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4/2/2014 10:10:00 PM
Technology growing in Manson Schools
Submitted by Manson Schools

When you walk through Manson Middle and High Schools you are likely to notice a new tool in the hands of students. Sixty new lap top computers and two carts known as COWS (computers on wheels) have been added in the past year. In addition, seventy-five refurbished laptop computers obtained from various state agencies and sixty iPad devices (purchased in the 2012-13 school year with local levy dollars) give Manson's campus a robust technology presence. Students are able to access all of these mobile devices throughout the campus thanks to a recently reinforced technology infrastructure that can support hundreds of wireless devices.
Recently, Manson School District was one of four districts in Washington State to be granted the U.S. Department of Education Rural Schools Technology Grant. Manson was awarded $65,000.00 to assist in purchasing laptop computers and telecommunication devices for students.
Lori Way, Manson's technology instructor/coordinator has played a key role in obtaining and implementing these technology upgrades in the district. She currently teaches three technology courses each day to Manson students including the Microsoft IT Academy courses in which students can obtain Microsoft certification in Office Programs - Publisher, Word and Excel.
The District also plans to partner with Microsoft in bringing a TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) class to Manson High School. TEALS is a program that recruits, trains, and mentors high tech professionals to teach computer science (coding) classes in schools part time. With rural school districts the course is taught via video connection and supported with a local teacher who learns the advanced curriculum along with their students and eventually becomes certified to teach the course independently.
Manson Elementary students will also be able to access computers/devices more readily with the purchase of a COW (30 laptops). These portable devices will supplement a newly refurbished desktop computer lab and give teachers and students more opportunities to learn with technology.
High School Principal Don Vanderholm and Middle School Principal Todd Smith agree having current technology in the hands of students' is critical in a changing instructional setting. An incredible amount of content and curriculum is available to students at little or no cost. Providing students and staff the tools and training to access and utilize this "new school" frontier is at the forefront of the District Technology Team's thinking. Plans are currently in place to add an additional technology instructor and increase technology support in the 2014-15 school year.

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