Palms Middle School

Technology Committee

Advice on use of technology at Palms has been provided by the Palms Technology Committee since 1994.

 

Quote From a Palms Teacher

"We use a lot of technology in the classroom.

It can really help students visualize material so much better, and the smartboard makes everything tactile and encourages student interaction and participation.

I have students clamoring to do grammar exercises!"

Technology

Palms is proud of its up-to-date use of technology on campus.

In addition to this page, see the Computers page and the iPad section.

iPad Tablets

iPadPalms has had iPad tablet computers in classrooms since 2011 and acquired a collection of subject-specific software apps, each matching a teacher's curriculum.

On March 6, 2014 LAUSD issued iPads to all Palms students, and again on February 4, 2015. This brought a highly anticipated change in education to Palms classrooms. Read all about it on our iPad General Information page and our on our iPad FAQ page.

Apple TVs

Apple TVTeachers were issued Apple TVs in Spring 2015, as part of the technology initiative that brought iPads to students and staff. This was the first semester in which teachers could easily integrate new audio and video sources into their classroom lessons and activities.

Apple TVs are not television sets. They are digital media players, receiving A/V and transmitting it to an attached television set or other display device using HDMI. They can be controlled using a hand-held remote control or an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

Audio/video can be received over a wired or wireless connection, with the data coming from computers, tablets, smart phones, cable services, streaming Internet services, or iTunes on a Windows PC, Macintosh, iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

Infrastructure

Palms has a high-speed Internet connection with a network throughout the campus. Attendance and grades are done via the network.

Wireless networking was installed in 2013 in preparation for the first use of iPads throughout campus.

The Palms website is updated daily and provides extensive coverage of school events, policies, and other information. Every teacher has a personal website with class information and a class calendar. Every teacher can be contacted using the website.

Students in some classes can check their grades on campus or from home and download assignments from their teacher's website.

Student Email

LAUSD is implementing news ways for teachers to share grades and to exchange messages with parents or students. Watch for news.

Use of LAUSD accounts by students is governed by the LAUSD Acceptable Use Policy as Palms teaches Digital Citizenship skills to its students.

laptop computer

BrainPOP

BrainPOP

BrainPOP is a commercial software product, with a companion website, that is used by many Palms teachers. The annual software license is paid for by Friends of Palms.

BrainPOP uses engaging animated lessons that help Palms teachers convey and reinforce classroom lessons. It's been used at Palms since the 2013-2014 school year.

BrainPOP has content for Arts, English, Math, Music, Science, Social Studies, and Technology, as well as resources for teachers. Palms teachers have used BrainPOP with iPads to augment their lessons, engage students in team projects, and carry out interactive quizzes.

Desktop and Laptop Computers

laptop computerAlmost every classroom has computers used by students and the teacher. Palms has more than half a dozen mobile carts, each with a classroom set of laptop computers. Palms has a mixture of PC and Macintosh computers. Curriculum-specific software is selected by teachers.

The Library has two banks of computers used by students for library searches and Internet research, with new computers purchased in Spring 2015 after a successful Friends of Palms fundraiser.

The Video Production elective uses MacBook Pro laptops with the professional Final Cut Pro video-editing software.

Palms sometimes offers a Computers elective where students learn advanced graphics and web design skills.

Other technology

  • Students in our Keyboarding elective have used a variety of methods, from dedicated typing machines (called AlphaSmart devices) to locally installed software to web-based lessons.
  • Many classrooms have digital projectors, interactive whiteboards, or other equipment used to enhance teaching.
  • Some teachers have had their students use graphing calculators.
  • The main office has a computerized phone system programmed with the numbers of parents, used to keep parents informed of both routine and emergency information.
  • Intercoms and a public address system connect all classrooms to the main office.