Digitally Driven Maintenance Team

It is possible that the the maintenance team is the most digitally operational team in the building. Besides using HVAC controls that can be operated by phone, most of the team’s communication is app based.

Maintenance Request Tickets   Two years ago our Maintenance Team. moved its ticket system from paper to digital. The advantages were that the requests became transparent, easier to track, and allowed a means for us to maintain a slow chat about particular maintenance issues among ourselves and effected parties without maintaining complicated email threads. After investigating options we adopted the same system used successfully by our I.T. team–

Conveniently staff can send cleaning, repair, and set up requests by email to Zendesk. Then I assign ticket responsibility to an team member. If we get a backlog I will call a meeting, but generally the work gets requested, assigned, completed very efficiently.

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Our communication with crew leaders is mainly through our smart phones. We were having communication issues, however because we were using both email and text messages. Unfortunately information was not being shared efficiently as we would neglect to “reply all” or include everyone on information that would benefit all. Consequently I asked our faculty which group text app they used for youth sports, girl scouts, family groups. I got lots of feedback and eleven different suggested app. The most votes went to GroupMe.  My maintenance group adopted it and we have had great success. We have also adopted protocols. Instead of me alone being texted when contractors are in the building or a team member is absent, we use GroupMe.


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Social Studies: Critical Concerns Expressed to Authentic Audiences

This is twelfth and last in a series of blog “snapshots” of how Mercy students benefit from using iPad technology (and other tools) throughout the school day.


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Religious Studies Dept.– School Leader in Tech

This is the eleventh in a series of blog “snapshots” of how Mercy students benefit from using iPad technology (and other tools) throughout the school day.

The religious studies department is one of the most adventuress when it comes to educational technology.  Teachers employ a number of different digital tools for their creative assignments.

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Ms. Mals’ class produced some terrific videos such as this one by Mina Spryszak

Text and images by Dr. Kline-Kator, Ms. Lusch, Ms. Mals

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(EdTech) ROAD TRIP!!!!

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Tech in the MHS Math Dept.

This is the tenth in a series of blog “snapshots” of how Mercy students benefit from using iPad technology (and other tools) throughout the school day.

In the photos below, students in Geometry Honors are using GeoGebra to investigate the relationship between angles formed by parallel lines and a transversal. They will use the results to develop conjectures about the congruent or supplementary angle pairs.  The final component of the activity is to write the formal proof for each conjecture, thus developing the theorems found in geometry textbooks.  — Carol Baron

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Photos by L. Baker

Patty Perry uses Explain Everything to make tutorials for students to explain difficult concepts. She also uses it to respond to email or message questions.

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Counseling with Tech: Naviance Family Connection

This is the ninth in a series of blog “snapshots” of how Mercy students benefit from using iPad technology (and other tools) throughout the school day.

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The Mercy College Counseling Program is more than a guidance service for choosing a college; it is a program designed to assist students in identifying colleges that are considered to be a “good fit” academically, socially, and personally.  We strive to help each student develop her understanding of who she is, what is important to her, and what she hopes for her life after Mercy.  To help us with this endeavor, Mercy utilizes a comprehensive online college planning tool called Naviance Family Connection. , a college and career readiness platform that enables self-discovery, career exploration, academic planning, and college preparation for our students.  To introduce the various aspects of this resource to the student body, Counselors facilitate classroom lessons at various points during the 9th, 10th, and 11th grade years.
This spring, Mercy Counselors met with all freshmen students through their World History class. The focus of the meeting was to help students create their personal account with Naviance Family Connection. Counselors demonstrated how to create an account and assisted students with this task while they worked on their iPad.
Counselors also met with sophomore students through their English class. The focus of the sophomore classroom meetings was to introduce the students to the college planning and search features of Naviance Family Connection. Counselors demonstrated various functions of this online college planning tool and had students work along with them on their iPads as they explored things like: how to search for a college based on personal interests; how to learn about a college’s admission requirements; how to learn about major offerings at a college; how to know if a college is a good academic fit for a student based upon grades and test scores; how to begin building a “college list” of schools the student is thinking about, and how to build a resume to name a few.  All of this leads up to the junior year – one of the most important years when it comes to college planning.  We want students to have the tools and accurate resources to help them reach their post-secondary goals.
Tools like the iPad and resources like Naviance Family Connection have taken the college and career search and planning process to a whole new level.  
— Kristen Casey, Chairperson of Counseling Dept.
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MHS Coaches Active with Apps!

This is the eighth in a series of blog “snapshots” of how Mercy students benefit from using iPad technology (and other tools) throughout the school day.

Most of my these posts focus on the academic courses, but in this one shows you how pervasive technology is in our athletic program.  Here is a slide show showing how a wide variety of teams use apps and other tech tools

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The Athletic Director’s Office has very recently adopted Privit in order to automate required participation records. Assistant AD, Kate Scalzi outlined several reasons for adopting this online solution in favor of paper:

  1. Parents and families can easily update the records.
  2. The Athletic Trainer can access all medical records from any location.
  3. Information is far more unlikely to be misplaced.
  4. It’s easier to determine if all information has been submitted.
  5. Secure digital storage.



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