Exchange Email System
The program allows users to send and receive email. In addition, it has built in calendar and reminder capabilities: users can share their calendars with one another as well as ask users for invites for upcoming events. Exchange can keep a list of tasks and appointments that remind a user about them. All of Exchange's features can be accessed from mobile devices like iPhones and Android devices.
Core Features: Email, Calendar Sharing, Reminders and Appointments
Helix Video Library Management System
The Helix Video server is at its core "YouTube" for the school district. Teachers can upload video files and be able to access them from anywhere on any device, including mobile ones. It differentiates itself from "YouTube" because it allows teachers to share videos without the distractions of students looking up non educational topics online.
Core Features: Uploaded Video Management - ACSD1 "YouTube"
Alexandria Library Servers and Catalog System
The Alexandria library program provides students and librarians with the tools needed for managing their library's collection. Students can see what books and other items are available as well as where they are located. If an item is checked out, the due date is displayed. This catalog is web enabled so any school computer can search the library collection. Librarians can add/remove items to and from the database, as well as check out/return items, put holds on students' accounts, and also search for items just like students.
Core Features: Library management with online library catalog
School Websites and Groups
Developed in the past year, every school website and the ACSD1.org main page has been redesigned with new and exciting features. Each school now has the ability to maintain and update their own website with what they deem most important. In addition, schools can set-up personal websites or classrooms with information or upcoming events. Need a website for 3rd graders? Or how about a website for just Mr. Smith's class? This can all be done through our new system.
Core Features: Individualized website for each school
InfoFinder Transportation System
InfoFinder is an application which allows teachers to request field trips as well as allows administrative assistants at any school to find bus route related information on a student, useful for new students or missed buses. After a field trip is requested the appropriate administrator will see the request automatically. When a decision is made the requestor gets an update of the status of their request. This helps the transportation director manage district vehicles. This is all done through a web interface; paperwork is eliminated and no requests slip through the cracks.
Core Features: Field trip management and student bus route lookup
The PowerSchool is a student information system (SIS) which includes Gradebook and PowerTeacher. A student information system is an essential core program of every school district. It contains a database of every student with all their information. This information gets integrated into almost every other computer system from student logins, bus routing, and lunch meal plans, to library checkouts, and general fees and information.
Teachers can use tools provided by PowerTeacher and Gradebook to see class rosters and keep attendance, create assignments to monitor, and grade their students. By the end of the year, using PowerSchool information report cards can also be created.
Core Features: Student information system with teacher tools
Online Student Registration
This system allows parents to enroll their children into the school district using an online web form. The data gets automatically entered into the student information system without having to deliver a paper copy to the school and then having a person manually type in the information into the database.
Core Features: Enroll students online
File Sharing and Storage
SharePoint Collaboration System
SharePoint allows users to work together and share ideas. It has powerful tools for document management. Users can share libraries of documents for others to see, as well as allow multiple users to collaborate on documents together. Users can check out documents and make changes for everyone to see. SharePoint Sites can also be made. Sites can provide a location where users talk with one another through blogs, social feeds, and discussion groups. SharePoint sites can also use Apps from the SharePoint store to further enhance a SharePoint site's versatility.
Core Features: Collaboration with shared libraries and discussionReturn to Table of Contents -> File Sharing and Storage
SkyDrive Pro File Storage and Sharing
SkyDrive Pro provides an online library for users to store and share documents they choose while allowing 24/7 access to them from anywhere (with an internet connection). Unlike other document sharing programs, SkyDrive Pro can be configured so personal or confidential data will be stored on ACSD1 storage.
Core Features: Online file storage on ACSD1 servers, documentReturn to Table of Contents -> File Sharing and Storage
Microsoft Office is a suite of computer applications to create, edit and save many of files you use today.
Microsoft Word - This is a word processor. It is widely considered the de facto standard for making documents.
Microsoft Excel - This is a spreadsheet program. As Microsoft Word is to documents, Excel is to spreadsheets. It is used heavily in business and accounting.
Microsoft Outlook - The program is used with Microsoft Exchange to provide an interface for your email, tasks, calendar, and address book.
Microsoft PowerPoint - This program creates visually stunning and fascinating outlines for presentations.
Microsoft Publisher - This program provides an inexpensive way to create flyers, pamphlets, and posters.
Online WebApps for Office - Online WebApps are a really exciting feature from Microsoft. Programs like Microsoft Word, Excel PowerPoint, and Publisher can be accessed from anywhere. A user can create, edit, and save documents from their favorite office programs from any computer (with an internet connection).
Core Features: Everyday use programs which are accessible anywhereReturn to Table of Contents -> Windows-Based Applications
Rosetta Stone Language Program
This software uses images, text, sound, and video of native speakers with spaced repetition to teach non-native speakers language skills.
Core Features: Teach a second language to studentsReturn to Table of Contents -> Windows-Based Applications
Accelerated Reader is a computer program created by Renaissance Place. The program first determines the student's reading level then creates practice goals. After the student practices, he or she reads 1 of over 150,000 titles and takes a quiz. The student then has instant feedback of the results. The teacher and student can monitor progress being made.
Core Features: Reading development softwareReturn to Table of Contents -> Windows-Based Applications
Hardware and Definitions
Guest Wireless Access for Personal Devices
Every school has a Guest Wireless network. It provides teachers and other approved employees a network in which they can access the internet from the any personal phone, tablet, laptop, or other device. Logins for this network may be obtained from the school's administrative assistant.
Core Features: Personal device connectivityReturn to Table of Contents -> Hardware and Definitions
Smartboard Interactive Whiteboard
SMART interactive white boards powered by SMART education software are integrated into many of the classrooms in Albany County School District. Along with a projector these smart boards give the teacher the ability to create educational lessons with a focus on touch screen technology. Student’s attention spans are increased as they get to interact personally with interactive lessons. There are almost limitless educational programs for use created by the SMART company and other users.
Core Features: Demonstrate learning through Interactive teaching - Create SMART interactive documents through SMART SoftwareReturn to Table of Contents -> Hardware and Definitions
Document Cameras (Ladybug/Elmo/Lumens)
These cameras replace the giant overhead projectors that have been in schools for 40 years. In addition they eliminate the need for laminated lesson plans. A teacher can place a piece of paper down in front of the document camera and an image of that paper will be displayed on the computer or projector. A teacher can directly write on the document or using a Smart Board a teacher can draw on the image being projected.
Core Features: Project documents without laminatingReturn to Table of Contents -> Hardware and Definitions
iPads provide an educational tool only limited by the programs on it. Students become used to touch screen computing and how to care for mobile devices. Digital Textbooks, interactive 3D models, high end calculators are some examples of apps which high school students can use. Elementary school students will interesting fun apps to get students excited about learning. These can include digital books which allow students to hear and see the words being read out loud, to fun quizzes on memorization, spelling, and math.
Core Features: Portable computer with a myriad of usesReturn to Table of Contents -> Hardware and Definitions
Computer labs are places where younger students learn how to use computers and older students use those acquired skills to do class assignments. This is a place dedicated in every school to giving students the skills to succeed in today's technological workplace. All computer skills are taught here: from how to click a mouse and learning to type, to editing documents and creating exciting presentations. Many students will receive specialized skills in picture/video editing, computer programing, and website design.
Core Features: Fundamental computer based learning environmentReturn to Table of Contents -> Hardware and Definitions
Laptop carts are located at every school. Because the computer lab is often a busy and popular place in a school the laptop carts allow teachers to teach from their classrooms. Every education subject can be enriched with the laptop cart and right computer software.
Core Features: Fundamental mobile computer based learning environmentReturn to Table of Contents -> Hardware and Definitions
Specialized Computer Lab (CAD/Business/Art)
Some computer programs need a little bit more computing horsepower. Specialized computer labs are used for these programs. The CAD labs allow students to learn how to design objects and buildings virtually. These skills are used in many engineering disciplines. Business computer labs have software that teaches students core skills in owning your own business. These include what prices to buy and sell in the market place, managing expenses in a virtual business, and long term simulations of the stock market. Art computer labs are designed for teaching students essential skills in image processing and logo design. Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, and many other well-known and often used software programs are being used in the Art labs.
Core Features: Computer labs for teaching high level computer skillsReturn to Table of Contents -> Hardware and Definitions
Telephones keep the school district employees communicating and on the same page. Almost all classrooms have a phone and every phone has a built in directory to look up any school district employee's extension. Some phone users have voicemail. The voicemail is integrated with our Microsoft Exchange email and users can receive their voice messages delivered directly to their inboxes. Voicemail users can also change their pin using Microsoft Outlook.
Core Features: Connect Employees and provide voicemail as neededReturn to Table of Contents -> Hardware and Definitions
Wyoming Equality Network (WEN) is a video conferencing system installed at almost all high schools and public colleges in the state of Wyoming. Teachers and schools can video conference with each other and share ideas. In addition, distance education, virtual field trips, and department meetings can be set up with this easy to use system.