Project helps district learn Macs

TUPELO – A Tupelo High School senior will make the school district’s transition to Apple computers much smoother.
As the district provides teachers, administrators and students with MacBook laptops in an effort to transform classrooms into digital learning environments, a big part of the culture change will be lifelong Windows users adapting to the Macintosh operating system.
That’s where Ross Waycaster comes to the rescue.
Waycaster, an avid Web designer, is using his THS senior project to build a Web site that will provide tutorials for teachers, students and parents learning to use Macs for the first time.
“We are so excited about this tutorial,” said Kay Bishop, public information officer for the Tupelo Public School District. “Even after we have training for our teachers and students, if they are working at home and forget how to do something, they can go to Ross’ Web site.”
That Web site, www.iLearnMac.com, is currently being constructed. It already has one video tutorial providing a basic introduction to the computer’s functions, but Waycaster plans to add many more in the months ahead. He also plans to add a section to the Web site for users to submit questions that he will answer.
“I plan to do enough to get people going on their Macs,” he said.
Waycaster, who also won a contest to name the TPSD’s laptop initiative “iCreate the Future,” began using Mac computers when he was a freshman and quickly became adept with them. Waycaster will attend Mississippi State University next year and study business information systems. After that, his goal is to go to graduate school at Full Sail University in Florida to study Web design and development.

Contact Chris Kieffer at (662) 678-1590 or at chris.kieffer@djournal.com.

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