Vista USD Ed Tech Newsletter
Training - Support
If there is a training you’re interested in, please reach out and let us know - email: email@example.com. We are happy to schedule small groups, come to grade level collaboration meetings and/or during your collaboration model times. If it’s not our area of expertise, we will direct you to the department who can provide that support!
How a Burger Emoji Became a Teaching Tool - Pear Deck
Special education teacher Christina Ramsay used a creative approach to support a student needing help. Read on in celebration of National Special Education Day on Dec. 2.
No Red Ink
Each month we are adding more resources to support all teachers and staff. This month we added the following!
NoRedInk Training - recorded training from our introductory session is available to view asynchronously in the TLC Canvas course in Canvas.
GLAD - Resource Directories by Grade Level - Folder
Fastbridge Report - Long Term Data, If you have a student who has taken the Fastbridge test over the last three years, you can now track their data. Thank you to the Site Tech Expert Aaron Acosta from Monte Vista for this resource.
January 10th Professional Development
Tips and Tricks
Email signatures are helpful in many ways! It can be basic where it displays your name, site and position, but it can also be in depth with images and certifications. When you send the EdTech team an email it’s extremely helpful to us if you have a signature so we automatically know your site and job title. Here is a “how to” on creating email signatures, thank you in advance for adding this in your settings.
Retro Report + Pear Deck
Upcoming Trainings - Vector Solutions
All upcoming trainings will be listed in Vector Solutions. We encourage you to check Vector weekly and follow us on Instagram for updates on trainings; @vusdeeielementary and @tlc.vusd. We have created this as a quick link on the district website called PD for Staff.
If you don't have a Vector Solutions account, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Vector Solutions. District ID: Vistausd
If you are enrolled to attend a training and can no longer attend, please be sure to unenroll yourself so you don’t show up as a no show in the system. Thank you!
Wednesday, January 25 - No Red Ink - Guided Drafts to support student-led drafting and revision
Performance Framework Survey for Secondary Teachers
We would like to invite you to share your thoughts and ideas in an OPTIONAL TEACHER survey and pay you for two hours at the current hourly rate for doing so.
VUSD is currently creating a student assessment survey around the newly adopted Learner Portrait for middle and high schools. The trends and ideas collected by our district teachers in this survey will be used to guide the development of the student survey and inform next steps for district work with the Learner Portrait.
Go to this linked Google Form* Provide robust responses with your specific thoughts and ideas.
*NOTE: The Google Form WILL ask for your school email address to ensure everyone who completes the survey will receive two hours of pay for their efforts at the current hourly rate.
The window is open until December 31st.
Hāpara offers a rich classroom learning ecosystem built into our Chromebook management for schools. Unfortunately due to Apple’s design, this program is not available on iPads, only Chromebooks. EdTech is offering a training, see below for dates and times. Please sign up on Vector, seating is limited! Here is the Hapara Resource Directory located in the TLC Resource Course in Canvas. Go to Hapara today and Sign in with Google!
There have been a lot of questions about who to reach out to for different technology questions. We have created the following Technology Matrix to help provide more support.
Technology Help Form
Every site has a Site Tech Expert! If you don’t know who yours is, please ask your admin or grade level lead/chair. If you have checked with your Canvas Site Expert and still need support, you can fill out our Technology Help Form and we will assist you! The technology help form is meant for help with Canvas (deleting a course, you aren’t seeing your courses, adding a teacher/IA/sub, etc), Benchmark and TCi. You can also contact Canvas through their chat feature, by clicking Help in Canvas.
IT Work Order
The IT Work order can help with technology set up (printers, monitors, etc) and account support (don’t see a tile in Cloud Connect). If you don’t have an account yet, register NOW!
**Password: 4680NorthAve this password is needed at the bottom when you’re submitting the work order, Step 9**
Here is the temporary login for Benchmark if your tile isn’t working in Cloud Connect.
If you cannot access your Benchmark account, please let us know ASAP! Benchmark said all accounts have been fixed as of last week. Technology Help Form
Gradebook Reminders for Secondary Teachers
If you plan to sync your grades between Canvas and Aeries, remember that gradebooks in Aeries SHOULD NOT be linked to each other. Linking the gradebooks in Aeries can cause syncing issues for cross-listed classes. It is best to complete all of your grading via Canvas and then sync to Aeries, rather than doing grading in both locations. If you have an assignment that is completed on paper in class, it can still be added to the Canvas gradebook by creating a “no submission” or placeholder assignment.
Please watch this video that explains how to create placeholder or no submission assignments on Canvas.
Canvas Help for Teachers
VUSD Technology Help Form- Get timely support from a VUSD TOSA
How to Access Canvas Training Portal: All teachers have FREE unlimited access to the Canvas Training Portal, which includes self-paced and LIVE training sessions with Canvas trainers. These trainings are free and voluntary.
How to Access Canvas Help: Need help with your Canvas course? Select the “Help” menu to utilize the 24/7 chat or phone support.
VUSD HELP RESOURCES
Canvas Support Teachers
Taresa McSpadden (Elementary) ext 92117
Craig Gastauer (Secondary) ext 92116
Michelle Daum (Secondary) ext 92114
Contact: VUSD Technology Help Form