Technology Department
 
"Every child, every day, whatever it takes!"  That's our philosophy.  Technology is a tool, a vehicle to assist in the delivery of instruction. It is a resource available to all students and teachers in every classroom in Madera Unified School District.  We focus on research-based best practices and high quality instruction for all students.

Teachers have access to cloud-based core instructional materials and electronic learning resources. Ninety percent of our district classrooms have ceiling mounted projectors for direct instruction while 750 classrooms are also equipped with Promethean interactive whiteboards.

Madera Unified students have access to technology at all school sites in classrooms, libraries, and computer labs.  Students are provided a variety of age-appropriate educational software in the classroom and lab environment.  Students are also provided safe Internet access at every workstation.

District Infrastructure
The Information Technology (IT) department supports network infrastructure.  Each school's star topology network consists of a gigabit fiber backbone and switched 100mb to the classroom/Media Centers.  The two comprehensive high schools are connected to the WAN via 100mb fiber circuits, and all other sites connect via 50mb fiber optics circuits and will be adequate to support the proposed curriculum.   The district office connects its WAN to the Internet via a DS3 connection to the county, which in turn connects us to the California K-12 High Speed network.

Hardware
District software purchases drive our hardware purchases.  Hardware purchases are based on standardized equipment requirements and curriculum software specifications.  MUSD provides access to both Apple and Windows Platforms. We support a mixture of Windows and Apple platforms with elementary, middle schools, preschools, and alternative education using Apple hardware, and our comprehensive high schools using Windows.

MUSD currently provides maintenance and support for more than 8,500 computers, 94 servers, 750 printers, 800 projectors, 702 Promethean Boards, and 380 iPads.  Due to the status of the budget in the State of California, the acquisition of hardware will require Madera Unified to "think out of the box" and be creative about financing.  MUSD will apply for available grants, and consider community assistance, tax incentives, and leasing options.

Internet Filtering
Internet filtering helps protect students from accessing unauthorized content supporting CIPA guidelines. Firewall software is provided to protect and encrypt the WAN from outside intrusion.
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