computer lab to a more traditional type of classroom setup. To make the computer lab more teachable.
Solution #3- Hire a new tech assistant. For tech support and teacher training. Solution #4- Buy new equipment. To boldly go where no student has gone before.
Imac computers- 800 MHz SuperDrive 17 (Processor G4) Memory 256MB, Hard Disk Capacity: 80GB, MM Type: CD Modem: 56K Apple “mini” PowerBook G4/867 (40 GB internal drive) Internal combo drive, Internal 56K modem 12.1” TFT screen Canon PowerShot A70 Digital Camera (3.2 megapixel) 3X optical zoom, movies with sound up to three minutes and 12 shooting modes. Canon ZR65MC Digital Camcorder with Movie Creator VCD/DVD 20x optical, 40x digital zoom 1024 x 768 resolution stills w/8MB memory card
In Focus LP130 LCD Projector- It weighs 2.9 pounds. At 1100 lumens, it incorporates true XGA resolution (1024 x 768) for outstanding image clarity. Display: Digital light processing. Audience size: 5-150 Sony UPL-FE110U LCD Overhead Projector- Type: SXGA, Brightness: 4000 ANSI Lumens Epson Perfection 1660 Photo Scanner- Maximum 1600 x 3200 dpi, Built in 35mm film strip adapter. Simple setup and operation Pro-view Projection Stand- Adjustable, dual, pneumatic presentation stand. 23w x 18d laptop platform pneumatically adjusts from 28-1/2" to 38-1/2" high. LCD, platform measures 18w x 18d.
Current view of library. Computer lab and library combined into one building. Projected view of computer lab after library has been moved to new location. Location of new library All staff members required to attend technology training sessions put on by new lab tech.
Move library to new location. Convert old library into computer lab. Get rid of old tech and hire new one. Buy more computers, LCD projectors, cameras, scanners, etc. Technology training for staff.