- Elkhart Community Schools’ technology department is committed to providing students with technology to help them become career/college ready and life ready. To accomplish this, students graduating from ECS will have been exposed to a wide variety of experiences to develop them into critical thinkers, problem solvers, and communicators. The technology landscape is constantly changing and Elkhart is committed to evolving alongside the technology. Today’s students will be exposed to the following device: iPads, Chromebooks, Windows PCs, and iMacs. In addition, students will be using a wide variety of tools including Google’s GSuite, Microsoft products, Apple’s iWorks suite and other creation tools like Explain Everything, BookCreator, and iMovie to produce digital artifacts of their learning. Lastly, the district has implemented Canvas as its learning management system (LMS), uses PowerSchool as its student information system (SIS) and Google Apps for Education (G Suite) for collaborative writing, creating presentations, analyzing spreadsheets, and cloud storage.
Technology by Building Level
- Elementary Schools:
- Most elementary buildings now have projectors in all of their instructional spaces with the remainder of the rooms slated to receive projectors in October of 2017. Every projector in the district is connected to a desktop computer that has a program called AirServer installed, which allows our teachers to project laptops, chromebooks, and iPads wirelessly from anywhere in the classroom.
- Computer labs: Each elementary school has PC computer labs for students to use as part of a K-6 technology curriculum.
- All elementary school libraries are currently in the process of being updated to incorporate the latest technology for students and staff to enhance the curriculum and provide flexible learning spaces that encourage collaboration and creativity. This update includes the introduction of wireless projectors, tech pods with TVs and iPads, Chromebooks, coding robots, Lego walls, maker studios, new organizational systems for resources, and curriculum to engage students in all forms of literacy.
- Through a special grant, Mary Beck Elementary School has become an iPad 1:1 school. The staff at Mary Beck attended over 100 hours of training throughout the summer and fall to prepare them for the new curriculum and instructional methodology being implemented in the building.
- Middle Schools:
- Most middle schools buildings now have projectors in all of their instructional spaces.Every projector in the district is connected to a desktop computer that has a program called AirServer installed, which allows our teachers to project laptops, chromebooks, and iPads wirelessly from anywhere in the classroom. All three middle schools have library media centers that house desktop computers, chromebooks, and iPads to help facilitate highly engaging and rigorous curriculum.
- Pierre Moran Middle School received a grant that provided funding to purchase iPads for each student. Workshops in the spring and summer were offered to prepare teachers to effectively use this new tool in their classrooms.
- High Schools:
- Both high school now have projectors in almost all of the instructional spaces. Every projector in the district is connected to a desktop computer that has a program called AirServer installed, which allows our teachers to project laptops, chromebooks, and iPads wirelessly from anywhere in the classroom.
- The Elkhart Memorial library received a grant from the Elkhart Education Foundation to help fund 4 new tech pods, which included flat screen TVs and Apple TVs. In addition to the tech pods, the library also has a 30 desktop computers, several carts of chromebooks, and a large projection screen.
- Both Elkhart Memorial and Elkhart Central have multiple computer labs that are used by a variety of departments.
- Elkhart Memorial’s art lab received a grant from the Elkhart Education Foundation to purchase 30 iMac computers to support the curriculum of several new courses.
- Business Labs at both Elkhart Central and Elkhart Memorial have desktop computers to support the demands of a highly rigorous business curriculum.
- As part of the district 1:1 initiative, all teachers at both Elkhart Central and Elkhart Memorial have received iPads to begin the professional development process to prepare them to teach in a 1:1 environment. Both high schools and the Elkhart Academy will be 1:1 with iPads at the start of the 2018-2019 school year.
- In order for a student to have access to computers and networks in ECS schools, parents and students must sign and return this form, agreeing to abide by the district’s acceptable use policy. The policy establishes rules regarding what is and what is not acceptable use of the district’s technology systems. You are encouraged to read these documents and ask questions if you find anything that seems unclear. They exist to protect your children, and to ensure that opportunities to use technology will be available for all.