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LISD improving technology district-wide
Written by Clayton Neville   
Tuesday, 09 April 2013 10:03

Released by Lindale ISD

The Lindale Independent School District has set a goal to place innovative technology into the hands of every student and the board of trustees took a major step Monday night towards achieving that goal.

Trustees approved technology purchases that will provide iPads for each Lindale ISD classroom and significantly improve the district’s wireless infrastructure.

Trustees approved $142,000 for the purchase of 374 iPads to be placed in every instructional classroom at each of the six LISD campuses. The school board also approved $253,295 for the purchase of an improved wireless management system, switches and wiring.

LISD Director of Technology Leslie Garakani said the upgrades will sustain the district’s wireless capabilities for the next eight to ten years.

“The district has such a strong history of academic success in general and now we need to lead the way with successful integration of technology in the district,” Garakani said. “We want to align technology advancements with our academic success.”

“We don’t want the perception that we are just throwing technology out to the schools and students.  We truly want to align technology as an academic resource.”

Some Lindale ISD campuses currently allow students to bring their own tablets or smartphones of any brand to use for school instruction. The technology purchases approved by the school board are the first step to provide tablets for students who may not otherwise have access to the devices.

LISD School Board President Maj. Gen. James K. “Red” Brown assured parents and staff attending the board meeting that the district will also be focused on the security of the wireless system and shared tablets.

“We will have security measures and filters in place for these devices that will limit what students are able to access,” Brown stressed.

Prior to approving the technology purchases, trustees were treated to demonstrations by LISD teachers and even the superintendent on how iPads in the district have already made a positive impact on classroom instruction. Kindergarten teachers from the Early Childhood Center demonstrated how the tablets are helping some of Lindale’s youngest students learn math and reading.

A demonstration from a high school classroom exhibited how software was being used to create digital posters with photo and video capabilities for reports on topics including author reviews, geography and history.

Garakani walked trustees through a learning management system provided by Google and Pearson that is available to teachers for interactive instruction.

Superintendent Stan Surratt, a former math teacher, showcased an algebra lesson plan he created with video.  Surratt explained that teachers could create the step by step classroom lessons using video software.  Parents and students who need to review the material to strengthen learning, or keep up with course work due to absence, could download the videos from a website and watch them repeatedly to master a subject.

“We have ambitious goals for improving the quality of education we provide to our students in the Lindale ISD,” Surratt said. “We believe technology is a major component in improving classroom instruction.  We are excited to begin this transformation in learning.”

Other actions by the school board Monday night:

  • The approval of $770,095 for improvements to the agricultural facility at Lindale High School.  Renovations and expansions to the existing facility will include: the addition of a classroom and lab, boys and girls restrooms, a feed room and improvements to the air conditioning system.

The approval of $333,867 for parking lot and driveway improvements at College Street Elementary School, Velma Penny Elementary School, E.J. Moss Intermediate School, Lindale High School and the Lindale ISD Administration Building.  New asphalt will be installed at Velma Penny, E.J. Moss and the administration building. Seal-coating will be installed at Lindale High School and College Street Elementary School.

 
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