GCPS Instructional Technology

Weekly Newsletter: May 26, 2020

Instructional Technology Weekly Newsletter

Please view the information below about the following topics:

  • NC Learns Together: May 27 & 28
  • N-CCS Innovation Academy: 2020
  • Free Course: Remote Learning 101
  • GCPS 2020 Staff Technology Survey
  • Classroom Management Systems: Crostini & NetSupport
  • Zoom: GCPS Clever
  • Tech Bytes at 2pm: with Sherry Ballentine
  • GCPS Gimkit Subscription Requests
  • Smore Subscription Requests
  • Updating NCEdCloud Passwords
  • iSupport: Logging a GCPS Tech Ticket
  • Summer PD Session: June 8 - August 14, 2020
  • Digital Learning Competencies
  • Spring Professional Development: Session Ends May 29, 2020
  • Technology Department Contacts

Classroom Management Systems: Crostini & NetSupport

As a district, we are transitioning away from Crostini to a different classroom management software called NetSupport. After Friday, May 29th, district access to Crostini will be disabled. NetSupport allows teachers to manage, interact, and engage with students on Chrome devices. The transition to NetSupport will allow for additional features than Crostini.

Zoom: GCPS Clever

Zoom is now accessible for teachers from the GCPS Clever dashboard. Accessing Zoom from Clever will allow easier access to join the meetings for your students.


Here are some instructions on how to access, host, and join Zoom meetings from the Clever Dashboard.

Tech Bytes at 2pm : with Sherry Ballentine

Please join Sherry Ballentine with Tech Bytes!


The videos are accessible at 2pm each day and all episodes are accessible here!


Please enjoy these episodes!

GCPS Gimkit Subscription Requests

The GCPS Technology recently received a subscription to Gimkit that is for a maximum of 100 users!


We currently have about 15 seats available as of May 26, 2020.


If you are familiar with Gimkit and would like to request a possible user license, please complete this form.

Smore Subscription Requests

Do you like to create beautiful newsletters? Do you like to learn new tools to share information?


Learn about Smore in this short video and by accessing these resources. If you are interested in learning more information, please complete the short form below.

Updating NCEdCloud Passwords

Students access to PowerSchool and Schoolnet is through the IAM/NCEDCloud just like teachers and staff. If a student is on a PowerSchool roster, then the teacher has the capability to reset each of their students password or provide them with the permanently assigned default password and their User ID. This video will show you how to look up the student’s user id and password: https://goo.gl/srcHxe

Digital Learning Competencies

As a reminder, effective July 1, 2017 all teachers, administrators, and support staff who need to maintain licensure , who renew in June 30, 2020 will need 2.0 Technology/Digital Learning Competencies (DLC) CEU’s as part of the licensure renewal process.


The competencies are organized into four focus areas: Leadership in Digital Learning, Digital Citizenship, Digital Content and Instruction, and Data and Assessment. Professional learning that is aligned with a Digital Learning Competency Focus Areas may be considered eligible for educators to earn a CEU in this area.


All Technology training sessions CEU’s earned, online or face-to-face, are eligible to fulfill this licensure requirement.

Professional Development

All CEUs fulfill the 2.0 DLC requirement for licensure!

Spring Session: January 17, 2020 - May 29, 2020

During the Spring Session, you an register for the course at ANY time between January 17th and May 29th!


Please allow for 24 hours to be added to a course.


The Spring offerings are listed below:

Virtual Instruction: Online Meetings

(0.3 Tech/DLC CEUs)

Register HERE: WisdomWhere Link


After registration through WisdomWhere, you will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitator Leah Powell.

Spring Session: March 23, 2020 - May 29, 2020


The Online Module: Virtual Instruction - Online Meetings will provide participants the opportunity to learn about Online Meeting Platforms: Google Meet & Zoom. Registrants will participate in three portions of the online module:

  1. Part 1: Integrating Online Meetings

  2. Part 2: Online Meeting Platforms

  3. Part 3: Extended Learning (Extra Resources)

The delivery of instruction in this online module will model support in virtual learning.

Schoolblocks: Websites for Communication

(0.2 Tech/DLC CEUs)

Register HERE: WisdomWhere Link


After registration through WisdomWhere, you will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitator Leah Powell.

Spring Session: January 17, 2020 - May 29, 2020


The purpose of the Online Module: Schoolblocks: Websites for Communication is to provide support in creating Staff Websites to communicate with our community. Granville County Public Schools has set an expectation of information shared on each staff webpage. This course will help to make that happen because a staff website could be the first impression a family or student make about his/her school experience. At the end of this online module, participants will have updated profile cards and websites aligned with the GCPS expectation.

SMART Interactive Flat Panels in Content & Instruction

(0.2 Tech/DLC CEUs)

Register HERE: WisdomWhere Link


After registration through WisdomWhere, you will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitator Leah Powell.

Spring Session: January 17, 2020 - May 29, 2020


The purpose of the Online Module: SMART Interactive Flat Panels in Content & Instruction is to provide a basic overview of how to incorporate a SMART Interactive Flat Panel into teaching and learning in a classroom environment.
Features of the IFPs will be highlighted on the device and how those features can influence the creation of lesson plans that will lead to total student engagement. Participants will receive a hands on experience with an Interactive Flat Panel. Please keep in mind access to a SMART Interactive Flat Panel is necessary.

Creating Digital Content with Powerschool Learning

(0.2 Tech/DLC CEUs)

Register HERE: WisdomWhere Link


After registration through WisdomWhere, you will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitator Leah Powell.

Spring Session: January 17, 2020 - May 29, 2020


The Online Module: Creating Digital Content with PowerSchool Learning (Formerly haiku) is an introduction to integrating the Granville County Public School’s learning management system, PowerSchool Learning, into the classroom by creating digital content and supporting the use of technology instruction. This course will cover what is PowerSchool Learning in GCPS, the basic functions, using the LMS to communicate with students and include extra features. These tools with assist with the integration of technology possibly leading to an enriched and blended online environment.

Google Levels 1 and 2 Certification

(1.5 and 1.3 Tech/DLC CEUs)

Register HERE: WisdomWhere Link


After registration through WisdomWhere, you will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitator Gwen Loftin.

Spring Session: January 17, 2020 - May 29, 2020


Over the course of the summer, participants will have the opportunity to become both Google Level 1 (fundamentals) and Level 2 (advanced) certified in order to improve their practice and create opportunities for personalized learning in their classroom. This course will provide educators with the skills, knowledge, and experience to facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity, gain confidence with digital learning strategies and Google tools appropriate for instruction, create opportunities for self-assessment and self-monitoring while using technology to collect data, increase digital citizenship and digital literacy skills, and engage in professional growth and leadership in digital learning.

Connecting Students to Curriculum Through Google Tour Builder

(0.2 Tech/DLC CEUs)

Register HERE: WisdomWhere Link


After registration through WisdomWhere, you will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitator Sherry Ballentine.

Spring Session: January 17, 2020 - May 29, 2020


The purpose of this online module is to provide the opportunity to learn about Google Tour Builder. This module will provide an overview of creating a Google Tour, ways to use it in the classroom, and the opportunity to build your own tour. Participants in this professional development course will find freedom in time and location because it is totally online.

Chromebook 101 for Digital Age Teaching and Learning

(0.3 Tech/DLC CEUs)

Register HERE: WisdomWhere Link


After registration through WisdomWhere, you will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitator Leah Powell.

Spring Session: January 17, 2020 - May 29, 2020


Chromebooks 101 will provide participants information about the newest device to enter the hands of our students within Granville County Public Schools. In this online environment, you will learn about: What is a Chromebook, What is Google drive, and How to Manage a Chromebook Offline, along with Instructional Strategies to help support management in a 1:1 environment. After completing the virtual portions of this module, you will complete an online scavenger hunt using what you have previously learned, giving you a hands on experience with the device. After this module, you will have a better understanding of how to use a Chromebook. You will also have experience in a blended professional development session!

Ways to Use QR Codes

(0.3 Tech/DLC CEUs)

Register HERE: WisdomWhere Link


After registration through WisdomWhere, you will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitator Leah Powell.

Spring Session: January 17, 2020 - May 29, 2020


The purpose of this online module is to provide the opportunity to learn about QR Codes. A Quick Response (QR) code is a digital image that can be scanned using one of the many free QR scanner apps available to any device. In this course you will learn the benefit of using QR codes in the school setting and see how they eliminate the frustration of long web addresses, take students directly to a designated website, and save time. QR codes are very easy to make and help to change up your normal routine, thus increasing student engagement. This course will equip you to use QR codes and give authentic practice using them. Participants in this professional development course will find freedom in time and location because it is totally online.

Student and Staff Feedback Through the Use of Google Forms

(0.5 Tech/DLC CEUs)

Register HERE: WisdomWhere Link


After registration through WisdomWhere, you will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitator Sherry Ballentine.

Spring Session: January 17, 2020 - May 29, 2020


The purpose of this online module is to provide the opportunity to learn about Google Forms. This module will provide an overview of creating a Google Form, ways to use them in the classroom and offer advanced tools to utilize with them. Participants in this professional development course will find freedom in time and location because of it is totally online.

Educate about EDpuzzle

(0.2 Tech/DLC CEUs)

Register HERE: WisdomWhere Link


After registration through WisdomWhere, you will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitator Leah Powell.

Spring Session: January 17, 2020 - May 29, 2020


This online module is designed for you to become a certified EDpuzzle Coach. This course is for beginner users and advanced EDpuzzle users. This online module will take approximately two hours to complete and will take place in both PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) and EDpuzzle.

Chrome Tips and Tricks

(0.2 Tech/DLC CEUs)

Register HERE: WisdomWhere Link


After registration through WisdomWhere, you will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitator Sherry Ballentine.

Spring Session: January 17, 2020 - May 29, 2020


In this online module, Google Chrome users will learn some advanced tips and tricks for making their Internet browsing more efficient and personalized. This two-hour online module will focus on using the tabs in the Internet window, personalizing the toolbar and preferences, using the omnibox for quick look-ups and collaborating with Google apps, and exploring a couple of Chrome extensions.

Schoolnet Basics

(0.3 Tech/DLC CEUs)

Register HERE: WisdomWhere Link


After registration through WisdomWhere, you will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitator Leah Powell.

Spring Session: January 17, 2020 - May 29, 2020


In this online module, an introduction to one of Homebase’s valuable components: Schoolnet will be provided. Schoolnet houses resources and assessments items aligned to the Common Core State Standards and North Carolina Essential Standards. You will learn how to search for resources by topic or standard and create an express and manual tests in Schoolnet. Tests that are created and assigned in Schoolnet can be automatically graded and synced with the Powerschool gradebook. The target audience for this session is teachers and administrators at the elementary, middle, and high school level.

Schoolnet Part 2

(0.3 Tech/DLC CEUs)

Register HERE: WisdomWhere Link


After registration through WisdomWhere, you will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitator Leah Powell.

Spring Session: January 17, 2020 - May 29, 2020


Schoolnet Part 2 will provide a number of options to users who are already familiar with the Homebase resource. Participants will receive a rapid review of basic items, take a deeper look at creating & organizing test items, editing test settings, sharing assessments and items, managing modifications, and creating reports from data collected within Schoolnet. This module will demonstrate many of the extra settings within Schoolnet.

Introduction to SeeSaw: Student Driven Portfolios

(0.3 Tech/DLC CEUs)

Register HERE: WisdomWhere Link


After registration through WisdomWhere, you will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitator Sherry Ballentine.

Spring Session: January 17, 2020 - May 29, 2020


In this online module, participants will receive an introduction to an amazing FREE app for creating digital portfolios called Seesaw. The course will teach how to set up a class in Seesaw, lessons ideas for how to introduce it to and routinely use it with students, and how to invite parents to subscribe to their child’s portfolio. This app is easy to use for students of ALL ages and for teachers to set up and manage.

Google Drawings

(0.3 Tech/DLC CEUs)

Register HERE: WisdomWhere Link


After registration through WisdomWhere, you will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitator Sherry Ballentine.

Spring Session: January 17, 2020 - May 29, 2020


The purpose of this online module is to provide the opportunity to learn about Google Drawings. This module will provide an overview of creating a Google Drawing, ways to use them in the classroom and offer advanced tools to utilize with them. Participants in this professional development course will find freedom in time and location because of it is totally online.

Google Classroom

(0.2 Tech/DLC CEUs)

Register HERE: WisdomWhere Link


After registration through WisdomWhere, you will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitator Sherry Ballentine.

Spring Session: January 17, 2020 - May 29, 2020


The purpose of this online module is to provide the opportunity to learn about Google Classroom. This module will provide an introduction to Google Classroom, show how the platform works, and then give an overview of the teacher view and the student view. Participants in this professional development course will find freedom in time and location because it is totally online.

Registration Procedures for GCPS Technology Modules

After registration for all online modules through WisdomWhere (registration links proided), participants will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitators. The course facilitators or either Ms. Sherry Ballentine, Mrs. Leah Powell, or Mrs. Gwen Loftin.
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