The Power of Open in Education

Penn Manor: The Power of Open in Education, a short documentary produced by Red Hat Films, premiered on the opening night of Red Hat Summit 2015. The film features our current and former student help desk apprentices, teachers, and staff. Footage and interviews were shot during a whirlwind three day filming schedule in May 2015. A huge thank you…

B is for Bandwidth

Blazing, brisk, breakneck, blistering–these words now describe Penn Manor’s Internet connection. The district just completed the installation of a new high speed network circuit that provides up to 1 Gigabit of Internet bandwidth. With 10 times more speed than before, the new circuit will help students and staff reach the online resources they need, without a wait. Internet service is supplied by the…

Middle School Laptop Program Parent FAQ

The parent information forum on the 1:1 Laptop Learning Program was held at Marticville Middle School on Wednesday May 13, 2015. Over 50 parents and students attended the session, which covered details of the August laptop distribution, student expectations, and classroom goals. A document summarizing frequently asked questions and concerns was made available to attendees. If you…

Shawn Beard Honored as Outstanding Employee

Shawn Beard, Penn Manor’s Enterprise Systems Engineer, was recently honored as an outstanding district employee for 2015. Shawn’s is a somewhat elusive member of the PM Technology Team. His day-to-day tasks are often performed behind the curtain–but without him, we’d notice. Shawn is responsible for managing and maintaining our most complex and critical technical infrastructure. He diligently and…

Student Linux Laptops Presentation

At our March IU13 Technology Directors meeting, I joined several district colleagues for a sharing session on student 1:1 programs. The discussion was titled: “1:1 Implementation: Choosing the Right Device”. I spoke about our Penn Manor’s guiding principles, open source philosophy, student apprenticeship help desk program, and how Linux offers unique learning options for students and teachers. Slides from my potion…

Join the Penn Manor IT Team

We are seeking a department program assistant and a school tech support specialist. Program Assistant You will provide administrative, clerical, and customer service support to ensure the effective day-to-day operation of the IT department. Duties include phone assistance, digital record keeping, 1:1 laptop program and child registration clerical support, scheduling, ordering, and general office functions. You’ll support our department with strong organizational skills,…

You are a marvel

“Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should…

MikroTik RouterOS Training Class

Penn Manor engineers are moving to MikroTik routers as part of a district network equipment upgrade. MikroTik RouterOS is packed with powerful features and the equipment is significantly less expensive than similar routers from Cisco. To help accelerate our learning we are excited to host a public MikroTik Certified Network Associate (MTCNA) training course at Penn Manor School District in March. The two-day…

1:1 Laptop Program for Middle Schools

I’m thrilled to announce that the district 1:1 student laptop program is coming to middle school students this fall. Penn Manor’s board of directors voted on Tuesday night to expand the program into grades 7 and 8. Approximately 800 students will receive a district-issued laptop at the start of the 2015-16 school year. The middle…