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Friday, March 3, 2000


Carlisle School compiles technology inventory

A statistical inventory of all components in the Carlisle Public School's computer and technology profile has been compiled, thanks to technical integration specialist David Mayall. This profile was requested by the Massachusetts Department of Education. The compilation and assessment of the hardware must be in order for the school to be eligible for state funding. It also helps students and faculty in both the regular curriculum and special education programs make the best use of available equipment.

For the record, Carlisle has a total of 40 classrooms and five school administrative offices. Of these, one classroom is connected to a local area network, while the school administrative offices are not. Four classrooms have Internet access, as do five of the administrative offices. The primary Internet service provider is Shore Net, to which three classrooms and the five administrative offices are connected. One classroom has ISDN Internet access. The school's Internet connection speed is 128kb.

For instruction purposes, the school has four technology systems of the type designated in Category A (the newest and most powerful systems); in Category B, the school has one Windows/PC computer and 34 Apple/Macintosh systems; in Category C, the school has 48 Apple/Macintosh computers in Category D (the most dated systems), the school has 55 Apple/Macintosh computers.

The Carlisle School has some software that has been universally designed with built-in alternatives for students with disabilities, as well as some software that modifies the standard keyboard. The alternative input methods include such items as touch screens, microphones, switches, etc.

Also in its collection of technological tools, the school has some single-function pieces of equipment: ten Dream Writer/Alpha Smart programs, 25 graphing calculators, two camcorders, an LCD projector, two scanners, 12 VCRs, 12 televisions and two digital cameras.

Mayall said that upgrades and repairs were a matter of funding. CSC member Cindy Nock said she really appreciated Mayall's oversight of the school's technology system and the amount of time he spends with the kids. "He obviously has put in a lot of work to have the technology plan for the schools comply with requests from the state. He is a valuable resource."

Chair David Dockterman said this was not the year to have money in the budget to update and repair the technology system, although Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson commented, "This should be regularly incorporated in the budget." Dockterman added, "It is really know what the school has as its tools of technology. We aren't able to increase the quality of the machines but we are certainly getting full use out of them."

Mayall has also been successful in generating the Student Information Management System (SIMS) data for the State Assigned Student Identification system. Many hours were spent on this huge project, obtaining the information, now up to 43 pieces of information per student, and entering it into the correct format for the database file of the Department of Education SIMS. This information is used to help identify students who need additional state services. The information is held until the student reaches age 22.

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