Tech Updates Week 2
Just what you needed before Labor Day!
Currently we have less than 20 iPads from returning 7th and 8th graders remaining to be distributed. Over 85% of our students have iPads. We are now ready to distribute any students who are new to Rowan-Salisbury Schools as well as students who may have transferred from our sister schools.
Please pay attention to emails with iPad directives. Thank you for all your help and support.
iPad Apps, Self Service, & Games
Many of you have noticed that the Pages, Keynote, and Numbers apps are not on the iPad. The system will be rolling these out through self service. I encourage you to check Self Service often to see if they are there.
Currently downloading apps from the Self Service store is a little "buggy." I have had some success downloading apps to students iPads. I want to investigate this a little more.
Tech Support for Classrooms & Teachers (SCHOOL DUDE IS NOW AVAILABLE)
For those who have submitted a SchoolDude in the last month, I will begin to respond and work toward a resolution on the SchoolDude ticket.
In the meantime, if you have difficulty, please submit a school dude ticket by either going to the China Grove Middle School webpage and clicking on Faculty & Staff and you should see School Dude-quick link listed. Choose this option and enter your email address.
Provide as much information as possible on the problem that you are experiencing. You must include all categories marked with a check mark. Provide the tag number if you are able to find it. If it is a projector or something that the TAG number is not viewable, please input in a 6 digit code (any combination of 6 digits or letters will suffice if the TAG number is not available). The final step asks for a password. Please enter rsss.
Once the ticket is entered, I will receive notice and can move forward with solving the problem.
ACHIEVE 3000 Update
IAM UPDATE - USE INCOGNITO or PRIVATE VIEW
Relaunch the browser and go to either PRIVATE browsing in Safari (hold shift + command + n at the same time) or INCOGNITO browsing in Chrome (shift + command + n at the same time). If you are using FireFox, use shift + command + p. If you are Camino, WHY? Don't ever use Camino (I will lose my street cred as a TF - remember TFs don't let their staff use Camino).
Keep in mind that you may have to repeat this process a couple of times since IAM can be glitchy.
Gradebook & Schoology
Once your grading is complete, you can sync your Schoology account with PowerSchool so that you do not have to enter grades multiple times. We will discuss this next week also. I will let your grade level chair know what day that we will meet so you can be prepared to set up your gradebook in both PowerSchool and Schoology.
You should have your students access Schoology through Safari by going to http://rss.schoology.com. Once there, they will use their userID and password to gain access to the course. In most cases, all your students should be in your Schoology course. If they are not, wait until Tuesday to see if this has corrected itself.
Student Email & UserNames
Remember that they will go to Gmail and enter their email address as firstname.lastname@example.org. All students have the same username format - last name first initial middle initial last 3 of lunch number (email@example.com). Their password is their full lunch numbers.
This username is also used for accessing Self Service, Schoology, and most other student accounts.
Students will be asked for their username is their userID@rss.k12.nc.us (notice that the address is @rss.k12.nc.us). The password is their lunch number.
Please share with students as I am beginning to several requests about this from parents.
Make Sure that "FIND MY iPAD" is enabled.
Here's how to enable Find My iPad:
- From the iPad's home screen, tap Settings.
- Tap iCloud on the sidebar. The screen shown below appears. (Note that you must be signed in to your iCloud account on your iPad. If you are not signed in with your APPLE ID, please sign in.)
- Slide the Find My iPad switch to the On position.
Also I must be able to log into student's iCloud accounts. Please encourage your students to make sure that they do not change their APPLE ID password without informing me. If they do, I cannot get into their account to locate their iPad.