Technology

At Shelton, we are committed to using the right resources (hardware/software) to fully support classroom learning to ensure that every student in every classroom has the tools that he or she needs to be successful.

Questions about the Technology Department may be directed to:
Tina Larson
Information Technology Manager
tlarson@shelton.org

972-774-1772 ext. 2273

Educational Tech

Teachers and students have access to an array of educational technology tools including ...

  • MacBooks and iPads
  • SmartBoards
  • Online subscription databases
  • Software for productivity and creativity

Beginning in 5th grade, students receive direct instruction in computer skills such as....

  • keyboarding/typing
  • organization
  • word processing
  • presentation software
  • photo editing
  • movie making

All 6th - 12th grade students are supplied with a laptop computer (currently MacBook Air). Students use these for research, note-taking, productivity, creative projects, and organization. Assistive features that help LD students learn and produce are emphasized. These include...

  • Dictation which converts spoken words into typed text.
  • Text-to-speech which allows the computer to read text out loud to the student.
  • Audio books, which are available for individual purchase or on loan from the Library.
  • Scanning and OCR (optical character recognition) equipment, which is used to convert paper documents into electronic format, then used with text-to-speech.
  • Parents may provide additional software or device that provides productive assistance to their child after approval from Administration, Technology, and his or her teacher.

In Upper School, students are required to take 1 full credit (2 semesters) of technology. The first semester is a general computer applications survey course. The second semester is selected from the following: Web Design, Creative Digital Media, Advanced Photo Editing, and Yearbook. For detailed course descriptions, see the Upper School Course Catalog.

IT - Tekhelp

Information Technology includes managing our network, maintaining hardware and software, and providing technical support to students and staff.

Technical support (provided by our Tekhelp Department) is available by walkup request, phone call or via an electronic ticketing system. The Tekhelp Department is also responsible for inventory management, hardware repairs, and software installs.

The tekhelp office is open Monday-Thursday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm and Friday 8:00 am until 4:00pm. If your student is having difficulties with his or her MacBook, please encourage him or her to go to the Tekhelp Office ASAP. If we don't know that your student is having difficulties, it is impossible for us to help resolve issues. You may also email the Tech Support Staff at techsupport@shelton.org

Policies

Shelton Acceptable Use Policy for Technology - general policy for acceptable use of technology by any user (student, staff, or guest).

MacBook Program Guidelines - guidelines for the 7th-12th Grade MacBook Program which applies to those students and their parents.

MacBook Program

The tekhelp office is open Monday-Thursday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm and Friday 8:00 am until 4:00pm. If your student is having difficulties with his or her MacBook, please encourage him or her to go to the Tekhelp Office ASAP. If we don't know that your student is having difficulties, it is impossible for us to help resolve issues. You may also email the Tech Support Staff at techsupport@shelton.org

Printing at Home
  1. Make sure the printer is Mac compatible.
  2. The box and/or documentation should indicate if it will work with a Mac.
  3. Connect the computer to the printer with a USB cable.
    Wait a few minutes for the computer to recognize the printer.
  4. Attempt to print a test document (File-->Print...).
    The new printer should appear near the bottom of the printer list.
  5. Occasionally a complete reboot of the computer while the printer is connected will force it to recognize the printer.
  6. If none of these work, please contact the Tech Support office for assistance.

Cyber Safety