MINNEAPOLIS (Jan. 17, 2012) — Each day, we use kiosk systems when making a bank deposit or withdrawal or printing an airline boarding pass — but did you ever imagine that a kiosk could be a link to education resources?
The Minneapolis Public Schools is one of the first K-12 school districts employing this technology in an entirely new way.
MPS unveiled kiosks to families and community members at the Brian Coyle Community Center on January 19. The kiosks were designed collaboratively by the Office of Family and Community Engagement and the Office of Communications in an effort to connect English-, Hmong-, Somali- and Spanish-speaking families and stakeholders directly to MPS by providing relevant educational information in high-traffic areas, giving families the opportunity to interact with MPS on a regular basis.
Through kiosks, families may access a wide range of information including school lunch menus, calendars and videos. Families may also submit their school request cards, subscribe to electronic newsletters and link to parent and student resources available on the MPS website.
Five kiosks were purchased initially and were partially funded by a school choice grant. In addition to the Brian Coyle Community Center, kiosks will be placed at the Cub Foods store located on Lake Street and the MPS New Families Center, Educational Services Center and the Student Placement Office. MPS plans to place at least five additional kiosks in other areas of the city before June 2012.
“We are excited to offer this innovative tool as a unique new way for families to engage and participate in their child’s education,” said Scott Redd, Executive Director of Family and Community Engagement. “MPS will also observe the usage of the kiosks and review suggestions from the community so that we may update content throughout the year to provide our families with additional information that they want and need.”
MPS launched kiosks in conjunction with the first ever Somali language Soup with the Supe event on January 19. It will be primarily translated in the Somali language. Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson and members of her leadership team shared dinner and conversation related to the vision for Minneapolis Public Schools and hear questions and comments from the public.