BANNEKER TECHNOLOGY & DIGITAL LITERACY

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

MassCUE Oct 21* and 22

STEAMS (STEM) Expo- June 7


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


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



FOR OUR STAFF

Professional Development (Tech)

  • New Staff: August 17 @8:00am
  • Welcome Back: August 21 @10-11
  • Tuesday Trainings: Sept. 26, Nov. 28, Jan 23, and March 20

Technology Screencasts

Please go to our Vimeo channel by clicking the logo.


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.

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