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Dos Pueblos integrates new technologies in the classroom

Max Essig and Dan Nofrey | Staff Writers

English teacher Joy Kinney displays her newest tech.
(Dan Nofrey / Photo)

November 10, 2012

The latest cutting edge technology has made its way to Dos Pueblos High School’s classrooms.

The Chargers’ outdated electronic machinery has been replaced by some of the newest products from Apple Inc. and Hitachi.

iPads, projectors, widescreen TV’s, and the new Apple TV system are among the most noticeable of the new additions to the school’s assortment of technological gadgets.

The new technologies have been provided solely from the funding of Measure H, a local ballot initiative from last year, which is set to expire at the end of this year and to be replaced by measures A and B which passed on voting day.

Shawn Carey, principal of Dos Pueblos, stated that “whether or not we see continued public dollars supporting technology in our public schools will be determined by this November’s election.”

Those dollars have been used to acquire tech packages and a whole host of other assets such as teacher desktop computers, iPad carts, projector bulbs, and Nspire calculators to be checked out by students from the library.

Another major source of funding for technology at Dos Pueblos is the PTSA, the Parent Teacher Student Association, specifically the Charger Challenge campaign.

The tens of thousands of dollars, fundraised by Dos Pueblos parents for the Charger Challenge, is the main funding source that provides classrooms and other spaces on campus with the “tech package.” This tech package includes a high definition flatscreen TV, the Apple TV system, and an iPad.

These new technologies has been greeted by a largely enthusiastic staff and it comes with many benefits, but as the school year progresses, some of the school’s staff have developed concerns about the functioning of their newest tools.

The school was not able to immediately equip all of its classrooms with the new technology, but Mrs. Carey predicts that by the end of next school year, 2013 and 2014, Dos Pueblos will be at one hundred percent of rooms outfitted with the new machinery.

History teacher Wes Ratelle is one of the many teachers who was supplied with these new teaching devices, but he confessed some negative concerns about the new technology being a focal point in his classroom.

“There are a lot of difficulties there with note-taking,” said Ratelle. “I was able to use notes with the document camera before and put it up on the screen. Now I have to take a camera shot of it and sometimes the camera shot cannot be enhanced larger and the kids have difficulty viewing it”

Because technology is changing the education system some teachers are concerned that when the school’s internet crashes it can affect the teaching plan for the day.

However, although technology is always subject to malfunction, there are many good reasons for implementing the new tools into the schools of the district. New technologies gives teachers a lot more resources to work with.

Math teacher, Monica Scafide, voiced that “I can put the homework up on the TV, or I can post something on Jot and show it on the TV. I can show notes at home by posting [it] on EDU. So it just gives the teacher a lot more tools and flexibility in how they teach.”

Teachers and staff at Dos Pueblos agree that they can certainly operate without it, and have for many years, but overall, advanced technology at Dos Pueblos in many ways benefits the teachers’ teaching strategies, their students’ learning abilities, and any other work that needs to be done within the school.

About Max Essig

This year is the first that sophomore Max Essig has spent writing as a part of the Charger account's staff. Along with an interest in writing, he is a part of the Track and Field program at Dos Pueblos and hopes to attend the United States Naval Academy after high school.

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