HAMPSTEAD – Cliff Dancy, Hampstead School District technology director, is busy along with network administrators Don Lemay and Joe Dionne in implementing the district’s Technology Plan.
Dancy expressed pleasure over the successful Technology Summer Camp season that saw the camps well attended and enjoyed.
“I am working on a clean inventory of equipment in the schools,” he said last week. “It is important to have a complete inventory and when a piece of equipment is taken home, it can be signed out by the teacher. Once we finish this we will be able to look at the inventory and know with 99.1 percent certainty where every bit of equipment is. We are also looking at the inventory tool we use to see if it is the best one for our purposes.”
In addition to upgrading, the security of the schools and district’s Web pages, Dancy said he is upgrading the Moodle Page. Moodle, according to its Web site, is designed to provide educators, administrators and learners with an integrated system to create personalized learning. The teachers develop their own Moodle Pages for their classes.
“Moodle introduced an entirely new updated program and we are creating an entirely new site, but it requires that everything now on our current system has to be manually moved over,” he said. “I have had Chad Pimentel, the HMS computer teacher, working on that this summer so it will be ready when school starts. That is the system we use for the Blizzard Bag program when it is in effect, and this new upgraded Moodle program is much more user friendly.”
At Central School, Dancy said they are working on upgrading the projectors and getting a couple of them off the carts and on the ceiling as per the technology plan. He plans to add iPads in Kindergarten through Grade 2 at Central School to bring the total per classroom up to two, as per the technology plan as well.
Dancy added that app-roximately 25 teacher laptops will be replaced this summer, as they have reached the 4- and 5-year-old stage. The older laptops will be put into rotation for student use in the seventh and eighth grades.
“We are getting the new Chromebooks for the fifth grade, and the sixth grade already has their Chromebooks from last year,” he said. “I only had to get one screen replaced but it was under warranty.
“We do not send the Chromebooks home,” he noted. “We feel it is safer to keep them here at school, but this entire issue is under discussion. These Chromebooks are working fine and I was able to get a really good deal on this year’s batch. I came in last year at 3 percent under budget and I hope to be able to stay under budget this year.”
All the laptops and Chrombooks have been checked over the summer and will be ready for the start of the new school year, he said.