Sunday, September 30, 2018

Post #5: Gmail Contacts, SplashMath, Tech Committee, Website Updates

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Here are this past week's updates!

GMAIL Updates: Don't you just love it when Google makes changes 😬. Well back in May, they rolled out a newer version of Gmail. As a district, we didn't roll it out until this fall. I just made the switch this week on my school account and here are a few things that I've noticed already. 

1. GMAIL CONTACTS has now moved. It is no longer under the Gmail drop-down triangle. If you are running the "Classic" version of Gmail then you will still see contacts as shown in the image to the side.

Under the new version of Gmail, you will now find contacts in your google apps sorter. 

Mine was at the bottom of the list. But you can drag and drop it anywhere you want in the google apps box to make it convenient for you to get to.

2. Quick Access to a few apps along the right side - you will find google calendar, google keep and tasks.

Here's a video of the above 2 updates:

SplashMath Update: SplashMath is ready for use this year!!

Student Login:
Username: wpsStudentID, example: wps1234
Password: Student ID

New Teachers:
Username: e-mail address
Password: teach2

Technology Committee: The HH Technology Committee met on Thursday, September 27th. Thank you to those that were able to attend. We had a great discussion around hardware needs, including budgeting for replacement of our current equipment. This can be challenging due to the fact that many of our tools were funded by WPSF grants. You can find our discussion notes here. All are welcome to attend our meetings. 

Website Menu Updates: In case you missed my email earlier this week, here is a VIDEO where I outlined some of the changes I made to our website menus and how to navigate to the bottom of the menu lists.

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**

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

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

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