Middle School Technology

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

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Middle School Technology

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

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