I would love to know how you do this?

"Rick D-E has created a laptop initiative at both the primary and
secondary levels where teachers can receive a laptop fully packed with
software in return for attending and participating in a certain number
of afterschool technology training sessions.  It's a great program and
I'm sure Rick can speak(wirte) more to details of that program"

On Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 9:16 AM, Luis Bango <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> At Woodstock, I teach web design and I'm relieved of a duty obligation
> (study hall, cafeteria, etc...) to develop and maintain the web site.  I
> try to get the students involved as much as possible and always have a
> few students that can actually make contributions.  It's always a work
> in progress and at times much more time consuming than most people
> imagine.  It's essentially a static site but I'm now in the process
> designing a db for the back end (course directory, teacher profiles,
> news and updates, etc...).  I'm trying to decide what application server
> language to use....aspx, php, ColdFusion....any suggestions??
> Regarding professional development, Windsor Central is lucky enough to
> have Rick Dustin-Eichler as a tech integration specialist.  He's been
> doing a great job at all levels, K-12.  I work in the middle school/high
> school and help out as much as possible with after school sessions as
> well as nuts and bolts during the school day when I'm not teaching.
> There is no budget per say to compensate teachers for their afterschool
> time but we do have a couple of ways of dangling carrots in front of
> them.
> 1) Floating in-service - Each year MS and HS teachers are responsible
> for completing 8 hours of floating in-service.  They choose anything
> that they feel can either inform of transform their instruction.
> I encourage them to attend my afterschool sessions and use those hours
> towards their floating in-service obligation.
> 2) Rick D-E has created a laptop initiative at both the primary and
> secondary levels where teachers can receive a laptop fully packed with
> software in return for attending and participating in a certain number
> of afterschool technology training sessions.  It's a great program and
> I'm sure Rick can speak(wirte) more to details of that program.
> Luis Bango
> (802)457-1317 x198
> [log in to unmask]
> -----Original Message-----
> From: School Information Technology Discussion
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Bob Wickberg
> Sent: Monday, March 16, 2009 8:22 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
>  Subject: Re: Web Page Overhaul..., also integrating technology - advice?
> Web site: the career center web design teacher does ours, he works it
> into the curriculum, and does himself what the kids aren't yet capable
> of.
> Teachers with their own sites use a variety of methods: Google, sites
> built from scratch using Dreamweaver (a lot of the teachers have taken
> web design courses at Marlboro College as part of their PD), or we have
> a restricted use wiki they could just tag on to.  We tried using our
> First Class server as a web server for our Asia-American Cultural
> Exchange program, but kids found once they got to China that a lot of
> the time the pictures on their pages wouldn't load, they'd get the page,
> but then they'd get a lot of those little boxes with the x where the
> picture should be.
> Carts: we have four of them currently, and are getting two more.  You're
> absolutely right, they're a pain in the neck, for all the reasons you
> mention, and more.  If you've got space for labs, go for it.  We don't
> have a half dozen spare rooms in the building, though, so the only way
> we're gonna get that many people using computers at one time is with
> carts.
> Netbooks: I just got an Aspire One for Christmas, and I love it.  I'm
> starting to think 1-1 may be a reality some day, after all.  I look
> forward to it, if/when it happens.
> Bob Wickberg
> Technology Coordinator
> Brattleboro Union High School District # 6
> 802-451-3418
> School Information Technology Discussion <[log in to unmask]>
> writes:
> >South Burlington has now tried and rejected laptop carts at both the
> >middle and high schools.? There's just too much overhead in moving the
> >cart, handing out the laptops, getting everyone logged in, collecting
> >the laptops at the end of the period and returning the cart.? It's much
> >more straightforward to just bring the class to a lab.
> >?
> >Personally, I think the emergence and refinement of netbooks is
> >bringing us closer to the point where one-to-one initiatives make more
> >sense.? I think the convergence of cost, features, and available
> >resources is rapidly coming together and will happen very soon.? The
> >real key, in my mind, at least, is getting written materials available
> >through netbooks, so we can move toward replacing textbooks with
> >electronic resources.? If we can get publishers to reduce the cost of
> >electronic texts, or develop quality open source texts and escape the
> >commercial textbook publishing racket entirely, it's very possible that
> >one-to-one initiatives could pay for themselves in savings.
> >?
> >Steve Barner
> >South Burlington High School
> >
> >
> >-----------------------------------------------------------------------
> ----From:
> >School Information Technology Discussion
> >[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Sigurd Andersen
> >Sent: Saturday, March 14, 2009 11:45 AM
> >To: [log in to unmask]
> >Subject: Web Page Overhaul..., also integrating technology - advice?
> >
> >
> >I'm a part-time jack-of-all-trades IT for Walden School.
> >I do the web site myself. The CSS is not quite right - see esp. menu on
> >grade 7-8. Looks fine w/ Firefox, but not IE.
> >Haven't thought about taking the time to fix it for quite a while.
> >I've been taking a few staff pictures lately to replace the "no
> >picture" signs, esp. on the staff page, and entering the text (have not
> >yet received anything in electronic form) for each person's "blurb".
> >
> >Until this year, I spent about a day a week at Walden (pre-k-8, 130+/-
> >students), keeping computers, incl. file/printer server & network
> >working, along with helping staff with Word, Excel, email, whatever--,
> >various related issues, and creating an occasional database (e.g., for
> >tracking meals).
> >
> >This year I'm spending a good part of most Wed & Thurs in front of kids
> >in grades 3-8 (usu ~45 minute/week w/each grade).
> >(bare-bones curriculum principal & I cobbled together) This summer the
> >principal is putting on the agenda figuring out how to take
> >"integrating technology" the next step.
> >She has already drawn out matrices on 6' swaths of paper mapping
> >technologies and subjects.
> >
> >If any of you (Lucie, I've been in awe of what you've been doing for
> >forever)
> >have some thoughts, suggestions on a couple of fronts, I'd welcome
> >getting them.
> >
> >One is facing how to change the "technology culture" of a school.
> >Teachers need to get comfort using tech tools for their own use before
> >capably/comfortably passing on those skills as part of history, math,
> >whatever.
> >
> >We have little "teaching technology" (e.g., just got some Elmos a year
> >or
> >2 ago,
> >may get white boards if the board and community will agree to including
> >in a budget).
> >We have a collection of over a dozen computers in the library, so that
> >any one class can have a computer per student. The PCs are squeezed
> >into too-small a space, so that a teacher can only see from any one
> >spot what 1/3 or 1/2 of the students are doing with their computer.
> >The principal and I have been talking about laptop carts; I've been
> >wondering if the school should consider a "One Laptop per Child"
> >environment - every kid gets his/her own device - say, for
> >implementation over the next half-dozen years. I think getting $$ into
> >the budget to consider making big changes is unlikely. Perhaps there
> >are grants out there for this ...
> >
> >Comments welcome
> >Sigurd Andersen
> >
> >Bjorn Behrendt wrote:
> >
> >
> >At Proctor I do my own. ?I am currently redesigning it using Drupal,
> >with my site being hosted from ([
> >] (their cheep and have servers optomized
> >for drupal). ? Our teachers use the document feature of our email
> >client
> >(zimbra) for creating their personal websites. ? If we didn't have
> >zimbra I'd have teachers create their personal sites in Google sites
> >(part of Apps), or if our SIS program has a parent portal I'd push
> >managing that over a web presence. ?.
> >
> >the dev site I am working on:?[
> >]
> >
> >
> >-bj
> >
> >----- Original Message -----
> >From: "Bryan Thompson" [ mailto:[log in to unmask] ]
> >To: [ mailto:[log in to unmask] ][log in to unmask]
> >Sent: Friday, March 13, 2009 4:11:57 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
> >Subject: District Web Page Overhaul...
> >
> >All,
> >
> >
> >It is time to give our web page, <[
> >]> a major overhaul. I have been looking
> >at some other school web pages in our region and I'll be contacting
> >them to see who designed their web page, but until I do that, I'm
> >wondering if I could get a quick poll of who designed your web pages,
> >and who keeps them up-to-date. Do you have a full time person, or do
> >you have students do some of the work, or do you outsource?
> >
> >
> >Thanks,
> >Bryan
> >
> >Bryan Thompson
> >Technology Coordinator
> >Winooski School District
> >Winooski, VT 05404
> >802-655-2555
> >
> >
> >
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The St. Johnsbury Elementary School
257 Western Ave - St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
802-748-8912 Fax: 802-748-1095