Whitewater High School, September 2015

How Can Instructional Technology Help You?

I am looking forward to working in your school this year! As an Instructional Technology Specialist, my primary goal is to assist teachers with the integration of technology into the classroom. Here are a few examples of how we can work together:

  • meet with you before school or during planning to work on lesson plans
  • teach a sample lesson to your students using technology such as tablets or Chromebooks
  • visit with your class and offer suggestions as to how to best embed technology
  • serve as a second teacher in your class to assist your students with technology

Technology Trends

Whether you use technology in your classroom on a daily basis or you have never opened a Chromebook before, these are some of the tools that you can use with your students to increase student engagement.

  • Nearpod- Interactive content that works great on tablets, Chromebooks and BYOT devices.
  • Discovery Education- Thousands of resources, student accounts, and interactive content
  • Plickers- Instant formative assessment, with only one device

Chromebook Sign-On Shortened

When students and teachers sign into a chromebook, the suffix is already filled in. This means that students and teachers only need to type their lastname.firstname on this screen. If this is not working on your chromebook(s), it needs to be updated. You can update your chromebook by restarting it.

Infinite Campus Issues

Recently, teachers were unable to login to Infinite Campus. This issue was caused by an invalid record in our network so that IC was internally pointing to the wrong place. This has been corrected and IC should now work without receiving the certificate errors.

If you go to now and have an issue, try rebooting your computer. Clearing browser cache and cookies should not be required, but is always a good first thing to try when having quirky behavior with a web application (Ctrl+Shift+Del).

Thank you for your patience as we worked through "where" exactly the problem existed. Please let Sarah MacDonald know if you have any further issues or questions.

Blackboard Update

In the upcoming days, I will begin training the first group (called Cohort 1) of WHS teachers on how to use Blackboard. Blackboard is the Learning Management System (LMS) that has been purchased by Fayette County. Click HERE for more information on what an LMS is and how it can benefit your students.

Below are some of the details about the Blackboard implementation plan.

  • Cohort 1 teachers will work closely with the FCIT (Fayette County Instructional Technology) department throughout the first implementation of this training class.
    • This is to ensure we gather feedback and input on the class to make adjustments accordingly and stay in close communication with the Cohort 1 teams to maintain a high-level of support.
  • Following the completion of the class with Cohort 1, FCIT will reach out to building administrators to request names of teachers who will be included in Cohort 2. (Please note: more information will be sent on Cohort 2 selection in the coming months).
  • The Cohort 1 Team will be the first line of support for all subsequent Cohorts of teachers at your school.

When Can We Meet?

I am available to work with you in your classroom. Please email or call me using my contact information below.

You will receive more information about my visits in the near future.