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Technology

Technology

Welcome to FISD’s technology website!  We’re engaged in all parts education including curriculum and classroom technology integration, hardware and software support, staff development, networking, servers, and infrastructure.  And with our new recent upgrades, there’s no better time than the present to be part of the Forestburg ISD community!

Fast and Reliable Internet Connection

Our goal is to not only be ready for just 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 goal for PK-12 education is 1 Mbps per student.  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 sports 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 use technology to increase STAAR scores, support the curriculum, and equip our students with the 21st Century skills required by the colleges, universities, and employers of today. Students in grades 3-12 use Chromebooks.  Our aim for the 2019-20 school year is to replace older iPads students were using in grades PK-2 with new hybrid Chromebook/tablets.  These hybrid Chromebooks have demonstrated success in the industry with that young age group.  Since our Chromebook and iPad carts are checked out to each teacher for the school year, every student in every class has access to a device to facilitate collaboration, research, and creativity.  Our district has fully embraced the Google’s GSuite, and teachers utilize Google Classroom as a means to deliver and receive instructional materials paperlessly.  Our Technology CTE and Robotics use a full compliment laptops running Windows 10 x64.

Promethean Boards and ActivPanels

All of our classrooms have interactive Promethean Activboards.  We are currently in the process of replacing older Promethean ActivBoards with Promethean ActivPanels.  Both ActivBoards and ActivPanels allow teachers to demonstrate a learning objective (whether text, graphics, or both audio/video), and allow students to use ActivPens to interact with the educational material on them.  ActivBoards can support up to two ActivPens being used at once.  ActivPanels are 4K resolution, and can support multiple inputs for interactivitiy.

Mr. Lewis

Rich Lewis
District Technology Director
email: rich.lewis@forestburgisd.net