Friday, January 18, 2019

Post #13: Computer Lab, Google Classroom, Lab/iPad Sign Up Calendars, Report Cards, WeatherSTEM

Several items in this week's update. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Wishing you all a wonderful long weekend. 😀

Computer Lab: We are having an issue with computers freezing at login in the main lab. I have made it part of our end of class procedures for students to restart their computers before lining up. If you bring your class into the lab, please remind students to restart their computer before leaving. Thank you for your help with this.

Google Classroom: For those using Google Classroom, you may have noticed a few changes over the past week or so.
  • New theme options. 
  • Class Code is now shown in your classroom header below your class name. See the example below. If you click on the brackets, it will display the code for all to easily see. (Nice when students are joining your classroom for the first time.)

  • Drag and drop assignments to reorder them on the CLASSWORK page.
  • Adding Material Section to your Google Classroom 

Lab/iPad Sign-Up Calendars: Just a reminder that when you want to use either of the labs (main or hallway) or iPad carts (lab or skills cart), you should reserve them online by accessing the appropriate Google Calendar. If you are unable to access any of the calendars, please let me know and I will reshare the appropriate calendar(s) with you.

Lastly, when adding an event to the calendar, Google will default to your personal calendar. You must click the drop-down arrow near your name to select a different calendar. If you do not, then the event will only show up on your calendar :(  Hoping to avoid any scheduling conflicts.

**The paper calendars on the iPad carts DO NOT reflect online sign-ups. They only show who has a permanent sign-up spot for the year.**

Report Cards - Accessing last year's report cards: eSchoolPLUS does not provide access for teachers to see last year's report cards. However, Leslie can generate report cards from previous years. 

WeatherSTEM: You will now see a link under FOR STUDENTS for WeatherSTEM. This links to the weather station at CH, which was part of a WPSF Grant from last year.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Post #12: AV Uupdate, Report Card Update, Tech Committee, TumbleBooks

AV Update: We are continuing to move ahead with replacing classroom projectors with Interactive Flat Panels. Leisha is negotiating with local vendors regarding best pricing/installation for the ViewSonic IFP. We are also connecting with other districts that have installed panels to learn from their process and answer our many questions we have about ease of use, features... I will continue to keep you posted as to our progress.

Report Card Update From Leisha: Just in case you missed her email yesterday.

I want to apologize for the confusion regarding the Elementary Report Card entry in eSchoolPLUS.

An error occurred that caused T2 to be entered for every standard. This will be corrected for next year!

For Term 1/T1 Standards, you can click on the magnifying glass next to T2 and enter the appropriate grade. Otherwise, leave T2 next to the standard, as it indicates that the standard will be graded next term.

If you have any questions about which Term 1/T1 standards to grade, please contact Tricia or Karyn.

Thanks for your patience as we continue to learn in this new system!

Tech Committee Meeting: The Tech Committee will be meeting on Wednesday, January 9th at 2:30 in the computer lab. All are welcome to join our discussion.

TumbleBooks - If you are looking for books to incorporate in the month of January using TumbleBooks, check out this out...