Technology News February 1, 2013
Technology Meeting Results
Introduction of New Webpage
Shawnee Locals Schools webpage is owned and designed by Technology Services. Despite becoming a great communicative tool for our district it is also viewable on any device, (smartphone, tablet or computer). The fact that any device can access our site allows us to utilize apps as well as begin creating our specific apps for our district.
The main page of our webpage needs to be updated often with current events and highlights that represent all of Shawnee Schools. Please feel free to forward to our department items that you would like to have placed on the front page of our site. The building Sysop can verify pictures of students to determine if they have signed off on giving us permission to post on the web. Please make sure you include the names of the students for the Sysops to verify from the signed forms.
Shawnee Schools will be transitioning over the next couple of years from Microsoft Office into Google Apps. The reason for this transition are many, but most importantly is the fact that Google Apps is a platform free productivity tool that functions from the “Cloud” on any device. This means that wherever you have Internet connection and on any device you have your files. In addition, the collaboration feature of Google Apps will be a tremendous tool for staff and students to share documents in real time.
One more major advantage is that Google Apps are free for education.
Creating a Google Apps Document
eTech’s Implemented in the High School
In the 2013-2014 school year we will be implementing a new course for high school students titled eTech’s. This program will begin teaching students technology curriculum that will help support the transition of our technology initiatives. For example helping students and teachers transition into Google Apps. We hope to expand this curriculum into the Middle School as well.
eLc’s Proposed to Board Of Education
The board of education is considering a proposal of establishing targeted staff members to become technology support staff.
Shawnee Local Schools E-Learning Consultants
Shawnee Local Schools E Learning Consultants (eLc’s) will have responsibilities centered on supporting teaching and learning through the use of technology. The eLc’s will be responsible for the following:
Logging into SLSD Google Apps Server
Step one in order to login to Google Apps you must change your password if you have not done so in the past couple of weeks. Changing your password will allow you to maintain one login to Outlook, ProgressBook, DASL, Staff Directory and now Google Apps. Please note that Google Apps is specifically setup for Shawnee Schools to allow collaboration with all users on our network. Changing your password simply click on Ctrl, Alt, Del simultaneously and choose change password.
Located on our new webpage under eLearning and Technology is an apps portal. Click on Google Drive and you will see this login:
Simply type in your network username and your network password to gain access to your account.
E-Learning Consultants Continued
eLc’s will play a critical role in the success of your building’s eLearning based professional development. Therefore, your eLc’s must possess some important skills and qualities. Here are several of the key qualities that your eLc’s should be able to demonstrate.
For the 2012-2013 school year we will be focusing on:
A stipend will be paid by Shawnee Schools Board of Education.