Newest Technology news at Jenkins!
Teachers and students are so excited about moving into more online teaching and learning resources. There are two major shifts happening this school year across the district and we are on board with these changes!
First is My eCLASS, also called the Student Portal. Teachers are providing links, discussion groups, content files, and other resources as they move into the new school year. Children log in with their student number and school password. The Jenkins landing page provides links to some of our paid subscription sites as well.
Next is BYOD, Bring Your Own Device. The school district has opened up this capability to any student at any school this year. There are several very important materials for families to review as you make the decision about whether your child will bring a device to school. Links are provided in the side bar to the right to help you better understand this new initiative.
Technology News - Summer 2013
We added 6 Kindle Fires per classroom by August 2013! These e-readers provide over 125 titles to greatly expand classroom libraries. We also added 4 student laptops for each classroom to further extend the availability of online resources and productivity tools every day. We are excited about the school-wide wireless access that was added over the summer. This makes all our devices more widely used throughout the building. Over the next few months we will add some bring your own device options in a few classes.
Over the past 2 years, PTA donations and school fundraisers have provided 38 ipads. We have 7 sets of 4 that roll into classrooms for small groups of students to use. We keep 5 iPads in each Kindle cafe also.
In our Kindle cafes, we have 72 Kindles loaded with books from levels I - Z. Children are selected from each class to attend the Kindle cafe when they finish eating their lunch. Classes also go into the Kindle cafes to enjoy reading. The Kindle cafes have other electronic reading materials as well as magazines and online reading materials.
Ways to Contribute Any Time
There are several ways you can help us expand our technology resources. One way is a direct tax-deductible donation. Through My Payments Plus, there is a line for technology donations. MyPaymentsPlus.
Other ways do not cost anything except a little of your time. You can register at goodsearch.com and use its search engine and they will pay 1 - 2 cents per search. Another way is to do your online shopping through goodshop. Many online retailers will donate a percentage of the sale to our school.
Still another way to donate is to collect old ink cartridges, cell phones, video game systems, DVDs, ipods, etc. We sell them to a company called Cartridges for Kids which supports school technology fund raising and also benefits the environment.