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 review the Password Help section below.

  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@ad.matsuk12.us
  3. At the next Mat-Su District screen, enter the student ID (ex. js104567) and the student password.

 

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Password Support

The Mat-Su Borough School District provides students with accounts that allow them access to different district-paid-for services.  Some of those include Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Clever, iStudent, and many more.  The district requires students to update passwords periodically (usually at least once a year).  In order to do this, please use the resources below and always feel free to contact our local support if you have any issues.

Before beginning, you will need to know your student’s MSBSD ID and password.  You can find your student’s ID on the Parent Portal.

To reset your password go the following page: MSBSD Password Update.

  • Type in your student username including @ad.matsuk12.us (ex. jn08035@ad.matsuk12.us).

 

  • Your student’s current password, if not already changed will be one of the following:
    • K-2 – alaska
    • 3-12 – student ID (ex. jn08035)
  • Create new password – requirements below
    • Grades K-2 – Not required to be changed – 5 Characters
    • Grades 3-8 – 8 Characters
    • Grades 9-12 – 8 Characters – At least one character from 3 of the 4 groups (uppercase, lowercase, number, special character)
  • Click Submit
  1. If, after trying these steps, you still have issues, please contact Gina Hutchens.

Mac Computers

Why Mac

Mac computers are the industry standard in the creative technologies.  These computers perform all necessary functions that students would need.

Pros

  • high-end applications
  • hold value/functionality
  • very durable

Cons

  • expense

Chromebooks

Why Chromebooks

Chromebooks are a solid system for basic computing and internet accessible applications.  Their cost makes them very appealing.

Pros

  • inexpensive
  • keyboard included
  • Google Apps integration

Cons

  • internet access required
  • limited creative application
  • cheap build quality

iPads

Why iPads

iPads offer more and more levels of functionality and access.  These tools are better than Chromebooks for students looking to use technology for creative endevours.

Pros

  • creative applications
  • hold value/functionality
  • very durable

Cons

  • no keyboard included (can purchase)
  • not a full computer

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.