• Intermediate students using their iPads in the classroom
     
    Intermediate Students working on news broadcast  
     
    Welcome to the Technology section for North Marion School District.  Our district has a rich environment of technology devices.  We are proud of what we've accomplished to enhance student learning.
     
    In 2012-13 we started a 1:1 initiative at our Intermediate School with an iPad deployment in all 5th grade classrooms.  Once those teachers became proficient in using and managing the devices we extended the 1:1 initiative to our 4th grade students.  Now, every student in grades 3-5 has a device they can use daily in the classroom and also take home.  We hosted an "Empowered Up!" event in 2015 inviting educators to visit and see firsthand how our teachers utilize the devices in their classroom to engage student learning.  It was very successful and we have another event planned for April 7, 2016. For more information please visit http://www.northmarionempoweredup.com/ and here is a flyer promoting the event. 2016 EmpoweredUp! Event
     
    EmpoweredUp Event 2015
     
    Our Middle School (grades 6-8) started a 1:1 initiative in 2013-14.  The first year we started with iPads but the following year moved to 2GoPC's (notebook devices).  These students were also give the opportunity to take the devices home at night. Having the devices off campus has proved to be somewhat problematic in that we've experienced a lot of hardware issues so we are re-evaluating the devices and off campus component for the 2016-17 school year.   Discussion has centered around providing Chromebooks for our 8th graders and then taking the current devices and making classroom sets that stay in the classroom.  This is still being discussed and fine-tuned at the district and building level.
     
    Middle school students with 2GoPC's  
    At the High School (grades 9-12) we have a Freshmen Academy where every CORE class is equipped with a laptop cart so each student will have access to technology from their classroom.  These devices do not go off campus.  This year 2015-16 we purchased 150 Chromebooks for each English classroom at the high school.  Students have access during their class to complete papers or do necessary research.
     
    We also support 7 teaching labs with 30+ Windows 7 devices throughout the district including the Career/Technical and Business Lab at the high school.
     
    All teachers have been supplied with a laptop for their classroom use and those with iPad student deployments have also been provided an iPad. Every classroom has a ceiling mounted projector along with a document camera.  Some classrooms have interactive whiteboards also.
     
    In 2015-16 the district applied for eRate funds to upgrade our infrastructure.  New dark fiber was installed between buildings giving us the capability of 10 GB of traffic.  New wiring was done in all classrooms adding two Cat6A ethernet drops to allow for future technology demands.  New HP switches were installed to manage the new traffic requirements.  We also purchased 77 Ruckus access points using eRate funds to complete our wireless infrastructure giving us a total of 150 access points on campus.  Each classroom now has it's own access point along with gyms and common areas.   
    Infrastructure Upgrade 2015  
     
    Each classroom at North Marion is equipped with a ceiling mounted projector and document camera.  Approximately 20 classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards.   
     
    The district has internet access of 500 mg and is working with their provider (WAVE Broadband) to increase the circuit to 1 GB.
     
    If you would like more information about our districts technology please feel free to contact me at the email address listed below. 
     
     
     
    Lori Wells
    Technology Director
Last Modified on February 9, 2016