very proud of the progress Harrison County Middle School has made in the
equipment and technology curriculum offered for its students and staff. We
have over 200 computers providing a 5:1 student computer ratio. Every
teacher has an IBM NetVista computer in the classroom, and the labs
contain IBM, Gateway, or Dell computers. Each classroom is equipped with a
telephone and access to an outside line, a television with cable access,
and most are equipped with a VCR. Some classrooms have available
connections for TV/computer hookup. Teachers receive in-service training
and must meet certain technology standards.
For classroom projects, students and teachers can utilize mobile computer
carts, which are located in the library. HCMS has a multimedia mobile cart
consisting of a Dell Laptop with a DVD player, a VCR, and projection unit
attached. Teachers present their lessons via the computer or can show an
instructional video or DVD to a large group. Students use the unit to show
their PowerPoint presentations created for classroom projects.
There are 16 computers in the library for research and writing. These
computers are networked to a black/white printer. Some computer stations
have access to a color printer. Our Scholastic Reading Counts program uses
11 computers to support our reading program. The library is fully
automated using the Winnebago System for cataloging and circulation. There
are (10) Casio digital cameras and science/math technology kits for use by
teachers. These were obtained by teacher participation in the Casio
Technology Integration Workshop.
Harrison County Middle School has three computer labs with a networked
black/white printer in each lab. There is a color printer networked to two
of the labs, and in two of the labs, there are HP scanners. Two labs were
made possible by donated computers from state agencies contacted by Ron
and Debbie Duvall, and a third lab was equipped by monies raised at HCMS
and supplemented by district technology monies.
In 1999, HCMS began offering 18 weeks of computer
instruction for each student. Because of budget cuts, computer teachers
were reduced from two to one. Mrs. Darnell provides nine weeks of computer
education for HCMS students. Each nine weeks she teaches sixth graders
keyboarding skills, she instructs seventh graders to use Microsoft Word
and then uses these skills to research and answer questions using the
Internet, and with eighth graders Mrs. Darnell reviews Microsoft Word and
advances to Power Point and Excel spreadsheet activities. Eighth graders
also complete research and reading projects using the Internet.
HCMS has supported an active STLP program for
five years. In its first year, HCMS had 5 students to participate in the
state Kentucky Technology Conference. STLP students use digital
cameras to take pictures of school activities and post these pictures on
the HCMS website. These students help to maintain the school website and
help with other technological issues within the school.