Sunday, August 16, 2009

Back to School Bootcamp '09

Three rounds of OPS 24/7 Learning "Boot Camp" were held last week, with one more final opportunity to check out student MacBooks yet to come this week.

Last Thursday evening, August 13th, all incoming 7th grade students along with students new to our district attended a two hour "Boot Camp" at O'Neill High School. Directly following the 6-8 p.m. session was a one-hour orientation/laptop check out for any student who participated in 24/7 Learning last school year. A repeat of this one hour session was held on Friday from 12-1 p.m. and a final session will take place next Wednesday, August 19th, starting at 7:00 p.m.

All students must attend at last one of these "Boot Camp" sessions along with a parent before they will have 24/7 access to their MacBook for the 09-10 school year.

Complete information that was shared at the Boot Camp sessions, including changes and reinforcements for this school year, can be found at:

Updates include a reminder that laptops are to be used for educational use only during school hours, a few changes in student costs/fees, and an explanation of consequences including the use of a "whitelist" during academic probation. Also presented were exciting opportunities for OHS students including Eagles On Air, iTunes U K-12, more teachers podcasting, OPS Google, and new iLife '09 software on all MacBooks.

Everyone in the O'Neill Public School community is excited for another year of 24/7 Learning to get underway. With everyone's combined efforts, the opportunities and experiences to be had are guaranteed to be greater than ever before.

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