Most of SD60 schools now have one or more 3D Printers. Instructional support is available from Laurie Petrucci and technical support is available through Technology Services helpdesk. Local Area Network Specialists JP Wood and Kyle Drew have expertise with the 3D Printers and work together with Laurie.
Please do not hesitate to contact them for team instructional technology support!
The Learning Together Calendar has been moved to www.prn.bc.ca/LT/ . We’ve tied it to a Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/sd60LT
Here’s an example of an upcoming event – http://www.prn.bc.ca/LT/2017/10/03/an-afternoon-with-wordpress/
Over a quarter of public websites run on WordPress. The majority of SD60 websites have run on WordPress for over a decade! This session is targeted at School District staff that maintain a WordPress website. The session will have a short presentation and time to work with Jarrod Bell on your sites or your questions about WordPress.
Date: November 23, 2017
Target Audience: WordPress Users in District
Location: Board Room at School Board Office
Registration Deadline: November 22, 2017
Registration Contact: Jarrod Bell, firstname.lastname@example.org – A google calendar invite will be sent to all registered attendees.
Technology Services staff work through the summer with an adapted schedule.
Phone and in person support is available during the summer from 7am-3:30pm
Online support for SD60 staff available via Work Order at helpdesk.prn.bc.ca or bit.ly/sd60help for self service.
In May 2017 the Joint Technology Advisory Committee met to discuss use of labs and strategies to support students and teachers in schools. Here is a summary of some of the ideas that were shared.
In School Strategies to Support
A survey was held for school administrators and they shared the following supports they have built in their schools:
- tech orientation for interested students who then can be asked by teachers/students for support
- 1:1 CWT/WWP students support younger students with lab access and iPad usage
- Buddy classes help each other.
- Teachers needing help talk with a staff member who can direct them to a student or staff member who can help
- Little and bigs allows for every class to have a buddy system with another class at a different age level.
- “Champions” identified in older grades to support teachers
- Teachers work together to support each other in lab
- Multi aged groups in computer lab for one hour with older students supporting younger students with login and use of computer
- designated students are available for support like student lunch monitors or student playground duty support.
We had twelve respondents on how much the labs were being used with 6 begin very much and 1 being very little.
Schools, depending on different factors, had different ways of booking the lab. Most had a schedule created with empty times where classes could sign up for extra time in the lab. Middle and Secondary had courses with reserved times and empty times where teachers could sign up for time in the lab. Middle and Secondary schools are purchasing carts of chromebooks as demand is increasing to have access to technology. Schools are able to order chromebooks and carts through Technology Services.
We hear that user accounts continue to be a challenge so we’ll use the opportunity to review options for schools and staff to get user accounts.
- MyEducation BC is updated by the Wide Area Network specialist with Learn60.ca account info. A Windows computer login is the same as the learn60.ca email without the @learn60.ca (ie jarrodbell17 instead of email@example.com). We won’t share the password convention on this post but do check with your tech, someone in your school, or call the helpdesk if you have questions.
- Teachers/Secretaries/Administrators can get a Quick Report from MyEducation BC with account info that can be printed and shared with the students. See the link for more info – http://www.prn.bc.ca/myedbc/?p=554
- UMRA tools available to site secretaries can provide user account info by homeroom which can be downloaded to a csv file and shared to teachers. UMRA tools can also be used to change passwords for staff members and students. If secretaries need any help on this they should contact the Wide Area Network specialist.
- Generic Lab accounts exist at all elementary schools. For your school’s account and the password check with your site technician or look on the board in your lab as it should be posted there. These generic accounts can be used to get through a login quickly but won’t be able to save files and many not be able to print.
- Strategies for login support can be found at http://www.prn.bc.ca/ss/k5DL/?p=74 and a new colourful idea that builds on the first one at http://christinepinto.com/2016/09/05/colored-tape-rows-on-the-keyboard/ . Number 2 above is very similar to the first link.
It was announced last week that we would be refreshing the 1:1 grade 6 iPads this summer, see http://www.prn.bc.ca/ts/?p=2502 for more on that.
At our last refresh of devices we replaced macbooks with ipads. The macbooks were then repurposed into carts at middle schools, made available to grade 5s in a 5/6 split, and as for the rest we asked for ideas. That post and comments are available at – http://www.prn.bc.ca/ts/?p=2199 . Last time we completed the process to reassign these devices late in the fall. Public comments from staff helped to determine that the priority was for primary classrooms for those macbooks. We then later asked for specific requests and filled them.
So in keeping with the philosophy that the “best mind in the room is the room” we’d ask for your public comments on this blog post for ideas for extra ipad minis to be distributed. These ideas as well as district goals will help us determine priorities for distribution. At a later date a form will be made available for requests. We will have several hundred available.
Fine print… Please note these extra 4 yr old ipads are 16GB minis and have been updated to iOS 9.3.5 and will not be able to take a newer OS. There may immediately be compatibility issues, for example the Swift Playgrounds app needs iOS10+ to be installed and cannot run on these devices. The devices that get granted become school owned and the schools will need to bear any costs related to them (carts, apps, repairs etc). These devices haven’t made their way on to our End of Life specs but the OS limitation will cause issues in the near future. They will not be available for sale.