Closing the Lid
Technology has put in place a network policy place so that laptop computers automatically shut down when the lid is closed and the computer is running on battery power.
This policy was initiated due to complaints about computer performance. Technology continues to see problems with updates not installing correctly since computers aren't shut down on a daily basis, and are put in hibernation or sleep mode instead.
Updates are a crucial to maintain a healthy computer and a safe network.
NOTE: The computer will NOT shut down by closing the lid when it's plugged into a power adaptor. If you don't want it to shut down when you close the lid, plug the laptop into a power source.
What better time to get used to your OneDrive for Business than the present? Our servers that house your MySite are getting old and cranky so we'd like to retire them this coming summer.
Let's get Movin' to OneDrive for Business!
CLICK HERE for directions that will help you move your relevant documents to your new OneDrive for Business and get them to safety up into the cloud.
These two update items from our friends in the Technology Department can be found on the @DMPS page, but, in the hopes of getting them in front of more eyes, we are posting them here also.
So how do you adequately communicate with a large district in a timely way WITHOUT mass emailing? Great question, and one that we have been tossing around for quite a while. Our solution? An "innov8DMPS" video update series that will be pushed out to as many DMPS media outlets as we can think of (Instructional Tech site, O365 Video, Twitter, KITE, and @DMPS to start with). The purpose of this video series will be to highlight school successes, upcoming opportunities, and important information regarding our focuses in the Office of Innovation. Our very first installment answers the question, "What is the Office of Innovation?". If you have any suggestions on topics that should be covered during these, please let us know. A great way to do that would be to leave a comment on any of your favorite blog posts from this site!
Guess what else we learned in the process of creating our first innov8DMPS video update? We learned that Office 365 Video has it's very own mobile app! That's right, you can watch any video that has been uploaded to Office 365 video from any smartphone. Talk about staying connected! Simply go to the App store of your device and download the Office 365 Video app. It will then ask you to login. Use your dmschools.org email address and password and be sure to select "Work Account" when prompted. Voila!
Check out the very first innov8DMPS video below!
When it comes to getting support on instructional tech, we know that resources which are always available and at your finger tips, like the KITE Project or the information on @DMPS, are convenient and often just what you need. Sometimes though, nothing can beat a short face to face session.
You can check out the calendar of when & where we will be holding in-person sessions around the district over on the Face to Face page under Systems of Support. These support sessions come in two types:
So, I had been reading about this project called Genius Hour. I was immediately drawn to what it stood for and what could be done with the students. It wasn't until I went to ITEC's annual conference in Des Moines that I decided I was all in on this project. I went to a breakout session that was led by Shaelynn Farnsworth who had created a Genius Hour course within her classroom at BCLUW School District. After hearing and seeing what was done I was sold on doing this in my class. Coincidentally, the week after this conference I found out I had been accepted to join a Trailblazer group in the DMPS district. The Trailblazers were started to create innovative teachers across the district and allow them a platform on which to support and collaborate their work with each other and the technology integrationists. So, all the pieces seemed to be falling into place. I had a platform to be creative and not worrying about failing, I had the idea of what I was going to do, and I had the thumbs up from my administration to go ahead with Genius Hour. So for 10 weeks in the Spring Semester of 2015, my 7th grade classes set out to find our Geniuses every Friday. I created a Sway to hopefully present to you a little about how it all went. There are a few links embedded here that you can click on as well as the very last one which is my webpage I created for the project.
If you are interested in knowing more about Genius Hour, or just want to find more information on this topic, leave me a comment and I would love to talk to you about it!
The response to Lexia Core5 opt-in programming has been outstanding! Thirty-six elementary schools across the district have signed on to begin implementation of this adaptive literacy software, personalizing literacy skills for ALL students in grades Pre-K to 5. Over 950 teachers have completed at least the introductory Lexia in DMPS KITE module, with over 2/3 of those participants opting in to complete the additional optional modules.
The excitement of staff and students has been contagious! The flexibility and patience shown by users as we experienced a few glitches in the initial upload process has been very positive. Students are eager for their turn on the software, quickly reaching their personalized usage plan and spending lots of time practicing literacy skills along their learning path.
For the most up to date information on all things Lexia, don't forget to join our Lexia Core5 Collaboration group in Yammer. We will use this platform to share updates, collaborate on implementation across the district, share strategies, and ask/answer questions as arise. In addition to Yammer, we will also be offering weekly webinars, which will walk participants through accessing and utilizing student data collected from the program. For a schedule of webinar offerings click here then click on Face to Face Support.
I was fortunate to spend the past two days at the ITEC conference, where I got to go to sessions on blended learning, cultivating curiosity, sketchnoting, blogging, student legacies and digital portfolios, and many more. Please take some time to look over the resources that were shared by all of the amazing presenters: https://sites.google.com/site/iowaitec/conference/session-resources/. One session, however, provided me with my greatest takeaway. I got locked in a room with 12 other people and we had to find clues in order to solve puzzles that would help us unlock a wooden box, which would lead to our escape! Of course I had a great time and learned a lot! More than this though, I was reminded of the amazing potential that we have when we work together, learn from each other, pool together our individual expertise and collaborate to solve a common problem!
Of course, you can get too focused on minute details, like I did! As a former Chemistry teacher, I got totally excited when I saw a drawing of an incredibly complex chemical compound along with a half page of chemical reactions. I just knew that it was the key to solving the final problem! I mean, who wouldn't think that the drawing of the chemical compound could be laid over a Google map of five different locations and we would all suddenly understand the solution?! Needless to say, the chemical compound and reactions had absolutely nothing to do with our dilemma, it was nonessential information placed there to misdirect us. (Would have been so cool though, right?!) The key here is that I was allowed to explore this possibility while others were exploring other possibilities, but all of us contributed to the solution. Even if it was just finding one way that didn't work!
As someone who works with instructional technology on a daily basis, this session gave me an experience that reminded me that everyone is a teacher and everyone is a student. You can always teach someone something and you can always learn something from them. You can also always teach yourself something, serving as both the teacher AND the student! There are numerous perspectives and often multiple solutions to the same problem. Think of some instance in your classroom that involves using technology. Just because you know how to use one technology tool, that doesn't mean that it's the only tool that you and your students can or should use. Just because we are showing you how to use a tool doesn't mean it will work for your classroom! Just because you found one that you think will work but nobody else is using it, doesn't mean that you shouldn't try it out! It is about exploring different possibilities, learning from other people, offering help to those who will listen, teaching yourself something new and ultimately, finding what works best for YOUR situation! Sometimes, you just have to take a look around and see the incredible things that your peers are doing!
I got a question for you. What are you teaching the world? How to be boring? How to make the world sad? No! No you're not. You're teaching the world what it looks like to be awesome. No matter who you are, somebody is learning from you. Everybody's a teacher and everybody's a student. Look for the awesome.
Just came across this resource from Lexia... 5 common problems Blended Learning can help you solve!
Here's a message from Connie Broich of the Technology Department:
Those of you in the elementary buildings probably noticed a new icon on your computers this past week and may have been concerned about where it came from and what it does. To facilitate the administration of the online Cognitive Abilities Test at 2nd grade, a student testing icon (that has a padlock and says "student testing") has been added to the desktop of all elementary computers. Clicking on the icon puts you in test mode and locks out the desktop of the computer. To escape test mode, use control/shift/Q. If you are not testing students with the Cognitive Abilities Test, you can ignore the icon. All icons will be removed after November 30th.
We apologize for any confusion about this.
If you have any questions, please contact the Customer Service Desk at x8161.
Thanks, and have a good day!
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