The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


March 22, 2006

EPS technology department works on variety of projects


King said the department hopes to have the project online by next year.

Another program in the works would decrease the amount of key entries if a student transfers within in the school district.

The Student Tracking and Reporting system would make a student’s information, such as name, birth date and other personal information.

“When a student enters the district, it is the one time the data will have to be entered,” King said. “It will eliminate a lot of key entries.”

The IT department is also updating all the elementary schools’ labs with the newest version of the Success Maker software.

The software teaches math, reading and language arts with science and social studies lessons incorporated into the math and reading curriculums.

A goal for next school year is to have students receive a minimum of 25 hours of training each year with the software, King said.

The implementation of SMART Board technology in local schools is another project the department hopes to achieve.

SMART Board technology, a large interactive board that functions as a personal computer that allows users to press the board’s touch-sensitive surface to access and control any computer application is going to be integrated soon.

The use of Renaissance Responders, small remote control-like devices, could allow students to click a button to answer a questions projected onto the board. Classes could take tests using the “remotes” and teachers could download the information from the responders and process the information directly into their electronic grade books.

“It’s a true integration,” King said of the technologies abilities to streamline information. “It can be processed in real time, can be printed off or transferred to the electronic grade book.

“This could be used to help student in benchmark and assessment tests by letting teachers see which question s students had the most difficulty with.”

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