At Mercy, tech serves instruction. But for everyone to be able to leverage extraordinary tools like the iPad and Schoology, some "summer school" is necessary. For the past two weeks we have been busy serving our teachers and new students with some tech support before school officially begins.
For ten consecutive days. Tom James (Director of I.T.) and Mr. Gary Bank (Systems Administrator) deployed iPads to new students through an hour's set-up session where students . . . . 1) set-up their iPads 2) established passwords for the iPads and our computer labs 3) set-up Google Accounts and mail app 4) created their Apple I.D.s 5) installed their apps 6) signed into Schoology
Schoology is the new learning management system for Mercy. Most of our assignments and resources are pushed to the students online through this system. Since it is new, many teachers dropped in for work sessions on Schoology and 1:1 help offered by colleagues Angela Harris, Eleasha Tarplin, Lauren Marquard, Joe Gerardi, Larry Baker, Tom James, Lisa Robinet, Susan Smith, Alison Kline-Kator, and Jan Wampuszyc.
Several iWizards assisted with the iPad deployment, but twenty-five of them will be leading the two and a half hour iPad orientation on Friday, August 15. The sessions will include....
Schoology / Dropbox
Pages / Printing
iMovie + Keynote
Digital Citizenship (done by Ms. Brown, guidance counselor)
The iWizards chose the topics, designed the instruction, and created the materials for this session. They are eager for Friday to come!
All of these activities exhibit the generosity of spirit one finds each day at Mercy High.