Technology

 

RSU 13 Technology Office
28 Lincoln Street
Rockland, Maine 04841
(207) 596-6620

 

Staff

To sign up for RSU13 text alerts, please ensure your cell phone is recorded in Infinite Campus, then text ALERT to 22300.

To create a request for technology assistance please create a Trouble Ticket Request. Instructions may be downloaded below, "Getting Tech Help.pdf"

Information and an enrollment form for the MLTI laptop Accidental Damage Plan is also available below. Please contact Jeff Monahan if you have questions.

 

Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online - "The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other government agencies have banded together to create a new booklet designed to help parents and teachers steer kids safely through the online and mobile-phone worlds.

The booklet was recently unveiled by FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski. The booklet tells parents and teachers what they need to know to talk to kids about issues such as cyber bullying, sexting, mobile phone safety, and protecting the family computer."

 

What’s App?

YouNow, Periscope, Meerjat, Twitch, how are you supposed to keep track of all the new Apps your child is using? How do you know what those Apps do? You’re busy, they’re busy, but you’d like to keep a little better handle on the Apps your kids are using. You may want to try something like: Common Sense Media. This is a comprehensive web site covering not only Apps, but books, movies, games, TV, music and websites. And of course, they have their own App as well, Kids' Media App which gets you Common Sense picks for TV, Movies, Books, Apps, etc. which you can customize for your student. Websites likeParenting offer great reviews on kid friendly Apps. Another site Best Apps for Kids includes apps installed on the grades 5-12 student iPads like: Kahn Academy, MyScript Calculator and Duolingo. Best Kid Apps offers an article on “How to Write a Family Media Agreement” and includes a sample (scroll down the page). This is just a sampling of the information available to you.  As you can see there are many sources to stay connected to the world of technology, filled with guides and information to explore and enjoy with your child.

YouNow, Periscope, Meerjat and Twitch are Apps for self-streaming. These services make slick use of technology, but of course there is no way of knowing if they will be viable long-term. Other Apps with similar functions have come around before, and really didn’t gain much traction. However, these Apps are worth knowing about, as one never knows what the next big thing will be or how it might affect your child.

 

 

2010-2013 Technology Plan

 During the 2009-2010 school year RSU 13 developed a new technology plan. This plan was approved by the Technology Committee and the Board of Education and submitted to the Maine Department of Education for approval in June, 2010. The three-year plan will be in effect July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2013. A pdf version is below.

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Atomic Learning

 Atomic Learning is a web-based tutorial service providing assistance for students, staff and parents of the RSU 13 school district. Atomic Learning has a large library of software tutorials both  Windows and MacIntosh and applications. Additionally, Atomic Learning has resources to help teachers use technology more effectively in their classrooms.

If you do not have login information to access Atomic Learning contact your school or the RSU 13 Technology Office.

Once you have received the login information you can learn all  about using Atomic Learning with the tutorials here. You can use Atomic Learning to find answers to specific questions such as "How do I create a table of contents in Microsoft Word?" Or you can use the tutorials to learn how to use an entire software application. 

There is even a quick technology skills self-assessment that will help you center in on areas for improvement. Assess Yourself

Technology literacy is an important goal for students and staff. Atomic Learning is a good resource for improving technology literacy.

AtomicLearning.com

Classroom Technology Ideas

 I am continually coming across innovative ways that teachers have integrated technology into their classrooms. Some ideas are as simple as a Web page and others involve the use of various software applications. Check back from time to time to see what I've found that might be helpful.

 Thinkfinity is a super Web portal for teachers, students and parents. Sponsored by the Verison folks it has been around in one form or another for many years. Marco Polo was an earlier version of  Thinkfinity. Best of all,  Thinkfinity is free. Some partners in the  Thinkfinity project are ArtsEdge, EconEdLink, Literacy Network, and the Smithsonian's History Explorer Thinkfinity provides a great search tool that can find resources at all partner sites. 

International Society for Technology In Education

 The International Society for Technology In Education (ISTE) is a well-respected peer organization for educators dealing with technology in the classroom. For more than 30 years ISTE has been "helping teachers and educational leaders connect with each other to advancing excellence in learning and teaching through innovative and effective uses of technology." 

ISTE has also become a clearing house for technology support information and research. ISTE's national conference (formerly called NECC) brings together educators to advance the use of technology in achieving educational goals. ISTE 2011 will be held in Philadelphia June 26-29, 2011.

ISTE has taken a leadership role in the development of technology standards for students, teacher and administrators in K-12 education. Their National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) serve as the benchmark for districts wishing to adopt standards to guide educational technology practices. You can learn more about NETS standards here.

 

Rollout of iPads and Airs