Thursday, January 27, 2011

D219 Tech Con Registration is Open

Make sure that you have April 9, 2011 marked on your calendar for the first-ever D219 Tech Con! The day is sure to be enriching, we already have several dynamic speakers lined up to share with you a great wealth of knowledge and experience.
Registration is open.
Attendance is free for District 219 faculty, all others can register for $25 each. We encourage teachers to register to attend.
The CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS will officially close February 28th, 2011. 

Expanding AAL Services Require Changes to A/V Labs

The AAL initiative is off to a positive start and the district is gearing up for the next group of freshmen, class of 2015.
The 2011-2012 school year brings another 1200 freshman and netbooks. Adding these new students forces us to re-allocate space to better serve the district for the future.
Space concerns have been brought to upper-Administration and a mutually agreeable decision has been made - re-purpose the A/V Labs, at each building, as netbook walk-in labs and help desk/training areas.
Major factors were weighed before a decision was made.
  • 2,400 students with netbooks will require more space for support and training.
  • Computers in all A/V Labs are at the end of their usefulness and unserviceable. Replacement would be cost-prohibitive.
  • A/V Lab services will be provided through PC alternatives such as Adobe Premiere and MovieMaker in different areas of the building, such as the IRC and computer labs. 
  • There will be no reduction in support; A/V staff will be moved to the Help Desk and provide support for equipment and projects.

These changes further support the AAL initiative and the Board of Education’s five goals. District 219 is working to provide our students better access to the resources they need to succeed.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Google Apps for Education Professional Development Webinar Series.

Learn how to use Google Apps in the classroom with a new bi-weekly
webinar series lead by Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers.
Webinars will be held weekly on Tuesdays, 4:30PM PT/7:30PM ET and will
also be recorded and archived.
Future webinar topics for this series include:
- Jan 25: Introduction to Forms in Google Docs -
- Feb 1: Advanced forms in Google Docs -
- Feb 8: Embrace your inner Einstein: Using Google Apps for the Google
Science Fair Online -
- Feb 15: Managing Google Docs with your classroom -
- Feb 22: Building a class site with Google Sites -
For more resources, check out the Google Apps for Education Online
Training center at View recorded webinars
in the Google Apps for Education Resource Center:

PCA Update

The 1st Semester implementation of Pinnacle Curriculum and Assessment (PCA) was a success. Teachers of Freshman courses had their students' Common Assessments developed and processed in the new system for the first time. This new system allows teachers faster access to richer data than was available through the legacy system (LXR). The instructions for generating reports from PCA is available here. Following is the information Freshman Course Teachers received regarding the process.

Freshman Courses: All Freshman classes taking a Common Assessment will receive bar-coded answer sheets for each student - 

Note:  many courses have multiple answer sheets for each student.

  • Do NOT staple or clip completed answer-sheets.
  • Send completed bar-coded answer sheets to your Department Secretary for processing.
  • Assessments will be available for review in the gradebook approximately 1 hour after they have been scanned.
  • Assessments must be reviewed by the instructor before they will appear in the gradebook.   Instructions for reviewing Assessments.
  • Scores will appear in the Gradebook in the Final Exam grading period after the instructor has reviewed them.  
  • It is the responsibility of the instructor to add a Grading scale and weight to the Common Assessment assignment (*see below).
  • Per the included instructions, teachers will print their own reports from the gradebook - reports will not be returned to teachers of Freshman Courses.

This process will remain very similar as each year, as according to Board Goal #2, the Common Assessments will be moved to this new system for the next grade's curriculum:
Freshman  Curriculum: 2010 - 2011
Sophomore  Curriculum: 2011 - 2012
Junior  Curriculum: 2012 - 2013
Senior Curriculum: 2013 - 2014

NROC: OpenCourseWare Webinar on Open Text Books

January 26, 4 PM PST

University of California, Irvine will host an online forum for higher-ed faculty and administrators on the latest trends and new opportunities in textbook authoring and adoptions.
Speakers include:

  • Eric Frank, founder and president of Flat World Knowledge
  • Stephen Carson, president of the board for the 200-member OpenCourseWare Consortium and MIT OpenCourseWare external director
  • Michael Dennin, UCI professor, Physics and Astronomy Chair, Council on Education Policy, UCI Academic Senate

Register ONLINE today!

Spring and Summer Quarter Tech Offerings

View the latest offerings for D219 Tech courses on the 219 University Website.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Student Tip: Using Google Calendar for Student Groups

Student Tip: Using Google Calendar for Student Groups
Paula is a Senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, double-majoring in marketing and management. Here she shares how several student organizations she works with, such as American Marketing Association and International Impact, have utilized Google Calendar to manage scheduling. If you have a tip to share on this blog, let us know!

Like most outgoing students on today's college campuses, I'm sure you're involved with several student organizations. You probably even serve on a few executive boards or college councils. With this increased involvement, students need a way to organize their busy schedules and prioritize their time among several responsibilities. The solution – Google Calendar!

Google Calendar is so valuable for student organizations such as student senate, service clubs, sororities and fraternities, and sports teams because you can easily create a single calendar to share with all of your group members. This calendar can be accessed any time (from any device) and can be added to members' personal Google Calendars. This will ensure that members always have the most up-to-date information about meetings, events, and more.

Google Calendars can also be embedded on your student organization's website using the Calendar Address in Settings. Executive board members of your student organizations can also have access so that they can make changes to the calendar. That way, student members know if there is a cancelled meeting or event location change, without receiving mass emails. Trust me, I know a thing or two about getting too many emails, too!

The benefits of using Google Calendar for student organizations really revolve around the student members. In my experience, serving on two executive boards last semester, using Google Calendar has made it easier for members to keep up with meetings and stay involved. And better informed members equals more successful student organizations. So happy scheduling!

Posted by Paula Guzman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Friday, January 14, 2011

Wireless@NTHS - A Reference Site for WiFi Users.

wifi-courtesy_cvasFor the first time in the history of our District we experienced an abrupt and large  increase of wireless clients in our data network. This was, of course, due to the introduction of the new 1:1 AAL program. We (our students and ourselves) are adjusting to the changes and learning as we move forward. 

One way of us to learn from our experiences is to hear from you thus we're inviting you to visit our new site dedicated to this segment of our NTHS network. On this site you will find step-by-step instructions for connecting your wireless device to our WiFi network, tips to try when troubleshooting a wireless issue, as well as a form where you can submit your WiFi feedback to the Help Desk. As we continually monitor the network for coverage and capacity, your timely input regarding the "end user experience" in your classrooms or workspace will provide us with valuable feedback that will help us maintain a consistent and seamless network coverage throughout the district.

Take a look and bookmark this link:

Monday, January 10, 2011

Uploading and exporting: Play your video files in Google Docs

Once you've uploaded your video to Google Docs, you can watch it with the Google Docs video player. Simply click the file from your Documents List, and the player opens in a new page.
Files that you can play
Uploaded video files can be up to 1 GB. These are the most common video formats that you can upload and play:
  • WebM files (Vp8 video codec and Vorbis Audio codec)
  • .MPEG4, 3GPP and MOV files - (h264 and mpeg4 video codecs and AAC audio codec)
  • .AVI (many cameras use this format - typically the video codec is MJPEG and audio is PCM)
  • .MPEGPS (MPEG2 video codec and MP2 audio)
  • .WMV
  • .FLV (Adobe - FLV1 video codec, MP3 audio)

Tips and notes
  • Upload your video in the original format and in the highest quality possible. The maximum resolution for playback is 1920x1080.
  • Audio and video lengths should be the same, audio and video should start and end at the same time.
How to play a video and find information about the file
Just click a video file you've uploaded to your Documents List, and the video opens in a new page that includes a video player. You will need to have Flash installed for the video player to work.
Video player and information about the video.On the page that opens, you can also find additional information about the file, including the owner, whether the file is shared or not, and when the file was uploaded. You can also download previous versions of the file, but you can’t view these versions in the player. If you'd like to play one of the older versions, you need to delete the more recent versions and wait for it to be processed.
Error messages
Below are some error messages you might see while trying to watch an uploaded video, and some possible solutions.
The video is not yet processed.Please try opening the file again later.
Unable to process this video.The video file might be corrupted, or the video has been uploaded in a format that doesn't work with the player. Please either choose a different format or try uploading the video again.
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