Technology & Data Services
RSU 39 is a K-12 partner with Google Apps for Education, now called G Suite. An understanding of the broad use of information and technology around the world in the 21st Century requires that schools look different than they once did. Memorizing facts and providing formulaic solutions to teachers are not the type of innovative skills that students need to prepare for their futures. Rather, they must be creative, critical thinkers who can find and evaluate information and use that to solve complex problems.
Technology in RSU 39 is designed to support authentic and problem-based learning opportunities for students while also ensuring that staff members and the community at-large benefit from innovative and efficient solutions.
RSU 39 students and staff members have access to the full range of G Suite tools, on their Chromebooks and across devices. Students and staff can access G Suite by simply logging into Gmail, Inbox by Gmail, or Drive with their RSU account.
Students and staff members in RSU 39 are provided with Chromebooks. While a number of different models are currently in use, and new models are being explored all the time, Chromebooks offer a fast, secure, economical, and reliable way to get work done.
Kajeet Wireless Internet Hotspots
Through action research, school districts have discovered that having access to a high-speed home Internet connection can result in one to two years of academic performance in reading and mathematics for students over those students who do not have such access.
RSU 39 has been a leader in acting on this information. Through our Gear Up Grant and Program, we have been able to work with the company Sentinel to ensure that all students in Grades 7-12 have access to a robust Internet connection at home for free. These hotspots are available for students at Caribou High School in the Transitions Center, Caribou Middle School through Mr. Pelletier and the after-school Gear Up tutoring program.
When students or staff members identify that something is not working right, either with their Chromebook or another device, the network, or an online service, a Support Ticket should be filed. Alternatively, students at CHS in grades 9-12 and staff members are invited to visit the Tech Department (Room 205) aka ChromeDepot for assistance and support from our Junior Tech's.