Berlin Tech News

December 2015

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Technology Projects

As technology advances, so does Berlin. Over the past few months there have been some noticeable changes, and some that have occurred in the background.

  • GAFE (Google Apps for Education) implementation and training - ongoing!
  • 75 Chromebooks added to the ever-growing fleet
  • 10 new classroom computers that will replace older models
  • 100 Laptops for Science in DDE - acquired FREE from a grant (thanks Joel!)
  • Mobile version of website activated for phones
  • New Technology Committee
  • Home Use Program activated for FTEs - Office 2016 Program for only $10 for home use on one device
  • New Epson Brightlink Interactive Projectors that work with SMART Notebook

Things you may not have noticed, but will make technology better and faster

  • 2 new virtualized servers - one for managed Windows Updates and one for re-imaging computers and installing software remotely on multiple computers at a time (so I don't have to walk around with a disc!) - FREE due to our licensing and virtualization

Upcoming possibilities for summer (depending on resources and input):

  • Windows 10 64 bit on all computers (right now we have a mix of Windows 7 and Windows 8 32 bit and 64 bit)
  • Office 2016 on all machines
  • Renaming of printers to make them easier to find and add
  • Newest SMART Notebook on all teacher desktops
  • Better website layout/design
  • More devices for students to access resources in JFK and DDE
  • MANY more planned! Stay tuned!!

And this is just the beginning!! I am always looking for improvements that will aid teachers and students everyday. Please let me know if you come across anything interesting that you would like to pass on. Thanks!!

Teacher Websites

Within OnCourse you can easily set up your own teacher website that is linked to your gradebook to keep parents and students informed all in one spot - no logging into different places to get information out to your parents!!! If you are a new teacher and do not have your website set up yet, please e-mail me a convenient time to help you set it up! It only takes a few minutes.

I have linked documents on some of the features below

Here is an example of what an OnCourse website could look like:

Any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

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