iTech Update

November 28, 2016 | Volume 3, Issue 3

This is the 3rd 2016-17 edition of the iTech Update, brought to you by the Technology Department, and is provided to give you an update on classes, software tips, resources, and other important information. More information can also be found on the iTech website. We are trying a product called Smore to create these web based updates.

Teach the "Hour of Code" Next Week

Coding and computer science is an increasingly important but often intimidating field. So much of what we do every day is done using apps or websites, yet most people have no idea how they work or are created. It is estimated that by 2020 there will be 1 million more computing jobs than computer science graduates. Part of Computer Science Education week December 5-11th, the Hour of Code is a one-hour intro to computer science designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Go to to sign up your class or school and get started.

Google Chrome Apps & Extensions

If you've used Google Chrome much, you've probably run into either Chrome "Apps" or "Extensions." But you may not know what they are, how they differ, or how they can help you use your web browser more effectively. View the video tutorial below to learn more.
Chrome Apps & Extensions

Meet the Tech Dept: Chris McKahan

Chris is the newest member of the Technology Department, joining us as a building technician in October. He joins us from the Central Valley School District where he worked as a building technician and mobile device specialist for 7 years. Chris is a Lake City and University of Idaho graduate, and lives in Coeur d'Alene with his wife. Chris is a building technician for Lake City, Canfield, Atlas, Bryan, Dalton and Fernan. Please join us in welcoming Chris!

Support for iPad 2, 3 & Mini and iPad Replacement Dates

iPads have been a widely used device in our district for many years now, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. Over the summer, any student or Tech Dept. purchased iPad 2 was replaced with an iPad Pro.

At the end of the 16-17 school year, the Tech Department will no longer support the iPad 2, iPad 3 or original iPad mini due to their age and Apple dropping support for them with iOS 10.

Student devices or devices purchased by the Tech Dept. will be replaced as part of our annual replacement cycle. Staff devices purchased through other sources may still be used, but cannot be supported by our department and should be replaced as possible. View the table below for approximate replacement dates, subject to change. Thank you for your understanding.

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Helpful Info for Tech Repairs

So far in the first 4 months of the 16-17 school year, the Tech Department has closed almost 5,700 tech repairs. As you can see from the graph below, this is more than were closed in almost any school year prior to the 13-14 school year.

With so many tech repairs, it is helpful if you include as much information as possible when submitting yours. Please see below for some helpful information to include. Thanks for your help!

  • Teacher Name:
  • Location (Building/Room #):
  • Grade Level:
  • Device Type (iPad, Chromebook, Etc.):
  • Device Name or Serial #:
  • Cart # if applicable:
  • Detailed Description of Problem:

If any of these items are found in your signature line, that works as well.

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