Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


August 22, 2013

Tech leap back to school

Upgrades await students' return to class


Every school building will experience something new, Najarian said.

Gym classes in one building will now utilize technology like the Xbox Kinect to add an element of virtual reality to physical education.

At the high school, computer labs were eliminated over the summer.

In their place will be two MacBook Pro carts that teachers can sign out, Najarian said.

A new information technology help desk has been created at the high school that will tap students who are particularly adept at computers.

“They would assist teachers in troubleshooting all the new technology coming into their classroom, putting together little tutorials,” she said.

And visitors to all of the town’s schools will soon have access to wireless networks allowing them to operate their mobile devices from inside the facilities, according to Najarian.

A tech conference-style event will greet teachers on their first day back to the classroom this coming Monday.

The event will give Andover educators an overview of the new upgrades and how they can be incorporated into lesson plans.

It will also help prepare teachers for the arrival of students, who will join them in the classroom on Wednesday, Aug. 28.

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