District Tech Committee
MCAS is Coming
Reach Out to Your TTL
This year, we tried something different. Instead of weekly office hours, the teacher tech liaisons have been working collaboratively on providing brief tech tips in the form of a "Tech Wiz" flyer posted in each school. This doesn't mean your TTL won't help you with other tech ideas. Please reach out to them if you:
- Want to explore digital notebooks, need help organizing your Google Drive, or managing 1:1 devices in your classroom
- Want to learn how to better communicate with parents/families using technology
- Are interested in publishing student work for a global audience
- Need assistance with District provided software
- Want to try a new tech tool you've heard about
- Want some ideas on how your students can make films for the Lancer Film Festival
- Jenifer Carline, HAY
- Jennifer Carlson, LGN
- Colleen O'Neil, JCS
- Christina Schilingo, NMS
- Jennifer Young, NHS
G Suite Resources
G Suite Updates Blog - take a look at all of the G Suite updates
Google's Applied Digital Skills Curriculum where you can find lessons and activities to use with your students or resources to help yourself as an adult learner.
More Google Educational Resources - virtual museums, Google Scholar, coding and STEM resources
G Suite User Guide to Accessibility - You may have noticed the accessibility heading in docs, sheets, & slides. This resource outlines all of the ways you can make Google tools more accessible for all learners.
Innovative Approaches to Literacy with GoogleEDU (from the January HAY professional day)
Anything from Kasey Bell at Shake Up Learning!
Google Teacher Tribe on YouTube - You can also subscribe to the podcast from Kasey Bell & Matt Miller!
Wires, Pliers and Hardware
We've come a long way in the past five years and yet we still have work to do to continue growing as a District in terms of technology use, integration, and equitable access. This section will give a brief update on the hardware and network side of the tech department.
This year, the tech department has:
- Configured and distributed chromebooks for students in grades 3-11.
- Distributed JCS/LGN Promethean boards (approved fall 2018 Town Meeting)
- Implemented a new backup solution (approved fall 2018 Town Meeting)
- Requested an upgrade to servers/infrastructure (proposed spring 2019 Town Meeting)
- Requested HAY Promethean boards (proposed spring 2019 Town Meeting)
- Completed 787 SchoolDude support requests.
- Sent out 233 chromebooks to be repaired.
- Ordered and configured iPads received through grant awards.
Plans for 2019/2020 pending funding:
- Secure new devices for teachers PK-8.
- Reallocate laptops or chromebooks for all paraprofessionals.
- Acquire Promethean boards for NMS (pending Town Meeting approval).
- Reinstate technician position.
- Upgrade teacher and administrator devices every 3-5 years.
- Acquire Promethean boards for NHS.
- Update wireless infrastructure across the District.
- Expand library media programming to all grade levels.
- Build an in-District streaming server.
Current NPS Inventory
2nd Annual Lancer Film Festival
The Lancer Film Festival is back for a second year and we expect it to be even better than last year! The festival aims to celebrate original media created by students and staff. Teachers are
encouraged to include options for students to create films and videos when assigning curriculum projects throughout the school year. Students may then choose to submit their original media creations for recognition at the Lancer Film Festival. Staff are also encouraged to create original films and videos that engage and inspire others. This year's festival will be held on Tuesday, May 7th at Norton High School. We will have a red carpet event with paparazzi again this year. If you're interested in volunteering or want to learn more, visit the Lancer Film Festival website.