The Senior School Desktop

The Senior School Desktop (SSD) was an in-house web site designed and maintained exclusively by RSGC teachers over a period of 8 years from 2006-2014 for the benefit of the students in the Senior School. The SSD strived to be a one-click, one-stop resource that incorporated virtually everything students required to meet their scholastic responsibilities at one location. Its greatest strength may have been its simplicity.


YEAR 8: 2013-2014. An effort to find a viable replacement for the SSD came up short in 2012-2013. As a result, the SSD survives for one final year prior to its retirement in June 2014. The successor to the SSD, Haiku Learning, is being piloted in a number of courses this year prior to its full implementation across all courses in 2014-2015.




YEAR 7: 2012-2013. Given the advent of various mobile technologies and the desire to provide access for students and families to all the data Georgians could want behind password protection, it appears that this may be the last year for this venerable old friend.




YEAR 6: 2011-2012. With the SSD culture firmly established in the minds of its users there were benefits to minimizing changes to the interface year over year. As a result the application looked much like it did the previous year in 2010-2011. An issue that emerged however was the inability of iPad and iPhone users to interact with the menu navigation system. Specifically, the touch screen technology employed by Apple does not integrate well with javascript. Furthermore, Android users require additional considerations from the web developer. At this point, to accommmodate the widest variety of platforms, it is quite likely that the menu system will require reengineering in 2012-2013 to rely exclusively on CSS3 for its performance. Such is the ongoing challenge of web development! ...


YEAR 5: 2010-2011. Like each of its predecessors, the 2010-2011 Senior School Desktop seeks to improve the resource for the benefit of its users and contributors. For this year, the most noticeable change includes the page positioned within a 1000×590 window, centered on the screen. Also, the former drop down box method of selecting course daybooks has been replaced with a smoother, flyout menu navigation strategy. Jeff Enfield convinced a good number of faculty to embrace Dreamweaver as their development platform for their web content.



YEAR 4: 2009-2010. The 2009-2010 Senior School Desktop welcomed an administrative component. Joining the SSD development team this year was Ms. Shirley Wagar whose role is to provide time-sensitive announcements by way of the In the Loop segment on the home page. The design theme of the site has migrated once again, in a direction in keeping with the school's web site, The Shield, and other communication vehicles.



YEAR 3: 2008-2009. The 2008-2009 Senior School Desktop represented the full academic implementation of the eNitiative as Specialization and Graduation Year courses were incorporated allowing our community a single point of access for the course information they required. As far as is known, the SSD is a resource unique to RSGC.




YEAR 2: 2007-2008. The 2007-2008 Senior School Desktop emerged as the sequel to the FYD. The smooth integration of Transition Year courses with the Foundation Year courses demonstrated the strength of the design of the site and its sound philosophical footing. With Jeff Whittard leaving RSGC for Hillfield-Strathallan College, Mr. Jeff Enfield joined to the Development Team to share promotion, training, support, and R&D responsibilities with Chris.



YEAR 1: 2006-2007. The 2006-2007 Foundation Year Desktop was the result of a meeting in January 2006 held by the Foundation Year faculty convened to discuss possible ways to facilitate the integration of laptops into our curriculum the following September, when the first wave of Grade 9 students would arrive with iBooks in hand. The two-hour session was productive and generated numerous possibilities. After the meeting, Chris D'Arcy and Jeff Whittard remained behind to convert the suggestions into the concept of a collaborative, all-in-one web site that would allow faculty to contribute content daily through their existing First Class Web Publishing folder. The strategy was presented to Paul O'Leary, who gave his seal of approval. Dubbed the eNitiative, Chris and Jeff undertook weekly meetings with the FY stakeholders from January through April of 2006 to ensure as many faculty concerns and viewpoints as possible were considered. The cumulative result of the development efforts was the highly successful 2006-2007 Foundation Year Desktop (FYD) that demonstrated how a committed faculty could work both independently and cooperatively to provide our Grade 9 audience (students and parents) with efficient access to the volume of information and resources that had previously been awkward to retrieve.