Back to School Tech Update

August 29, 2016

Welcome Back!

I hope everyone enjoyed the summer. As the school year gets underway, there seem to be quite a few technology topics that I want to cover with all of you so I thought this would be the best way to take care of everything. Please read through this entire newsletter and don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions. I have changed my website to be more of a blog format; you can find tech info and lesson ideas on my blog all year long.



This year we have enough Chromebooks to be 1:1 across the entire school! While I am so excited about the prospect of every student having access to a chromebook, it does present some organizational and logistical issues. So please keep the following in mind:

  • All student chromebooks have several labels on the bottom of them. One should be a white label with the cart # and chromebook # on it. (i.e. Cart 2 #4) Throughout the year, if the labels fall off, please let me know and I will make new ones. Please do not label the chromebooks yourself, or allow students to label them in any way.
  • I will be distributing the chromebook carts sometime this week. Some classrooms share carts and some classrooms have their own cart. This was based on student numbers and trying not to clog the hallways with too many carts. For this reason, if you have your own cart, please keep it inside your classroom, rather than in the hallway. The outlets in the hallway cannot support the charging of all 19 of our carts.
  • When you receive your cart, please double check that you have enough chromebooks for every student. New students continue to arrive and it is possible that I missed someone.
  • I keep a record of all teacher and student chromebooks and where they are located. Please do not move chromebooks from one cart to another.
  • If you have a problem with a chromebook (or any technology problem) please submit a ticket to the Technology help desk.

Student Design Center

Thanks to generous funding by our PTO, the former computer lab is being transformed into a Student Design Center. Our intention is for this to be a space used by teachers and students, in a variety of ways. It will house our Green Screen area as well as work stations and a presentation area. Although we are still adding equipment to the space, it is ready to be used by classes. As we start the school year, I will be providing ideas and suggestions for using the space with your class. In order to use the space, please sign up for a time slot here.

Back to School Night

Back to School Night is scheduled for September 19th this year, and I want to make sure that all of the equipment you need is up and running smoothly. Please take some time to check that the following items are working properly:

  • LCD projector
  • document camera
  • lightspeed microphones
  • presentation remotes (Check with the classrooms next to you to be sure your remote doesn't mess with their presentations!)

Please let me know ASAP if you have any issues with this equipment.

In addition, if you would like help incorporating technology into your BTSN presentation, please let me know!

Rubicon Atlas

Rubicon is where all new curriculum documents are being created, and eventually, where all curriculum documents will be housed. For now, you just need to know how to log in to Rubicon, in case you need access to the documents stored there.

The video below explains how to log in and search for the documents you need. Please let me know if you have any questions!


Schoology: lesson plans and more

  • This year, lesson plans will need to be uploaded into Schoology. Schoology groups are still being set up for this year, so I will be sending out more information, as well as video tutorials for you soon.
  • Other WFS resources can also be found in Schoology, such as technology cheat sheets and video tutorials.
  • If you like schoology and want to use it with your class (grades 2-5) we can set your students up with an account. Schoology can be used in place of a teacher website in grades 2-5.
  • A district wide workshop on schoology is available this Wednesday afternoon. If you'd like to sign up, please click here. This PD is eligible for early release credit.
  • If you would like assistance setting up and using Schoology with your students, please let me know.

Reminders and Links

  • Please do not send students to my office during the day - I am most often not there, which leaves them unsupervised.
  • If you are dropping off chromebooks or other equipment in my office, please leave a note with your name on it and what the problem is, so I can fix it and return the equipment to you.
  • If you need me immediately, please call my extension (8123) which forwards to my cell. If your tech issue is not an immediate problem, please put in a ticket at the Technology Help desk
  • If you would like to make an appointment to have me come in to your class to teach a lesson, or work with you on something during your prep, please schedule a date on my calendar.
  • To sign up to use the Student Design Center, click here.

Video Tutorials

Below are some video tutorials to help out with common tech needs at the beginning of the school year. Please let me know if you would like me to create a video about any other topics.

Creating a Group of Parent Emails in Gmail

Creating a Group of Student Emails in Gmail

Creating a Website

Creating a site

Editing Teacher Websites

Editing Teacher Websites

Adding or Deleting Links on Teacher Websites