Maranatha High School Deploys 800 iPads for Technology Program

Published : Monday, November 11, 2013 | 2:26 AM

Maranatha High School’s Technology Department deployed more than 800 iPads to students, faculty and key staff for its 1:1 eLearning Program.

Stephen Wyles, Director of Technology, has supervised the Support Team comprised of three Systems Technicians that provide on-campus support from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The support staff keeps track of the iPads, manages device needs and claims and responds to staff and student technology needs.

“We will do anything! Customer service to the classroom is our number one goal and we do not turn away any question, concern, or problem brought to our attention,” Wyles said.

Wyles said he hopes to “streamline the classroom technology equipment to create more uniformity for every teacher” in the next school year.

He added that Maranatha integrates all its programs with its Christian formation.

“I want to partner with each member of our team to deliver a safe, Christ-Centered, digital culture of innovation and character,” Wyles said.

Christie Akins, Maranatha’s Instructional Technology Director, has led the Instructional or Educational Technology Team (EdTech) to effectively integrate technology directly into the classroom and curricula.

“The day-to-day goals of EdTech are to enhance faculty preparation and student learning through the use of technology and to prepare students for college by using college-level technology and strategies,” Akins said.

The EdTech team also works to develop, utilize, and manage eLearning resources in the classroom. The team also assists faculty with programs, applications, eTextbooks, and eResources; answer faculty, student, and parent questions; and works as a part of the Tech Support team to answer “TechHelp Tickets.”

Akins and her assistant, Clay Dulgarian, maintain regular communication with students through the EdTech website, regular Minutegram articles, and an ongoing blog via EdModo to keep parents informed.

Maranatha will conduct evaluations to ensure the effective use of technology in each classroom.

“It is important that we remember that technology is here to enhance the classroom learning experience for students… and faculty are doing just that!” Principal Michelle Purghart said.

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