Diocese of Lincoln Schools — Lincoln, Nebraska
Education Technology Office 402-488-2040 X323
Msgr. John Perkinton — Superintendent of Schools
Ken Pinkerton — Network Coordinator
Sr. Mary Kansier, M.S. — Director of Education Technology - email
Adrian Carlson — Applications Specialist
Mitch Corder — Field Support Specialist
Darren Furasek — Network Technician
Jason Garrett — Network Specialist
Brian Owens — Server Technician
Brad Seeman — Server Specialist
Shane Whitford — Training Specialist
Education Technology Initiative
Since 1996, private anonymous donors have funded a sizable Education Technology Initiative in the Diocese of Lincoln. The Initiative serves to enhance education in Diocesan schools through teacher training in classroom technology utilization and the administration and maintenance of modern technological equipment. Various projects of the initiative have resulted in connecting all the schools as a networked environment, providing teacher laptops, student computer labs, classroom SMART boards, library cataloging and lunchroom software, student information management system, Blackboard course management system, and interactive student tools.
One of the most well-received components of the Technology Initiative is teacher workshops. Over 30 training sessions are offered to teachers throughout the school year and during the summer, helping teachers incorporate technology into the curriculum. For several years, these sessions were hosted in a large hall set up as an ad-hoc classroom. In 2009, the Saint Maximilian Kolbe room was established as a permanent training center at the Blessed John XXII Center in Lincoln to host these training sessions. There are two staff members, dedicated to teacher training, available for on-site workshops in the school setting and who organize the summer trainings.
In addition to the two team members dedicated to training, there are three full time team members dedicated to maintenance and deployment of hardware. The team is headed by Msgr John Perkinton, superintendent of Schools; Ken Pinkerton, Network Coordinator; and Sr. Mary Kansier, Administrative Coordinator.
"Our Catholic schools are very advanced, even compared to public schools," Bishop Bruskewitz said. "We can certainly thank and pray for the generous people who provide the educational technology equipment, training and ongoing sustenance for this."