A major focus of the Schalmont District Technology Department has been finding ways to ensure that our students are able to access technology when they are away from school now and in the future. Another focus has been providing state-of-the-art technology to teachers in the classroom.
All students at Schalmont now have access to a full suite of applications through our Google Apps for Education account. The benefit of using Google Apps is that the applications are entirely web-based meaning students don't need to install any software on their own computers. They simply go to apps.qufsd.org and log in with their username and password. Once there, they have access to a full suite of applications including Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations, GMail, and Calendar.
Work that is completed on Google Apps is automatically saved "in the cloud" which allows students to access the files when they are in school and at home (or anywhere else they are connected to the Internet). In addition, documents and files can be easily shared with teachers and collaboration between students has never been easier to allow group work to flourish.
The district in the 2014-15 school year began a shift from teachers using desktops to laptop computers in Schalmont classrooms with centralized printers in all schools and the piloting of student Chromebook tablets.
The Schalmont Technology Committee has recommended in its five-year plan a shift to students using Chromebooks beginning in the 2015-16 school year. All incoming ninth graders would receive and maintain their Chromebooks through their senior year with Chrome carts placed at the middle and high schools.
The district Technology Department is offering Google Sites courses where teachers are invited to create a classroom website which includes blogs, calendars, site lists, and design.