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  • Heritage Building goes wireless

  • Not only are lower elementary students wandering the halls of a remodeled and expanded School of the Osage Heritage Building this week, they and their teachers are also entering a new age of technology.
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  • A new era.
    Not only are lower elementary students wandering the halls of a remodeled and expanded School of the Osage Heritage Building this week, they and their teachers are also entering a new age of technology.
    In a memo to faculty and staff dated Aug. 13, School of the Osage Assistant Superintendent Dr. Laura Nelson announced that the Heritage Building is the first of the Osage buildings to be equipped for a wireless network. To complement that leap in technology, teacher desktop computers were replaced with Macbook Air laptops and in-room student devices with iPads.
    It was the Heritage Building turn in the rotational plan to upgrade technology, so the Building Leadership Team recommended the changes effective with this school year. The technology was still being fitted into the building in the week before school started, and Nelson anticipated iPads would be in place within a few weeks.
    She said the decision to upgrade equipment was because the district “believes it’s critical that we are able to maximize options for teaching and learning.”
    Training on the Apple platform (for the Macbooks and iPads) was to take place when the new devices arrived.
    “It’s our goal to equip all students so they reach their maximum potential,” Nelson said. That goes for technology, a state-of-the art building and quality staff and faculty.
    The board of education and administration are considering what level of device management should be employed at the lower elementary school. There has been talk of a one-to-one ratio of devices per student, but because of cost and practical considerations the level of use could become two-to-one.
    The decision to improve technology is part of the school district’s continuous improvement model, which focuses on what type of personal contribution teachers can make.
    Nelson said teachers are challenged to consider their driving purpose for teaching, to ask themselves what they want to accomplish in the classroom.

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