#C6edtech Resources

September 2017

Fall PD Lineup

We are excited to offer two tech-focused PEPs this fall! Read more about each PEP below.

Fox C-6 INTERMEDIATE Chrome Academy

Meeting Schedule: 6 bi-weekly meetings beginning Tuesday, September 19 from 4:15-5:45. Click here for a full schedule.

Location: Seckman Elementary Library

Facilitator: Jen Walter

Reimbursement: Stipend or Missouri Baptist University Credit*

Description: The INTERMEDIATE Chrome Academy cohort is designed for K-12 educators who want to learn how to implement Google tools in the classroom. The Intermediate cohort is designed for educators who have some experience using Google tools in the classroom but are still working on mastering the basics of integrating Google tools in the classroom. Participants will leave this workshop with the ability to integrate Google for Education tools in their classes and a tool belt of communication tools and learning activities that can be immediately implemented in the classroom. Topics of learning will include Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Classroom, and more. 3 hours of graduate credit is available to Chrome Academy participants through Missouri Baptist University.

Chrome Academy: Google Level 1 Certification

Dates: 6 bi-weekly meetings beginning Thursday September 14th from 4:15-5:45. Click here for a full schedule.

Location: Fox HS Library

Facilitator: JP Prezzavento

Reimbursement: Stipend or Missouri Baptist University Credit*

Description: Google Educator Certifications gives teachers Google's stamp of approval, showing that you definitely know how to implement Google tools in the classroom. The Level 1 exam is "for educators who have learned the fundamentals of using Google tools in the classroom, the Level 1 certification validates standards technology implementation skills." This course will guide teachers through the Google Fundamentals Training and prepare participants to take the Google Educator Level 1 Exam. Each meeting will breakdown the skills, topics, and tools teachers need to know about not only to pass the Google Educator Level 1 exam, but also increase effective technology integration in the classroom.

If you are ready to empower your students to use technology to create, collaborate, and communicate, click here to register for Chrome Academy or any of the other fall PEP courses.

*In order to receive Missouri Baptist University credit, educators must register and pay for the course on their own. After successfully completing the course, educators may apply for tuition reimbursement through the District's Human Resources Department.

Instructional Innovation Incubator

This year-long cohort is a collaboration between the Fox and Mehlville School Districts.

Dates: September 25, October 23, November 13, January 22, May 7. All meetings are from 4:30-6:30pm.

Location: Meeting location will rotate between Fox High School library and Oakville High School Library.

Facilitators: JP Prezzavento and Alicia Landers

Reimbursement: Stipend

Description: The Instructional Innovation Incubator (I3) is a year-long cohort that brings together teams of educators from the Fox and Mehlville School Districts to learn about the Design Thinking process. Throughout the year, teams will identify a school/community issue and complete a Design Thinking project to help solve that issue (student engagement, learning space design, and school culture are a few examples). This is an excellent opportunity for building leadership teams to collaborate around and apply the Design Thinking process to your building's needs!

Click here for an overview of the Design Thinking process.

Click here for more information about the I3.

The application window for I3 is open from Monday, August 28 - Friday, September 8. Click here to apply.

Clever Single Sign-on Service

This school year, the Technology Department deployed Clever districtwide. Clever is a service that provides students and teachers Instant Login to many of the web tools that are used in Fox classrooms every day. Once students sign on to a Chromebook with Clever (or use a Clever badge for K-3 students), they will have access to a building-specific set of apps that can store passwords to make logging in to the service a quick process. In some cases, the first time a student goes to a web app, they will need to enter their password, but on subsequent visits to the web app, Clever will remember the password so that the student can spend their time working instead of entering passwords.

Students can access clever on a Windows PC by going to clever.com and signing in with their Google account. On a Chromeboook, click the blue NEXT button and click Sign in with Google. Once a student signs in, they will see their school's Clever dashboard and be able to access their web apps.

The District has the ability to add additional services to each school's Clever dashboard. If your school needs a web app or site added to Clever, submit a tech request to have it added.

Internet Security: Focus on Phishing

Focus on Phishing

Phishing is a computer scam used by hackers to try to trick people into sharing their personal information such as usernames and passwords, social security numbers, banking information, etc. Phishing scams usually come in the form of an email or text message that asks you to reset a password, sign in to a bank account, or confirm your social security number. Scammers often make these phishing messages appear to come from a legitimate source, it's important to be careful when opening emails that ask for odd information. Here are a few ways to protect yourself from phishing scams.

1. Never fill out web forms that request personal information.

The Fox School District will not email you asking you to reset your password via a web form. All password changes are handled through district computers or the district's password utility.

2. Double check the domain name of an email requesting personal information from you.

A scammer may send you an email pretending to be your credit union using a similar but fake domain name. For example, info@arsenalcu.co.org instead of the domain of your actual financial institution, info@arsenalcu.org. You may notice the slight difference in email domains. Check for this anytime you receive a message requesting personal information.

3. Avoid clicking on suspicious links you receive in an email.

While this may seem counterproductive, if you receive an email asking you to sign in to an account, confirm account details, or change an account password, do not click on the link provided in the email. Instead, open a new browsing tab and navigate to the website on your own to ensure you are signing in to the correct account.

Contact the Instructional Technology Team

JP Prezzavento: Instructional Technology Coordinator

Jen Walter: Science teacher/Instructional Support Specialist