DPS celebrates Technology with a month-long celebration in April including FREE weekly Parent Computer Training Workshops
Throughout the month of April 2014, the DPS Division of Technology and Information Services hosts 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 course offerings. The dates are: April 2, 3, 9, 10 (Spanish) and 29 with morning and afternoon sessions. The courses are FREE and registration is required. Through the Parent Computer Training Workshops, parents will learn essential computer skills and how to use parent portals such as Gaggle and Parent Connect to become actively engaged in their students’ progress from home. Parents must register by March 28 for the workshops by calling (313) 240-4DPS or (313) 240-4377.
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 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.
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.
For exact times and dates, visit: http://detroitk12.org/admin/academic_affairs/technology/
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.