TODAY: DPS kicks off month-long “Technology Month” including FREE weekly Parent Computer Training Workshops

Two-day Technology Fair April 15-16 will highlight “Spring into Technology Month” at Randolph Career & Technical Center

Throughout the month of April 2014, the DPS Division of Technology and Information Services will host the 2nd Annual Spring into Technology: April is Technology Month initiative with a two-day Technology Fair April 15-16 showcasing the high-tech offerings across the district.

Paws from the Detroit Tigers will attend the fair on April 15 from 11 a.m. – Noon for students to enjoy photos.

As part of Technology Month, free weekly Parent Computer Training Workshops will also be offered with both English and Spanish courses. The dates are: April 2, 3, 9, 10 and 29 with morning and afternoon sessions (see below for exact times/locations).  Through the FREE Parent Computer Training Workshops, parents will learn essential computer skills. Parents were required to register by March 28 for the workshops.

The goal of Technology Month is to empower Detroit Public Schools staff, students, parents and community members with facts and tools that will improve their understanding and increase interaction with technology information and devices used to protect and educate the children in the City of Detroit.

Media Op

TODAY, April 1: Visit our School of the Week: Communication and Media Arts High School, 14771 Mansfield Street, to view the high-tech equipment students are using for the NEW Radio and Television Broadcast CTE (Career Technical Education) Program. The pilot program launched in 2013 with 11th and 12th graders offering all components of radio and television broadcasting, such as on-air anchoring and hosting, production, script writing and editing. The program also offers a social media component, web-page design/management and more. Once the program officially launches in the fall, CMA will have an internet-based radio and television show that airs directly from the school weekly.

Parent Computer Training Workshops

Course Dates: April 2, 3, 9, 10 (Spanish) and 29
*Held each day with morning and afternoon sessions

Class 1: Intro to PC – 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.

Class 2: Advanced PC Concepts – Creating a resume with Word; creating a budget with Excel; backup and recovery; advanced email; extended internet safety; downloading; and more.

Dates and Locations

April 2 & April 9
Westside Adult Education Building, 16164 Asbury Park, Detroit, MI 48235

Class Sessions AM PM (April 9 Only)
Class 1 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Class 2 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.


April 3 & April 29
Eastside Adult Education Building, 13840 Lappin, Detroit, MI 48205

Class Sessions AM Only
Class 1 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Class 2 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.


April 10 – Spanish Class
Bennett Elementary School, 2111 Mullane Street, Detroit, MI 48209

Class Sessions AM Only
Class 1 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Class 2 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Technology Fair April 15-16

Randolph Career and Technical Center, 17101 Hubbell St.
The two-day Technology Fair will kick-off on April 15 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and has been designated as “Student Field Trip Day.” Students will be bussed from schools across the district to attend the event. On April 16 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., community members are invited to attend the Technology Fair.

Each day, the event will feature presentations to teach DPS parents, students and community members how to use technology devices, dozens of technology vendors, interactive booths, a display of Student Robotics, information on Open Enrollment and more. Multiple Conference Sessions will also be presented by Tech Depot and Absolute. Principals, teachers, counselors and students are encouraged to participate either day along with parents and the community.

View the Technology Fair Flyer for more details

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.

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