Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tech 1 Blended Course Starts August 27, 2014

Tech 1 Blended: Technology Tools and Applications
This blended course will take you through activities that will introduce you to the tools of the new Internet: Web 2.0. These tools are bringing our kids in touch with the entire world through social networking, wikis, video, podcasting, and gaming sites. Each session there is a new set of tools for you to learn about, experiment and use. Content will include an examination of technology integration using various application tools, instructional software, productivity software, and Web 2.0 / Internet. Participants will also identify relative advantages for choosing tools and applications and resources to draw upon in developing their own technology integration activities. Attendance policy: Course policy does not allow for any absence per course of Assessment for Learning or any of the Tech courses offered as a Blended Course. You may NOT miss the first or last 2 sessions in a given class.

Course Meetings & Locations:

Dates/Times: August 27, 2014 at 4:00 PM to August 27, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Location: West 2155

Dates/Times: October 27, 2014 at 4:00 PM to October 27, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Location: West 2155

Dates/Times: October 28, 2014 at 4:00 PM to October 28, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Location: West 2155

WIFI Changes You Need to Know About

Over the summer break, Information Services has been hard at work updating the wireless network. The District’s wireless network has received a naming convention make-over to better meet our growing needs.  

If you bring a new device to connect to the District’s WiFi (or) if last year you were using NTHS-FACULTY, NTHS-AAL, NTHS-AAL-5G or NTHS STUDENT wireless networks, please read on, these instructions concern you.

When you open your wireless settings on your device, you will see listed a few WiFi networks. The primary WiFi network for faculty, staff and other District employees is NTHS-STAFF.

If you have an older device that does not support connecting to the primary network, then use NTHS-BYOD. If everything else fails, you can use NTHS-GUEST, temporarily. Be advised that the guest network NTHS-GUEST no longer requires a password. Note: capacity and speed is restricted on NTHS-GUEST. Visit here for step-by-step instructions on how to connect to the WiFi network.

You will also notice four new networks, called NTHS-CLASS-20xx. These networks are dedicated for student’s use. They are split by graduating class, as the name suggests.

For a more information regarding the wireless, go to Wireless @ D219 site.

News from the Student Help Desk

Chromebook Training Videos
Tech Leaders have been collaborating with Atomic Learning and developed a series of Chromebook training videos.  Follow this link and login with your AD account to view their website. See the credits at the bottom of the page. 

Chromebook (Samsung Series 3) Training

2014-2015 Chromebook Distribution Information
On the day of Chromebook distribution, students will need to show their current ID.  Students will receive their new IDs during textbook pick up on the same day prior to each session.

Niles North:
Date:  Friday, August 8th, 2014

Room: 1100

Pick up Times:
Session 1: Last Name A-G 8:30 am to 10:00 am
Session 2: Last Name H-M 10:00 am to 11:30
Session 3: Last Name N-Z 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Niles West:
Date:   Thursday, August 7th, 2014
Room:  South Commons (Lobby)
Pick up Times:  
Session 1: 1:30 pm to 3:00  pm Group B
Session 2: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm   Group A

**Students will be informed of their groupings during the freshman orientation summer mailing from Student Service.

Gradebook Coaches

In order to help facilitate the rollout of the Infinite Campus Gradebook for the upcoming school year, Gradebook Coaches have been assigned to each Department. The role of the gradebook coach is to provide direct support to teachers as the Infinite Campus gradebook is rolled out during the 1st semester of the 2014-15 school year.

The Gradebook Coaches can answer your questions, assist in your Gradebook setup, demonstrate routine tasks, and relay information to/from PDC, as needed. If you have questions regarding the gradebook, please contact your gradebook coach or the PDC.

Your Departmental Gradebook coach will post his/her availability either before, after or during free periods. The list follows:

Matthew Fahrenbacher
Steven Lander
Ben Grais

Michael Swiatkiewicz             David Malatesta
                                                  Michelle Kline

Omar Salem                             Bradford Wilson

Christine Lubarsky                  Joe Edwards
Heather Ingraham                    Daniel Quinlan
                                                  Michelle Hettinger

FINE ARTS                             
Daniel Gregerman                    Deanna Sortino

WORLD LANGUAGES                            
Catherine Myers                       Caroline Adducci
Andrew Swedberg                    Andrew Suarez

Gary Chu                                  Syed Ali
Tina Helms                               James Krzmenski
Jody Trapani                            Daniel Larrabee

Patrick Steeno                          Mario Faso
Jessica Smith                           Bryan Wittersheim

John Kretsos                             Michael Boll
Christine Camel                        Amber Mosier
Richard Thielsen                       Michael Nocella
Georgia Taxakis                      Jayson Foster

Amy Matalas                            Michael Grossman
Anton Tichy                              Laureen Hall
Dan Toy                                   Lisa Hindel

Albert Chan                               Lauren Flahve
Jason Mormolstein                   Matthew Wiemer

Digital Literacy Program Pilot

Ensuring our students have a baseline knowledge of the technology they have daily access to is an ongoing priority, thus the District is piloting a Digital Literacy program with the 2014-2015 freshman. The program is a one semester, self-paced, blended learning series with students receiving face-to-face support in their Freshman Study Hall.

Here is the information the incoming freshmen will receive with their Chromebooks:

Digital Literacy Program

This  program is designed to provide students (you) with a basic level of competence to use a computer and its applications for learning. Here are some things you should know.

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A device have been issued to you in accordance with Board’s Goal:  To engage students in Anywhere/Anytime learning by providing laptop computers to expand their learning opportunities.
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The content of the program is aligned to the ISTE Standards for Students:
The standards for evaluating the skills and knowledge students need to learn effectively and live productively in an increasingly global and digital world.
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The content is delivered through Moodle, District 219’s online Learning Management System in a Blended Learning Environment, Freshman Study Halls.
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The tutorials and assessments have been developed through a partnership between District 219 and Atomic Learning, a video tutorial subscription service that all D219 students and employees have access.
A recommendation will be made in 2014 that satisfactory completion of this Digital Literacy program will become a graduation requirement.

The Program’s Structure

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In order to successfully complete the program, you must:
  • Receive a score of 85% or greater on the pre-assessment. (YOU'RE DONE)
  • Complete the unit projects and the final assessment in the blended learning program with a score of 60% or better.
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The blended learning program consists of a pre-assessment, five units, three projects, and a final assessment. Units: include lessons, followed by formative assessments, and a project (Word Processing, Presentations, and Spreadsheets).
A series of brief videos and questions to help you check for understanding will be presented, providing you with the information necessary to complete the unit project and pass the final assessment.
Projects are designed to reinforce the content that was covered in the unit and demonstrate your understanding of the material.
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A program facilitator will be available for face-to-face support in your study hall. You can also get help by stopping by the AAL Help Desk in your Building (North Room 1500 or West Room 2150).

Infinite Campus - new at District 219!

Infinite Campus has replaced Pinnacle SIS and Pinnacle Web/Gradebook for the 2014-2015 school year (following a very successful pilot during Summer School!).  

In addition to the Technology Department resources (PDC & Help Desk) in each building, curriculum departments will have one or more teachers who have been trained as Gradebook Coaches, to assist teachers in the day-to-day usage of the new system.  

Just as in the past, students and parents will have online access to grades, assignments, and attendance - this will be done using the Campus Portal.  One key difference between this and our previous system is that parents will create their own account  instead of sharing it with the student.  Teachers can even see when a student or parent last logged into the Portal!  

Additionally, we will be utilizing the Infinite Campus Food Service system in our school cafeterias.  The exciting thing about this change is that parents can see lunch purchase detail and fund their students’ account directly from the Campus Portal.  They no longer need to go to a separate system for food service information!

In today’s ever-changing industry of K12 education, many school districts need technology to streamline business processes - and Niles Township High Schools  is no exception as we join a growing number of Infinite Campus customers in the state of Illinois.

Great Ideas to Share? Check Out ICE 2015

The ICE online proposal system is now open!  We are accepting proposals for full and half-day workshops, general breakout sessions, poster sessions,and exhibitor breakout sessions.  Be a presenter at ICE 2015!  Deadlines for proposals are as follows:
  • September 10, 2014 - Full and Half-Day Workshops
  • October 1, 2014 - General Breakout Sessions
  • November 3, 2014 - Poster Sessions
  • November 3, 2014 - Exhibitor Breakout Sessions
 To submit a proposal go to   

Watch the ICE website for further announcements in the coming weeks!   

Congratulate D219's Newly Certified Google Trainers

The PDCs are designed to provide individual and group instruction on technology tools used throughout the district. 

In their continuous pursuit of excellence, Judy Duesenberg and Cindy Kukla have recently completed a series of Google trainings and are now Google Certified Trainers. 

Please congratulate them on this achievement and visit your building's PDC for all your training needs. 

NORTH PDC: Judy Duesenberg, ext. 2209
WEST PDC:  Cindy Kukla, ext. 2727