Technology for Students
Students use computers almost daily at Metro. The school is proud to have a state-of-the-art wireless network and one of the fastest internet connections available, allowing all students to be online at the same time without experiencing delays. In addition, all four Envision Schools are linked together on the same network, which boasts a gigabit of bandwidth.
Metro takes student safety very seriously, and we use sophisticated web and email filtering to ensure that computers are used for appropriate purposes. Our web content filtering prevents student access to inappropriate websites and email filtration systems flag any improper email communications. Students’ activity and communication is monitored by Metro to guarantee that our technology is used only for school purposes and to maintain a safe environment for all students.
All students have a Metro email account, hosted on Google, which provides access to Google Drive/Docs, Chromebooks, Kahn Academy, an educational video library, and a host of other technology-based educational services. Every teacher is provided with a MacBook laptop and teachers frequently use Google Docs, YouTube, and other resources to integrate technology as a dynamic teaching tool.
Metro also has a projector in every classroom and an assortment of top of the line digital video and still cameras available for students to use on various projects. Metro has two mobile laptop carts and two iMac labs, along with several iMacs available for after school use. The lab is often open after school and during lunch.
Students can store their coursework on the school server and “in the cloud” to minimize the risk of losing their work and allow for collaboration between students and teachers.
Digital Media Arts
We also have on staff a Digital Media Arts teacher, Phyllis Wong. Digital Media classes focus on Audio, Video and Still Visual Designs created on the computer.
All Metro students are provided with four user accounts. Click on the links below to access your accounts.
- Google (email, calendar, docs, sites, etc): http://start.es-metro.org
- PowerSchool (grades and attendance): https://envision.powerschool.com/
Metro’s PowerSchool administrator is Isela Jacques-Ramirez (the Office Manager). Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re having trouble with your account.
- Digital Archive (portfolio management system): http://www.envisionschools.org/portfolios/
- Server account (storage of student work): Your Digital Media Arts teacher will provide login information as needed.
What’s my Username & Password?
Students and guardians may request their username and password from their Metro Advisor. Usernames are usually formulated as such: Firstname_Lastname. So, if John Doe were an Envision student graduating in 2015, his username would be: John_Doe. Unique passwords are assigned by the Technology staff at the beginning of the school year and will be distributed via Advisors.