Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Back to School Resources

This allows you to empty a course of user data (last year's students), while retaining the activities and other settings. Please be warned when choosing items you will delete your chosen user data from this course forever! 

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Treat Your Guests Well... Get Them Connected.

When guests need to connect to the wireless or use a workstation to complete tasks, here are some brief instructions on how to enable them to get them surfing:

Guest Connecting to the WiFi:
  • Select the network:  NTHS-GUEST. No need for an account ID or password.
  • Open a browser to agree to abide by our AUP rules.

Guests Using School computers:

  • Log onto the computer using the guest219 account (and password). *Go to the Portal, then Resources, then Guest Access Info and retrieve the login information. The account ID (guest219) never gets changed, but the password is reset periodically and without notice, so make sure you visit “MyD219 Portal” before your guest arrive and look up the password.

Log a WiFi Support Ticket

Last month we updated you on the WiFi changes that took place over the summer.

Each grade level has their own wireless network. Students use their credentials to log in.

Faculty and Staff also have their own wireless network and must connect using the same login and password as their Active Directory account.

If there is ever any connectivity issue, please log a support ticket on the District 219 Wireless Technician's website, providing as many specifics as possible: location, period, how many users affected, network, etc.

TCSI Technology Innovations Grants 2014-15, Now Accepting Proposals

Each year the  Board of Education provides a grant to foster technology innovation in the classroom. There is $25,000 available in competitive funds for North and West.  Each application will be judged by members of TCSI. Note: They are looking for innovative ways to infuse technology and digital literacy into the curriculum. If you have questions about the program, or need help with your application, your TCSI representative will be happy to assist you.

For consideration, log into Euphoria, under Form space: http://eduphoria.niles-hs.k12.il.us/forms/ Look for IS/Technology Dept, and then “2014-2015 TCSI Technology Innovations Grant Application”.

Submission deadline is Friday, September 12, 2014 at 4pm. All requests will be judged at the next TCSI meeting on Thursday, September 18, 2014.  

TCSI Department Reps:

Niles North
Niles West
Chris Powell
Chris Powell
Ivan Silverberg
Joe Edwards
ESL/Foreign Language

Fine Arts
Mike Beeftink
Matt Fahrenbacher
Dave Ruth
Matt Fahrenbacher
Physical Welfare
Mike Beeftink
Elizabeth Ramseyer
Mike Beeftink
Elizabeth Ramseyer
Social Studies
Ivan Silverberg
Joe Edwards
Special Education
Ivan Silverberg
Joe Edwards
Library/Media Services
Dave Ruth

Student Activities
Ivan Silverberg

Literacy Centers
Dave Ruth
Chris Powell

News from the Student Help Desk

We had another great start to the school year. In our second year of deploying Chromebooks, 1,083 incoming freshmen were issued new devices to use anywhere, anytime.  The Chromebook’s quick startup, ergonomic keyboard, and seamless file syncing with Google Apps allows students to be more productive.
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In keeping productive, the Help Desk has many Tech Leaders to help with problems that may occur with student devices. While we can repair many types of damage with little or no cost to students and their families, we highly recommend anyone else with a school-issued device, to buy insurance.  More information can be found here.  

We know students have a variety of technology skills that are demonstrated in the classroom, but how do we assess our students’ digital literacy?  Incoming freshman are working with digital literacy coaches during study halls to reach our new Board goal of engaging students, increasing their digital literacy skills, and helping them become digitally literate 21st century citizens.  More information can be found here.

Our Tech Leaders’ program expanded last year to include Video Tech Leaders (VTLs).  These students have dedicated many hours after school recording and editing sports and social events that have occurred in the district.  Many of the shows are playing on our Public Access Station. Students interested in participating should contact the Cable TV Producers for more information:

Michael Hoffman @ West   or  Rob Henderson @ North

Online Professional Development Courses

This message is to provide you with an opportunity to increase your professional skills through online courses.  These are asynchronous courses provided through Illinois Virtual School.  Some of these courses can be taken for graduate credit.  See the attached flyer.  

Courses are easy and can be taken right from home.  The contact information is on the flyer. Illinois Virtual School hopes to offer these courses later in the school year also, but think about taking advantage of participating in one of them right now.

Would You Like to Present at a Conference this Year?

Looking to present in 2015?  Illinois Computing Educators is accepting proposals... 

It's time to submit your proposal for a full or half-day workshop at ICE 2015 from February 24-27, 2015.  The workshop proposal deadline is less than a month away!!

ICE pays an honorarium to workshop presenters: $350 for full-day workshops and $175 for half-day sessions.  Multiple presenters split the honorarium.

Don't delay!  The last day to submit a workshop proposal is September 10, 2014.  Deadlines for other breakout and poster sessions are also approaching, too, so submit YOUR proposal today!
  • 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  https://proposals.iceberg.org/

Computer Systems Maintenance and Slow Downs

Please be aware that various D219 websites and software applications may be unavailable or slow to respond between the hours of 11:30pm and 5:00am, due to routine, nightly processing. 

Additionally, systems may also be unavailable on weekends for routine maintenance or program updates. This activity will generally be planned for Saturdays after 5:00pm, unless district users are otherwise notified.  Of course, things do happen beyond our control and we appreciate your patience in those circumstances.