3D Printing Support

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!

New Learning Together Calendar

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/

An Afternoon with WordPress – Nov 23, 2017

Session Description:

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

Time: 1-3:30pm

Location: Board Room at School Board Office

Registration Deadline: November 22, 2017

Registration Contact: Jarrod Bell, jbell@prn.bc.ca – A google calendar invite will be sent to all registered attendees.


4 year old iPad minis – ideas?

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.