The Rise, Fall, and Recovery of Powerschool

By: Sophia Li Starting the 2017-2018 school year, d.tech staff had cut ties with Buzz, the Student Information System (SIS). With Buzz, d.tech’s ex, isolated, Powerschool, another SIS, entered the equation. However, Powerschool’s product, Unified Classroom, contained many negative variables that weren’t factored in the envisioned program launch. Problems ranged from a complicated log in …

Sorry, Remind Me of Your Name?

By: Michael Bentley ‘Learning Hub’ became ‘FIT.’ ‘Infractions’ became ‘Community Agreement Violations.’ ‘Alpha’ became ‘1st Period.’ ‘Mr. Andrew’ became ‘Mr. McAndrew.’ There is no doubt that d.tech has a culture of arbitrarily changing the names of everything. Even the students do it; remember when they replaced all the rooms’ names for the Presentations of Learning …

The Unsolvable Mystery At Kidz Bop

By: Rye Spooner It was a simple Friday when this whole mess started. Pitch day, in Writer’s Workshop. I had completely forgotten all about it, and I was struggling to come up with some Buzzfeed-like idea I could use to turn out a story. However, I wasn’t the only student with this problem. A small …