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To provide students with technology services vital in today's increasingly technologically dependent world, there is an urgent need to provide adequate funding for technology services in order to ensure equity throughout the district, support core curriculum and provide updated administrative software.
Click here to watch a video featuring the Innovation Stations and other 2008 Bond Program technology projects.
Technology Upgrades Included in the 2008 Bond Program
Teacher Laptops: Issue laptops to teachers, assistant principals, and principals that will replace the teacher's desktop computer and will be the primary productivity computer. Librarians and counselors will not receive laptops at this time.
Computers on Wheels (COWs), Refresh Mobile Labs: Distribute at least one new mobile lab to every campus. Our long-range goal is to increase the number of mobile labs based on the district's revised educational specifications. The platform for the campus mobile labs in most cases will be the same as the teacher laptop.
Life Cycle Management: Replace old computers and printers over the four years of the bond program.
Classroom Innovation Stations: Distribute and install Innovation Stations, which include ceiling/wall mounted LCD projectors, audio systems, document cameras and/or other electronic devices, which make up the classroom presentation system.
Teacher Grade Book: Gradespeed is the new district software standard for taking attendance and documenting grades.
Student Information Systems: New software to track student information that will house all grades, attendance, discipline, student schedules, and student information that must be collected for reporting purposes.
Data Warehouse: Funding for a data warehouse, consolidation of all data elements in a common database, data-mining capability, and a user-friendly web interface for end users.
Student Storage: Upgrade student and campus storage systems to increase storage quotas needed for homework, project, and other classroom file storage needs.
IFAS & Enterprise Servers/Storage/Archive: Upgrade financial and enterprise servers and storage space to improve performance.
Document Management System: Manage hard copy archives and electronic active records in order to comply with retention rules.
Wireless Upgrade: Complete the district wireless network upgrade at the following campuses: Baranoff, Barton Hills, Boone, Bryker Woods, Casis, Clifton, Covington, Cowan, Davis, Doss, Gullett, Hill, Kiker, Lamar, Lee, Menchaca, Mills, Murchison, O.Henry, Oak Hill, Pease, Rosedale, Small, Summitt, Saegert and the Austin ISD Warehouse. All district academic facilities will be wireless at the end of this project.
UPS Upgrade: Complete the installation/upgrade of Universal Power Supplies (UPS) to ensure that there is enough power to support 911 emergency services and other telecom services during power failures.
Monitoring Equipment: Upgrade the End-of-Life Telecom monitoring equipment and provide better awareness and decreased response times in case of telephone and 911 outages.
PA Upgrade: Upgrade campus PA/clock/bell systems to remotely handle daylight savings time changes and bell change requests.