You may have noticed that I haven’t posted very frequently to the ADM Tech blog recently; in large part, this is due to a new addition to my family! My wife, Sara, and I welcomed our daughter Miriam Eva on February 19th. Miriam and family are doing well, but adjusting to our new schedule has been difficult, especially coupled with a few weeks of daytime daddy duty (DDD?) spread out over the past couple months. I finished my last stretch of DDD for this school year at the end of last week, and while it was wonderful to be home for some time with Miriam, I am excited not to have to play catch-up at work on a regular basis anymore.
Over the past few months, there have been a number of exciting developments in the technology department here at ADM. A committee including technology teachers from each building (Christal Tilley, Kendra Wolf, Scott Schroeder, and Linda Burk), HS Principal Lee Griebel, Superintendent Greg Dufoe, and me worked to reinvent the technology curriculum for students in grades PK – 12, and we’re tremendously excited about what has been borne from that effort. The District has begun the process of selling its old laptop computers, which were replaced by new devices last summer and during the first half of this year, and distributed 11 MimioVote classroom response clicker sets to teachers at ADM High School and DeSoto Intermediate. Further, the school board recently approved other exciting items, such as a 113% increase in our internet bandwidth, purchase of the SchoolMessenger communication platform to allow rapid distribution of information about emergencies, events, news updates, etc. via text, phone, or email, as well as the hiring of a .5 time technology support technician to assist me in providing the best possible technology resources to our students, staff, and community.
I’ll be writing blog posts about each of these developments in the coming days, so stay tuned!