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SBHS offers AP Computer Science A (AB has been dropped by the College Board) and an introductory semester course called Programming for the Internet.  Both draw low enrollments and are in danger of being cut.  Last year, we ran the courses concurrently in the fall and then the AP CS course continued solo through the spring, basically as an extra class for the teacher (me).  All the students scored a 3 or 4 on the AP exam (taking the exam is mandatory for all students taking AP courses at SBHS).  This year, we did not run the AP class at all, but are running Programming for the Internet (which focuses on JavaScript, Flash/ActionScript, and PHP/MySQL).  We will be offering AP CS next year, but whether it runs or not will be based on enrollment.  Both courses draw mostly male students.
 
The sad thing about these courses being so undersubscribed is that they are great vehicles to use to teach logical thinking.  I've seen lots of students who are very high achievers, academically, really struggle with basic logic and program flow.  It strikes me that this is exactly the kind of challenge that these students should be attacking.
 
Steve Barner
South Burlington High School


From: School Information Technology Discussion [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Isham, David
Sent: Monday, December 21, 2009 10:06 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Laptop Use & Care

My own 2 cents:

Sometimes you will see a spark jump when you plug in the AC brick.

Try to have that at the AC end, not at the laptop.

Plug in to laptop first, then AC

Unplug AC first, and then unplug laptop.

 

 

 

David Isham
Network Administrator
Grand Isle Supervisory Union
5038 US Rte 2
North Hero, VT 05474

802-372-6921 vox
802-372-4898 fax

 


From: School Information Technology Discussion [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Lucie deLaBruere
Sent: Sunday, December 20, 2009 11:33 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Laptop Use & Care

 

Thanks Eric.

I found the tips about battery life especially useful.

We are finding much confusion about this and would love to do a "get the most life out of your battery" handout to go with the laptops.  Probably the same folks who recycle voluntarily would pay attention.

The other thing we see is power cord damanage issues (which I'm guilty of too). Lots  of it has to do with bad design on the laptop manufacturer. 

 

About the PD.. not counting my chickens yet.  We got a faculty meeting recently to go over some FERPA and other compliance issues

http://sites.google.com/a/stacsvt.org/tech-dept/home/tech-training/safetyethicssecuritytechtraining

 

And we did subscribe to Atomic Learning this year.  I'm hoping to get folks using it.  We'll see.  I'll report back.

Thanks again for sharing everyone.  It made this part of my job a lot easier to pull the best from each of you.

 

Lucie

 



 

On Sun, Dec 20, 2009 at 8:39 PM, Eric Hall <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Lucie -

Here is what I have been using. Kudos to you (and your admin) for getting PD
time in the schedule! The best I can do is to pass this in front of people
in a 15 minute session as I give them their rebuilt laptops each summer. In
our system this is only SPED, Guidance and Admin (about 20 staff with little
turnover) so it's pretty straightforward. It would/will be a very different
picture if we begin deploying laptops to a larger number of staff.

Our ongoing issue is time for training: I have little time with teachers
beyond 1:1 or team meetings that they solicit (which means I don;t see
everyone) and an occasional 15 minutes in staff meetings. Too many
priorities!

Additional suggestions for this document are welcome!

E



on 12/20/09 4:51 PM, Lucie deLaBruere wrote:

> Eric,
>
> In your form you have something that says
> "Laptop users will familiarize themselves with the ≥Use and Treatment of
> Laptop Computers≤ guidelines provided by the District IT Team. "
>
> Can you share those guidelines?
>
> I'm working on a form that uses many of the guidelines you have all shared.
> Thank you very much for sharing.
>
> I'm considering a asking that those who get a laptop  attend a
>   "retooling"  PD sessions which could be hands on or online. Perhaps every
> 2 years?  I'm not sure if that will be looked at favorably yet.  Feedback?
>
> Lucie
>
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>
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>
>
> On Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 10:10 PM, Eric Hall <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> We use the attached for staff laptops, however it does not explicitly state
>> that staff are financially responsible for theft or damage. The teacher who
>> ran over a school video camera at his daughter's soccer game a few years
>> ago
>> replaced it... The two laptops destroyed by coffee (in the building) were
>> fortunately covered by accidental damage warranties. We do not tend to loan
>> out other equipment, and in particular prohibit borrowing LCD projectors.
>>
>> Eric
>>
>>
>>
>> on 11/13/09 9:17 AM, Sylvia Gagne wrote:
>>
>>> As we are starting to get more "portable" equipment, staff are asking to
>>> take equipment home.  While we encourage this, heaven knows they don't
>>> have time at school to "try-out' and play around with new tools, we feel
>>> there needs to be basic guidelines.
>>>
>>> How are other schools dealing with equipment being taken off site?  Do
>>> you have a form that must be signed?  What are staff liable for -
>>> damage, loss, stolen equipment?
>>>
>>> If anyone has a form they don't mind sharing, that would be great.
>>>
>>> thanks,
>>
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