Technology at Sudan ISD
Technology at Sudan ISD is an integral part of the instructional curriculum. The application of technology to the classroom is a seamless instructional tool which cuts across the demographical disparity of the students and staff of SISD to support the collaborative effort of quality education.
The staff is supported by three teacher/technologists: Elementary Technologist - Susan Baker, Network Administrator - D.J. Provence, Technology Coordinator - Jonathan Robertson.
In the Summer of 1997 Sudan ISD installed an ethernet network which connected almost every room in the district to the network and the Internet. From those humble beginnings with a Novell file server, Linux DNS/Web server, a Cisco 2509 Router, a computer in every classroom, and a couple of networked printers; the district's technology has grown tremendously. Currently the district supports an almost 1:1 student to computer ratio. There are numerous networked printers and over 15 servers including Windows, DNS, Web, ADS, Cisco IP Phone, and CCTV Servers. The district uses several educational software programs including: Renaissance Learning products, an integrated web based attendance and grade book program (which allows teachers to enter grades from school or home), Study Island, and numerous other software programs. Additionally, the district uses two ITV distance learning labs, wireless labs,multiple computer labs, online library,parent gradebook access, parent alert system, digital plasma driven torch, Adobe aided art program, interactive whiteboards, document scanners, a projector in every classroom, other digital devices, and video editing stations. In addition, each teacher is provided a web page on the school's web site which allows them to edit their page from school or home. Also, the district is a member of the FACT Consortium (Lazbuddie, Muleshoe, Olton, Springlake-Earth, and Sudan ISD). The FACT is a recent recipient of a 1 million dollar T3 Grant.
The Consortium shares many resources over a 10 Gig. Ethernet network running over Fiber provided by Five Area Telephone and running over a hundred miles. The network shared resources include: Panopto, Moodle, and Discovery.In the high school, computer technology classes are offered in three areas: Business (BCIS I & II), Industrial Technology (AutoCAD and Chief Architect), and Computer Applications (Cisco Academy - IT Essentials - A+, Webmastering - Adobe, Computer Science, and AP Computer Science - JAVA). Some successes of past Sudan technology students include: CCNA certification, and competing at the state level in the UIL Computer Science competition.
For the 2011-12 school year each sixth and seventh grader will recieve an Apple MacBook, each 8th through 11th grader will receive an Apple iPod Touch, each 12th grader will recieve a Dell laptop, and a new Apple iPad 2 program will be implemented in grades nine through eleven. Web 2.0 technologies are incorporated in every curriculum and classroom..