Technology Use & the Technology Use Committee (TUC)

ChalkboardTechTechnology Use Committee (TUC)

We are looking for technology-savvy parents to join our conversation.  The TUC meets during the school year to discuss the technology we have at Lowell, what is working, what we would like to change, and what we should do in the future.  Join us as we continue to plan for the 2015/16 school year.

Lowell TUC Meeting, Thursday, April 2nd 4:30-5:30 p.m.

We will be building off of the success of last month’s TUC Conference Call Meeting by scheduling our next meeting on Thursday, April 2nd from 4:30pm-5:30pm. This will be another Online Meeting/Conference Call, so no need to be present at the meeting itself.  Dial-in information and the Meeting Outline will be distributed 24 hours prior to the meeting.

Please contact Shawn Oatey at  techuse@lowellpta.com  to be added to our TUC Team.

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Technology at Lowell

If you were one of the lucky individuals to see the first Apple lle computers arrive onto campus in the mid 1980’s, you were a witness to history in the making. Eventually in 1995, an official Computer Lab was created with a restructured program including volunteers to serve all K-5 students. Recognizing the need to replace outdated eMacs and iMacs in 2010, a parent group then formed Lowell Friends of Technology, and in one quick year received donations to fund a new state-of-the-art computer lab outfitted with 40 iMac computers. Simultaneously, there was also support from the PTA to continue adding SMART Boards to classrooms at every grade level on campus.

Today, Technology continues to be one the identifiable needs recognized by Lowell Teachers and PTA members alike. The challenge now is being able to adapt with ever-changing technology that benefits the new 21st century learner. With your help, we hope we can continue to maintain, upgrade, and support existing technological needs that will provide the framework to ensure learning readiness. Thank you for your continued volunteerism and support to our children and Lowell.

The Technology Use Committee reports to Lowell’s School Site Council, providing insight into technology trends in education, managing technology projects, building technology curriculum framework, and identifying recommendations for the upcoming school year. Representative teachers from every grade level, alongside Mr. Platis and parent volunteers, work together in a well-rounded planning process.
Contact the Tech Use Committee at techuse@lowellpta.com to join our email group.

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Software for learning . . .

Login at home…Lowell students may log into the Type to Learn 4 (TTL4) website to practice keyboarding skills using the same account code they enter during class.
Students must be enrolled in the TTL4 web enable program at school.
Visit http://ttl4.sunburst.com/downloads/
Account Code: 151921
User Name: 9-digit Student ID
Password: 6-digit date of birth (mmddyy)

JiJi ST Math…is being used as a supplemental web based math program at all grade levels. Take advantage of this industry standard, visual and interactive based learning, by uploading ST Math School Version onto your tablet. *A school login is required. Contact techuse@lowellpta.com for the School ID and Password.

Brain Pop…Lowell’s subscription enables you to access BrainPOP, BrainPOP Jr. and BrainPOP Español at school or at home. This animated software program covers hundreds of topics within Math, English, Science, Music & Arts and more. Contact us at techuse@lowellpta.com for the username and password.

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Internet Safe Use… On school computers, when a Lowell student types in a website address or clicks on a link while using the Internet, their request is filtered through the L.A. County’s Office of Education (LACOE). If LACOE has blocked that destination, students will see a polite but firm “Access Denied” message. In this manner, LBUSD protects students from harmful or inappropriate content. This filter however, does not extend to students’ personal devices such as iPhones. Most Internet Service Providers and Carriers offer parent-control options that you can set up to protect your child while using these devices. Online tools also are available, but no option will guarantee that he or she will be kept away from 100% of the risks on the Internet. It’s important to be aware of your child’s computer activities and educate them about online risks. Talking to them about potential online dangers and monitoring their computer use will help them surf the net safely.  Our thanks to Vanitha Chandrasekhar, LBUSD’s Technology Curriculum Leader, for her recent parent presentation and for sharing the following materials

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