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: