Forestburg ISD Technology
Fast and Reliable Internet Connection
Forestburg ISD recently upgraded our internet connection. Our goal was to not only be ready for today's technology demands, but to be ready for the projected technology demands of 5 years from now. Our WiFi network is delivered to us over fiber optic cable from Nortex Communications in Muenster, Tx. We have a robust bandwidth of 1 Gbps, which translates to over 5 Mbps per student-- way more than the recommended minimum. To put this into perspective, the current FCC goals for 2017-2018 school year is 1 Mbps. You can see the FCC goals here.
Robust Wireless Infrastructure
Fast and reliable internet is important, although it's only as good as the devices that deliver it to the teachers and students, on demand when needed. Forestburg ISD recently tossed out all the old WiFi radios and acquired 30 Ubiquiti Unify Pro AC wireless access points. These are multi-radio access points capable of delivering fast WiFi over dual bands (2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz) with speeds up to 1300 Mbps. With an access point in each classroom, the library, office, Agriculture Barn and the gym, there's no where on campus you won't be able to connect!
True 1:1 Solution
Our technology goal is to enhance education by equipping our students with 21st Century skills required by the colleges, universities, and employers of today. Each of our core classes have enough Chromebooks to facilitate collaboration, research, and creativity for their largest class. Our district has fully embraced the Google Apps for Education (now GSuite), and teachers utilize Google Classroom as a means to deliver and receive instructional materials paperlessly. We also have two computer labs-- one for elementary and the other for Junior High/High School. In addition, we have laptops which are available for stop-gap measure when we run out of Chromebooks. All of our PCs (Windows computers) have been recently upgraded to Windows 10 x64 Education.