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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • High-tech opportunities: Hannibal schools replacing old computers

  • Keeping up with technology is a never-ending challenge. That is particularly true in the Hannibal public school district where additional computers are being purchased to replace old technology.
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  • Keeping up with technology is a never-ending challenge. That is particularly true in the Hannibal public school district where additional computers are being purchased to replace old technology.
    During Wednesday night’s meeting of the Board of Education, Superintendent Jill Janes reported that 200 additional computers will be ordered during the course of the 2013-14 school year to replace computers that have been in service 10 years or longer.
    In addition to the purchase of new computers, the district also is investing in seven additional chrome-book labs. Janes says a chrome book is essentially a “mini laptop” that teachers can transport from classroom to classroom to make technology available to more students. Each lab consists of 24 to 30 of the devices.
    According to district information, the high school features the most technology with 256 computers, 62 chrome books, two chrome book labs, six computer labs and 50 Smartboards/projectors.
    The Career and Technical Center has 232 computers, six chrome books and 23 Smartboards/projectors. The middle school’s technology inventory is made up of 222 computers, 60 chrome books, two chrome book labs, four computer labs and 50 Smartboards/projectors.
    At the elementary school level, Veterans school leads the way with 154 computers, 60 chrome books, two chrome book labs and 34 Smartboards/projectors.
    The remaining elementary schools feature:
    • Mark Twain – 111 computers, 30 chrome books, one chrome book lab and 21 Smartboards/projectors.
    • Eugene Field - 91 computers, 30 chrome books, one chrome book lab and 19 Smartboards/projectors.
    • Stowell - 76 computers, 30 chrome books, one chrome book lab and 22 Smartboards/projectors.
    • Oakwood - 71 computers, 30 chrome books, one chrome book lab and 20 Smartboards/projectors.
    Janes noted that the technology inventory does not take into account IPADs or other smaller classroom technology-related devices.
    “I’m proud of our technology progress,” said the superintendent. “We have a lot going on with our technology.”
    In addition to acquiring additional technology, another objective of the school district is to make its buildings WiFi accessible to teachers and students, according to Janes. Already WiFi accessibility upgrades have been completed at the high school. This summer similar accessibility work is planned at the middle school, Korf Gym, Career and Technical Center and Annex. Also planned is the creation of WiFi accessible areas at each elementary school.
    Also planned is the increase of available bandwidth from 50 to 100 Mb.
    Beginning this spring will be a conversion from Novell to Microsoft.
    “We feel this will not only save money, but allow us better technology usage by teachers, staff and students,” wrote Janes in a report to the school board.

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