Thursday, August 31, 2017

No one can do it all alone


It is impossible to do the job of Director of Technology without help, and the young men pictured above (this year's P2P team) were a huge help in setting up the new Chromebooks for the high school and new elementary computers as well. These ninth grade guys gave up their time for a couple of days this August to come in and lend a hand. They unpacked laptops, installed the current operating system, added asset labels, and helped in many other ways. THANK YOU!

Monday, May 8, 2017

P2P Revived

This summer we will be reviving our Peer-to-Peer Technology Support Team (P2P).

I will be accepting applications from students entering grades 9 through 12 who would like to come to school for a few days this summer to help set up new Chromebooks; update, clean and do maintenance on the ones we have; do maintenance on elementary computers; and possibly set up new computers in the lab.

The dates for the P2P team to work are still to be determined but will probably include some time in June and also the week of August 7 and/or August 14. This is a volunteer position (though there is a rumor that sometimes I supply pizza or other goodies!)

If any student is interested, he or she should fill out this form to apply. You need to be logged in to your CCS account to fill out the form:

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Internet Transparency

Here at our school we feel it is important to teach students responsible use of the internet. We start this instruction at the elementary level, and it is something that students are reminded of all the way through their time here. We also filter and monitor student internet activity when they are here on campus or are using one of the school Chromebooks because we believe that kind of transparency helps to hold students accountable.

One of the ways that we filter and monitor students’ online activities at CCS is through a service called Securly. At the beginning of the year, we rolled out a pilot program for parents of middle school and high school students to receive emails informing them of student internet activity. As of the beginning of February, Securly has rolled out a new Parent Portal which provides more details on students’ online activities. We feel that it is important for parents to be able to see what their students are doing while online. Parents who sign up will receive weekly email summaries and the ability to log in to the Parent Portal to see students' online activity at any time. Any parent of a middle or high school student can have access to this very helpful tool by filling out the form found HERE or contacting Mrs. Lodge directly.

This is an example of what a parent email would look like:

Friday, September 16, 2016

They Arrived!

Although tenth and eleventh graders started the year with Chromebooks, most of which were awarded through a grant last year, CCS ninth graders have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of their Chromebooks since the first day of school. This week, THEY CAME! New devices need some preparation before being distributed, but this process was sped up with some long work days and a little help from the Intro to Computer Science students. On Thursday morning before classes began, freshmen were given their new computers.

Chromebooks allow our students to easily access information that they need for research, assignments in Google Classroom, grades in RenWeb, and documents, spreadsheets, and slideshows in Google Drive. They look ready to go, don't they?!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Oh No! My Chromebook!

It's inevitable. Technology gets broken. That is why we instituted an In-House Chromebook Insurance Policy. Built into the technology fee for each student in a grade that gets a Chromebook, is a contribution to our in-house insurance. So when someone forgets that his Chromebook is beside him, and leans too hard on it with his elbow... we can replace the screen at no charge to the student. We do simple repairs such as screen replacement right here on campus. More complicated repairs may need to be sent back to the manufacturer. We never want anyone to become frantic over an accidental break. We even have loaners for students if the repair is going to take some time. Forgiveness is free!

This was not a happy day...

Friday, August 12, 2016

Setting Our Sights on a Brand New Site!

Summer is a time to kick back, break out the flip flops, put your feet in the sand, visit new places, and relax... kind of. It is also a time to tackle new projects that you have been wanting to conquer.

This summer I did all of those things! I visited Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, went to the beach, read loads of books, and spent time with those I love. I also built our school a new website! Our old site was looking kind of dated, was built with a legacy web design program, and was not mobile friendly. Time to update! With input from many others as to the content, I put together a site that I hope will be user-friendly and inviting for our current families and for those who are looking for more information about our school. 

Check it out at Click around the menus. Look for information you need. Is there something that you can't find? Let me know! Do you like what you see? Let me know that as well.

Building the website was a LOT of work. But it was rewarding to see it come together. Not quite as satisfying as seeing God's amazing handiwork in the Tetons, but good, all the same.
Before the mountains were born Or You gave birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. Psalm 90:2

Friday, February 19, 2016

Silver Linings

Fourth graders are delighted with their new lab!
State money was tied up in political knots, and our supplies did not arrive at the beginning of the school year. We waited as long as we could; then we had to use our own funds to purchase books and other items that we could not do without to educate our students. But for the technology department, this stalemate allowed for a silver lining. State money, once it became available, was now able to be used to purchase computers for students. Who had the greatest need? Our elementary students, whose computer lab, though workable, had been plagued with numerous glitchy problems that made using it somewhat of an "adventure," were the ones who would really benefit from an upgrade. This week, with the help of some teachers and a couple of our P2P student technology team members, the old elementary lab computers were dismantled, and brand new, purchased-with-state-money LG Chromebase
P2P team members set up computers.
computers were put in place. Students sign in to these computers with their school-assigned Google accounts and can work in Google Drive to write, draw, and create, with their work saved "in the cloud." The all-in-one computers have large clear screens and perfect-sized keyboards for elementary hands. Online research is now a simple task, and computer instruction will truly benefit from being carried out on dependable computers that can connect easily. Fourth and fifth graders are learning important skills in digital citizenship as well as being introduced to basic computer coding and practical computer use. We are grateful to God for providing in this way for our technology program. We delight in His silver linings.