Category: Educational Technology

Open School Leadership

Free and open source software is the catalyst for Penn Manor School District’s award-winning student learning programs. For one, they save the school district more than a million dollars on its technology budget. Besides fiscal savings are the open leadership principles that foster innovation among teachers and students, help to better engage the community, and create a more vibrant and inclusive learning community. Read… Read more →

2016 Technology Rewind

With 2016 slipping into the history books it is time to reflect on an exciting year of technology projects at Penn Manor School District. Here are a few highlights: The year started with a ring. In January, we unveiled a new automated attendance call notification system. When a student is marked absent, their parent or guardian automatically receives an alert… Read more →

Building Technology Aide Position

The Penn Manor Technology Team is seeking a building technology aide to provide students with friendly help and assistance. In this role you will answer day-to-day laptop questions, conduct student orientation and training sessions, repair laptops, troubleshoot minor issues, prepare laptops for distribution, and manage inventory. Excellent customer service abilities, superior communication skills, and a self-driven work ethic are essential. This part-time… Read more →

Mattermost – An Open Source Slack Alternative

The Penn Manor IT Team relied on a self-hosted IRC messaging server for many years. IRC is great for a technical crowd, but the old-school feel and cryptic conventions never resonated with students and teachers. We’ve experimented with IRC alternatives, but an affordable, school-friendly platform has been elusive. Slack was a promising option–and a few schools have tried it for… Read more →

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 to the Red Hat Creative… Read more →

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 Keystone Initiative for Network Based… Read more →