The Saint John's Information Technology Department
Welcome to the Information Technology Department of Saint John's High School. Saint John's views information technology as a valuable tool for the enhancement of the business, communications and educational activities and programs of the school. The major task of the Information Technology Department at Saint John's is providing faculty, staff and students with these 21st century tools, along with the necessary training, enabling them to better achieve their goals as instructors, as administrative, business and support staff and as active and engaged learners. The department responds to the needs of the school's various user communities, and it strives to supply the vision to optimize the school's present and future activities through the enhancements that modern information technology can provide. Formally stated, the department's goals are:
To provide appropriate, contemporary technology that will be used as a tool to assist all students, faculty and staff to accomplish their tasks more effectively and efficiently. This technology, consisting of infrastructure, equipment and facilities, must be available to all users in all areas of all buildings on campus.
To provide comprehensive technology training and support to students, faculty and staff. This must include support for hardware, software, implementation and integration.
In recent years, Saint John's has undergone continuous growth in all of its computer and technology related facilities. Students at Saint John's utilize enhanced information technology, throughout the campus. All classrooms in Conal Hall feature ceiling-mounted, computer-driven presentation projectors, accessible through dual location computer connections, allowing instructors to vary their class layouts to optimize the instructional environment.
Mr. Fred Borchelt, Science Dept., leads a Physics class in Ryken 600, utilizing the
room's integrated presentation technology
The school now features five fixed Computer Labs and a mobile laptop lab. Three fixed labs and a mobile lab reside in Conal Hall, one fixed lab resides in the Ryken Center and one fixed lab resides in Flavian Hall.
In Conal Hall, Room 110's 32 desktop stations create a dedicated computer programming lab space, utilized by students in the Computer Science programs. Room 109, the Pytko Center, is a space utilized as a language laboratory by the school's Mandarin Chinese students, as well as students in the Computer Science program. The Pytko Center provides 32 desktop stations. Room 217 is the Betty Curtis Writing Center, utilized primarily by English classes for computer-based writing applications, and it provides 30 laptop stations as well as enhanced presentation capability.
Senior English students utilize the networked laptop technology of the Curtis Center, while the instructor, rear, monitors student progress on the presenter's console screen. These images project onto the whiteboard screen, at front, via the room's integrated presentation system.
Additionally, a mobile laptop cart deployed in Conal Hall provides wireless computer access for classes held outside the fixed labs in that building, using Lenovo R60 laptops identical to those in the Curtis Center and using the 802.11n standard for connectivity.
In the Ryken Center, Room 700's 32 stations and enhanced presentation capability provide state of the art computer access to Media Center/ McCarthy Library classes, as well as providing scheduled space for other classes. Room 700 also provides student access during the school day, when scheduled classes are not actively utilizing the space. The McCarthy Library in the Media Center itself provides additional desktop stations for students engaged in research, classwork and homework activities.
Students at work during their Resource Period in the Mc Carthy Library Media Center
Students may also sign out laptop computers for use in certain areas within the McCarthy facility. In Flavian Hall, a fixed location laptop lab in Room 402, with 18 laptop stations, provides World Languages students with computer capability.
Various supervised computer facilities on campus are open before the class day begins, as well as after the conclusion of the class day. This assures students that they will have access to the technology needed to successfully complete their assignments. It also ensures that students have the necessary freedom to pursue their natural curiosity in productive and socially responsible channels. Facilities in The Media Center/ McCarthy Library and Conal Hall normally remain open as late as 4:30 PM on school days.
All Saint John's computers connect through 100mbps connections fed by a 1gbps fiberoptic backbone. The school continuously monitors network traffic and regularly upgrades switching and server equipment to ensure that the technology remains optimally accessible to the various user groups. Regular backup of all stored user files provides disaster recovery capability for all users.
Since all Saint John's networked computers allow Internet access, as well as networked access to teacher and student files, Saint John's requires students to use the power afforded by computers and the Internet responsibly, as stated in the school's Acceptable Computer Use Policy. Saint John's also maintains a robust Internet filtering system, ensuring that student Internet use complies with CIPA standards.
Saint John's also maintains a campus-wide wireless network, operating on the 802.11g standard, enabling students who own their own computers to access the Internet for purposes of research. Such Internet use remains subject to the Acceptable Use Policy and subject to the same Web filtering standards employed with school-owned systems. Student-owned computers are not allowed full access to the school's internal network.
The goals of the Technology Department and the expected levels of competency for students and teachers are stated more fully in the school's Technology Vision Statement.
Computer Use at Saint John's
Students who attend Saint John's encounter a school network that allows them to efficiently complete tasks on the computer and learn at a rapid pace. Students receive an annual Logging In directive, that answers questions about the details of accessing computers for the first time. After logging in to a computer, a student has access to a powerful array of software. The Technology Department extends access to school resources beyond the classroom, to allow students to access Saint John's from home, using the website.
The Technology Department provides a Website / Internet page, to answer any technical questions users may have about using and navigating the Saint John's website, and about the Internet in general. There is also a Glossary that reveals the hidden meanings of oft-heard computer terminology. The Information Technology Team hopes you find this site useful and that it allows you to enjoy a fuller and more rich experience with the computers at Saint John's.