Month: June 2016

Concluding 2016

Hello everyone:

I write this blog today concluding the 2015-2016 school year and my last year at Upper Saint Clair School District. To put it simply it’s been amazing. Nowhere else on the planet will I find such a gathering of smart people and future thinkers. At USC, we are truly innovating education. SMART desk, thought, is truly revolutionary. We founded a program where talented individuals can improve on their skills and understanding in an environment where everyone seems stuck trying to define themselves. 

Personally, I have learned so much about myself and working with other people that I wouldn’t trade my SMART desk experience for anything. For the future I believe that as long as the program keeps inspiring ingenuity to the right people, the program will flourish. As long as the right people are togeher in the right place, it cannot fail.

Thank you for such a great experience and year,

Alex Brufsky

End of the Year Wrap up

I can’t believe the year is over already! It’s been great working with everyone at the Desk, and I hope all of us have a good summer. I won’t be joining us to work but for just a few weeks; I was accepted into a program at CMU for 7 weeks, starting on June 20th. It runs from 10-5 weekdays, and I’ll be doing all sorts of technological things at CMU with only about 30 other people. Other than that, I got an older Mac Pro from Tyler that I’ll be trying to hackintosh with better components. It will be a fun project.

These past few weeks I’ve been doing the norm, other than being asked for a Spoon or a Fork while out at the desk. Haha. On Thursday, I’ll be helping with filming graduation. Some one’s got to learn for next year right? Other than that, the end of the year hasn’t been too busy for me.

I hope to see some new faces at the desk next year, and I wish everyone an awesome summer!

Wrap Up Blog

Last week of school. Wow. It really went fast.

These last few weeks, I have continued to work on solving the tickets that we get here and there. I have also finished testing of the comprehensive upgrade system that may allow teachers to upgrade their computers to the latest version of OS X, version 10.11 (El Capitan). The upgrade will also allow anyone using the system to update their Microsoft Office install to the latest version, Office 2016. Both Office 2016 and OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) bring some great new features as well as a few new and improved visual looks. Overall, the update is going to be an easy way for people to get the newest versions of the apps they use all the time and keep their system completely up to date.

On the desk front, I haven’t seen something built so slowly since they built our neighbour’s house over a period of about three and a half years. Hopefully we can get the desk done by the time I’m a senior in college! Seriously, though, I hope that we can get the desk finished as soon as possible. I am hoping that it is ready for the beginning of the coming year.

Over the summer, I will be here. I will be working with the Technology Department over the summer to do mainly the things that I have done over the last school year as well as prep iPads and computers.

Here’s hoping the summer is going to be fun and interesting for everyone!