Technology

All schools have available to them the following tools to facilitate online learning:
  • Chromebooks
  • Zoom - Live instruction, Parent/Student one-on-ones, Staff Meetings
  • Google Hangouts Meet - Live instruction, Parent/Student one-on-ones, Staff Meetings
  • Loom - Recorded Instruction
  • Screencastify - Recorded Instruction
  • Google Classroom - Announcements, Student Communication, Assignments
  • BARK for monitoring appropriate internet/email usage

Kwikom Emergency Response Internet Offer for K12

Kwikom has announced that they will currently waive all installation fees and equipment costs for families with K12 students in the household, and offer a discounted $35/month basic internet tier. This is a month-to-month offering, with no contract, and no long-term requirements. This includes a wireless router and unlimited data usage. This is a two month offering, at which time you may choose to extend your service at regular rates. Thank you Kwikom Communications in Iola, Kansas!

Click here for the application!


Public WiFi Map

This will be updated as we continue to add information to this map. Red markers indicate previously existing public WiFi access points that we have tested, in a car, from the parking lots. Click on a marker for extended test information.

Green Markers indicate purpose built solutions implemented in light of the shutdown. These are pointed at parking lots, intended for drive-in access. Zoom in to the marker to see an approximate coverage pattern, to ensure you are in the right area to receive signal! We will continue to add these as we have equipment available!


Ottawa High School

Technology at Ottawa High School has rapidly evolved over the last few years, and has put us in a place to quickly adapt to the current pandemic. All students at OHS currently have Chromebooks that are capable of voice and video chat with teachers, as well as offline access to various classroom resources. Student Chromebooks are capable of working offline, once they have downloaded the necessary information. They can then connect back online to upload those assignments upon completion.

Click here for the link to the Technology Overview

Click here to see teacher contact availability - coming soon


Ottawa Middle School

Ottawa Middle School followed in the high school's footsteps, and implemented a Chromebook 1:1 program just a few years ago. All of our OMS students have a device currently with them. OMS is prepared to continue utilizing several tools implemented since the inception of the Whirlwind 1:1 program. Like OHS, OMS devices are fully capable of vibrant video and voice interaction with teachers. Chromebooks can also be utilized fully offline, only requiring inital downloads of information at the beginning of each week, coupled with end of week uploads of classroom content at the end of the week. This would require accessing one of our district wide Public WiFi installations. Every OMS teacher is also providing packet based instruction, as requested, to fill in when Internet access simply isn't a possibility.

Click here for the link to the OMS Technology Overview


Garfield Elementary School

Garfield Elementary has been utilizing technology across all grades the entire year. Our 4th and 5th graders are most prepared for this environment with their dedicated classroom devices. The lower grades have all been sharing carts on an as-needed basis. All students have regular technology classroom time, where they learn about various online resources, most of which they will continue to utilize throughout the remainder of the year. GES will provide packet-based instruction at every grade, and will supplement those pencil-and-paper packets with technology resources.

Teachers will communicate primarily via Class Dojo, email, and phone calls. You may see some teachers reaching out to their class via online live video chats

Click here for the Garfield Elementary Technology Overview


Lincoln Elementary School

Lincoln Elementary will provide packet-based instruction at every grade, and will supplement those pencil-and-paper packets with technology resources. Fifth grade at Lincoln intends to primarily deliver instruction in an online environment. These students have had classroom devices assigned to them for the entire year thus far, and we believe they are ready to continue in an online environment. However, we will still provide packet-based learning for anyone that requests it. Fourth grade students will be offered both delivery methods, while third grade will be delivered via packet instruction that is accompanied by pre-recorded teacher instruction.

Teachers will communicate primarily via Class Dojo, email, and phone calls. You may see some teachers reaching out to their class via online live video chats

Click here for the Lincoln Elementary Technology Overview


Sunflower Elementary School

Sunflower Elementary will have packet-based instruction available at every grade level, supplemented by various technology resources, teacher one-on-ones, and enrichment activities. Our 4th and 5th graders are most prepared for online learning as they have had access to dedicated devices in their classrooms all year. All of our students have regular technology classroom time throughout the year, where they learn essential technology skills that form the building blocks of online learning!

Teachers will communicate primarily via Class Dojo, email, and phone calls. You may see some teachers reaching out to their class via online live video chats

Click here for the Sunflower Elementary Technology Overview