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
- promote conservation
- reduce paper use
- reduce power use
- reduce toner use
- reduce frequency of replacement of printers
- reduce staff time maintaining printers
- report on district carbon reduction
- reduce associated costs
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.
- iPads (and Android devices for that matter) are meant to be individual devices
- The device will generally need an email account, or other accounts attached to apps to be able to share anything made on the ipad. There are some ways to sync the ipads and get content off of them, but email is often the easiest way to share something made on the iPad to someone.
- If the device is to be shared, it cannot use a personal email. We can create a device email though for it, or for a group of devices in your school/department. Anyone using these devices will have access to this email account.
- iPad programs are called Apps and are not loaded like traditional software. Purchasing of apps is through an online iTunes store and requires an account, gift cards / credit card attached.
- Reimbursement to staff for apps they are purchasing and loading onto a district iPad but through their personal iTunes account is not recommended as the purchase is attached to the account, not the device.
- We can create district iTunes accounts. You can provide us with iTunes gift cards and we can redeem to the account so that staff can purchase apps. This way the apps are owned by the district iTunes account and will be available after a staff change over.
- iPad is not a computer. It is a different class of device.
- It can print with specific printers. If you require this it would be up to you to purchase the new types of printers. We recommend against this as there are better ways to share content created from the iPads which often wouldn’t be appropriate to print anyway.
- iPads are new for the staff at Technology Services and represent additional responsibilities without additional time available to us.
- Where are you going to charge the iPads?
- Who will be maintaining them in your school or department?
- Would a cart and a syncing laptop be appropriate for your purchase? If you are buying many of them a cart for 30 and a laptop can make the secure storage, charging, and syncing much easier. We recommend the Bretford Powersync Carts
- Are you getting cases and styluses?
- Will these go home? Are you providing an extra power adapter?
- Purchasing must go through Technology Services via work order with a purchase order number
- How are you providing professional development to staff regarding their pedagogical use of the iPads?
- Do you have a sustainable replacement plan? As these are still a new class of device, we are not certain on their average lifespan of the device or the battery. We do suggest you consider a three or four year replacement plan.
- We are not suggesting the additional warranty on top of the 1 year default warranty, although you are free to purchase if you require.
- There are numerous options for setup and “locking down” of the device. Can students or teachers add or delete apps? Should they have access to the internet on them? etc.
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 email@example.com
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
Technology Services has one mobile device (an ASUS EEE Pad Transformer Android tablet) to lend to a staff member who
- Doesn’t have a laptop assigned to them as part of their job
- Doesn’t have a personal laptop
- Is interested in learning and connecting with other educations professionals through twitter
- Has access to high speed internet outside of work
- Would be willing to share their experiences with others
Interested staff can email firstname.lastname@example.org from their work account with answers to the following (up to 140 characters for each)
- What are your most important sources of Professional Development currently?
- What are areas of your Professional Development you would you like to expand upon?
We’ve been collecting printing data through a PaperCut printing service installed on all of our print servers in the district since last spring. This data collection has been part of an eventual plan to reduce printing and paper use to reduce the district’s carbon footprint.
One of our schools uses a crediting and web based printing option on the system. Students cannot hit print and have something come out of a printer. It is onerous compared to the usual way of printing but the district average for print jobs per student in the last thirty days was 19.4 pages and 4.1 at the school with the crediting and web print option turned on.
Looking at the reports that can be generated from the systems, there is a lot of data. This real world data could be used to help challenge schools to reduce and carefully use printing resources in schools. It could also be used in the classroom as a curricular resource.
This graphic below shows the area of paper used via printing for the last 30 days for one of our elementary schools with open, uncredited printing. It also shows the length if you put the pieces end-to-end. Each line represents a different printer in the school and the totals at the bottom.
Many questions could be posed to students and here are a few that come to mind:
- If we had to replace one of the printers with a new printer that could handle a higher volume, which one would it be and why?
- Which printer would you remove and why?
- How many square meters is our gym? In the last thirty days could we cover the floor from the printing from our printers?
- How many square metres of paper is wasted? (one day of keeping track of what goes into the recycle bins might help with this one)
- What is the cost of all that wasted paper in terms of dollars and the environment?
- How can we reduce the amount of paper we use printing?
- If we put all of our printing in the last 30 days end-to-end at the front door of the school, where would it reach to in the community? If we used a similar amount of paper through the whole school year, where would it reach to?
If you’d like your schools data on printing just let me know in the comments, or by email and I’ll pull some reports. I would love to see how it can be applied in the classroom!
The sample sign is done for the SD60 and City of Fort St John Walk the Solar System project. You can view it at http://www.prn.bc.ca/projects/solar/?p=64
After we look at the sign for feedback I’d be hoping to get a class this school year to help with deciding what will go on the signs for the various solar bodies (data, fun facts).
A reoccurrence of last week issue has been noticed at our Fort St-John RNC
Connectivity over our main link to Fort St-John was lost at approximately 5AM this morning. Back up route is in place via Vancouver but clients may experience latency, high packet loss and overall network degradation as we continue to work with the vendor in addressing the issue.
Good Monday morning all.
This is to inform you that the performance issues for traffic going through Fort St John’s RNC have been fixed.
Following a vendor fibre repair, service was returned to its original route therefore eliminating packet-loss and latency from our circuits.
Since Saturday Feb 4th at about 7:00PM, performance should be back to its normal levels.
We regret the inconvenience this may have caused and thank you for your patience.
Technology Services as a department policy commits to reducing, reusing, and recycling wherever possible.
We currently recycle computers, monitors and peripherals that no longer have a useful life in the district or elsewhere.
Schools had been recycling printer toner cartridges themselves or through other schools until recently through a commercial return program. Unfortunately that program has been cancelled. To maintain the recycling of printer cartridges rather than risk having them go to the landfill, Technology Services will now offer that recycling service to schools.
To recycle Laser toner cartridges with Technology Services please
- when you change a toner cartridge, put the old toner in the bag and the box from the new toner cartridge.
- Mark the box visibly with an “R” or “RECYCLE”
- tape the box up and mail to TS at Facilities or ask your Site Technician to pick up any when they visit.
To recycle Inkjet cartridges with Technology Services please
- collect many of them in a large zip lock bag
- ask your Site Technician to pick up when it is full and they are on location for a visit
TS will recycle the cartridges and any packaging they come with.
The latest update we have regarding this incident is that the vendor identified a Fiber cut outside of Grand Prairie AB which is affecting connectivity to the Fort St-John RNC.
A maintenance crew is working at fixing the problem but no ETR has been made available as of yet and service degradation continues.
We will keep you informed as relevant information becomes available.
It was requested that we clarify our department policy on billing. The past practice of our department has been to bill costs for work that has been initiated by the school or that is over and above what we would normally provide. Examples of this would be a school asking for new ethernet runs to a room above and beyond the one for the teacher station, moving an existing device (smartboard, ethernet jack etc) for a personal preference. These have only been costs for materials, not labour. We also bill for equipment that needs to be replaced due to loss/theft/vandalism (lost USB cables, vandalized computers etc). New district initiatives are covered (examples: a district strategy of moving a computer lab to be next to a library, or everyone district wide gets a fandangle and new infrastructure is needed) as are costs for materials due to the district technology grant.
We have covered the costs in the past where schools have discussed projects with us well in advance so that we can budget and plan appropriately for the project. It would be unfair of a school or department to expect us to cover unforeseen/unbudgetted costs due to decisions initiated at the school level without any consultation.
A department policy would follow the lines of our past practice above. Your comments are appreciated and will help us guide a decision on written department policy.