Support of Wide Area Network expansion from 30 mbps to 1 Gbps
As the need increased for students and teachers to access electronic resources, the inadequacies of the District 6 technology system had to be addressed. The District received an E-rate grant from the federal government to upgrade the system. The new system increased capacity to use Internet-based multimedia educational materials and greatly increased access, reliability and response time.
For the 2012-13 school year, The Success Foundation contributed $30,000 to purchase Fiber Optic Transceivers. These devices were the final link between the district’s distributed network and the “rest of the world.” They are specially designed pieces of equipment capable of handling the data volume and speed necessary to support current and anticipated loads on the network. This project was the first and very necessary step in our commitment to supporting technology innovation for our students.
Middle School iPad Project
The goal of our Middle School iPad Project was to help our teachers and students become familiar and comfortable with the 21st Century tools needed to succeed in higher education and the workforce.
For the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years, The Success Foundation purchased 17 Powersync Carts and 260 iPads for our middle and K-8 schools. We also funded professional development opportunities for teachers in classrooms where iPads were introduced.
Introduction of Blended Learning at the middle and elementary school level
For the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years, The Success Foundation proudly provided funding to help implement blended learning at our middle, K-8 and elementary schools. We provided 467 devices, 246 headphones, 491 student licenses for Discovery Education digital content and professional development opportunities for District 6 staff.