Technology - Digital Learning at Hill-Murray
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Technology Academy Website
What is HMConnected?
Google Gmail / Google Apps
Security & Monitoring
Want to Learn More About the Technology Academy?
Hill-Murray School offers two comprehensive Technology Academy Pathways, giving students the opportunity to gain experience with STEM curriculum, computational thinking, 3D printing and design, web development, and coding. Both the Technology Academy Certification, and the Technology Academy Coding Certification, offer courses that will introduce students to advanced technology topics, and develop their technical skills with industry-standard software. Our Coding Certification Pathway takes it to the next level, and prepares students for AP Computer Science testing (and obtain college credits), and develops student’s foundational and advanced coding skills. Find out more about the Technology Academy here
What is HMConnected?
HMConnected is Hill-Murray's digital learning initiative. It is designed to ensure that students are prepared to learn and achieve excellence in the digital world. HMConnected is a comprehensive project that includes several exciting new programs and upgrades to ensure Hill-Murray teachers and students have 21st-century tools to teach and learn:
- An 11” Macbook Air assigned to every high-school (9-12) student, available to them at school and home.
- Mobile Devices (iPads & Macbooks) available to every middle school (6-8) student during the school day.
- 1:1 Chromebooks for Nicholas Center students
- A Lynda.com digital learning library subscription for every student and teacher to use, 24/7/365 as a resource for supercharging technology skills and encouraging technological curiosity.
- Upgrades to our internal and external network infrastructure to support the increased volume of users and the next generation of educational tools and resources.
- State-of-the-art fiber internet access and campus-wide wireless provides the speed and resources necessary to support this initiative.
- A comprehensive professional development program for faculty designed to maximize student engagement, the differentiation of classroom instruction and use of the most current online resources.
- Dedicated Classroom Instructional Technology Specialists.
What are the benefits to students?
Immediate access to the latest educational research & information resources.
An increased ability to participate in online collaboration, and 24/7 access to teacher-created video
lessons, classroom presentations, notes and other resources.
24/7/365 access to one of the world’s most renowned digital learning libraries, Lynda.com, with
thousands of videos and online courses ranging from “10-Minute Tips on Getting Started with Your Mac”
to a 52-hour-long course on “Creative Adobe Photoshop and InDesign projects”.
Enhanced education in digital literacy and online citizenship, and preparation for the technological
environment they will be encountering in their post-secondary education.
State-of-the-art training for teachers ensuring they’re able to make the best use of new, and existing resources.
As a signature feature of the HMConnected program, every H-M Student will receive a premium subscription to the Lynda.com online service. Lynda.com is an online library that uses videos and tutorials to teach the latest software, creative, and professional skills through high-quality instructional videos hosted by industry professionals. To learn more, watch this introductory video about the service, and watch the How to use lynda.com course.
Benefits to using lynda.com include:
- Unlimited access to courses on a wide variety of technologies and disciplines including:
- Adobe Creative Suite
- Professional Photography Strategies
- Google Apps for Education
- Basics of Drawing
- Advanced IT and Computer Science Concepts
- So much more...
- Up-to-date content to keep skills current and to learn new skills.
- New courses added every week.
- Tutorials taught by recognized industry experts.
- Access to instructors’ exercise files to follow along.
- Closed captioning and searchable, time-coded transcripts.
- Beginner to advanced courses.
- The option to watch complete courses or bite-size videos as needed.
- Notetaking and Bookmarking tools to for later reference.
Lynda.com account activation emails were sent directly to student's school email addresses. If an account has already been set up, use the "Forgot my Password" tool on Lynda.com to retrieve a password. If an account was never set up, contact the tech office in room 117 for assistance.
Google Apps are a suite of collaborative online productivity applications that allow students to create and collaborate on text documents, spreadsheets, presentations and other documents, as well as email, chat and backup files. All students at Hill-Murray receive an "HMStudents.org" email and google apps account. Students use this email address to communicate with teachers and eachother.
Google Drive Sync, an application installed on every student laptop allows students to store their files locally on the laptop (for access offline) but also have all their files synchronized and saved to their online HMStudents.org Google Drive account. This is recommended for all students.
InfiniteCampus is Hill-Murray's Student Information System. It houses our backend student data, emergency contact information as well as student report cards, attendance and behavior information. InfiniteCampus, as well as all our other online student/parent resources can be reached by hovering over the "QuickLinks" icon at the top right of this page. All of our HMConnected platforms were set up with mobile devices in mind, and InfiniteCampus is no exception. You can download the InfiniteCampus app from the Google Play or iOS Apps Stores, you'll need our school's ID, which is avaiable on the landing page after logging into InifiniteCampus.
Students and Parents have accounts for InfiniteCampus to update and view this information, if you are having trouble with your InfiniteCampus password, contact the Registrar at 651-748-2428.
Finalsite is Hill-Murray's Digital Learning Management platform. It is a dynamic and capable system aimed at connecting students and teachers both in and out of the classroom. The Finalsite Learning Management System provides our teachers the right tools for the job. With calendars, resource folders, blogs, discussions, quizzes, assignments, assignment dropboxes, bulletins, media galleries, private social networking, and messaging it's feature-rich, and easy to use. This service can also be accessed under the "QuickLinks" heading at the top of this page. The LMS is the place where teachers will post to class calendars, allow students to turn in assignments, participate in discussions, or access links or videos necessary to complete homework or projects.
Currently only students have access to the FinalSite LMS, they have been given account passwords and they can visit the Tech Office in room 117 anytime during school to have their account passwords reset if necessary.
The laptops given to students will be the responsibility of the student and the family. In an effort to reduce some of the worry about students having expensive electronic devices with them at all times, Hill-Murray is making available an optional insurance program. If families choose to opt-in, a $75/yr fee for Apple Laptops (Grades 9-12) and $25/yr fee for Chromebooks (Grades 6-8) will cover any damage, accidental or otherwise that occurs to the laptop or peripherals. This includes spills, drops, vandalism, etc, up to the cost of a full-replacement of the device ($1000) per year. This coverage does not include loss or theft, the device must be turned in for an insured replacement or repair. Insurance can be purchased at the beginning of each school year.
Since the costs of theft or loss are the responsibility of the family, we highly recommend inquiring about "Personal Articles" insurance through your Homeowners Insurance Policy holder. Most insurance companies will add this rider onto a homeowners policy for between $20-$50/yr, and will cover the theft of your students laptop with no deductible. There is a "Personal Article Description" document attached below that your insurance agent will want in order to fully cover the device.
Personal Articles Homeowners Insurance Laptop Description
Security, Monitoring & Tracking
School owned equipment has several forms of enterprise security tracking and monitoring software, similar to software that is installed on corporate devices. Inside the Hill-Murray building, computers can be remotely managed, controlled, and fully monitored by teachers and other staff. Teachers have the ability to view student's screen, control the keyboard and mouse, blank the screen, send messages, etc. Outside of the normal workday, remote access to student computers is no longer available to staff and teachers. However, no matter the location of the device, we retain the ability to track the devices geographic location, internet IP address, monitor application installations, computer logins, and other operating system statistics. At no time do we have the ability to remotely activate device cameras or microphones.
If families are looking for an easy and inexpensive way to secure student and other personal devices and machines at home, we recommend activating the OpenDNS Family Shield system on your home routers or modems. The system is free, and is very similar to the content filtering system used at Hill-Murray.
Laptop Pick-Up Sheet
Digital Resources Guide
Student Laptop Responsibilities and Expectations
Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)
Update Emergency Alert Preferences
Would You Like More Help?
You can text message quick issues (like password resets or short questions) to our IT Text Line at: 651-800-1338
Click the button below to send an email an IT Support Team member.