Information and Innovation Team
Kent Denver's Information and Innovation Team and the Duncan Center itself exist to provide access to appropriate learning resources, spaces and experiences for all members of our learning community. IIT cultivates opportunities to explore, curate and create employing processes of research, iteration and reflection.
Vetted educational technologies are one of the cornerstones of Kent Denver’s modern approach to learning. IIT helps ensure technology functions as it should, delivers or facilitates desired outcomes and—because learning is not confined to the classrooms here—is easy to use both at school and at home.
In addition to managing the Duncan Center learning facility, IIT is responsible for maintaining the school’s computer network and telephone system, overseeing our technology purchase decisions, spearheading our one-to-one laptop program and supporting student, faculty and staff computer repair needs via an authorized, on-site Apple repair office.
Kent Denver's One-to-One Laptop Program
Having access to a computer has become essential to students at every grade level. In the classroom, Kent Denver teachers leverage computer-based activities to enhance the overall learning experience. Outside of class, students are able to access the internet via our secure, filtered and monitored Wi-Fi network to continue relevant educational pursuits.
Additionally, Kent Denver uses an intuitive online learning management system called Canvas that allows teachers to post course descriptions, homework assignments and other relevant information online and empowers students to ask questions after school, upload homework quickly, easily—and always on time..
Kent Denver School is pleased to offer a One-to-One laptop purchase program that allows families to purchase a computer that meets their academic needs at a competitive price.
A laptop purchased through the Kent Denver program will come with all site licensed software required for our courses. In addition to the discount purchase option, Kent Denver has Apple-certified technicians on site to offer hardware and software support for all laptops purchased through our laptop program.
- When can I order my machine?
- When will I receive my laptop?
- What software comes preloaded on the computer?
- What are the advantages to ordering through the Kent Denver program?
- Is AppleCare included with an Apple computer purchased through Kent Denver's computer program?
- Can I take my machine to the Apple store for repair?
- What happens if I break my laptop?
- May we purchase and install other software?
- May I select upgrades to the machine through the Kent Denver laptop program?
- If I already have a laptop, do I have to purchase another machine?
- Will financial aid reduce the cost of a laptop purchased through Kent Denver?
If the laptop breaks due to a manufacture fault, all parts and labor will be done under warranty either by Apple or by IIT. If the laptop breaks due to your actions (e.g. dropping, liquid spills, stacking items on top of the machine, etc.), you are liable for the repair costs.
The absolute best proactive step is to have a homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy that covers accidental damage to computer equipment. Many homeowners insurance policies offer coverage for this type of damage so be sure to check your policy and options for adding accidental damage. You may also buy accidental damage coverage through a third party company specifically for laptops.
Duncan Center: A 21st Century Academic Facility
The Duncan Center is more than a library. It is the information and innovation hub of the school, and it is also an interactive and collaborative learning commons. This space includes:
Innovative Technology Experiences
- Virtual Reality
- Design floor: Laser cutting, 3D printing, Maker supplies
- Technology projects that integrate with and support curriculum
Research and Technology Help
- Information and digital literacy instruction
- 30 databases for academic research
- Access to 110,000 e-books
Books and Magazines
- Fiction and graphic novel collection for independent reading
- Access to 100 Colorado libraries
- Over 30 print and online magazines and newspapers
Duncan Center Resources
Technology Use Resources for Kent Denver Parents & Guardians
Technology is a wonderful tool—however its effect is significant. Technology use forms many of our subconscious daily routines and often removes our decision making control.
Adolescents form technology use habits as they also explore their identity, desiring independence and pushing boundaries. Social media takes this experimentation and creates a public, permanent, searchable archive that can be accessed with the push of a button. Yet this public sandbox is attractive to adolescents in ways we do not always understand.
Fortunately, there are steadily improving resources to help families, educators and adolescents be more intentional about their technology and media use. Common Sense Media is one such nonprofit committed to providing resources. Their mission is to “help kids thrive in a world of media and technology.”
Kent Denver has curated some of Common Sense Media’s best resources and contextualized them for our setting. These resources are divided into four categories: understanding the technology, developing family agreements, having ongoing conversations, and asking questions.
Adolescents want to dialogue about technology and media use with those who understand it. When adults do not, adolescents can dismiss them with a “you just do not get it” tone.
For adults, it is hard to stay up with the changing landscape. Researching last week’s popular game, Candy Crush, now seems irrelevant given this week’s top hit, Trivia Crack.
Common Sense Media offers a searchable database with overviews, ratings, reviews, concerns, and conversation starters for all types of media including more than 2,500 current video games, apps and websites. Many of the reviews have a “Families can talk about...” section with some conversation starters around the media.
Some of the social media Kent Denver parents and guardians should be aware of are:
Some of the popular mobile games are:
If the technology or media you are considering is not on the lists above, click here to search the entire Common Sense Media Database. If some of the terminology your child is using is overwhelming, Common Sense Media also provides a Digital Glossary of common words and phrases.
Having clear conversations with your child around technology and media boundaries is critical. Adolescents, no matter how much they complain, consistently report that they rely on family boundaries to help them when confronted with challenging situations around technology and media. Common Sense Media offers two tools to help with this:
Family Media Agreement
There is an age-appropriate version for elementary, middle, and high school students. The Family Media Agreement centers around the big ideas of technology and media use including: staying safe, thinking first and staying balanced.
Customizable Device Contract
Common Sense Media also equips families with a Customizable Device Contract. This addresses specific routines and procedures including big ideas of: where, when, how long, accountability, privacy, care, maintenance, and use of devices by others. Together these agreements help families come to their own set of expectations that reflect family priorities.
Ultimately the best way to help your child navigate technology and media use is through ongoing conversations. This means creating space to discuss your child’s questions and experiences around technology and media use.
Common Sense Media offers two-page documents on relevant conversations among adolescents. These documents begin with a Family Tip Sheet offering suggestion for adults to begin a conversation with an adolescent. The second page offers a case study called a Digital Dilemma.
Consider using the following conversation topics to create space about technology and media use at home:
Certainly as families have conversations more questions will surface. Common Sense Media has a Parent Concerns area of their website designed to assist with this. This area provides age-appropriate guidelines as well as videos and articles to help guide further conversations. Some of the questions posed frequently by Kent Denver parents and guardians include:
- What are some good rules for screen names and passwords?
- How can I help my kid avoid digital drama?
- How do I protect my kid’s privacy online?
- How can I make sure my kid isn’t sharing too much on Facebook or Instagram?
- When should parents intervene in a cyberbullying situation?
- What should I do if I think my kid is addicted to video games?
- Is it OK to let my teen sleep with her phone under her pillow?
- Is my Minecraft-obsessed kid learning anything while he plays?
- How do I monitor my teen online without “spying”?
- How do screens affect my kids’ sleep?
Meet Our Information and Innovation Team
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B.A. - Physics
“From teaching to programming to leading our student teams, my job never feels monotonous and always presents me with new opportunities to grow and learn.”
Mr. Clement says teaching constantly requires him to master new tools and technologies. “One of the many reasons I enjoy teaching at Kent Denver is the great diversity of opportunities afforded to me,” he says.
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B.S.E. - Electrical Engineering
M.A. - Educational Technology Leadership
Kent Denver Distinguished Technology Chair
“Students have amazing ideas about the world, and I enjoy exploring and developing many of these ideas with them.”
At Kent Denver, Mr. Ehrenfried has the opportunity to work with the global leaders of tomorrow, and that’s what motivates him to come into work every day.
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B.S. - Computational BiologyBefore coming to Kent Denver, Mx. Haynes taught English in Japan for two years with the Japan Exchange and Teaching, or JET, program. Before that, Mx. Haynes studied computer science and biology at Harvey Mudd College.