Friday, September 21, 2018

Post #4: MassCue Conference, Student Accounts, Tech Committee




A few items for this week!

MassCue: We are organizing a group to attend the MassCue conference to take advantage of the discounted rate. The dates are Thursday, October 18th and Friday, October 19th. If you are interested in attending, please let me know ASAP.

**So far I have the following responses: Beth C (Friday), Deb D (Friday)

Student Account Update: AMC Anywhere is now ready.

The following list of titles are ready for student use:

  • Lexia and Lexia Rapid
  • Symphony Math
  • AMC Anywhere
  • Track My Progress
  • Google Apps

**Online Tools That Require Student Accounts: If you wish to use a website that requires student login accounts (outside of our core titles), then please check the MSPA website to see which providers have signed our Student Data Privacy Agreement. If a title says "Legally Drafted Guardian Release", THEN please see me for the appropriate forms to send to parents for signature. FYI - I will be sending a form home for Code.org.**

Technology Committee: Thank you to those that have signed up. First grade would love a representative so please let me know if anyone is interested. Be on the lookout for an email next week to set up our first meeting.







Friday, September 14, 2018

Post #3: Student Accounts, Username/Passwords, Website Update



Just a few items to share with you this week. Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Student Accounts: Eva is plugging away at getting our curriculum accounts ready for the year. So far: Lexia, Symphony Math, Lexia Rapid and NOW Track My Progress are ready for use!!

Track My Progress: 
Student Login:
Username: Student ID
Password: Student ID

Teacher:
Username: e-mail address
Password: activation e-mail was sent to teachers

Usernames and Passwords: I have updated the teacher and student username cheat sheets (Thank you Ally for the reminder). Please use as needed. If anything is missing, please let me know and I will add it to the list.

Website Update: Yesterday I updated the "For Students" menu on the HH website so that the list is not so terribly long. You will now see ELA, Information Literacy and Mathematics as categories in the list. Please hover over the category title to see the sub-menu of website links. Some links may appear in several categories.

**I will be showing students as I see them for technology class. Until I see your class, you may need to show students the change to the "For Students" menu.**

Friday, September 7, 2018

Post #2: Curriculum Subscription, Instructional Tools Policy, & Tech Support





A few updates this week. Please let me know if you have any questions or need assistance. 
Curriculum Subscription Update: Just in case you missed my emails this week - 


Lexia is ready for the 2018/2019 school year.
Student Login:
Username: Student ID
Password: Student ID


Teacher:
Username: e-mail address
Password: Wayland21


Symphony Math is ready for the 2018/2019 school year.
Student Login:
Username: Student ID
Password: Student ID


New Teacher:
Username: Firstname_Lastname
Password: Wayland21

Instructional Tools Policy Update: As you plan out the tools you will be using with your students this year, please refer to the Instructional Tools Policy for guidance on selecting tools that require student accounts. This spring the district worked with surrounding towns to update the Student Data Privacy Agreement. The agreement was finalized over the summer and Ramah has been sending out the new agreement to vendors for signature. Ramah will continue to update our MSPA software list as new agreements come in.

**XTRAMATH has signed our agreement whereas last year they declined. So you are all set to use that tool.**



Tech Support: We are fortunate to have Joe and Ruth provide tech support. Their schedule is as follows:

Joe - Monday and Thursday AM
Ruth - Tuesday AM

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Post #1 2018-19 - Classroom Devices, Device Care, Lexia App, TA Laptops, TumbleBooks Math, Online Subscriptions, Instructional Tools Policy





Hope everyone had a wonderful summer. I wanted to share several items with before the students arrive next week.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Classroom Devices: 

iPad/Laptop Carts:
  • Joe reimaged all iPads. They are all set for use.
  • If your classroom cart has a few student MacBooks, they have also been reimaged and are set to go. 
  • I distributed carts to 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th & Library. I will continue to distribute carts tomorrow and Thursday. However, feel free to swing by the ARC Room to grab your classroom cart.
  • Be sure to plug in your carts and make sure the devices are charging.
Document Cameras: If you need assistance setting up your document camera, please let me know.

ChromeBooks: Joe reset all of the settings and wiped all previous users from the devices. All charging ports are working so no issues there!! They are set to go for the new school year. 3rd and 4th grade Chromebooks and carts have arrived. Joe will work on their setup on Friday. They should be all set for the start of the school year.

Device Care: It's important to set up routines for taking care of your classroom carts - returning devices to the cart, logging off when done, plugging them in for charging, cleaning... A reminder that ALL charging ports and cords are delicate. Please show students how to handle them with care. 





Lexia App Icon - The Lexia app has a new icon. Lexia is still located on the dock of your iPads but it has a new look - be on the lookout and introduce the new icon to your students. Students in the summer program may already be familiar with the new icon.






TA Laptops: I have 12 TA Macbook laptops to distribute.

  • If you are a TA working in grades 2nd-5th grade, please swing by the lab to sign out your laptop for the school year. Same procedure as in the past. 
  • If you are a TA in K or 1st and would like a laptop, please let me know. I believe I will have 3 left after distribution to the upper-grade level TAs. 




TumbleBooks Math - TumbleBooks has launched a brand new tool called TumbleBooks Math. TumbleBooks Math is the most comprehensive collection of math story and picture books available online & in the same format our students are already comfortable with! 



  • Also featuring a large selection of non-fiction math books from Encyclopedia Britannica and Rosen
  • Lesson Plans & quizzes aligned to Common Core & State Standards
  • Math Tracker program to follow student progress
  • Free trial until November 30th - the link is under "For Students"
  • Large selection of math topics



Online Software Subscriptions: Eva is diligently working on getting our online subscriptions ready (Lexia, Symphony Math...). DO NOT let your students log in to our online subscriptions until we tell you it's OK to do so. I will keep you informed as I learn more.



Online Instructional Tools Policy: Just a reminder to review the Online Instructional Tools Policy for using tools that require student login accounts. The Google Doc includes:


  • link to the Wayland MSPA site (shows which titles are approved/declined for use)
  • link to the software request form
  • ALL DECLINED apps would need parent sign-off for use. (Sample letter and documentation is linked in the policy) It is the teacher's responsibility to obtain the parent sign-off and send proof to Leisha Simon.




Friday, June 22, 2018

Post #28: End of Year Technology, Software Tools




A couple of quick items today. Please let me know if you have any questions or issues. I have lots of cleaning supplies if you need them!!




End of Year for TechnologyEnd of Year Tech Procedure - Details regarding the end of year technology procedures can be found here. Lots of information so please read carefully. If you need cleaning supplies, please stop by the lab. A few important dates to note:
  • Friday, June 22nd by 3:30: 
    • All classroom laptop/iPad carts need to be returned to the computer lab by the end of the day. (Cleaned and organized)
  • Friday, June 22nd by 3:30: All TA laptops along with chargers need to be returned to the computer lab. A box will be on the main table. Please check your name off that you returned your laptop and charger. 
  • All WTA staff must complete the summer Checkout Form so we know if you will be taking your laptop home for the summer. (Link is also on the End of Year Tech Procedures page.)
  • Just a reminder that all iPads need to stay in the building this summer for maintenance. 

Software Tools:  The district Student Data Privacy agreement has been recently revised. Ramah is working on sending out this new agreement to all of our current and newly requested software titles that require student accounts. As you plan for next year, I would suggest visiting the Instructional Tools Policy (which is found under For Staff) to review our procedures. From there, you will see a link to the MSPA website which lists our software tools and their status for use. This website will be updated over the summer as agreements are received. 


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Post #27: eSchool Report Card Tip and End of Year Technology Information






A couple of quick updates. If you have any questions, please let me know. Have a wonderful last week!






eSchool Report Card Tip: If you are having trouble seeing the comments, see the note below from Eva.



The eye icon toggles comments and marks from the last period. This button is located on the right menu inside each class.





End of Year for TechnologyEnd of Year Tech Procedure - Details regarding the end of year technology procedures can be found here. Lots of information so please read carefully. If you need cleaning supplies, please stop by the lab. A few important dates to note:

  • Friday, June 22nd by 3:30: 
    • All classroom laptop/iPad carts need to be returned to the computer lab by the end of the day. (Cleaned and organized)
  • Hallway lab closes at the end of the school day.
  • Friday, June 22nd by 3:30: All TA laptops along with chargers need to be returned to the computer lab. A box will be on the main table. Please check your name off that you returned your laptop and charger. 
  • All WTA staff must complete the summer Checkout Form so we know if you will be taking your laptop home for the summer. (Link is also on the End of Year Tech Procedures page.)
  • Just a reminder that all iPads need to stay in the building this summer for maintenance. 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Post #26: eSchool - Report Card, End of Year Technology





Lots going on this time of year. This quote struck me as we often are juggling way too many tasks. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Enjoy your weekend. I hope we need these. 😎




eSchool Report Card: The elementary report card instructions have been recently updated by Eva. Here is the direct link:  Elementary Report Card Instruction.

Teachers will be able to see T1 and T2 side by side when entering T2 marks.


Teachers also can see the comments they wrote for T1 while they write comments for T2.

End of Year Technology: In the coming days, I will be sharing the usual information regarding storage and collection of equipment. The only new procedure affects iPads. Due to updates that must be installed on all elementary iPads over the summer - we must keep all iPads in the building. Therefore teachers cannot take an iPad home for the summer.