TECH & LEARNING

December 2015

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MyConnect NEW FEATURE: TERM GRADING

A new feature has been added to the MyConnect gradebook. The "term" feature allows a teacher to separate their gradebook into terms (trimester, semester, and quarters). Click on the following link for a quick teaching tutorial to use this new feature - MyConnect gradebook.

SPEAK UP SURVEY - YOUR INPUT NEEDED

LSS and the IT Department will be implementing a significant revision to our current technology plan. We will be embedding the results of this work in our district Local Control Accountability Plan and budget proposals this spring. We are working to ensure a year to year ongoing, and responsive process that will address equitable integration of technology resources to support student learning.


A major component of this work relies on participation in a national survey (SPEAK UP) to gauge student, staff and parent input on the value and use of technology in our schools.


We need your input! Your ideas and opinions matter and we highly encourage ALL staff to participate in the survey. It takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.


The survey will remain open until Friday, December 18th.


Click on the following link to access the survey: http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2015/.

HOUR OF CODE

Hour of Code 2015 - WORLDWIDE

PUSD HOUR OF CODE

Schools and students across PUSD have been participating in the Hour of Code this week during Computer Science Education Week. Student guided, self-paced Hour of Code curriculum has been developed in MyConnect. Make sure to register your school so we can track your participation. If you have any pictures of your students participating please send to Lynn McConville @ lmcconville@powayusd.com or Stacey Campo @ scampo@powayusd.com

CONNECT YOUR STUDENTS WITH OUR PUSD STUDENT BOARD MEMBER

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CHARACTER AND ETHICS STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL

PUSD is hosting a character and ethics film festival contest. All students in PUSD can apply. Students need to create a 30-second to 4-minute video about a real-life situation that makes a difference in the world. Videos are due Friday, March 18th. All submissions include URL links to video in email, or CD. Questions, contact Linda Ellett at lellett@powayusd.com

ONLINE TYPING PILOT PROGRAMS

Recognizing the critical need for all students to develop strong keyboarding skills, 23 classes from seven elementary schools and two middle schools were able to pilot two programs during October and November. We only examined programs that had proven to work well and were 100% online so students could access them anywhere on any platform. Students piloted Typing.Com and Typing Agent. The surveys from all teachers, students, and parents have been collected. LSS will be reviewing the results and determining next steps.

LIMITED ACCESS - SERVER UPDATE SCHEDULED

To ensure we keep all our servers updated, we have developed a plan to update and install patches to our servers twice a year. On January 16 and 17 we will be doing our first server update. All locally hosted resources will not be available during this time frame. This includes accessing your home and shared directories and files, Synergy, PDS, and site websites.


Email, MyConnect, Compass Learning, SEIS and PeopleSoft will still be accessible during the update.


We will also be updating our servers on July 2 and 3, 2017.

TECHNOLOGY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE

On December 2 classified, certificated and administrative staff met to begin the process of developing a scope and sequence of technology skills aligned to the state standards. The goal is to develop a set of skills that every student should master as they progress through school in PUSD. The committee is scheduled to meet again in January. We will share the DRAFT standards once they are developed.


You can follow the work by clicking on the MyConnect link.

PUSD MOBILE APP

We have completed the beta testing of The PUSD Mobile APP. It will be released in the Apple and Google Play stores in the near future. The APP will include direct feeds from each site, and opportunities to easily access many applications, such as attendance, lunch money, Synergy grades, the Destiny library system, menus, transportation, sports schedules, and more.


Stay tuned for details on the release and how to use it.

MyConnect CLASSROOM IMPLEMENTATION SURVEY

We are continuously looking for ways to support your implementation of MyConnect. After break we will be sending out a survey to better understand usage and adoption rates across each school level. We will be using the information to develop a plan to better support you and your students.
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