Category Archives: Technology

Office 365

Hey all, 

Randy & myself have gone to the “Coaches” training session for Office 365- and have preliminarily looked at some of the features it offers.  

One major one is the space available for countless projects/possibilities we can utilize as educators.  I’ve gone ahead and created “teams” (works spaces) for each department so they can use these as storage bins for assignments/department documents/resources (videos, music files, photos, etc).  I’ll come around and work with Department Heads or if you’d like a different representative (if you as a DH don’t feel too tech savvy) to help set up the space tailored to your department before we add all in your department.  

Another awesome feature is the Classroom/One Note feature.  I’ve gotten Michelle MacTavish’s exemplar from the training session and would be more than willing to walk teachers through it.  There is also a PDF of a sample one a fellow colleague at North is using showing his set up and some anonymous student work. 

 

As always, let me know if you’d like me to come explore further some of the technological options out there.

Laptop Cart 3!

It is here and Ready(ish) to go!  It will have a printer just like the other two carts, however it’s been ordered but not arrived yet.  So please keep this in mind when you book this cart for the time being. The model of Laptop is newer than the other two carts; the power cords are a bit different, but same rules still apply.  Please make sure the laptops are COMPLETELY SHUT DOWN (Black screen, not Blue!) before they get put in their proper slot and plugged into using the cord on their left.  These models have 2 batteries (Yippie!): a built-in internal battery, and the usual external one- so hopefully they last a bit longer than the other ones!

I’ve start an “Add On” section on the Technology Sign Out sheet as well.  We are hoping to be able to provide more and more tech to help you in your classroom endeavours. Things like cords to present from iPads and such we have currently… and possibly more in the future.  I’ll try to check the Add-Ons each morning to see if anything comes up and help you with the best I can with the inventory I have.  

I’ve also started getting departments to do an Inventory of all their technology, so we have a record of it in the school.  These are devices that were given to teachers from their department to help facilitate their practices in the classroom; OR, devices you’ve raised funds for to have purchased for you, solely for school. (Ie: Laptops, Tablets, iPads, Apple TVs, docking stations, etc etc).  The latter, we obviously just want a record of it in the building, so if something ever happened to it (lost, stolen, fire, etc etc) we would have record of it.  The former, to see if there are devices “dormant” in departments that are never used that could be put to better use somewhere else… so we don’t purchase unnecessary devices and can better utilize the little funds we do have for future purchases!

Laptop Cart 3 Update…It’s HERE (Sort of)!

As you may or may not have noticed over the last couple of days, there has been an appearance of our third laptop cart in the Library. 

It however, is not ready to be booked just yet.  I’m told there is a software issue (that will be VERY annoying and essentially pointless to book the cart) until it is fixed.  As well, the devices need to be numbered and serial numbers recorded.  

Having said this, you might have also noticed that the carts themselves look a bit different.  I’ve tried to “tidy” them up and keep them a bit more organized (the communication book, the laminated instructions, and the colour coding signs/keys).  All of this is- in my hopes- to make everyones lives easier in a multitude of ways.  The first and most important being charging/storing of the carts.  The Laptop carts need to be plugged into specific outlets that can handle the amount of charge these carts need.  Please take the extra 15 seconds to a) make sure your cart is plugged in (and in the proper outlet) and b) to make sure you’re tucking the carts as close to the wall/counter and in an orderly fashion…. after all we are sharing the workspace with others!

 

Thanks, and keep the requests coming for any tech integration or new collaborative ideas you might have coming! So far, it’s been great getting around to help some staff.

September 28th Update

The physical Cart for Laptop Cart 3 has arrived!!! (Half YAY!)… We now have a work order in to put the laptops on and configure the cart… so we are on our way. 

I’ve noticed a few people have already gone ahead and book Laptop Cart 3 for November & December. I’m moving your bookings to Laptop Cart 2 (just on the off chance that there is an issue configuring… and it takes awhile) so you still have first dibs on the tech.