Improvements continue throughout Bethel School District thanks to the Bethel bond measure.
While construction on three new school facilities gets a lot of attention, other changes are also taking place in classrooms right now.
New classroom projectors are being installed throughout the district. Most will be “short throw” projectors connected to a specialized arm that is anchored to the wall.
Because they are close to the screen these projectors won’t shine in a presenter’s face or create massive shadows on the image. They are also bright enough so teachers won’t have to turn down the lights in the classroom.
And because wires are snaked through the arm and inside the wall, most tripping hazards associated with dangling cords are being eliminated.
Shasta, Meadow View and Kalapuya are complete. The installation crew is currently tackling Cascade and Prairie Mountain with the knowledge that each room in each school offers unique installation challenges. But this Bethel bond measure improvement is worth the challenge and will impact classroom instruction immediately.
Close to 1,000 new computers have been installed in Bethel schools.
The new all-in-one computers are providing an immediate and significant upgrade to the school computer labs throughout the District.
The difference is noticeable in performance and look. The HP computers have large 21 inch monitors and there won’t be any traditional towers – the brains of the computer will be in the monitors.
These computers have the latest generation processors and HD graphics cards.
New computers for teachers will be coming next.
And it’s all thanks to passage of the Bethel bond measure.
Replacing all the computers throughout the district is just one of the goals of the Bethel Bond Technology Task Force.
The group of Bethel educators is determining how to best use more than $3 million from the Bethel Bond Measure to enhance technology in our schools.
Before computers are purchased extensive infrastructure upgrades need to be in place, including hundreds of wireless hubs throughout all Bethel schools.
Core switches, improved power supplies and new servers must also be installed to handle the new computers that will come online.
It’s estimated that new computers can be successfully introduced beginning in January 2014.
The Technology Task Force is also considering the timeline, costs, selection, installation, assessment, and training with new technology throughout the school district.