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Technology Information from your Instructional Tech Coach

This Video is For All Of You Who Need Some Encouragement For Next Week!

Go ahead! Watch it! You know you want to!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=9&v=MDQoczDfMqA

Important Info Below

Mrs. Evans - Instructional Tech Coach

Whether you are new to our county or school or, a returning teacher, please take a moment to look at my job description as it has changed just a bit. Also, the tips below are for ALL of you and will save all of us some frustration :)
My schedule is Monday through Friday and my office is located in the hallway leading to the blue hall, two doors down from the library door that students use. It is right next door to the SRO office.
Click here for my In-service Calendar

This year, most Tech Coach in-service sessions will be listed in SchoolStation. To attend a session, you will log into SchoolStation and register to attend. (More information coming later this week.)

Click here for My Webpage

My webpage is a work in progress as I update it with resources you can use. If you have a suggestion for a resource you'd like to see added, please email me at evansc@rcschools.net.

Where do I start?

Teachers,

As you set up your classroom computers, please be sure to do the following.

  • Do not block the network drops on the walls with bookshelves, desks, cabinets, etc. We have to be able to access these at all times.

  • I will say it again: Do not block the network drops on the walls with bookshelves, desks, cabinets, etc. We have to be able to access these at all times.

  • Plug in and connect everything -- including printer, student computers, document camera (if you checked one out)

  • Make sure you plug in the 2 white network cables from the back of the computer cart to the wall. One is for your phone and one is for your computer.

  • Test the projector to make sure it is showing your computer. PLUG in the blue projector cable in to the wall prior to turning on your computer. **The newest image is set up so that your projector is on Extended Display instead of Duplicated or Cloned Display. To change this, right click on the desktop, choose "Display Settings" and then, find "Multiple Displays". Change it from Extended Display to Duplicate Display and change the Resolution to 1920 X 1080.**

  • Test the Video feed for Announcements (found in Teacher Apps>Live video folder)

  • Test out the speakers/audio to make sure these are working. (Sometimes, the sound is turned way down on your projector remote OR your sound is turned off on your computer OR BOTH!)

  • Help out your neighbors/team members (especially new teachers) that may not be familiar with all of these items.


VOICEMAIL BOX SET UP-Click here.


WORK ORDERS

**If you have something that is NOT working, email a work order to schwo@rcschools.net with the specific details (RCS Tag #, Room #, description).

Joe Pfeifer will be our technician this year and will be here on Tuesdays and Fridays. As always at the beginning of the year, there are a lot of things that need to be fixed and set up. We will be working through the issues by priority. The first goal is to make sure all the offices, teacher equipment, and computer labs are up and running. You can submit work orders for student computers, but they will not be a high priority at this time.

Thank you for your patience.

***Important Reminders***:

Here are some reminders and refreshers:

  • Subs & Computer Use: (Memo from Central Office) Our agreement with PESG does not allow for substitutes to use classroom computers in any capacity. Please remind your staff that computer use should not be included in the lesson plans left for a substitute teacher.

    eSchool Solutions employees are not covered under our Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) and should not be allowed to use a teacher’s log in/user name for computer access (Your email is vulnerable because it is tied to your log-in; this includes students). This is intended to protect the teacher, school, system and eSchool Solutions employee.

  • Please follow the instructions for work orders to ensure that they are completed in an orderly manner. I know that getting things working for you is the most important matter and we are here to help and by completing this process correctly will help to speed up the process. Refer to my directions above about submitting work orders.
  • Network programs-I will let you know when network programs (Edgenuity, etc.) are up and running.
  • Voicemail boxes-Please set these up ASAP!
  • Webpages-Please update your Edlio webpage for the current year. If you have not done webpage training, you will need to attend an upcoming session. County policy is that all web pages (including sports pages) must be one of the approved web page options that is used to create your web page.
  • Email is for school use. Please do not send or forward jokes, political or religious emails. RCS email should not be used to sell things. Email is considered public knowledge so don't send anything that you do not want others to see.
  • IMPORTANT- As the school year starts please remember that NO technology is to be moved out of a room. If it is something that is not working, please submit a work order @ schwo@rcschools.net.
  • At the end of the year, instructions are sent out about policies and procedures to prepare our equipment for the summer. Please follow those instructions closely to ensure that whoever is in "your" room next year (whether it is you or someone else) has everything that belongs to him/her. You may not move equipment to your new room.

Wi-Fi information

To connect to the Wifi you will need to follow these steps...

  • Select the RCS-Secure network option
  • It will then prompt you to give a username and a password
  • You will enter your email username and password
  • You will be asked to agree to the terms of using the wifi network when you join. (You may also be asked to "Trust the Certificate"; if you don't click to trust it, you won't be able to connect to the wi-fi network.)

The RCS-Secure will work in any of the Rutherford County Schools once you login. Let me know if you have any questions.

**The RCS-Secure will NOT work for subs or other people outside our RCS network. They will have to use the Guest wi-fi network.