Teaching in the age of technology

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Equipment needed to keep up with students needs

The Exeter school district recently purchased two new servers, aiming to improve its network for the coming school year.

Ernest Raney, Exeter superintendent, said all equipment should be going in before school restarts to assure there is no down-time on the network while students need it.

“In the fall, we need our technology to be ready to take on challenges of the new school year,” he said. “We aim to make sure the infrastructure is strong.”

Now, the district’s internet bandwidth and network speed are in a place to handle the type of learning it will be used for.

“At this point, we are working on getting everything installed and running,’ he said. “We had MOREnet come to set up and configure the network for the district.”

Additionally, for its one-to-one learning program, the district recently purchased 100 new Chromebooks to replace the old in preparation for the coming school year as well.

“That was a $24,000 purchase,” Raney said. “It was important to replace the oldest devices we had. They were getting used, but with the upcoming challenges of the new school year, we want to make sure they are working best for our students.”

Finally, the Exeter school district received a free WiFi access point from goBEC.

“We placed that in the high school parking lot,” he said. “There is no password needed, and it is available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.”

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