By Will E Sanders
CASSTOWN — The entire Miami East School District is going online this upcoming school year — without wires, that is.
Following a wireless pilot program at the high school last year, the wireless services within the district are currently expanding and school officials say they are pleased with how well the program has been received thus far.
Miami East Superintendent Dr. Todd Rappold said the district-wide technological upgrades will be “phenomenal.”
“It will allow our students to bring their laptops and tablets to complete their work and access information for research projects,” he said. “It’s going to give our students another resource they can use in the classroom.”
The school began a pilot program at the high school last year, and now the upgrades have been made to the district’s K-8 school facility.
“We are hearing a lot of positive comments from kids and parents,” Rappold said. “It’s very exciting.”
Zach Tyre, the district’s technology coordinator who is overseeing the wireless upgrades, said now all classrooms will have access to wireless capabilities without having to connect to a local wifi device.
“It will allow our students to use their devices in our buildings,” he said. “It puts technology closer to them because before they had to go to a lab.”
Tyre said the expansion was needed and will allow more benefits not only for students, but also for administrators and teachers.
“We live in a technological age,” he said. “Kids grow up with it. … We wanted to use it. I don’t want technology locked behind closed doors.”
Tyre said the wireless network will be governed and watched, and school officials will have policies for its use in place.
The wireless expansion runs through a filter and has a public access side and a private access side, Tyre said.
The sign up process to access the wireless system will begin after Labor Day.
District officials said it will take the technology department about 15 minutes to set up each student’s laptop. Students are encouraged to listen for further instructions regarding the sign-up process after Labor Day.
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