Malone University Department of Information Technologies reaching out to local schools
July 26, 2013 | Release # 6654
The Malone University Department of Information Technologies networking and support staff are reaching out to the Tuslaw community by means of assisting the local school district with a technology initiative. Malone University permits its faculty and staff to participate in service learning programs for up to 10 working days with supervisor approval for service learning projects in the local community and around the world.
Left - Jim Shaffer; Right - Shawn Campbell
Tuslaw Local is in the process of implementing a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative to help prepare their students for the 2014-2015 online assessments set by the Department of Education. The BYOD initiative and the online assessments required a complete network upgrade which has been completed and a Google Apps for Education implementation which is in progress. Malone University was an early adopter (2008) of Google Apps for Education and will be providing technical expertise in integrating Google Apps into Tuslaw's IT environment. Senior network engineer, Jim Shaffer, and system's analyst, Shawn Campbell, will be assisting Tuslaw with the project.
According to Ryan Rodocker, director of technology and curriculum at Tuslaw Local School District, "During the 2012-2013 school year, Tuslaw made the commitment to Google Apps for Education, because I felt it could open up many opportunities for our students and staff. We had teachers from our elementary, middle school and high school volunteer to run pilot programs with our students. Those pilot programs were extremely successful and feedback from our teachers was great. Students were now taking online assessment through Google Forms, collaborating on Google Docs and using online educational tools like Khan Academy with their Google user names and passwords. Although we had great success in our pilot programs the management side was very daunting, so I was very excited to have Jim and Shawn offer their time to help with the management side of the process. With the help of Jim and Shawn Tuslaw will be able to move Google Apps for Education district wide this fall."
Jim Shaffer, senior network engineer at Malone University, responded, "As a life-long resident of the Tuslaw community and parent of three children, I was excited when Ryan told me about the initiative the school was undertaking. I have seen the value BYOD and Google Apps have brought to the academic environment at Malone and was pleased to be part of the implementation at Tuslaw. The opportunities afforded by the investment in the new network and Google Apps implementation will greatly enhance the learning experience at Tuslaw."
Shawn Campbell, systems analyst at Malone University, added, "At our most recent community forum, President (David) King talked about engaging and serving in our local community. I heard about Tuslaw's Google Apps project from my co-worker Jim Shaffer whose children attend there and it seemed to me to fit exactly what President King was talking about."
Adam Klemann, support and infrastructure manager at Malone University, agreed. "We are excited about sharing the knowledge we have accrued over our nearly five years of being a Google Apps school. We want to strengthen the connections with our local school districts."
Jack Harris, Ph.D., director of cross-cultural engagement at Malone University, observes, "In the past two months, Malone's service learning program has had more than 70 students, faculty and staff working on projects in the local community and around the world."
Tuslaw Local Schools (Massillon, Ohio), a public school district located in Stark County, Ohio which serves Tuscarawas and Lawrence Township, and western portions of the City of Massillon. On the last state report card released by the Ohio Department of Education, Tuslaw had a rating of "Excellent." Tuslaw Local Schools is very fortunate to have strong community support for academics, arts and athletics.
Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2013
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