Small or large schools face similar challenges. How do we engage our community? How do we gather information? How do we strengthen our security procedures? How do we limit time on task to more efficiently lead? With the help of some custom software solutions, school personnel can easily poll, survey, distribute information, take attendance electronically, and broadcast and receive safety alerts. With the changing landscape where a mobile phone or a Chromebook are ubiquitous, schools now have the opportunity to gather and distribute information in a more targeted and efficient manner. Let’s unlock some of the possibilities during this 50-minute session.
A graduate of Chicago Public Schools (Lowell, Lloyd, Lane Tech), Melvin Soto has worked in multiple capacities over his CPS career including: Mathematics Teacher at Peirce School of International Studies, District Technology Trainer, District Website Manager and Assistant Principal at South Shore High School. Since 2004, he has been the Assistant Principal for Technology and Strategic Planning at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School where he has personally designed, constructed, overseen and implemented over $4 million in cutting edge technological innovations. These include: 80 hi-tech classrooms, 9 computer labs, 5 hybrid classrooms, and an interactive cinema room with integrated video conferencing. In the last ten years he has also designed numerous custom web applications to create efficiencies in school administration. Creator of Lookup, Mobile ID, Purchup, LockerPort, and Lesson Tune.