Palisades Charter High School

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Technology Overview

Campus Technology

Palisades Charter High School offers a wide range of technology tools to support our community. Our aim is to create a learning environment where technology is ubiquitous, secure, stable and appropriate. Our teaching staff are provided with mobile devices and either laptop or desktop workstations, depending upon which model best supports their lessons. The campus is multi-platform, supporting Windows, Apple and Google operating systems. We have ten computer labs. Three general purpose labs and seven dedicated to specific subjects: Journalism, Computer Skills, Computer Programming, Photography, Graphic Design, Environmental Science, and Film. In addition, we have iPad, Chromebook and laptop carts deployed across campus. Our campus network is filtered and monitored to provide stable and secure access to the internet. PCHS provides high-speed wireless Internet access to all students who sign our Acceptable Use Policy and demonstrate continuous, ethical Digital Citizenship practices throughout the school year. An SSO system allows students simplified access via one account to our cross-curricular, cross-platform tools: Google Apps for Education (G Suite), Office 365, Schoology, and Atomic Learning. A team of technology coaches support classroom technology integration ensuring that all faculty have support and all students have access to core technology lessons across the curriculum. More info about why schools filter and monitor internet access can be found on the CIPA website.

 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

 

1:1 Program Overview

 

Palisades Charter High School is a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) learning environment. Students are welcome to bring tablets, smartphones, laptops or Chromebooks to campus to support their education. Our Technology Department team assists with wifi connectivity, accessing digital textbooks, and general troubleshooting across multiple platforms (iOS, Apple, Windows and Android). Our 9th grade students learn within a 1:1 Program, which emphasizes Chromebooks but welcomes all device types. During summer registration families of 9th grade students may borrow a Chromebook for their student to use during the school year. If you have any questions about our Technology program, need advice about the right device for your student, assistance with digital textbooks, or any other technology issue, please contact our Parent Technology Support team at parenttech@palihigh.org

 



STEAM Shop

In 2016 the Pali STEAM Shop was profiled by Intel/TBS for America's Greatest Makers and won national recognition from the White House and US Dept of Education for our technology innovation program. The STEAM Shop hosts our STEAM Pod classes, Robotics class, and student clubs like 3D Printing and TARC Rocketry. The shop also supports academic classes like Environmental Engineering. Our aim is to increase engagement by providing differentiated pathways for Pali's diverse students to blend Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Our clubs are student-founded, student-led and support student-driven, peer-to-peer learning. STEAM Shop students visit and volunteer at community events like JPL's Open House, the IndieCade Festival of Independent Games, UCLA's Game Lab and USC's Games program. If you would like more information, please review our STEAM website or email steamshop@palihigh.org with questions.

 

 

GAFE / G Suite

 

At PCHS we believe in the power of collaboration. Google Apps for Education (aka G Suite) aims to foster peer collaboration through unified email communication, shared file storage in the cloud and free access to core academic productivity tools (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms and Drawings). We provide G Suite accounts for all our students and integrate GAFE with Schoology, our LMS, to expedite completion and submissions of assignments. In addition, our Temescal Academy is a 1:1 touchscreen Chromebook classroom environment. We also provide Chromebooks for our 9th grade students. More information about GAFE in schools can be found on the Google for Schools site.

 

 

 

Digital Citizenship

 

The PCHS educational mission is to “empower our diverse student population to make positive contributions to the global community”. In the digital age, it is vital that students understand their roles as Digital Citizens. Our technology, leadership and academic staff have collaborated to develop a series of workshops implementing the Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship Curriculum that brings issues of Digital Footprints, Online Safety, Plagiarism, Law and Etiquette into our classroom discussions. In addition, we offer workshops to ensure that parents have the tools and skills to support their teens’ in the development of healthy technology use. Please review the Common Sense Media Family Toolkit posted below and contact our Parent Technology Support team at parenttech@palihigh.org if you have any questions about appropriate and healthy use of technology.

 

Atomic Learning
 
PCHS provides all members of our community access to structured online tutorials for hundreds of technology tools through the Atomic Learning System. Every student has their own account, enabling them to learn new tools like GAFE, Office 365, Photoshop, and 3D modeling in a self-paced environment. Parents may also use the Atomic Learning tutorials for personal enrichment or professional development. Please email parenttech@palihigh.org if you need assistance accessing Atomic Learning.
 

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CONTACTS
Main (310) 230-6623

Donna Mandosa 
Technology Supervisor
(310) 230-6673
 

Ms. Mandosa directs our Technology Department, coordinating with the IT Team for infrastructure stability and collaborating with faculty on technology integration projects. She leads our 1:1 Program and our Long Term Strategic Planning Technology group, which ensures that all community voices are heard as Pali continues to develop an educational environment where technology is ubiquitous, secure, reliable and appropriate. Ms. Mandosa also directs our STEAM Shop program, which supports the expansion of hands-on learning opportunities and Career Tech Education through the development of an innovation lab in our restored Auto Shop classroom.

Jeff Roepel
IT Team Supervisor
(310) 230-6666
 

Mr. Roepel leads our on-campus IT team, which provides rapid-response technology support to our faculty, staff and students. He comes to Pali with a background in Federal, State, and Local Government IT and many years in corporate infrastructure IT. Mr. Roepel is a core member of the Operations Team, working across departments to unify and standardize communication and technology use. He is a campus leader providing strategic planning advice on all technology infrastructure projects.

Manny Waters
Tech III
(310) 230-6659
 

Mr. Waters has years of experience working in IT in both educational and non-profit settings. At Pali he provides classroom support to faculty, staff and students. He also managed the campus-wide upgrade of our Windows workstations.

George Lozano
Tech II Apple
(310) 230-6659
 

Mr. Lozano has worked in school IT for several years, at both the county and elementary school level. Prior to joining Pali, Mr Lozano was part of the IT team that deployed LAUSD iPads. At Pali he provides direct support to our faculty and staff, with a focus on our 1:1 iPad and Chromebook programs.

Domonick Thomas
Tech I
(310) 230-6659
 

Mr. Thomas has a background in Computer Science and has worked previously for the Los Angeles School Police. He is a 2001 alumini of Palisades Charter High School.