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Opportunities Abound

Friday was a really wild day – we had many teachers trying new technologies at the same time, and keeping up was tough, but fun. The day started with a straight forward class – Mrs. Downey came into the lab to use the textbook software, Intrigas y Avenduras. Because of our move to OS X, we had an updated version of the software that runs off the server. A few minor hitches, but otherwise it went just fine.

Mrs. Merlino came in next and wanted to use the new portable Interwrite tablets in class. These tablets allow the teacher to move around the class and write on the handheld tablet, with everything appearing on the projected image at the front of the room. We hooked up Mrs. Krieger at the same time with a tablet, and during the course of the next hour, they both found some awesome features of the tablets, and devised some neat ways to incorporate them into instruction.

A little while later, we needed to test out a Pocket PC handheld computer for the PE folks, so they will be able to do attendance on the handheld in the gym. It is important for them to be mobile and wireless, as their classes are all over the place at any given time. So far the testing has gone well for them.

Meanwhile, Mr. Trombley is ready to incorporate the SMARTBoard into his teaching, so we set him up with the portable SMARTBoard in his classroom. Look for him to be getting into its many uses over the next couple of weeks. His Friday afternoon mods 24-26 class got a brief taste of what is to come.

So…a wild day it was, but an awesome one at that.

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Whew!

Just about everyone’s password is now changed, all systems are up & running, and we’re back into the swing of things. The start of the school year has gone quite smoothly, and our new initiatives appear to be going well (OS X, wireless access, etc.). The computer lab is already humming with activity – I’m looking forward to some terrific projects.

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Happy New Year

We are about to embark on a new school year, and are full of new and exciting technologies. From the SMARTRoom to outside phone lines in each classroom, teachers, students, and parents are more connected than ever. Great things are going to happen this year, and the winners will be the learners.

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Rock ‘n Roll

We are ready to Rock ‘n Roll, that is. As of today, all new equipment has been received and most is set up and ready to go. The SMARTRoom is being setup, the new mobile lab has arrived, the portable writing tablets are here, and new printers are installed.

Wireless connections to the network and Internet are available from just about every classroom. There are some places in the building where the signal is not strong enough right now, so some classrooms may be limited it access to the wireless network. We will be working with IT to resolve this issue as we discover it.

We have some cool things in store for this year!

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SMARTBoards are here!

The SMARTBoards have arrived. We are most grateful to the PTSA for funding the purchase of these boards. The boards are interactive whiteboards which allow for some really neat possibilities in the classroom. Check out educational applications at this link:

http://edcompass.smarttech.com/

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Maximizing the Potential

Over the past couple of years we have introduced quite a bit of new educational technology to Heim, and this fall we will introduce a few more initiatives. It is exciting to have new technologies to incorporate into the classroom. It is also a challenge to know what is availalbe and how to implement it. For this reason, the theme for Educational Technology at Heim for 2004-05 is:

Maximizing the Potential

Meaning that we will focus on what works best in terms of getting students (and staff) to learn, and how we can maximize the impact of technology we now have to further that goal.

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The Change is On!

The major change we planned for this summer is converting all Macintosh computers to the updated operating system, OS X. Mrs. Mendola has begun the process wih the iBooks on the mobile cart. The conversion process is quite easy, and the new operating system is EXCELLENT! I’m quite sure once everyone learns about the new OS, they will be very happy with the new features.

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Welcome

Welcome to the Heim Middle Computer Blog. This is the place to check out for what is going on in computer technology!

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Goals For This Blog

There are so many cool things happening in computer technology. Every day I hear of something great that would be super to try in school. It can be hard for everyone to learn about and keep up with what is going on, so this Blog will serve as a diary of what we are doing, or are planning to do.

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Everything You Ever Needed To Know About Me

I am a former music geek who turned into a computer geek. When I’m not checing out the latest and greatest trends in technology (such as Blogs), you’ll find me hiking in the woods with my family, jogging, or on a really high rollercoaster screaming my lungs out.