Over the course of the next two to three years, Hillside Academy must upgrade technology components in order to remain competitive and meet criteria for curriculum, skills and projects. Current classroom computers are between ten to fifteen years old and do not meet minimum standards. For those who have been in the school and working with students on research/projects, you have experienced the very long delays while waiting for computers to bring up information or get to a document saved. Our student laptops in Grades 4-8 must be replaced now and an infrastructure put in place to manage the increasingly demanding technological culture in which we live and work.
The Wildcat 21st Century Technology Fund will begin with laptop replacements and working our way to classroom lab computers in Grades K/1 and Grades 2/3. The short-term goal is to get our hardware replaced and connected for student access with little to no lag time. The long-term goal is to incorporate a broader approach to technology in the classroom and for projects, presentations, etc.
After the initial presentation prior to Back to School Bash, we have received funds that have allowed us to order 40 student computers for the 4-8 graders! These laptops are currently being imaged by the manufacturer and will be shipped to us soon.
The devices we are getting will have Windows 10, Windows Defender, Office 365 (Education Version) which does not have Publisher so we will need to purchase subscriptions for any of the computers that we will need to have Publisher. They should also have a free pdf viewer, various search engines and our MAPS testing browser. Any other programs needed will be handled onsite.
The next area of concern and funding will be toward network infrastructure and staff computers (both desktop and laptops that need to be replaced).
Parents interested in serving on the Tech Committee will be meeting in the evenings. If interested in being on the committee, please contact Jamie Stefani or Mr. Foley.