Red Rock Central students and staff are working with new technology in their classrooms this year. Two hundred new Chromebooks were ordered for students in grades 5 through 9. Forty new Windows 10 Professional laptops were ordered and are being used by members of the Junior and Senior classes who take college courses from Red Rock Central instructors. Some of these courses are Pre-calculus, English Writing, Statistics, Introduction to Education and World History. Forty-six new Windows 10 laptops were presented to the staff during the first day of school this fall. Classrooms are being re-equipped with Smart Interactive Panels for teacher instruction. We hope to have this project completed by January of 2022.
A new feature in the gymnasium is the LU Interactive Playground which is used by our Physical Education Department. RRC also expanding the HUDL camera systems that has been used since the beginning of the pandemic to include the outdoor football games as soon as the outdoor equipment is shipped. All technology vendors are experiencing high de-mand and low supplies of technology components such as computer chips which are in all of the above mentioned equipment.
Looking ahead, Red Rock Central is exploring the addition of a Federal Aviation Administration Part 107 drone test preparation course for 11th and 12th grade students. Technology is exciting and ever-changing.
RRC is committed to providing top-notch technology experiences for our students. Many RRC student's families already own drones, but few are licensed for commercial usage. The course will examine four parts.
#1. Define what is commercial use of a drone.
#2. A study of weather and how it relates to flight.
#3. Understanding FAA flight rules and test preparation.
#4. Flight safety.
Finally RRC is planning to introduce a section using small robots and the coding to move them in the 9th grade computer curriculum. Present topics in the course are Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Google Docs, Sheets and Slides.
Much of this technology is being purchased with Federal Cares Act funding. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or, CARES Act, was passed by Congress on March 27th, 2020. This bill allotted $2.2 trillion nationwide to provide fast and direct economic aid to the American people.