Technology Overview

updated August, 2015

Educational Technology

EAPS is primarily an Apple Macintosh district with nearly all student and teacher computers running the Mac OS X operating system. We have approximately 300 Intel-based Macs running OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) and another 500 Intel-based Macs running OS X 10.7 (Lion). Click here to learn why EAPS believes the standardization of Apple’s desktop and laptop computers to be in the best interest of its students and staff.

Student Mobile Devices

The district currently has approximately 480 Apple iPads in use between all six schools. We have at least one iPad in every classroom from Kindergarten through 6th Grade. In addition, all of our Title I, Speech, and Special Education classrooms are equipped with one or more iPads from Kindergarten through 12th Grade. There are one or more classroom carts of iPads available for student use in each of our elementary buildings.

Teachers and students at Jr/Sr High, Upper Elementary and Lemmer Elementary have access to one or more classroom carts of Chromebooks, with over 310 devices total.

Interactive Classroom Technology

All of our general education classrooms from Kindergarten through 12th Grade are equipped with ceiling-mounted digital projectors and digital document cameras. In addition, all of our high school classroom projectors have interactive whiteboard technology built in. Each of our elementary classrooms have a wireless pen which converts their traditional classroom projector and doc cam into an interactive whiteboard solution. We are proud of the fact that we offer some form of interactive whiteboard technology in 100% of our general ed classrooms.

Administrative Technology

Many of our business office and secretarial staff use Windows PCs—primarily Dell desktops—to perform their job duties. The district has recently upgraded its entire PC fleet to Windows 7 or higher. The district also operates various task-specific Windows computers, including a laptop used by the mechanics at our bus garage to diagnose engine and transmission problems on our fleet of school buses. 

File Servers

The district maintains and operates multiple file servers, most of which are housed centrally in our district data center, which is located in the Upper Elementary School. The district data center is a climate-controlled environment that allows our servers and head-end network infrastructure equipment to operate in optimal conditions. In addition to servers that provide our student and staff authentication and file services, the district operates several servers which provide DNS, DHCP, and other services.

Local Area Networks (LAN)

The district has standardized on Cisco Gigabit Ethernet switches in all its buildings. In addition to the wired infrastructure, wireless access is available to students and staff in all of our buildings. All schools are equipped with high-capacity Xirrus wireless arrays throughout the building. This extensive wireless coverage provides robust access for our many student mobile devices as well as allowing teachers to utilize their laptops.

Wide Area Network (WAN)

Our wide area network is a combination of district-owned and leased fiberoptic cable tying our buildings together into one cohesive network. Each building is connected back to the district data center and ultimately to the Delta-Schoolcraft ISD, which provides our access to the Internet as well as other critical services such as financial and student information systems.

Voice over IP (VoIP) Telephone Service

The district operates a unified VoIP telephone system which provides service to all of its buildings. All offices and classrooms in the district are able to connect using a four-digit extension. The VoIP telephone system allows the district to leverage its fiberoptic WAN while reducing dependence on AT&T for in-district calling, resulting in lower monthly telephone bills.