Heather Fleming McQueen, M.S. Ed.
As the Director of Instructional Technology for Maritime Charter, I am responsible for all technology evaluation, budgeting and purchasing, implementation, and integration from the network to the desktop. As the District Data Protection Officer, I am responsible for ensuring that online and digital tools iused as part of our continuity of learning plan during distance learning comply with all applicable laws and regulations, including FERPA, COPPA, IDEA, Education Law § 2-d, and Part 121 of the Commissioner of Education’s Regulations if personally identifiable information will be utilized.
I enjoy bringing in new technology for the Cadets and Candidates to use and working directly with the teachers to integrate it into the classroom. The Cadets currently have access to HP workstations, Apple iPads, and Chromebooks in various classroom and mobile lab settings. All Cadets and Candidates are provided with a Google Apps for Education account to facilitate interactions with teachers on assignments and the ability to work from home and access their papers online back in school. Email and document sharing has been a huge success the past several years!
We have provided all Cadets and Candidates with individual access to: Google Classroom and Gmail; network access; eSchool's Student Portal; Castle Learning; GALE Access Databases and so many more online tools. The students can now interact with their teachers on papers, using Gmail, Google Classroom, and Google Drive, to save documents to their personal accounts and work on them from home or on any internet capable device. We are moving toward a real world, college ready, level of assignment and document access for our students so learning does not stop when they leave the building. The amount of technology and the quality of it's integration into our Cadets' and Candidates' daily schedule continues to increase year after year as we keep up with the latest technological devices and trends. Using their student portal account, Cadets, Candidates, and their parents, can see what assignments are due and their current grades. Cadets, Candidates, and their parents are encouraged to log in on a regular basis to stay on top of their assignments.
Detailed information on the technology at Maritime can be found on our Technology Page.
We are improving our home schooling program for Cadets and Candidates to be used in times of not being allowed in school for extended periods of time. Using Google Meet, the Cadets and Candidates attend their classes virtually and get credit for lab time while fully participating in class. This is a great advantage over home tutoring and we are proud to be moving in this direction.
I welcome the challenges inherent in updating technology to help ensure our Cadets and Candidates are ready for life after high school. If you have any questions about, or wish to discuss Maritime's technology, our acceptable use policy, Parent and Student Portal, or our initiatives, please feel free to contact me.