VTSD Tech News

October Edition

A Note from the Tech Guy

I wanted to take a moment to say a big THANK YOU to all of you! September is such a hectic time and despite that, many of you have plowed forward with integrating technology in to your lessons! I am incredibly pleased and impressed at how much tech has been used so far this school year!

I know it is a lot to ask with all the demands that are put on educators today but we are averaging 200 teachers on Schoology a day (and about 850 students per day), many of you are successfully posting plans in Oncourse (don't forget the "post plans" checkbox!), and 31,000 google docs have been made so far this school year!

We plan to continue professional devlopment to support you in your technological endeavors but again, I just wanted to say how impressed I am - the Vernon staff never cease to impress me!

Schoology Update

I just wanted to share a few updates about Schoology as we have made some decisions and learned some best practices so far:

  • Syncing Courses/Sections - to avoid overwriting your section names and a few other oddities, we won't update the courses and sections from Power School. If you have a student transfer out/in, you can just add/remove them from the Members section of your course (we will still sync the new users when they come to the district)
  • Syncing Grades - with the help of a few brave volunteers, we have learned how to manually sync grades and assessments in to the Power School Gradebook - ask Janet or Jackie if you are interested in doing this
  • Parent Portal Off - to give teachers time to get acclimated to Schoology, we have turned off all access to Schoology for parents. For now, if a parent wants to see their student's work in Schoology, they would have to use their child's account to log in.


This month's Champion Spotlight is the High School's own Sue Nadeau! Some may think that teaching Family & Consumer Science may not lend itself well to integrating technology. However, Sue is a big user of Schoology for homework assignments, Edmentum for blended learning and supplemental curriculum (like financial literacy), and is pictured here using her document camera so all the students can see her model recipes up on the smart board! Great job, Sue!

DID YOU KNOW: Microsoft Office for VTSD Employees

Our VTSD employees can purchase a home version of Microsoft Office for $9.95! For more information, click here now.


So far we have offered 17 Schoology workshops...but we are not done yet!

10/15 - Read and Write for Google: Supporting Students who Learn Differently part 1

10/22 - Read and Write for Google: Supporting Students who Learn Differently part 2

Keep an eye on MLP, more workshops will be announced soon!!! Don't forget, if you would like a one-on-one with a tech coach, just schedule time with Janet or Jackie via their Google Calendars!

Our newest IT Member: Steve Fitzsimmons

Please welcome Steve Fitzsimmons to our IT Team! Steve graduated from VTSD in 2011 and is finishing his degree in business management. He has spent three summers working for the IT department and is a great addition to our team!

Steve is replacing Dave Bove who is leaving the district. Dave has served the district well but has a great opportunity ahead of him - Dave will be missed but we wish him well! Pete Van Gilst will be taking over as the district webmaster.

HELPDESK TICKETS: If it isn't in School Dude, it doesn't exist

If something is not working, enter a HELPDESK TICKET! You can click the HELPDESK TICKET button on the Faculty page of our website! All you need is your email and our super secret password: vikings

Don't want to enter a ticket yourself? You can still let your building secretary know and they will enter the helpdesk ticket for you!

Quote of the Month...

"I'm not concerned about your comfort zone or readiness for change. I'm concerned about the kids who just entered Kindergarten."

- Ian Jukes


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