I.T. Monthly: February Issue

West Point Consolidated School District

Dear Staff,

The West Point Consolidated School District is dedicated to providing safe and orderly schools for all students, improving student achievement, increasing parental and community involvement in our schools, promoting the use of technology by teachers and students alike, and providing our staff with the tools necessary to lead our students to becoming productive, successful citizens in a technology-based world.


We have partnered with Linewize by Family Zone, a leading provider of online safety products and education, to create an educational hub for parents and teachers. This hub includes articles, videos, courses, and more to ensure every stakeholder understands how to keep your kids safe online.


As always, if you have comments or suggestions for improving this newsletter, or information you think needs to be included, please reach out to the IT Department.


-IT Department-

Celebrate Black History Month!

Black History Month Fitness Activity

Some Quick Ideas

Here are some super quick ideas you can use in your classroom.


  • Quote of the Day - Every morning, greet your students with a new quote or fact that’s relevant to black history.
  • Fact of the Day - Research and share little known facts related to black history. You could a theme a week. Try Famous Firsts, Music Facts, Hometown Heroes. The possibilities are endless.
  • Person of the Day/Week - Highlight a different person every day or week.
  • Question of the Day - Start each morning with a question about an important time in black history, music, sports or the arts.

Click on the picture below to explore 42 Black history activities.

Six Teaching Tools for Black History Month

From interactive timelines and rich multimedia to study guides, these resources can help bring Black history into the classroom.

Dr. Martin Luther King - I Have A Dream Full Speech

West Point Consolidated Schools Cyber Safety Hub

Click below to explore resources to keep students safe online.

Parent Teacher Conference Day

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Classwize Updates:

Blocking Youtube with Classwize

Teachers,


IT is seeing constant problems with this issue. Please read below.


When you create rules in your Classwize courses, please schedule the sessions to start only for the duration of when you are teaching a class. Scheduling all of your courses to run all day long (7:30 to 3:00) for an example, and there are rules created to block YouTube, will interfere with another teacher's usage of YouTube.


If you need help with Classwize or need overall training, please click the link below and fill out the form.


Mechelle Welch


Instructional Technology Support Form

https://forms.office.com/r/PZcgQyZ54p

Kami:

Click below to register for this free virtual conference.

Kami by Subject

Kami for Science
Kami for Social Studies

Zoom:

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Zoom Learning Center

The Zoom Learning Center is available to all account owners, admins, and end-users. It is a free platform that educates and empowers Zoom users to confidently use Zoom through a series of short, on-demand online courses and videos.

Common Sense Education:

Digital Citizenship Video for Grade K-2:

Pause & Think Online
Reading News Online
Creativity, Copyright, and Fair Use
Teen Voices: Who Are You on Social Media?

Click Here to Subscribe to Canvas Youtube Channel:

CANVAS QUICK TIPS:

How to Add an Inclusion Teacher as an Observer

Click here to learn quickly on how to add an Inclusion teacher as an observer and link them to their students.

Mississippi Department of Education Info (MDE):

MDE: Newsletter

Digital Learning Best Practices

MDE: Digital Learning Best Practices

Click below to learn how you can promote student engagement into your classroom.

MDE: Professional Development Calendar

Click here to see all of the Professional Development opportunities MDE has to offer.

Mississippi State University

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MSU Extension: Center for Continuing Education

Click here to learn more about MSU Center for Continuing Education offers online and in-person trainings for teachers to earn CEUs.

ITS Cyber Tips Newsletter: January

West Point Consolidated School District: I.T. Department

Contact us with any questions or tips you may have!