Spring into Technology: DPS celebrates Technology with a month-long celebration in April including FREE weekly Parent Computer Training Workshops

IMG_3718-2A two-day Technology Fair will culminate “Spring into Technology Month” on April 29-30 at Randolph Career & Technical Center featuring a member of the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office to discuss Cyber Safety; Gaggle expert Andrea Keith, keynote speaker; dozens of technology vendors; an Ice Cream Social; a display of student robotics; information on Open Enrollment

Throughout the month of April, the DPS Division of Technology and Information Services will host a month-long initiative titled: “Spring into Technology: April is Technology Month!”

The objective of Technology Month is to showcase the technology utilized district-wide to enhance learning and provide employees, students, parents and community members with facts and tools to improve their understanding and interaction with technology information and devices used to educate and protect DPS students.

Parent Computer Training Workshops

The Division of Technology and Information Services will offer Parent Computer Training Workshops each Wednesday in April beginning April 10, and the first week of May with morning and afternoon sessions.  The courses are FREE and registration is required. Parents must register by April 5 for the workshops by calling 313.240.4DPS or 313.240.4377.

Workshop Dates, Times and Locations:
Dates: April 10 and April 24
Location: Eastside Adult Education Building, 13840 Lappin, Detroit MI, 48205

Dates: April 17 and May 1
Location: Westside Adult Education Building, 16164 Asbury Park, Detroit MI, 48235

Shuttle transportation services will be provided from the Parent Resource Centers to training sites.

Morning and Afternoon Workshop Schedule each Wednesday:
Course I-Intro to Computers:
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. or 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Course II-Advanced Computer Concepts:
11:00 a.m. – Noon or 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Course III-DPS Technology:
Noon – 1:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Through the Parent Computer Training Workshops, parents will learn essential computer skills and how to use parent portals such as Gaggle and Parent Connect to become actively engaged in their students’ progress from home. Course I-Intro to Computers covers: Turning on a PC; logging on/off; launching programs; introduction to Microsoft Office tools such as Word and Excel; navigating through the Internet; email basics; Internet safety; and more. Course II-Advanced Computer Concepts includes: Creating a resume with Word; creating a budget with Excel; backup and recovery; advanced email; extended internet safety; downloading; and more. Course III-DPS Technology will provide participants a list of all technology available for students and parents through the district including: Wide Area Network (WAN), Smart Carts, Smart Boards, Library Media Center (Gateway), Netbooks, Student Information System, NBC Learn, Parent Connect, Docufide, School Messenger, BlackBoard, Pulse, GradeBook, Gaggle, SMS Text Messaging and other applications.

Two-Day Technology Fair April 29-30

Detroit Public Schools will host its first two-day Technology Fair at Randolph Career & Technical Center, 17101 Hubbell St., on April 29 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. and April 30 from 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. The event will feature a member of the Wayne County Prosecutor‘s  Office   to discuss Cyber Safety, two conference sessions presented by Gaggle, dozens of technology vendors, an Ice Cream Social, a display of Student Robotics, and information on Open Enrollment.

Andrea Keith, Director of Client Engagement with Gaggle, will conduct two seminars titled “Not My Kid-Bullying, Sexting, and Other Safety Issues” and “You’ve Got Gaggle.”

Technology across DPS

Promoting educational excellence not only during school hours, but also at home, all students in grades 6-12 have access to Netbook computers, and students in grades 8-12 enjoy take-home Netbooks. Every teacher also has a Netbook for classroom and home use, and new Apple MacBooks, iMac computers, iPad tablets and Smart Boards are available in most classrooms.

For more details on “Spring into Technology: April is Technology Month!” visit www.detroitk12.org/techmonth


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