The Frontier Schools have invested recently in many technology upgrades, hardware and software to meet the ever changing demands of the world for the benefit of our students as they learn in the 21st century. All classrooms in the district have access to continuous WIFI capabilities with Internet fiber being one of our latest upgrades in the fall of 2012. Teacher workstations have been replaced with laptops and iPads which allow for increased mobility and functionality in the classroom. These devices, coupled with SmartBoards and short throw Interactive Projectors throughout the district, have allowed teachers and students to interact seamlessly with technology in a more connected and authentic manner. Each elementary classroom in our district has a SmartBoard or interactive projector by which to integrate with the curriculum. Not many other school districts in our area can boast of that accomplishment!
Edmodo and MyBig Campus are portals our district E Team has been using with students to upload assignments and to share resources. Through these portals, students are able to access information and curriculum available online through a safe venue.
Apple certified trainers will be providing professional development in June for teachers in order to fully train teaches in the use of the devices our students will be using and in developing curricular content. We are very excited for this opportunity!
The district is planning parent educational sessions concerning being a responsible digital citizen and being safe while online. While most of our students walk around with the world in their pockets, through their cellphones, iPods and other devices, it is important that we teach them how to use the power of the Internet for educational purposes and to be safe while they are online. Professional development is an area that Frontier believes is of the utmost importance to our staff. Many of our teachers have participated in Indiana Department of Education trainings, the FETC, HECC and PATINS conferences and visited with other districts to learn how what others do can be replicated and developed upon to better strengthen our district initiatives.
The Frontier School Corporation is determined to “go slow to go fast.” This means we are deliberate and calculated in our approach to provide only the best opportunities for our students. Sometimes you have to go slow (make sure you have the infrastructure, right people, resources, plans) to go fast (take off and deliver results to the next level).
- Computer, Software, and Internet User Agreement Policy
- Computer, Software, and Internet Policy Signature Page
Technology Department Contacts
Frontier School Corporation Technology Dept.
126 E. Main Street
Chalmers, IN 47929
David Hoover, Technology Director – [email protected]
Travis Farney, Technology Assistant- [email protected]