Elementary Technology

Hello Parents,

I'd like to give you a quick round up of technology in our elementary schools.

First, we installed an awesome wireless network last year (FY2016). The signal is strong throughout each school and it is fast. This connects to our very fast (100Mbps!) internet connection courtesy of NetworkMaine and ERate.

We have a Macintosh computer lab in most schools. For about 20 years we have been dissatisfied with the inequality of this. Having a single lab for a school of 100 students is OK, but not for a school of 400 or 500. Last year we gave the three large elementary school (Rowe, Oxford, Paris) a set of 50 Chromebooks with two carts. This has worked out well. This coming year, FY2017, we will try a pilot of Chromebooks at Oxford Elementary in which we assign a Chromebook to each fifth and sixth grade student. The Chromebooks will not go home with students like at the middle and high schools. We will have our MS and HS Technology Integrator work with teachers each week or two to help make the best use of these devices with students.

Schools also have a set of three iPads per classroom. This varies a little, and may shift around more this year. Teachers have found that primary grade students get more out of them than upper level students.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact the school's principal or me.

Mike Dunn, Technology Director

m.dunn@msad17.org