This is not an official James River Day School website, but a companion website for grades 5-8 middle school Technology Instruction. Students and their parents will use this website as a supplementary guide to class instruction and live platform for some assignments and project demonstrations.

Click Here to visit the Official JRDS Official Website.

 Notice: This website is designed for use and access only by students, parents, faculty and staff of James River Day School. Any other use is prohibited - including, but not limited to, unauthorized printing, copying, downloading, storing, transferring, or disseminating any information, text, graphics, etc. published on this website. For questions or further clarification, send an email to: jrdstech.net gmail.com, or use this website's Contact Form.

Page Contents:

  I. News

Check Google Classroom often.

Click your class colored rectangle above to get instructions for your class.
Check your Class Page often.

ASAP, Please download the 5-8 Technology Syllabus and read it with your parents.

I've installed Jivo Chat software on this website (button is at the bottom left of this page) so I can be available for questions during class times:

Live Chat via this website (during class times):
5th Grade: Mon @ 2:00-2:25
6th Grade: Thu @ 2:00-2:25
8th Grade: Tue & Wed @ 1:30-2:00

We will hold Zoom meetings on Fridays:
5th Grade: Fri @ 12:30-12:55
6th Grade: Fri @ 1:00-1:25
8th Grade: Fri @ 2:00-2:25

You can always ask a question on Google Classroom, or send me an e-mail (which will probably be faster).

JRDS has created a special webpage regarding distance learning HERE.

ALERT: April 4 Tech Scavenger Hunt Winners:
Weston (8th)
Corinne (5th)
Will (6th)
Eva (8th)

Some student projects are located in password-protected directories. If you are a parent trying to access your child's project, ask them for the login credentials.

Typing Leaderboard  www.speedtypingonline.com [alphabet]
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(Mr. Paul: 5.071)
8th Grade: Mary Clare 2.851
7th Grade: Abby 2.101 , Frances 3.40 
6th Grade:
5th Grade: Reegan 2.61 , Jeremiah 2.64 
Overall: Abby 2.101 

Accuracy Aces: Hammi, Lily, Georgia
Speedy Superheroes: Akbar, Reegan

  II. About JRDS Technology

The Thomson Technology Center Lab at JRDS (located at the entrance to the new Mary Riser middle school wing) includes 19 HPpro 15" network-connected laptops running Windows 10, one Linux workstation, two network-connected laser printers (one monochrome & one color), a wireless color scanner, a flat-panel display, and an LCD projector. Wireless internet is available throughout the school with high-speed wired network connections inside the Tech Lab. The Tech Lab also designates one workstation for nut-allergy-sensitive students. Students have access to Microsoft Office Professional, Microsoft Expression Web, and Adobe Photoshop Elements (among other software) installed on each Tech Lab computer.

JRDS Thomson Technology Center Lab

The Taylor Media Center (Library) includes 6 adjustable-height 25" iMacs, 8 iPads, 2 network-connected 3d printers, 2 network-connected laser printers (one monochrome & one color), a 75" Promethean Board ActivPanel Interactive Display and an LCD projector. It also has lots of books!

Every middle school student uses a Chromebook and Google G Suite for Education (including Google Classroom); with 5th and 6th graders being issued school-owned chromebooks, and 7th and 8th graders providing their own.

Sarah Lesko is the school's Technology Coordinator, Kevin Paul is the middle school Technology Teacher, and Megan Crowther is the Taylor Media Center Coordinator. Peter York is the Head of School. www.jrds.school

  III. Classroom Goals / Student Skills:

Mr. Paul's Technology Goals
1. To provide, improve, and enhance technology skills and knowledge needed to function successfully and excel* in our digital classroom, workplace, and life.
*pun intended - see Microsoft Excel

2. To adequately prepare students for advanced technology education in high school and college.

3. To broaden students’ technology experience and understanding.

[Details, application, and level of proficiency commensurate with grade level]

  • Improved keyboard and mouse proficiency.
  • File operations & management (including file extensions & cross-compatibility).
  • Hardware know-how (identification, troubleshooting, upgrading, repair, etc.).
  • Email operations & management (attachments, bcc, labels, etc.).
  • How to create a strong P@s$w0Rd!
  • Comparing Operating Systems (Windows, Mac, Chrome, Linux, etc.)
  • Microsoft Office Professional: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Publisher.
  • Google G Suite Apps: Classroom, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms.
  • LibreOffice: Writer, Calc, Draw.
  • JavaScript.
  • Website & Webpage Design: <HTML>, FTP, CSS, and SSI.
  • Graphic manipulation (creating, editing, cropping, layers, resolution, formats, etc.).
  • Audio/Video recording, editing & compiling.
  • Internet research & source citation / Evaluating source credibility & newsworthiness.
  • Internet safety & digital citizenship / Social media commonsense.
  • 3d printing.
  • Basic networking & wireless knowledge.
  • Basic scanning (documents & photos).
  • Data back-up planning &implementation.
  • E-Commerce & evaluating consumer reviews.
  • Guarding against viruses, malware, spyware, and phishing.
  • Experimenting with Raspberry Pi.
  • IoT (Internet of Things)
  • Google Earth
  • QR Codes
  • Setting the VCR clock? What's a VCR?

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  IV. Tech Lab Rules and Best Practices

The folllowing section seems very long, but I keep ammending and clarifying so don't skip to the end. These are all very important - and mostly common-sense ideas.

  • Practice good digital citizenship.
  • Do not share your username & password. Do not use other students' usernames & passwords, even if you have permission.
  • Do not open or view other students' files or folders, even if you have permission.
  • Do not view other students' e-mail accounts if they have not logged-out from a previous class. Log-out of their account first, then log-in to your account. Don't forget to log-out when class is over.
  • Use devices & equipment with clean & dry hands. In other words, after finishing your snack during break, wash and dry your hands before you come into the Tech Lab. Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Do not eat or drink in the Tech Lab. The Tech Lab is also a nut-free environment. Student who drink close to computers will not be allowed to bring water bottles into the Tech Lab.
  • Hold the bottom of devices with TWO hands. Do not interact with the device while walking or moving with it. If you must move with it, keep the lid partially closed.
  • Do not attempt to load paper into - or clear paper jams from - the Tech Lab printers. This is for the safety of students and printers.
  • Use only approved websites & apps in the Tech Lab. No social media except when it is part of classwork.
  • Do not attempt to delete or uninstall apps or extensions on the Tech Lab computers.
  • Do not re-arrange or attempt to delete the desktop icons on the Tech Lab computers - since many students use the computers and expect to see the same visual environment on each computer.
  • Mind the battery life of devices. Charge devices overnight on smooth flat surfaces (blankets, carpet, and other "fluffy" materials can impede airflow and result in overheating), but keep them unplugged while away on weekends or vacations. Keeping devices charged increases battery life and removes the need to bring charging cords to school.
  • Use safe & respectful volume levels when talking and using computer audio.
  • Always EJECT your flash drive before removing it. Removing your drive without ejecting it first could result in lost or corrupted data and/or drive failure. Back-Up early and often.
  • Stop & tune-in when the teacher is speaking.
Any violation of these rules and/or the JRDS Technology AUP may result in Tech Lab priviledges being suspended and disciplinary actions taken. These rules are in place for safety, and to ensure that all students have uninterrupted access to excellent and well-maintained computer resources. If you have questions or require further clarification, please contact Mr. Paul. If you think that a potential action may not be a good idea - it probably isn't. Ask first!