Rum River Technology & Learning

Winter, 2016

The Latest News! New Video Distribution System is Coming!!

Safari Montage is coming to all Anoka-Hennepin schools! This is a system that brings together IPTV, live streaming and a digital component. The current video distribution system Head End Unit equipment is up to 28 years old. The need for a new system is apparent since there are no repair parts and our signal from Comcast is failing as well.

Anoka-Hennepin has been looking at new systems for the past few years. They found that Safari Montage is the simplest and easiest system that fit the needs of our staff and students.

Safari Montage features IPTV live streaming, a web-dashboard on your desktop, and the ability to broadcast channels right to your boards. Live broadcasts and remote viewing access will be simple with a switch and an iPad or video camera. Safari Montage will become the vendor for all live-stream solutions!

Four schools in the district have completed the pilot for Safari Montage, and now the system is being rigorously tested at the ESC. This new system's funding is possible through levy $$$.

In the near future our Rum River clunky TV’s will be gone; monitors in the halls will be replaced with Smart TV's, and any additional old equipment will be removed along with the Head End unit.

Thank you to the Video Redesign Committee with additional support from Network Services, Communication Services, and Technology Facilitators, for their work on this massive project. The roll-out to all schools may be before the end of the school year.

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Technology Tidbits, Tips & Tricks!

  • To brighten up your Promethean board, click the menu button on the remote, go to Adjust Image, then Brightness. You can increase the brightness of your board for better viewing. (( do this every day!)
  • Just a reminder about our Destiny eBook login. When you open anyone of our eBooks, you will be prompted to sign in to Mackin VIA. Our login is: rumriveranoka and our password is anokaremote.
  • Anyone interested in AirServer? AirServer allows you to mirror your iPad wirelessly throughout the classroom to project onto the big screen. It works very similarly to a Promethean slate. If anyone is interested, please let us know. You will have to state your curricular need for the devise. When approved, your request would be included in the district license purchase. The deadline is January 22nd.
  • Whether in class, in the lab, or in the flex area, please be mindful that all student access to technology needs supervision.
  • Remember to store your Promethean pens tip up!
  • Please! OLPA testing will be taking place in both the Down and the Up Lab during the next two weeks. Please keep students quiet in the hallways during these important tests.
  • Since Chromebooks are only warrantied for one year, please report any issues ASAP.

ChatterPix Kids!

Grab your camera! Let’s ChatterPix! Chatterpix Kids can make anything talk -- pets, friends, doodles, and more.
ChatterPix Kids is a fun new app for your iPad. You simply take a picture or go into camera roll to begin. Next you c
an record and add sound and facts as part of a moving mouth. Simply draw a line to make a mouth, and record your voice. The picture now does the talking! Also you can add glasses, text, and other fun accessories. To finish and save your masterpiece, go into Gallery to save and export.

Share your Pix with friends and family as silly greetings, playful messages, creative cards, or even have your students do fancy book reports. And best of all, it’s FREE! AGES: 6-12. Try it out! This is a fun, free app to go and explore!

Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

2016 Microsoft Office now available!

Microsoft Office 2016 is now available for Staff to purchase through the icon on the Anoka-Hennepin Lock & Key (ARM). The icon is labeled as Microsoft Fulfillment Site. This new version enables you do your best work – anywhere, anytime. New, modern versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote have the familiar look and feel of Office. The cost for staff members is $9.75. To make the purchase you will need to register and verify that you are part of an educational institution. The registration
can be done on the AH site or by going to this link:

Rum River Technology & Learning Newsletter

Sandy Perkerwicz, Editor
Melyssa Carlson; Contributor
Alice Hanley; Contributor