All DeKalb schools now 100% wireless

12/20/2013, 6 a.m.

DeKalb Schools and classrooms are now 100 percent wireless.

School Superintendent Michael Thurmond said on Dec. 18 that the installment of wireless technology began in early 2013 and was completed within budget for $4.5 million.

He said that achieving this major milestone brings the district into the 21st century of technology and provides unprecedented access to information for students.

“No longer must students take turns in a computer lab or rely solely on hard-wired technology,” Thurmond said. “With this achievement, technology-based learning becomes part of the everyday classroom experience, broadening communication and learning across classrooms and schools for all of our students, teachers and administrators.”

Thurmond said that wireless access also will enhance productivity among teachers and administrators, providing flexible access to grade books, student data, and digital content and learning management systems.

Administrators will be able to use mobile devices to perform classroom observations, monitor student discipline and attendance, and make opportunities for student assessment easier and more efficient.

The district also has 15,000 new desktop computers and more than 2,600 active boards.

District 6 board member Dr. Melvin Johnson, who chairs the Board of Education, said districtwide wireless access allows them to maximize investment in computers and smart boards.

“We will be a more efficient school system as a result of this achievement, and our students will have access to more information and even greater opportunities to learn,” he said.