I wanted to let the Priory community know about some exciting changes coming soon to Priory’s Technology Department. I have been working on the vision I have for my department and now I’d also like to share that with you. I want Priory’s Tech Department to work with the Priory community to help you better integrate technology in your lives. We want to become advocates for technology both on the campus and in your homes. To that end, we’ll be doing some new things which we hope will be useful for the community.
One thing that won’t be changing is our email for support questions: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re having trouble accessing our systems, you can always contact us there.
First, we’ll be rolling out a new Information Technology (IT) page on the website. We plan to start adding content related to accessing NetClassroom and our other services. Some of the content will be available without having to log in but other pieces will require that you login before seeing them.
This IT Page will feature our new Q&A blog, called Ask IT. We’ll have a place for you to submit any questions you might have about technology and Mr. Derek Ward and I will pick out a few per month to answer. While we are more than happy to help you understand the difference between a processor, memory and a hard drive, we won’t be answering questions that ask us to “rate your rig.” Our goal is to help broaden the Priory community’s understanding of technology concepts and help you find answers that you otherwise might have trouble locating.
Next, we are looking at working with New Horizons to offer classes in Microsoft Office. This is still in the early stages but I’d love to hear if this is a class you’d like to take by asking you to click this survey. My original thought is to offer classes in Word, Excel and either Microsoft Outlook or PowerPoint. We would offer both a beginner and intermediate class which would be limited to 12 individuals and would take place over two evenings (4 hours each night) during the school year and over the course of a day during the summer. We would provide these classes two or three times per year. These classes would be open to students and parents. So if you are interested in hearing more, please fill out the survey we will make available next week!
We are also looking for ways to bring the Priory community deals on software and hardware as we negotiate our contracts with our suppliers. For example, we recently secured free licenses of Microsoft Office for all Faculty and Students for use on their personal computers. That’s right, each member of the student body has the right to 5 free copies of Microsoft Office 365 as long as they are a student at the school. Look for details in the coming weeks on how to obtain your free licenses.
Finally, the Technology Department is throwing its hat back into the Xanadu ring. This year we will be offering our services in building a computer from scratch. We will schedule a planning session where we scope out the computer’s specs and estimate the cost. Then we will accompany you to MicroCenter in Brentwood to help you purchase the components. Finally, we’ll work with you to build the computer and show it off in the school if you choose. If you’ve ever wanted to have your own custom-built computer but you weren’t quite sure how to go about it, this is your chance to get it done with expert, dedicated help at your side. Please make sure that you read the full disclosure once auction items are announced later this year.
These changes won’t happen overnight, but we’ll be sure to spread the word as we begin to implement these items.
Gabe Santa Cruz
Director of Technology