Friday, October 25, 2013

News from the Student Help Desk

The Tech Leaders have been working on repairing all kinds of devices, and they want teachers and staff to know the following items:

  1. If we can’t repair a device within a class period, students have the option of taking a loaner netbook. Please know that no student should be without a device because his/her device is “in the shop.” They can get loaners if they need them.

  1. We’ve created a how-to video for students and parents who want to know how to use their insurance policy. It’s important that students be reminded that it’s never too late to buy the insurance, and that the insurance policy is something they should hang on to and learn how to use.

  1. We’ve also created a video explaining how to reconnect a Chromebook to the AAL 5G network after a powerwash. Chromebooks have a built-in reset feature, and using it erases the settings for the 5G network. Anyone can learn this simple technique to connect to the fast 5G network.

  1. We’d like to remind seniors and juniors that we have updated images for their netbooks, and that we would be happy to reimage their machines with newer, faster software.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Interesting Statistic on Our Use of D219 Web Resources

The latest statistics show that 50,379 people visited our D219 website between September 23rd and October 23rd.  

And here are some interesting Google Apps statistics for D219:

  • There are 921 D219 users who produce an average of 802 emails per day. Our collective inboxes hold around 1.19 terabytes of messages. 
  • Each day there are approximately 590 calendar events. 
  • D219 users create approximately 500 documents each day, and share them with an average of 18 people.  Of those, there are 249,053 documents 37,815 spreadsheets, 1610 drawings, 36,539 presentations, and 20,931 forms.  That's about a half a million files stored in Google Drive. 
  • As of now, there are 132 mobile devices synced with D219 Google Apps . 

Samsung Chromebooks Available for Student and Staff Purchase

Faculty, staff, and students can purchase a Chomebook from the Student Help Desk for $243. Students can either make their purchase through the Webstore (student) or with a check (staff).  

Webstore Links
Faculty and staff should visit their building's bookkeeper to complete their payment, and then go to the Student Help Desk to receive their device. Staff purchases cannot be made through the Webstore. 
If students or staff have a District-issued Asus netbook in good, working condition, they can return it to the Student Help Desk for a $50 rebate on a new Chromebook, totalling $80 in savings from retail prices (including sales tax).

Monday, October 21, 2013

HippoCampus Update

Missing Hippo - REWARD!
To help us reach 1,000 Likes at our Facebook page, we wanted to get our fans a Hippo, but somehow, he escaped! Help us find him andwin a $50 AMEX gift card! He's hiding somewhere at HippoCampus--be the first to find him and post a screenshot on our Facebook page, and win! Last we heard, he was heading towards one of the new subject areas...

What is HippoCampus?

Want to tell your colleagues about HippoCampus? Looking for a quick summary describing what HippoCampus is and how teachers and students are using it? Check out this brief video and feel free to share!

Personalizing the Path
to College Readiness

We hear a lot about personalized learning - tailoring lessons to the individual needs of students. Can personalized learning help us solve the decades-old challenge of college readiness? This Thursday, Dr. Lopez will talk about the possible reasons so many of our high school graduates are not ready for college math and English, and will introduce EdReady, a new web-based application from the non-profit NROC Project, currently being piloted by select institutions nationwide.
Session presenter: Gary Lopez, Founder and CEO of The NROC Project
Event date: October 17, 2013
Event time: 2:00 PM ET
Register today for this FREE webinar event!

New Content Coming Soon
We love finding new, quality content to bring our users! Coming inearly 2014, we'll be adding more than 3,500 new learning objects to HippoCampus, covering content in math (Phoenix College's geometry, trigonometry, calculus, and more); physics, biology and math in the real world (Andrew Vanden Heuvel's STEMbite, featuring Google Glass); and more science (NASA's eClips for middle and high school students). This new content will be added as old content from the University of California (U.S. history, physics, calculus, and biology) is scheduled to retire from HippoCampus in June 2014. For a detailed listing of what will be retired, please send HippoCampus Project Manager Beth Pickett an email request.
The HippoCampus Team

Google Hangouts Guide for Teachers

Google Hangouts is Google's free video-conferencing tool that is available for teachers to use as part of Google Apps for Education. Up to 10 participants can join a Google Hangout at a time. It's a great way to connect your classroom with other classrooms anywhere in the world. This site will provide teachers and administrators with step-by-step directions how to get started on Hangouts, joining a Hangout, collaboration tools available inside a Hangout, and ideas for ways to use Hangouts in your classroom.

Check out the rest of the Guide here.

National Speak Up Survey 2013

Join the conversation about the use of technology for learning through Speak Up, a National Research Project. The online survey is open to students, educators and parents; it’s quick and easy to get involved.
Sign up today to take the survey:
Your participation in this 35 question survey will help us to gather information and draw comparisons with other schools around the country and nationally.  The schools listed are Niles North and Niles West.  Thanks in advance for your help. 

Flipping Resources

Have you heard the term "Flipping Your Classroom", but aren't sure what it really entails? This article with infographic from Edudemic What is a Flipped Classroom?, is a great beginning.

If you If you have any interest in making flipped classroom videos, I recommend taking 24 minutes to watch I Flip, You Flip, We All Flip. Although the video highlights iMovie as the tool, there are many other ones out there such as Camtasia, CamStudio and Screen-Cast-O-Matic to name a few.

Myths vs. Facts About Copyright Infringement

The following infographic is posted to the following site: Myths vs. Facts About Copyright Infringement.

Copyright Infringement: 5 Myths vs Facts
by floydworx.
Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

Applications for Education
The infographic above, produced by FloydWorx, provides a good set of reminders for students to consult when they're looking online for materials to use in their projects.