SD60 - Clearview Elementary & Junior Secondary School
Window: 2014-10-17 00:01:00 2014-10-17 06:00:00
Impact: 2 hour outage due to vendor maintenance
A very smart man passed the following thought and quote to me today.
A pitfall to avoid is the seductive power of shiny digital services and wares that prompt many companies to pursue technology for its own sake. “Technology can be a siren song. Without a focused approach, it’s easy to be led astray,”
It is something we should keep in the forefront of our thinking when looking at technology in education. Keeping a learning focus is key. Otherwise it becomes a tool that you don’t have a use for and it will sit and collect dust.
Wireless writing has been successful because of the focus on writing and learning with the technology as a tool.
Begin with the end in mind.
We have a surplus of spares this year due to decrease in grade 6/7 enrolments and there is no need to pull out a computer lab and replace it with a mobile lab in one of the elementary schools due to space needs. Because of this we plan on replacing teacher laptops at Bowes and Kearney for those who are currently using 7-8 year old macbooks with the 4 year old WWP spares. The surplus is very tight so any extra WWP laptops from students leaving the district must be returned immediately by schools.
This will be the last time we do a swap like this from the surplus or off lease WWP laptops for teachers at Bert Bowes and Dr. Kearney.
Over the next couple of years we will begin to put in desktop computers into each classroom at the middle schools and any WWP classroom where a desktop is currently not available. When that is complete we will only support the desktop computers in those rooms. At that time the unibody teacher macbooks will be set to end of life on our list and very limited support provided to them. Going forward and lacking any injection of new funds to Technology Services, desktop computers will be the most sustainable option for us.
We will provide a freshly imaged machine. If teachers can perform their own transfers of their files they can get them quickly. Your Local Area Network specialist will get in touch.
Timeline – October.
One of our three ESX servers that share work would not reboot last night after the power outage. We have migrated services to the other two so that services are available.
We will work today to rebuild the server and get back to 100% capacity.
Account related tickets will have to wait for a bit.
If you have any issues related to an unavailable service (ie Insignia is not working) please call the Helpdesk and let them know. 250-263-6442
Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
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SD60 - Baldonnel Elementary School
Charlie Lake Elementary School
Hudson’s Hope School
Prespatou Elementary & Secondary School
Upper Pine Elementary & Junior Secondary School
Window: 2013-09-04 22:00 through 2013-09-05 06:00 PDT
Impact: Multiple outages during this Vendor requested network maintenance window
I’m pleased to announce that school district staff can access Microsoft Office at a low low cost of $11 for their personally owned computer! This is due to our participation in the BCERAC Microsoft agreement.
For more information on how please view the PDF linked below.
You do not need to contact Technology Services for this program, just read the PDF linked above on how to get a copy of Microsoft Office!
This program is only available for personally owned computers.
Schools can choose to purchase a license via technology services for $25 per seat for district owned computers.
Technology Services will be looking for a replacement secretary for next year. Please see the posting at the link below. Closes May 21st at noon.
From Mr Gill at Taylor Elementary
SMART Technology: Taylor Elementary School’s use of SMART Technology has assisted students’ learning needs! Mrs. McDonell has been using her smart board to help her grade 3 students discover new strategies for numeracy. Most classrooms are equipped with interactive SMART Boards and Document Cameras to enhance the learning experiences for students.
We are excited that NPSS has decided to join us with credited printing for students in September of 2013. We are optimistic that Dr. Kearney and Bert Bowes will decide to join us as well! The use of our PaperCut software to limit student printing is a measure to
ELC – Check!
NPSS – Check! – Starting September 2013
Dr. Kearney – Presented to Staff Meeting – waiting for decision
Bert Bowes – Presented to Staff Team – waiting for decision
In the fall of 2011 I did a social media presentation and survey with the Grade 10s at the Energetic Learning Campus. In September of 2012 students from the ELC (Grade 10 and 11 now) responded online using a Google Form. Here are questions and affirmative results from the two years.
|Do you have high speed internet at home?||Yes 71%||Yes 81%|
|Do you have a mobile phone?||Yes 85%||Yes 85%|
|Is your mobile a smartphone?||Yes 46%||Yes 63%|
|Have you used your phone in a sanctioned instructional activity in the past?||Yes 44%||Yes 78%|
|Do you have a facebook account?||Yes 85%||Yes 82%|
|Do you have a twitter account?||Yes 22%||Yes 45%|
|Have you used social media in a sanctioned instructional activity in the past?||Yes 18%||Yes 59%|
|If you have a facebook account, are you friends with either of your parents?||Yes 38%||Yes 57%|
Some questions for discussion…
What jumps out at you?
How do you think they might change next year?
Why do you think they are different from year to year?
What inferences can you make about one or more of these results?
Does socio-economic status of respondents make a difference in these results?
Are you influenced in one way or another to adopt or change a behaviour due to these results?
Please add some more questions that come to mind in the comments!
For schools and departments purchasing ipads there are many things to consider and discuss with Technology Services prior to your purchase. Decisions will need to be made and listed in the work order for the purchase of the iPads so we can best serve you. Let us know how they are to be used and we can set them up as best as possible.
Other considerations or questions? Please add them in the comments below.
Jury is still out – sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. The WordPress and Twitter permalink native embedding is neat, but doesn’t seem to work all the time. Not sure if that is a twitter server issue, a my server issue, or a wordpress issue. Either way. If you can see an embedded tweet below, cool. If not, meh.
The twitter embeding integration in wordpress 3.4 is neat, but works sporadically. Not sure why it does or doesn’t sometime.
— Jarrod Bell (@jbellsd60) June 19, 2012
SD60 along with possible partners are working towards expanding internet connectivity not only to Clearview School but the surrounding areas. Internet has become a critical infrastructure for schools, companies, and many residents.
Below is a map with some possible partners and significant locations in the Clearview/Flat Rock/Goodlow area. If you are interested in joining the discussion please email firstname.lastname@example.org
View Clearview Internet in a larger map
Originally posted March 12, 2012
In light of a cost report done at the Vancouver School Board which referenced printers and printing costs along with our requirement to have various printing reduction strategies in place for Provincial carbon reporting I would suggest the following change to the Printer Purchasing Policy which is currently at http://www.prn.bc.ca/ts/?p=284.
New Printer Moratorium
Technology Services will no longer support the addition of new printers to the school district unless they have a specific educational purpose (ie adding a drafting class and need a plotter, a new fine arts class needs a color printer etc)
This does not apply to replacement of current printers however but does apply to an expansion of the number of printers already in schools.
Replacement of current printers should consider the cost and volume of use for the printer to be replaced to determine if the printer should be decommissioned or be replaced with a different volume capacity.
3D printers are not included in this moratorium.
As usual your public comments help to guide our practice. Private comments can be sent via email.
We have a job posting for a Computer Support Worker that closes on April 27, 2012 at noon. Please see the Make A Future website for details