There has been a tremendous amount of progress in resolving remaining outstanding technology-related issues, and a clear shift from technical priorities to instructional priorities. I hope this trend continues! I will be restructuring the tag clouds for this blog to better reflect a set of topics. That should help people search for salient information. On to the updates!
Google Docs Inservice
I will lead a session (hosted by the English Department) in room A-372 at 3:15 PM on Thursday, October 20, detailing how to use Google Docs to create, share, edit, manage, and save documents, and how this can be a powerful collaborative instructional tool as well as a great way to eliminate waste and secure important information! All are welcome; please join us!
GroupWise to Exchange
For details on how to move your old GroupWise emails into Exchange, click here to visit the “Anytime, Anywhere” training area of APS Blackboard. Seven items down or so, you’ll find “Instructions for Moving E-Mail from Groupwise to Outlook 2010.”
Ink and Toner
If you need ink and/or toner cartridges for your printers, please contact me (KDR) by email. Please include the number from the cartridge. The printer make and model is good, but the cartridge number (e.g., “HP42″ or “52A”) is much more helpful. Thanks!
Reserving Computer Labs (Refresher)
- Go to the school website, www.apsva.us/yhs.
- Mouse over the Technology tab, and select Make a Reservation. You’ll be prompted to log in to
- GoogleAPS. (firstname.lastname and default password staff if you’ve never logged in before; otherwise it’s the password you selected upon logging in the first time.)
- You’ll see the lab calendars on the left hand side.
- Select the desired calendar, and reserve away!
iPad Pilot Program
Expect details from Suzanne Evans and I on the upcoming iPad pilot program. We’re looking for innovative instructors willing to step up and take advantage of our 30-unit iPad 2 cart, designing rigorous technology-integrative instruction for their learners. Here’s a link from VDOE ITRT command with a list of iPad apps compiled by teachers and students!
Parent Portal Update
We are reportedly still on track to have the Parent Portal in place by the end of Marking Period One. I’m keeping an eye on this!
Phase III Budget Submitted
The Phase III Technology Budget Request was submitted for analysis and consideration by Senior Staff on October 17. Details will follow through your Technology Committee representatives.
Teacher Laptop Log-Ins
If you’re planning to use an APS-owned laptop outside of APS, be sure you’ve logged on as yourself from inside the Division at least once, specifically using the APS wireless network. This creates a local account on the machine, which means you’ll be able to log on once you’re out of range of the APS wireless. This does not need to be done via a hard cable, so long as you’re connected to the APS wireless network. (APS computers try to find this network by default.)
No Log On Servers Found
If, when trying to log in, you see the error “no log in servers are available” or something to that effect, it means your computer is not connected to the wired network, or to the APS wireless network. Lately, that seems to indicate a network cable is unplugged or the internet router (“hub”) has been unplugged accidentally. Check to see that the lights are flashing on the router. Often times it’s not plugged in!
The System Is Down… The System is Down…
If a computer isn’t working properly, be sure to notify Raj or me. Please don’t stick a sign on the computer that says “not working” or “out of order.” We can’t fix what we don’t know is broken!
Computer Lab A-372 Management
Please monitor the activities of students using A-372. Recently, several inappropriate pictures were made desktop wallpaper. If you see someone change settings, please take note of the student and follow-up with the ITC. A-372 is used as both a regular classroom as well as a general use lab.
Call Ahead Seating
Please call the ITC office before sending students out of the instructional environment to see me. I am not always (increasingly less so) at my desk, and I hate to see students missing out on rigorous academic coursework just because I’m not there!
SAS Curriculum Pathways
Virginia teacher have free access to SAS Curriculum Pathways. For details on how to include these standards-aligned curricular tools in your instruction, click here to visit the Curriculum Pathways professional development resource center.
Intel Thinkfinity Coursework Free Online
Virginia teachers have free access to Intel’s Thinkfinity coursework! Upcoming options include project-based instruction, 21st century assessment, collaboration in the classroom, and educational leadership. Click here to visit the upcoming Thinkfinity offerings online! You can earn recertification points in these four and six week online courses.
That’s All Folks!
Oh who are we kidding? No it’s not! It’s just the beginning! See you on the flip side, friends.