Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tech Leaders Inducted into the National Honor Society

The Technology Department wishes to congratulate several of our senior Tech Leaders for their induction into the National Honor Society. These students have served at the Help Desk with distinction, and they have also shown their commitment to academics throughout their high school careers.

One of the goals of the Tech Leaders program is to develop leadership skills. We couldn't be more pleased to congratulate each of these outstanding individuals for their accomplishments.

Max Collins
Nicholas Clark
Vasil Pendavinji
Talha Ahmed


Dan Tan
Kevin Lubowich
Matt Ibrahim
Reena Patel

IllinoisGoogleEDU Maine 207 Summer Academies

Our neighbors to the west, Maine 207, have asked that we share with District 219 faculty/staff their summer line up of academies.

There are several courses available, including three focusing on Google: Google Apps in the Collaborative Classroom (basic and advanced), and a Google Certified Trainer Preparation Program.

Details are available here: http://goo.gl/zrECi

Registration is open and courses are filling up fast!

Access Voice Mail via Computer

You can now listen to your messages, mark them as heard (or unheard), download, or delete them - all without using a phone! You can even forward voice messages to other D219 users or recover a message you've recently deleted (within 24 hours). 

If you'd like to manage your voice mail inbox from any D219 computer, click on the following link: https://nwunity/inbox/ (this link is available internally only) and log in using your D219 credentials.

PDC Tech Talks: May Schedule

Resources for these, and all, TechTalks are available at the Tech Talks BlogThe schedule is posted here. To add the PDC Calendar to your account, copy this link and add by URL into the "Other Calendars" in your D219.org Calendar.

Week of April 29th - Diigo - Online Bookmarking
Diigo is a powerful online research tool and collaborative research platform that integrates with key technologies, including social bookmarking, web annotation, tagging, and group-based collaboration. Diigo allows you to bookmark a web page and share your bookmarks online with one click with your peers either in group or individually!

Week of May 6th - Google Blogger
Create blogs using Google’s Blogger. Blogs are a great tool to use in the classroom to encourage online journaling, discussions, and collaboration. Set up a blog and explore the various features.

Week of May 13th - Screencast-O-Matic
A screencast captures what is displayed on a computer screen accompanied by commentary from someone explaining what is happening on the screen as it unfolds. Screencasts can be done in a range of styles, from the very formal, narrated powerpoint presentation to a more informal, software coaching. Screencast-O-Matic is a great tool, easy to use with nothing to download!

Week of May 20th -Picasa Web Albums/PicMonkey
Picasa Web Albums make it easy to organize and edit your digital photos, then create online albums to share with your classes and the community.  PicMonkey is a fun and easy to use web-based photo editor.

Week of May 27th - Reviewing Scores and Examining CFA Data
Review the common final assessment process. Use Pinnacle Instruction (PI) to assess your students' performance. You can easily generate a variety of reports for each class to determine how your students performed on each question, Learning Target, etc.

New PIV Report: Student Learning Targets Report

There is a new report in PIV for students and parents. The "Student Learning Targets Report" displays information on a student's progress by Learning Target for gradebooks that have Learning Targets associated to assessments.

To access the report, students / parents select "Student Standards" from the Report area in PIV.

Instructors can access the same information for their classes through the Gradebook. From the "Reports" menu, select "New Reports," "Objectives," "Student Standards Report."

For additional explanation or information, contact your building's Professional Development Center:  North Room 1405 or West Room 2153.

A Message for Graduating Seniors

Dear Seniors,
After you graduate, you'll no longer have access to your school's ILP account. So, to prepare for your departure, please note:
  • If you'd like to save any information in your Individual Learning Plan, each page has a button at the bottom titled "Print PDF Form." Press this button and a PDF page will appear for you to print or save from your browser.
Also please be aware that you will have access to your @nths219.org email account for JUST ONE MORE YEAR after you graduate.  During that time please:
If you have any questions, feel free to contact your school's Help Desk.

2013 Spring Cleaning for a Guilt-Free Summer

There are just a few weeks left in the school year and now is the time to do little “spring cleaning.” Each summer the computers are wiped clean, inside and out, so it is important to move any files you may have stored on your machine's hard drive to your J-drive, to a thumb drive or burn it to a CD . Please do not wait until the last minute. Any files left in your local machine will be lost when we re-image it. If you need assistance, please visit the PDC. While you are in the mode of cleaning up drives; review the contents of your J-Drive. If there are files you haven’t used in a while, burn them to a CD or thumb drive and delete them off the network to regain that valuable storage space. OR, move them up to “the cloud” and your Google Docs storage space. 

Also, help us get your computers ready for next year. Make sure that you complete the “Software Re-install Request for 2013-2014" form to notify us of your software needs for 2013 -2014.

ZDNet: 5 Reasons to Hog Power Outlets

This post, from ZDNet, explains why it is necessarily a bad thing to take advantage of plugging in when you can. 

Summary: Hogging a power outlet can help your battery last longer, give you better performance, and keep other devices charged up, while at the same time keeping you ready for the unexpected.

Google Chat: Bringing people together in Drive

Bringing people together in Drive

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Eric Zhang, Drive Software Engineer

(Cross-posted on the Google Drive blog.)

More often than not, you need to work with others to get things done. Today, working together in Drive is getting even easier with new profile pictures and one-click group chat.

Now when you open a file in Drive, you’ll see the profile pictures of other viewers at the top instead of just their names, making it easy for you to do a quick scan of who else is in the file. You can hover over a photo to see details about the viewer and add them to your circles on Google+ — all without ever leaving Drive.

In addition, you can now start a group chat with just one click. Simply select the new chat button at the top right and a chat box will appear, making it easy for you to quickly message everyone in the file.

These new features will roll out over the next few days to Rapid Release domains, and we’ll be adding support for more file types (like Google Sheets) soon, so stay tuned. 

Monday, April 29, 2013

Summer Time Appy Hour...

Join the Professional Development Center staff from both Niles North and Niles West at the Niles North Professional Development Center in Room 1405 for some summer learning.  

Listed below is the schedule of sessions that will be offered throughout the summer. Check back for updates and room numbers.

Each Tech Talk will be 30 minutes, followed by lab time. 

Click on an Icon the view the details on the session!

9:00 AM

2:00 PM
9:00 AM

2:00 PM
9:00 AM

2:00 PM    

9:00 AM

2:00 PM