C&I 335

Activity 1c

Technology Resources

by Jim Peterson


The Urbana School District

Human Resources

The greatest technology resources in the district are within the staff who have taken the initiative to push technology forward in their respective buildings and the district plan. UMS and UHS hire full time technology integrationists. The board approved a stipend for each of the elementaries and Washington Early Childhood for a Technology Cadre.

School
Principal
Technology Cadre Representative (s)

King

David Adcock

Eunice Weech, Yvonne Vitosky

Leal

Becky McCabe

Janie Schomberg

Prairie

Gail Jeffries

Frank Modica, Judy Haydel

Thomas Paine

Janice Bradley

Carol Godoy

Wiley

Joan Foertschneider

Richard Clift

Yankee Ridge

Laura Cresap

Georgette Moore

Washington E.C.

Connie Brown

Cheryl Blackwell

UMS

Marion Krier

Pam VanWalleghen

UHS

Ron Gerriets

Melissa Creech

District Level

Jim Peterson, Technology Coordinator

Denise Pelafas, Technician

District Hardware Resources

Wide Area Network Resources

The Urbana School District has built a wide area network in collaboration with the Champaign School District and the University of Illinois. This includes Internet connectivity to 6 elementaries, UMS, UHS, Adult Education and the central office via ISDN connection. Washington Early Childhood and Cunningham Children's Home are connected via several dialup connections. The districts share web and email servers that are maintained by CCSO of UIUC.

Local Area Network Resources

Local area networks exist in each of the 6 elementaries, UMS, UHS, Adult Education and the central office. These include at least one ethernet drop in each of the classrooms and offices. Libraries and computer labs have multiple drops depending upon the number of workstations.

All of the buildings except Thomas Paine elementary have a network file and (limited) application server that manage student and staff accounts. The library automation software from Follett's is on each of these servers. Several of the servers are also used for student data management.

Computer Resources

A recent inventory of networked computer equipment included the following machines. We do not track any computers below Mac LCII's and 486 clients.

School
Total Computers
Student/Computer Ratio

King

45

7.6

Leal

44

8.55

Prairie

48

9.02

Thomas Paine

39

9.26

Wiley

38

9.03

Yankee Ridge

46

9.04

Washington E.C.

13

10.77

UMS

103

10.11

UHS

116

9.42

Software Resources

Buildings may elect to purchase their own software for specific curricular needs. The Urbana School District Technology Committee has purchased a number of district licences for software including the following:

Claris Works 5.0 - an integrated word processing, database, drawing and spreadsheet package.

Claris Homepage - creating web pages

Foolproof version 3.0 - securing hard drives and desktops

Through the Microsoft Partnership, we have been able to provide training on a number of software titles including:

Microsoft Office 97 Pro - including Word for word processing, Excel for spreadsheets, Access for databases and Powerpoint for presentations.

Microsoft Office 98 - including Word for word processing, Excel for spreadsheets and Powerpoint for presentations.

Microsoft Publisher - package that assists in the development of flyers, newsletters, etc.

Encarta - Multimedia encyclopedia software

We have also amassed a large number of individual titles which are available through checkout from the central office teacher's center. Most of these are currently floating throughout the district:

The Rosetta Stone

Click Art 2000

Hyperstudio

Maps 'n' Facts

Microsoft Dinosaurs

Microsoft Musical Instruments

San Diego Zoo Presents - The Animals

The Way Things Work

With Open Eyes: Chicago Art Institute

Zoo Guides: Reptiles, Whales, Dolphins

Claris Works for Teachers CD

Classroom Clips

CSL Curriculum Orchestrator SP

The Digital Chisel

Time Magazine Multimedia Almanac

3D Atlas CD

Artrageous!

Cartopedia

Sourcebook of American History

Our Times

RedShift

Zoo Guides: The Rainforest

Eyewitness Encyclopedia of Science

Frank Lloyd Wright CD

Cinemania 96

Explorapedia - World of Nature

Bookshelf 96-97

Creative Writer 2.0

Encarta 97 Encyclopedia

Encarta 97 World Atlas

Greetings Workshop

The Magic School Bus - Dinosaurs

Office 97 - Professional Edition

Picture It!

P.J.'s Reading Adventures

 

Works 4.0