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Currently, there is about a 2:1 student to computer ratio at Winnacunnet. That is over 650 computers in our buildings. Winnacunnet's technology plan includes moving us closer to a 1:1 ration in the next couple of years. For more information, please go to the Computers and Network pages.
Student Workspace & Storage
- Student Server – all students are given a login to the school server and a place to store their files. Students should not share their password with anyone. Students are limited in space on the server and will have to plan accordingly by deleting older material to make room for new. In Freshman Seminar, students are given an example of a file folder system to organize their files – it is up to them to use it and use appropriate file names so they can retrieve their files when needed.
- Assignment Drive – Teachers use the Assignment Drive on the school servers to post materials that students would need for classes. Teachers will give the student the location of their particular materials. The Assignment Drive is a read and copy only drive for students – they can not edit or delete documents here.
This is the online attendance and grading system used by all teachers, administrators, and guidance counselors at Winnacunnet. There are two separate access passwords – one for parents and one for students. There are different screens available to parents and we encourage parents to access the system with their own login. Parents can get the password through guidance. Students can get their password from their guidance counselor. There are times when PowerSchool is not available. After the last day of classes each trimester, PowerSchool is closed for finalizing grades. PowerSchool is closed during the summer and occasionally for scheduled maintenance.
Today Winnacunnet students are "Digital Natives" they have grown up with high speed Internet, social media and cell phones. The use of technology is necessary in the world today. We want to give students opportunities to use and explore different means to express their learning. Below are some of the resources that are referenced when preparing lessons that utilize technology:
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
Standards for Global Learning in the Digital Age
- NETS*S - Standards for Students
- NETS*T - Standards for Teachers
- NETS*A - Standards for Administrators
National Business Education Association (NBEA)
Partnership for 21st Century Skills
- Framework for 21st Century Learning
- Core Subjects and 21st Century Themes
- Learning and Innovation Skills
- Information, Media and Technology Skills
- Life and Career Skills
Software at School
- Google Apps – Students have access to their own Winnacunnet Google Apps account. This includes e-mail, calendar, docs (word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, forms), and sites (Web site creation software). Students are introduced to Google Apps in Freshman Seminar.
- MS Office TADAA... 2010 – most of the school computers have been on 2003. This year we are moving to 2010 school wide. Programs include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher and Outlook. There is a class that teaches the use of these programs – MS Office.
- Adobe CS6 (New for 2012-13) – PhotoShop, Illustrator, InDesign, DreamWeaver are available in the business wing, the tech building and select machines in the library. Classes that use these titles include: Advanced Publishing (Yearbook), Advanced Journalism (Winnachronicle), Desktop Publishing, Graphic Design I & II, and XHTML I & II.
- AutoCad Inventor, MultiSim, JCreator, and Visual Studio are used in the Technology Education Department in Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses and Architectural Design I. These programs are available on the computers in the Tech Building.
- Curriculum specific software is also available.
Web 2.0 Tools for Students
The use of Web 2.0 tools in education is here. At this time, there is no central clearing house of school accounts for these applications. Teachers can assign the use of these programs and it is up to the student to register to use the applications and to remember their passwords for access. Students are encouraged to use their WHS email account when registering so they can easily get reminded of their password if they forget it.
Before you get started looking at what has been used at WHS, check out CogDogRoo, this site is an inspiration to teachers and students on what can be done with different Web 2.0 tools. This site illustrates one story told using over 50 different tools. Many are free, and the list continues to grow.
Common Web 2.0 Tools:
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