DPS kicks off Two-Day Technology Fair

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Detroit Public Schools hosted its 2nd Annual Two-Day Technology Fair April 15 and 16, 2014 at Randolph Career and Technical Center to showcase the district’s vast technology offerings. April 15 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. was designated as “Student Field Trip Day,” and on April 16 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., the event was open to the community.

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This event was presented by the DPS I.T. Division as part of Technology Month and featured a display of student robotics and student-led technology demonstrations by Gompers, Bennett, Bates and FLICS; interactive technology stations for attendees of all ages; a student interactive room; video presentations; a heavy-duty construction equipment simulator and many more exciting activities.

All DPS staff, students, parents, community members, and business partners were invited to attend. Technology giveaways and prizes were provided each day for students and adults.

Hundreds of students of all ages attended the Technology Fair on April 15 as part of the district-wide “Student Field Trip Day.” Paws from the Detroit Tigers also attended for students to take photos with the mascot.

The “Promethean Bus” was onsite for students to enjoy interactive Promethean boards and more. Pete Jones, Promethean National Education Consultant, was also onsite.

Joining DPS in its mission to educate students to perform at high academic levels, Promethean recently invested $40,000 in interactive technology and professional development to three DPS elementary schools: Chrysler, Bagley and Cooke.

The donation is part of an annual grant program in partnership with the National Alliance for Black School Educators (NABSE) to close the achievement gap through modernizing classrooms with the goal of making them more interactive and accessible for all students. The Promethean donation included: ActivBoard 587 Mobile System – (6) interactive whiteboard systems; ActivTable – (6) multi-user collaborative touch displays; and ActivExpression – (6) 32 set student response devices.

The Technology Fair also featured conference sessions presented by Gaggle and Absolute. Participating vendors included: HP, Toshiba, SMART, Gaggle, Promethean, Epson, Office Depot, Microsoft, Comcast, CDW, NBC Learn and more.

Throughout the month of April 2014, the DPS Division of Technology and Information Services is hosting the 2nd Annual Spring into Technology: April is Technology Month initiative. As part of Technology Month, free weekly Parent Computer Training Workshops were offered with both English and Spanish courses. The dates were: April 2, 3, 9, 10 with morning and afternoon sessions. April 29 is the final course date.  The courses were free and registration was required.

Through the Parent Computer Training Workshops, parents learned essential computer skills. Class 1: Intro to PC included 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 included creating a resume with Word; creating a budget with Excel; backup and recovery; advanced email; extended internet safety; downloading; and more.

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.

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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