The goal of the WDMESC Computer Technology Program is to provide technical support to WDMESC member school districts and personnel. This support will include assistance in information processing; installation, configuration, and troubleshooting of computer networks and related assemblies; staff development and E-rate application guidance and assistance.
The technology staff assists the WDMESC staff and member districts in resolving problems related to computer hardware or software. The technology staff is on call daily and solves as many problems as possible by telephone.
Member districts receive assistance in implementation of network systems in their disticts; member schools receive help in linking with the Arkansas Public School Computer Network (APSCN). Technologists are also available to assist the districts in evaluation of needs, planning, and purchasing of new equipment, and in special software application development for specific needs within the co-op and among member districts.
The technology staff will assist member districts in the E-rate application process, including guidance in filling out 470 and 471 forms, assistance in developing technology plans, assistance in evaluating districts' needs and developing RFP's, and evaluating vendor bids.
It is the aim of the WDMESC technology program to provide in-service training in the operation and use of computer hardware and software. With that goal in mind, the technology staff has installed a computer network lab at 114 North Main. This allows for Internet training and training for member districts on the APSCN Pentamation program. The lab is available for training sessions varying from basic computer operations, application usage, and network administration training for district-level coordinators.
The Administrative building at 114 North Main Street houses two Distance Learning Labs and the Professional Development Center at 110 East Illinois has a Distance Learning Lab which enables WDMESC to be a site for teleconferences offered through the Arkansas Department of Education.
The Technology Coordinator position is a competitive grant, funded through ADE has additional goals. These goals include the support and push of ADE projects such as:
- AR IDEAS
- AR Digital Sandbox