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Parent Technology Presentation
Thursday, January 14, 2010
St. Paul Academy and Summit School

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    • Middle School Technology
      Evolution and Reflection
    • Evolving
      Pilot in 2001-02 in 7th grade; now in year 9
      Parent feedback & surveys
      Fewer bells and whistles (just enough for classwork)
      Smaller, lighter
      Durable, “ruggedized”
      Lower cost
      School-owned & managed
      Loaner pool & school supporting repair
      Training for kids
    • Evolution… Hardware
      2005-06
      Traditional “PC” hardware
      Large, heavy laptops
      Desktop lab shared by grades
      Business machines
      Didn’t always support classroom needs
      Had features that became distractions
      Projectors in some classrooms
      2009-10
      Tablet PCs & netbooks
      Toshiba M700s
      ClassmatePC Convertible (Nobi)
      Built for kids (ruggedized)
      Instructional tool
      Laptop for every student
      Projectors/sound in all classrooms
    • Speaking of Hardware…
    • Future laptops…
      Classroom use + …
      Tablet capability
      Touchscreen
      Keyboard
      Webcam
      Slightly larger
      Affordable
      Durable
      Responsive
    • Evolution… Access
      2005-06
      Spotty wireless access
      Novell network
      Limited use of shared folders
      Slow, unreliable Internet
      2-3 printers per floor
      2009-10
      Standardized wireless
      Windows Network
      Increased bandwidth
      Extensive use of shared folders for electronic file exchange
      Improved support
      Z drive access to docs at home
      1 printer per floor
    • Evolution… Training
      2005-06
      Student training
      Start of the year
      When issues arose
      2009-10
      Student training
      Start of the year
      6th grade – advisory rotation
      7th grade – rotation class 1x per cycle
      All grades – in classes to support curriculum
      New student immersion
      As needed when issues arise
      Parent/student/advisor request
    • What is Wellnology?
      Proactive technology training
      Address the issues in a timely manner (or before they become a problem)
      Backing up data
      Computer care & feeding
      Balanced approach to technology
      Healthy habits in and out of school
      Bridge the gap between ideal use and realistic use by middle school students
      Coping with distractions and temptations
      Helping kids understand why we have limits
    • What do we do in Wellnology?
      Back up data
      Burning issues
      Discussion of personal use & habits
      Facebook, YouTube, etc.
      Viruses
      Internet safety
      Personal responsibility
      Passwords/privacy
      Skills instruction
      Typing Pal
      Gaggle email
      OneNote
      New tools
      Maintenance, Care & feeding
      Configuration (calibration, custom settings, printing…)
    • Evolution… Instructional Impact
      2005-06
      Word processing
      Heavy printing
      Research
      Desktop publishing
      Pockets of innovation
      2009-10
      Word processing
      Peer editing
      Extensive revision
      Collaborative writing
      Printing when appropriate
      Extensive Research
      Multimedia resources
      Audio/video recording & projects
      Choice
      Shared notebooks on server
      Consistent integration across teaching teams
      Shared innovation
    • How can parents keep up with the changes?
    • Resources available
      Parent technology website
      Documentation & FAQ
      Use expectations & suggestions
      Links
      Atomic Learning – Tutorial videos
      User name – spa
      Password – spartans
      Library Databases
      Typing Pal
      students have individual user names and passwords
    • Questions???