The USD 475 Technology Department is dedicated to providing the information, communication, technology, and media literacy it takes to create a 21st Century Learner, as defined by the Kansas State Department of Education. USD 475 not only meets these standards but looks to exceed them.
All schools in USD 475 are equipped with wireless networks providing instant access to students wherever they may be in their school via a notebook or tablet. Furthermore, each classroom contains a SMART Board, an interactive whiteboard system that allows teachers to use digital ink instead of chalk. This creates a more dynamic experience for the students and our teachers. Each teacher has his or her own notebook computer and website tools to communicate and collaborate with other teachers, as well as with students, parents, and guardians. Teachers host video conferences with other schools, universities, organizations, and authors bringing the world to students’ fingertips.
The Geary County Schools online student information system allows students, parents, and guardians to access grades, attendance records, food purchases, financial information as well as communicate with teachers.
USD 475 prides itself on bringing the best in innovation and technology into our schools. Outside institutions have recognized our commitment to these principles and awarded our district and schools a number of grants. Geary County Schools USD 475 is proud to provide educational tools such as 3D printers, virtual reality, drones and more into the classroom.
EDTech Magazine published an article about the work that USD 475 has started in transitioning from an all-print to all digital (or digital heavy) curriculum. Biology and social studies e-textbooks ensure that students receive the most up-to-date instruction possible. High school students conduct class work on state-of-the-art lab equipment. Livestream and green screen technology give students hands-on media experiences, promoting student learning as well as offering a community service by streaming events online.
As of the 2016-17 school year, 3-12th-grade students are equipped with individual laptops as part of USD 475’s 1-to-1 initiative. The laptops allow students and teachers to collaborate on assignments and research both in and out of the classroom through the use of OneNote. They also provide instant access to grades, meal account balances and attendance information through Skyward Family Access.
Chief Information Officer
The Chief Information Officer manages all technology for the district. This includes but is not limited to servers, employee technology, student technology, and Internet service.