Staunton Community Unit School District No. 6
SCUSD


From the Desk of
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Brian Coalson



Technology Director

 

 

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Technology in the Staunton School District

It may come as a surprise to some, but technology in the Staunton School District is up to par with other districts in Illinois and nation-wide. Again, it might be a surprise to learn that we use the same computer software as everyone else. We use the Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Publisher, and Powerpoint. We have state of the art Computer Aided Drafting software and professional grade photo and graphic editing software, maybe you have heard of these programs... They are called AutoCad and Adobe Photoshop Professional. A graduating student who has mastered either of these programs could gain employment on these skills alone. And, as a matter of fact, many of our computer classes are dual credit courses with Lewis and Clark Community College.

Our computer systems are new and modern as well. We have a 4 year computer rotation plan. We purchase the newest technology and we place it in our 7 computer labs. We put the best technology in the hands of the students, as it should be. When we purchase new machines, we move the used computers into classrooms for teacher and in-class research use. Through this manner we can extend the computers useful life and we can keep up to date with the newest technology. We want students to be able to gain the technology education that WILL be required of them when they leave our schools.

Our servers, networking, internet connection, and Infrastructure are also very good. Unfortunately, this past summer our school was hit by a lightening strike that crippled much of our Ethernet Network. But, on the bright side this gave us the oppurtunity to upgrade to the latest technology at a much reduced cost to the district. These changes have enabled us to have a strong informational backbone for years to come. Our servers run on Windows Server 2003 which is the standard, not only in schools but industry wide. Our internet is fast and only getting faster. We realize that much of the learning process is being transfered from paper and books to the World Wide Web. That is why if you sit down at any of the more than 300 computers we have around here you will enjoy internet and download speeds that rival your high speed internet connection at home.

Furthermore, we are working to integrate technology into the classroom. The majority of our high school classrooms have (or will have very soon) a ceiling-mounted LCD Projector, and in the Elementary and Jr. High some classrooms have mounted projectors but all have access to a mobile one. Projectors enable teachers to stream educational media directly from the their computers or the internet to their students. The internet is going to be the educational medium of the future and we are equiping our classrooms to provide students with the best education possible. Projectors and advanced Technology in the classroom have also been proven to increase student attentivness and entice learning.

The point I am trying to emphasize is the fact the we are providing our students with a sound 21'st century technology-injected education.

I would like to personally invite you to contact me with any questions or concerns regarding technology. My email address is bcoalson@stauntonschools.org I usually reply within a couple hours.

 

Thanks,

Brian Coalson
Technology Director
Staunton School District

 

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Staunton Community Unit School District No. 6
Guidelines for Technology Use

Students are responsible for good behavior on school computer networks just as they are in a classroom or a school hallway. Communications on the network are often public in nature. General school rules for behavior and communications apply.

The network is provided for students to conduct research. Access to network services is given to students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner. Parent permission is required. Access is a privilege - not a right. Access entails responsibility.

Individual users of the district computer networks are responsible for their behavior and communications over those networks. It is presumed that users will comply with district standards and will honor the agreements they have signed.

Network storage areas may be treated like school lockers. Administrators may review files and communications to maintain system integrity and insure that users are using the system responsibly. Users should not expect that files stored on district servers will be private.

District Internet and Electronic Network access requires parents,students, and staff signatures on the District's Acceptable Use Policy at the time of registration or employment.

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