Limestone Community High School has a cutting edge computer network. We have a main server room connected to 8 switch closets throughout the building by fiber optic cabling. We also have 100 Meraki 802.11 AC wireless Access points throughout the building, giving us unparalleled wireless internet coverage throughout the building. We have the capability to have thousands of devices simultaneously connected to our network on either a wired or wireless connection.
LCHS is a community anchor through The Illinois Century Network. This is a state program designed to bring high speed internet access to rural and underprivileged schools and community institutions throughout the state. This has given us an extremely robust internet connection, with a nearly limitless potential for growth. For more information on this program, visit ICN's website.
We have 8 Chrome carts throughout the building, with 25 devices in each one. Chrome books are smaller and cheaper than a traditional windows laptop, and are used exclusively to access web resources. However - as word processing, music, research databases, interactive assignments, games, file storage, and apps are all available online, this makes them very versatile devices. Paired with Google Classroom (a classroom management interface) These machines allow teachers a new level of digital interaction with our students. We are planning on moving much of our standardized testing to these devices, as they will allow students to test quicker, and with less disruption to their routine.
We have 9 computer labs throughout the building. 2 labs are dedicated to the Business Department, 1 lab is dedicated to the Industrial Technology Department, 1 lab is dedicated to the Fine Arts Department, 1 lab is dedicated to the English Department, and we have 1 lab located in the school library. The other labs are open labs which are used throughout the day by various classes and extra curricular programs. In addition to these shared machines, each classroom has 1-3 computers for daily classroom use.
Every classroom at LCHS is equipped with a projector, along with a device to connect to this projector wirelessly. Each teacher is also using a Microsoft surface tablet as their primary computer. These together give each classroom a very interactive technological environment, where the teacher can directly control what the students are seeing on the board. Integrating video, sound, and any other web resource is readily available to all classrooms.