Technology: department

The vision of the Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School is to create a rich learning environment where science and technology provide a means for learning and development so that our students are better equipped to participate in and improve upon the world in which they live. Our mission is to facilitate all parts of the educational process by providing state of the art technology, support, and training in conjunction with the goals laid out in our Three-Year Technology Plan.

Here at the Banneker Charter School, the term "Technology" takes on many meanings. It represents WHAT we are trying to teach and HOW we teach it. It prepares students for life and employment in the future, but it also prepares and engages students on a day to day basis in the classroom. Our staff, in and out of the Technology Department, pride ourselves on exposing our students to new and emerging technologies. Please don't hesitate to contact us (using the link below) if you have any questions or suggestions.



OUR STAFF

Jared Perrine
Director of Innovation, Technology & Digital Learning
jperrine@banneker.org

Anesta Hicks
Technology Facilitator
ahicks@banneker.org

Chuck Fisher
Computer Technician
cfisher@banneker.org

EVENTS

STEAMS (STEM) Expo- June 7


technology: Digital Citizenship

At Banneker, Digital Citizenship Curriculum is primarily taught in the Computer Lab. The Technology Facilitator pulls from many sources, but a majority of the curriculum comes from Common Sense Media and iSafe. Below you will find links to take you to both the Computer Lab website, which contains many of the resources the students use, and our Digital Citizenship scope and sequence (illustrating eRate compliance).

Computer Lab

Digital Citizenship Scope and Sequence

Digital Citizenship Parent Meeting Presentation 2018

Digital Citizenship Parent Meeting Presentation 2017


Innovation Lab Principles:

  • During the 2014-2015 School Year, the Innovation Lab will work with the 4th Graders
  • Kids meet on Tuesdays and Wednesday from 11:45-12:30 (during lunch and recess)
  • 4-6 kids per month (in 2 groups of 3 kids) from November through May
  • Focus on the Steps of the Engineering Design Process
  • Group goal will be to design and 3D print something useful for a school community member

A typical month follows this schedule:

Week 1:

  • Introduction to the course
  • Introduction to the software (Tinkercad)
  • Modify existing designs found online (to learn the software)
  • Placed in groups (expectations laid out)

Week 2:

  • Identify a need
  • Research and Interviews of teachers

Week 3:

  • Develop a solution/Pick best solution
  • Begin Design/Prototype

Week 4:

  • Print and Test the Prototype

 


Library Designs- November Group, 2014


Future Engineers Contest- December Group, 2014


Ms. Roberts Office Designs- January 2015 (work in progress...)


Music Stand Clip Design- March 2015



technology: FOR OUR STAFF

Professional Development (Tech)

  • New Staff: August 16 @9:00am

  • Welcome Back: August 20 @10-11

  • Tuesday Trainings: Oct. 9, Nov. 27, Jan. 15, March 5

Click here for topics and slide decks from past PD.

Technology Screencasts

Please go to our Vimeo channel by clicking the logo.

Jan. 15 Tech PD will be based around Twitter Chats. Alternative twitter chats can be found at: #edchatma (8-9 p.m. EST on Sunday) and #SlpSpedChat. Alternatives can be found HERE and HERE.

March 5 Tech PD will be based around EdCamps. Alternative Edcamps can be found HERE.


Website Guidelines

  1. Classroom and Departmental Websites will be updated no less than monthly, beginning November 2010.

  2. Classroom teachers and TAs will work with the Computer Facilitator on their website when their class has "Technology" in the lab. Weekly meetings are encouraged. Monthly updates will be required.

  3. All classroom sites should include AT LEAST the following pages: a homepage with a welcome message, a "typical day" schedule, a calendar, pictures, student projects, and a "contact" page.

  4. All Departmental sites should include AT LEAST the following pages: a homepage with a welcome message, departmental information, useful links, a calendar, document downloads, and a "contact" page.

  5. All navigation links will be on the left hand side of the site and be, for the most part, alphabetized. Pages within the website link back to the home page. All page designs (header picture, colors scheme) will match that of the Banneker home page. Please do not change the "Design" in the Schoolcenter interface.

  6. "Department Heads" will send updates to the Technology Integration Director for website updates regularly.

  7. Users will refrain from creating unmoderated public comments/discourse. Be cautious with site templates, such as: Blogs, Forums, Guestbooks, and Opinion Polls.

  8. The website shows signs of being proofread; there are no spelling or grammar errors.

  9. Students will have permission to be displayed on websites. The full name of a child will not be displayed.

Getting Your Website Ready for the Summer

  1. Change the Greeting on the Welcome/Home Page.

  2. Remove or archive old pictures and student work.

  3. Change your schedule and calendar to say something like, "This section of the website will be updated by…."

  4. Remove or archive message boards, blogs, or forums.

  5. Put a message on the contact page: "I will be away from my email during the summer months…"

  6. Put your summer homework on your webpage.

 
Other Website Guidelines

  1. Please don't strip off your website content too early before the summer.

  2. Instead of packets, consider adding the following sites for summer work: Fastmath, Riverdeep, and Lexia.

  3. Your website is a great way for you to introduce yourself to your upcoming class, consider updating your website during the summer months. Instead of sending home a huge packet before school starts, you can put most of the information on your website and send home a postcard with the web link.


technology: STUDENT PRIVACY

This website is a work in progress. It is important for us to provide information about the handling of student information and expectations of privacy at Banneker. Some of these topics may seem "technical" or confusing, but we have organized each of the privacy subcategories into six areas for ease of understanding. It is of the utmost importance for us to be completely transparent with students, parents, and the larger Banneker community regarding this topic.   

Parental Consent

For years we have send home our Authorization Form regarding use of student likeness, name, and other identifying information in school photos, documentation, conferences, publications, websites, etc.  The school maintains a database that is constantly updated that school personnel (such as classroom teachers) can reference when preparing these documents.

School Firewall, Servers, and Secure Traffic

The school is required to do several things to protect student information. We maintain a secure firewall, with a regularly updated content filter. We maintain site wide virus protection, secure offsite tunneling, minimized port forwarding, and many other things that would keep internal information on the inside of our network. As well, we are required to archive all school emails for 5 years. This email server is also hosted internally.

Remote Management Software & Monitoring

Software such as Apple Remote Desktop and LAN School is used to troubleshoot technical problems and monitor student participation in classroom tasks. Because none of our student devices are allowed to be taken home, this minimizes the invasive nature of this software during personal time. Each moment spent on a device while on campus is meant to serve an educational goal, and therefore this software is used to help students with this endeavor. 

Expectation of Privacy at School

Though the school values individual privacy greatly, the school must also balance this right with the ability to maintain a school environment that is both safe and conducive to learning. In order to comply with federal and state law, the school maintains software and procedures to ensure this safe educational environment. Therefore we have included the following language in the Parent Handbook: "Users are reminded that they shall have no expectation of privacy when using the School’s information technology."   

Contracts and Sharing with Private Companies

The school is authorized to partner with 3rd party companies and agencies in order to procure software and hardware to assist with teaching and learning. In some cases, the school provides information, such as: student name, grade, classroom teacher, email, and username/password to these partners for access to their resources. For a partial list of these companies/products, please see our Resources page.

Surveillance Camera Policy

We currently have a security camera, outward facing, in both buildings. As well, there are security cameras on some of our buses. The school is currently seeking legal advice on whether or not to include language about these cameras in our Parent handbook.

Technology Half Day Training

10/20/15 Agenda: 

Context:

Constructivism- New knowledge is formed from experiences + existing knowledge

Constructionism- Best learning happens with the learner is engaged in meaningful activity, externally.

Maker Movement- Construction plays an integral part of learning. Values Tinkering and Engineering

Fabrication- Creating customized products: CAD, 3D printing, laser cutting, vinyl cutting

Physical Computing- Create machines that interact with environment: robotics, Arduino

Programming- Creating instructions that control computers: Scratch

Tony Wagner Keynote

MassCUE Prep and Schedule

Makerspaces:

The Hatch in the Arsenal Mall

Einstein's Workshop

The Maker Mill

Greengineering

The Possible Project

Empower Studios

Maker Lounge

Barnes & Noble

MIT Media Lab & Scratch


PAST PD


November 2016
“Coding in the Classroom”

Highland Center- Phil Capaldi

December 2016
“Global Connections”
Highland Center- Phil Capaldi

January 2017
“Design Thinking”
Highland Center- Phil Capaldi

March 2017
“Engineering - A Global Connection”

Highland Center- Phil Capaldi

September 2017
“Computational Thinking in the Elementary Classroom”

Jenn Judkins (Lexington Public Schools) and Sarah Perkins (Lynnfield Public Schools)

November 2017
“Global Connections”

EdTech Teacher- Tom Daccord

January 2018
"Exploring VR & Immersive Virtual Environments"
EdTechTeacher- Greg Kulowiec
Suzana Somers (Easton Public Schools)

March 2018
"Immersive Simulation: Minecraft Education"

Jared Perrine


ACCESSIBILITY

If you would like to request materials on this website in an alternate format, the form can be found at the bottom of this page.

A student, parent or member of the public who wishes to submit a complaint or grievance regarding a violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act related to the accessibility of any official Banneker school web presence that is developed by, maintained by, or offered through the school may complain directly to a school administrator, or the Director of Innovation, Technology, and Digital Learning.

The initial complaint or grievance should be made by emailing the Director of Innovation, Technology, and Digital Learning for the Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School at jperrine@banneker.org. However, a verbal complaint or grievance may also be made to any school administrator.  When a school administrator receives the information, they shall immediately inform the Director of Digital Learning & Technology.  Whether or not a formal complaint or grievance is made, once the school has been notified of inaccessible content, effective communication shall be provided as soon as possible to the reporting party to provide access to the information. The Complainant should not have to wait for the investigation of the complaint to be concluded before receiving the information that he/she was unsuccessful in accessing.

To file a complaint or grievance regarding the inaccessibility of the school's public website content, the Complainant should submit a description of the problem, via email or regular mail, including:  

  • Name  
  • Address  
  • Date of the Complaint  
  • Description of the problem encountered  
  • Web address or location of the problem page  
  • Solution desired  
  • Contact information in case more details are needed (email and phone number)

The complaint or grievance will be investigated by the Director of Digital Learning & Technology or another person designated by the Executive Director. The student, parent, or member of the public shall be contacted no later than five (5) working days following the date the Director of Digital Learning & Technology is given the information.

The procedures to be followed are:  

  • An investigation of the complaint shall be completed within fifteen (15) working days. Extension of the timeline may only be approved by the Executive Director.  
  • The investigator shall prepare a written report of the findings and conclusions within five (5) working days of the completion of the investigation.
  • The investigator shall contact the Complainant upon conclusion of the investigation to discuss the findings and conclusions and actions to be taken as a result of the investigation.
  • A record of each complaint and grievance made pursuant to the Banneker website shall be maintained. The record shall include a copy of the complaint or grievance filed, report of findings from the investigation, and the disposition of the matter.

The mailing address for complaints:

Jared Perrine
Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School
21 Notre Dame Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140

 

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