Technology Overview
 
 

 

Technology & Safety: District 7 has continued to upgrade its technology and network infrastructure for the past several years. Currently, the District’s 1885 computers run on a WAN backbone with all desktops and laptops running Windows XP along with Microsoft’s Office Suite. All District 7 classrooms have a phone, computer with internet access, and either a 32” TV or a projection system with audio support connected to the computer. Each school is equipped with a video surveillance system that records the data to a Digital Video Server that is monitored by the School Safety Officer. In addition, a visitor management system is also part of the District’s security measures for all schools.  Most of the funding for technology has come via grants, adequacy funding from the state, and vocational money. Tax money raised via referenda was used for wiring and hardware. A five-cent technology levy now provides an annual budget for technology. District funds have always paid for computer maintenance and support.

Classroom Technology
All District 7 classrooms have a phone, computer, and either a 32” TV or a projection system with audio support connected to the computer. There are two computers per classroom and a media center of 12 computers for each primary & intermediate school. Each middle school has two computer labs, and the high school has seven. Each lab has at least 25 computers. All computers are on the network with internet access. Ceiling-mounted digital projection systems with audio support were installed in all classrooms at Edwardsville High School in the summer of 2007. During the summer of 2008, over 200 classrooms across the District had projection/audio systems installed. The District plans to have projection systems installed in all classrooms K-12 in the future. These capabilities enhance student learning environment through utilization of multimedia rich applications in all curricular areas.

Student Data Management (Grades and Attendance) District 7 implements a data-driven decision-making process in all areas. The District began development of an academic early warning system, known as EWITS (Early Warning and Intervention Tracking System) approximately three years ago. This decision-making support tool is used to identify and track students who are exhibiting high risk factors such as falling grades and excessive absences and reports these students to the appropriate administrative personnel. EWITS also provides for the tracking of intervention actions and plans. The latest enhancements, which were implemented this fall, will ensure that students who need the most support are continually monitored for their attendance and academic performance. The system provides a “dashboard” interface and a Chronic High Risk Report that allows authorized personnel to review and monitor quickly the current status of students.

 

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Technical Overview

 

The district has a Wide Area Network using Cisco routing and switching equipment, which provides connectivity for voice, video, and data applications. All district WAN resources are protected by a firewall with also provides CIPA compliant web site blocking, email spam and content filtering, and antivirus software on all computers and servers throughout the district.

 

District 7’s technology infrastructure consists of each school having a LAN (Local Area Network), which is connected to the WAN (Wide Area Network) consisting of 18 high speed T1 lines, 42 servers, and over 1475 PC workstations. All classrooms throughout the district have a PC connected to a 32” monitor, a telephone, and internet access. All teachers have e-mail accounts. All workstations are connected to the network and have access to server-based applications. Among the 42 servers are E-mail, Web, File and Print services, as well as two database servers.

 

The District’s centralized student and finance management systems provide administrative support for all locations to authorized personnel. The database servers are an SCO Unix server running an Informix database and a Microsoft SQL server housing a data warehouse. The entire district network is secured behind a firewall with antivirus filtering, e-mail content filtering and spam blocking, and also provides CIPA compliant web site blocking.

 

District 7 currently has in place state-of-the-art video surveillance security systems along with motion detection, and door sensor, and fire detection at all locations. Each location has a Digital Video Recording Server (DVR) to enable high quality color image capture of all cameras. These digital security surveillance systems capture seven high resolution images per second of each camera at every location and store the images for up to 10 days. The digital surveillance systems provide monitoring and review of all cameras within the building from an Internet client for any authorized personnel.

 

The video surveillance systems at the high school and both middle schools can be accessed via Internet connectivity to review both recorded and live images from the security cameras. This capability has been installed and configured for access by the Edwardsville Police Department from their headquarters office. This remote access to the systems is restricted and requires the police department to authenticate as an authorized user through the use of a District’s Virtual Private Network (VPN). The alternative high school and all elementary schools also have the ability to be connected to via remote connectivity.

 

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Last updated on: July 25, 2012 at 12:35 PM
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