Technology

At MSC, we recognize that technology is both a tremendous tool, as well as a major source of concern for parents.  We are parents too, and we are here to help you navigate and understand how you can guide your students in both accessing and effectively using technology in productive and creative ways.

LEN SAWYER

Technology Support Specialist

Email | (907) 352-7478

Support

Len Sawyer has been invaluable to the implementation of cutting edge technology at MSC.  He is a wealth of knowledge and has a passion for helping students and families understand their devices and have the access they need.  Contact him for any technical questions or if you have support or service issues for your device.

Family/User Responsibility

MSC maintains that devices should be customizable for each user’s needs and experience.  For that reason, they are sent with families with no setup.  This means there is a great deal of responsibility that families need to take.  To read more, see the link below.

New Device Considerations

Google Applications

Google Applications refers to an online file storage and productivity suite that anyone with a Google (Gmail) account.  Google accounts are also available to all students for free through the MSBSD.  Please follow the instructions below to access your student Google Applications.

Before beginning, you will need to know your student’s MSBSD ID and password.  If you need your student’s password reset, please email Gina Hutchens with your student’s first and last names, as well as ID if you know it.

  1. Navigate in a web browser (Safari, Chrome, etc.) to drive.google.com
  2. Enter your student account info (first and last initials and ID numbers with @apps.matsuk12.us
    1. Example: John Smith 104567 would be js104567@apps.matsuk12.us
  3. At the next Mat-Su District screen, enter the student ID (ex. js104567) and the student password.

For more on how to better use Google Drive and its associated applications, please look on this page for more info coming soon.

 

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Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office applications (i.e. Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.) are available at no charge to students at Mat-Su Central.  To download these applications on your computer, please follow the steps below.

Before beginning, you will need to know your student’s MSBSD ID and password.  If you need your student’s password reset, please email Gina Hutchens with your student’s first and last names, as well as ID if you know it.

  1. Navigate in a web browser (Safari, Chrome, etc.) to portal.office365.com or login.microsoftonline.com
  2. Enter your student account info (first and last initials and ID numbers with @ad.matsuk12.us
    1. Example: John Smith 104567 would be js104567@apps.matsuk12.us
  3. At the next Mat-Su District screen, enter the student ID (ex. js104567) and the student password.

 

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Mac Computers

Why Mac

Apple has long been a leader in design and creative production with technology.  The philosophy of Mac mirrors ours, that technology is a tool that is designed for humans to use.  The tool should be easy to use and powerful in its ability to help the user create beautiful products.  The intersection of where technology and the humanities meet is where we see kids understanding how to be ready to use technology in whatever environment they find themselves.

 

Chromebooks

Why Chromebooks

Cheap, fast, access.  More to come…

 

iPads

Why iPads

Mobility, creativity, productivity.

Create

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Technology should not just be used to consume information.  We believe, as with any subject or area of study, that real learning happens in the creation of quality products that show a synthesis of learning.

Collaborate

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Technology opens up a new world of collaboration.  Creating products can be made easier and also with greater depth and quality when real collaboration is used.  Consider how you might encourage your student to collaborate with others in their work.

Contribute

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At MSC, we expect students to learn how to contribute in deeper ways.  This is not only with technology, but technology does allow for a some important modes of contributing to a larger community and society in general.  Learning how to contribute in different way is important.  Consider how to help your students see how they might contribute beyond what they know now.