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  • Use real-time captions to capture student attention Google Slides Adapted from techycoach.com:ExtensionsYou can record a presentation as a video using Screencastify on your Chromebook or desktop computer.6-12 teachers can use the microphone headset they ...
    Posted by Granger Meador
  • New phone system New Phone System to Go Live on Monday, 11/26Over Thanksgiving Break the district's Technology Services department will be working with Tel-Star Communications to finish the configuration ...
    Posted by Granger Meador
  • Dell deals for staff, students, and their family members BPSD staff and students are members of the Member Purchase Program (MPP) at Dell, which is a cost-free employee and student discount program which also extends to their family ...
    Posted Sep 17, 2018, 2:12 PM by Granger Meador
  • View the current status of various online services As we come to rely more and more on various online services, it can be useful to see their currently reported status if you or your students have login or ...
    Posted Sep 17, 2018, 1:24 PM by Granger Meador
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Use real-time captions to capture student attention Google Slides

posted by Granger Meador   [ updated ]

Adapted from techycoach.com:

Extensions

  • You can record a presentation as a video using Screencastify on your Chromebook or desktop computer.
  • 6-12 teachers can use the microphone headset they earn via Kung Fu Canvas with a Windows computer or Chromebook.
Do you often find that kids in the back of classroom don't pay as much attention? Do you often repeat yourself during instruction? Want to make a recorded presentation more useful to students? You can use your Chromebook's built-in microphone to caption your comments during a Google Slides presentation in real-time.


Caption Tool

To use the Caption Tool:

  1.  Click the Present button in a Google Slides presentation.Caption Step 1
  2. While presenting, navigate to the floating toolbar at the bottom of the screen.Caption Step 2
  3. Click the Captions icon.  Your microphone will pick up anything you say and display your words at the bottom of the screen.caption step 3

New phone system

posted by Granger Meador   [ updated ]

New Phone System to Go Live on Monday, 11/26

Over Thanksgiving Break the district's Technology Services department will be working with Tel-Star Communications to finish the configuration of the new phone system. The planned "go live" date when the old phones should stop working and you should begin using the new handsets is Monday, November 26, 2018.

Fallback Plan & Checking In Old Handsets

Please keep both the new and old handsets until the new system is actually live and working. If all goes well and your new phone is working properly on Monday, 11/26 for both in-district and outside calls, please disconnect the old phone cord from its wall plug, wrap it around the old handset, and take the handset to the library at each school site (or the receptionist at operations sites) to be checked in against a listing of extensions. Tel-Star bought back all of the old handsets as part of their contract.

Using Your New Phone

A detailed manual and instructional videos of various lengths about the new phones have been posted via the Telephones link at BPSDTECH.ORG

By Monday, 11/26 your new phone should already be in place and connected. If it is NOT connected, see the Cords and cables section of the new manual for assistance or the online video. If you have an extension number yet still don't have a new phone by 11/26, inform your site's lead secretary.

Faxes

Faxing is an obsolete technology, so we strongly encourage you to shift to using email instead whenever possible. If you simply must send a fax, please use the new online fax server instead of the old fax machines, since using them will be tying up old-style phone lines intended only for emergency use. Incoming faxes will arrive as email attachments to designated folks at each site, who will be responsible for forwarding those fax emails to the intended recipients. See the Fax server section of the new manual for details on sending or receiving facsimiles.

Troubleshooting

If you encounter difficulties with the new system, please first check out the manual and instructional videos at the Telephones link at BPSDTECH.ORG. Site secretaries will be a good resource, and they can help get answers and assistance from Tel-Star and Technology Services folks who will be available as the new system deploys. After the initial deployment, assistance can be obtained via the usual Technology Help Desk procedure.

Dell deals for staff, students, and their family members

posted Sep 17, 2018, 2:11 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 17, 2018, 2:12 PM ]

BPSD staff and students are members of the Member Purchase Program (MPP) at Dell, which is a cost-free employee and student discount program which also extends to their family members.

 

So if you are looking for Dell technology items, you can visit dell.com/dell4education and enter 

BARTLESVILLE IND SCHOOL DISTRICT 30 

in the search box to access the available deals. (If prompted, our member ID is US29293432.)


Some upcoming deals on September 24, 2018 include:

  • Inspiron 15 3000 - $323.09 ($399.99 value) - 6th gen Intel(r) Core(tm) i3 processor, Windows 10 Home, 4GB memory*, 1TB* hard drive
  • Inspiron Desktop - $399.99 Inspiron Desktop ($499.99 value) - 8th gen Intel(r) Core(tm) i3 processor, Windows 10 Home, 8GB memory*, 1TB* hard drive
In addition, starting in October they will be offering 10% off site wide, exclusive to "MPP" customers, which includes all district employees, students, and their family members.
Dell Sale

View the current status of various online services

posted Sep 17, 2018, 1:24 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 17, 2018, 1:24 PM ]

Status icons
As we come to rely more and more on various online services, it can be useful to see their currently reported status if you or your students have login or operational issues. 

For example, if lots of students suddenly report they cannot submit a paper to Turnitin, you could go to Turnitin's own operational status page to see if it is having widespread issues.

A new link at BPSDTECH.ORG will let you quickly view the online status of many of the services used in the district:
There you will find embedded versions of the service status pages for many of our services, as well as the following direct links:

Links to specific service status pages:
Other links where known issues are reported:

Electronic textbook help links added for staff, students, and parents

posted Sep 15, 2018, 8:22 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 15, 2018, 8:23 AM ]

Our teachers and students are beginning to use electronic textbooks. The shift began in earnest this year for mathematics as part of the statewide textbook adoption cycle. All high school students in regular education now have take-home Chromebooks, and all middle school students in regular education will have them next year. So this summer the district only purchased classroom sets of new physical math textbooks for grades 6-12. It licensed online versions of the textbooks for students to use when off-campus.

New online help pages are now available for the electronic textbooks in math:
The Teacher Links are accessible from the district homepage by selecting Staff Links > Technology Help > Textbooks (e-text electronic textbooks).
The Student Links are accessible from the district homepage by selecting Parents & Students > Student Technology > Electronic Textbooks.

Links for additional subjects for which the district already has digital textbook licenses, such as science, will soon be added to the above help pages.
e-texts

Configuring mobile devices for our new Google email, calendar, and contacts

posted Jul 12, 2018, 6:09 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Aug 22, 2018, 10:16 AM ]

iPhones & iPads

These are included in the above manual links, but here are the essentials for getting native iPhone/iPad iOS apps to work:

NOTE: The district Wifi filter can interfere with this process. If performing these steps while on district Wifi, either turn off Wifi and use your cellular connection until your account is set up or perform these steps on a different Wifi network at home, etc.

Remove old Exchange account

If you previously synced your device with your district Outlook/Exchange account, you may already have an entry for username@bps-ok.org or Exchange in your accounts and should delete that first:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Tap Accounts & Passwords.

  3. Look for an account for Exchange or username@bps-ok.org or an identifier you may have used when setting up your account.

  1. Tap that entry in the list of accounts.

  2. Make sure that the type of account is EXCHANGE as shown above the Account name to ensure you are deleting the defunct account and not your active Google account.

  3. Tap Delete Account and confirm the deletion.

You can use the native iOS Mail, Calendar, and Contacts apps and/or you may install and use Google’s own Gmail and Google Calendar apps.

Configuring Apple’s default iOS Mail, Calendar, and Contacts apps

You can use other mail apps, including Google’s dedicated Gmail app, to access your Gmail account. But it is a good idea to configure all of the native iOS apps for your district Google account so that any services connected to them operate as expected.


  1. Open Settings.

  2. Tap Accounts & Passwords.

  3. Tap Add Account.

  4. Tap Google.

  5. Enter your district email address and network password.

  6. Make sure the switches for mail, contacts, and calendars are in the ‘on’ positions.

  7. Tap Save.


TIP: If it says your password is wrong, but you know you entered it correctly, see “Re-syncing your Google account” for help.
  • See here for help with the native iOS Mail app including how to enable or disable message threading (called Conversation View in Gmail)

  • In the iOS Contacts app, click Groups at the top left to turn on and off which contact sources you use, so make sure All Gmail is on to use your district Gmail contacts.

    • To see ALL users in the district’s Global Address List within the Contacts app, you have to ask for that manually each time by clicking on Groups  in the top left, then clicking Global Address List, and then performing a search.


Installing Google’s Gmail app

We recommend you try out Google’s own Gmail iOS app as an alternative to the native iOS mail app:


  1. Use the App Store to download the Gmail app onto your iPhone or iPad.

  2. Open the Gmail app .

  3. In the top left, tap Menu ☰.

  4. Tap your account address.

  5. Tap Manage accounts Add account.

  6. Enter your district email address and network password.

  7. After your account is added, you'll be signed in to Gmail any time you open the Gmail app.

    • If you also have a personal Gmail account, you can tap the menu ☰ at the upper right of the Gmail app and then tap on the account icons to switch between your district and your personal accounts.


TIP: If it says your password is wrong, but you know you entered it correctly, see “Re-syncing your Google account” for help.

NOTE: As of this writing, the iOS Gmail app does NOT allow you to turn off conversation view, so all related messages will remain grouped. If you wish all messages to be listed individually, it is recommended that you use Apple’s Mail app instead.

CAUTION: This process will NOT sync up your district accounts to the native iOS Contacts app. If you wish to use the native iOS Contacts app, be sure you performed the steps outlined previously under Configuring your account for Apple’s default iOS Mail, Calendar, and Contacts apps.


Installing Google’s Google Calendar app

We recommend you try out Google’s own Google Calendar iOS app as an alternative to the native iOS app:

  1. Use the App Store to download the Google Calendar app onto your iPhone or iPad.

  2. Open the Google Calendar app .

  3. In the top left, tap Menu ☰ > Settings .

  4. Tap Manage accounts Add account.

  5. Enter your district email address and network password.

  6. If you also have a personal Gmail account and link it up as well, you can tap the menu icon ☰ at the upper right of the app and scroll to see your personal and your work calendars.

  • If you don’t see your events, make sure that your own Events calendar is turned on:

    1. Open the Google Calendar app .

    2. In the top left, tap the menu icon ☰ .

    3. Scroll down to the section for your district account, under username@bps-ok.org.

    4. Tap as needed to fill in the box next to Events and any other of your district Google Calendars you wish to see. Click Show more if needed to view your additional calendars.

    5. For example, you may want to add a school site's Events calendar to your account.


Android

NOTE: The district Wifi filter can interfere with this process. If performing these steps while on district Wifi, either turn off Wifi and use your cellular connection until your account is set up or perform these steps on a different Wifi network at home, etc.

CAUTION: The version of Android installed on personal devices varies widely, so be prepared for some differences from what is shown below.

Remove old Exchange account

If you previously synced your device with your district Outlook/Exchange account, we recommend you delete that. For devices running Android 2.2 or above (each Android version can be slightly different, and your Exchange account may show up as a Corporate Account).

  1. Go to Applications > Email. The Email screen will open.
  2. On the Email screen, bring up the settings menu and tap Accounts. The Accounts screen will open.
  3. Press and hold the Exchange Account  you want to delete until the Menu window opens.
  4. On the Menu window, click Remove Account. A Remove Account warning window will open.
  5. On the Remove Account warning window, tap OK or Remove Account to finish.

Gmail for Android

  1. If you aren't on the latest version of the Gmail app, update the Gmail app.

  2. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Gmail app Gmail.

  3. In the top left, tap Menu Menu.

  4. To the right of your username, tap the Down arrow Down Arrow.

  5. Tap Add account.

  6. Choose the type of account you want to add.

  7. Follow the steps on the screen to add your account.

  8. After your account is added, you'll be signed in to Gmail any time you open the Gmail app.

TIP: If it says your password is wrong, but you know you entered it correctly, see “Re-syncing your Google account” for help.


Google Calendar for Android

  1. If you aren't on the latest version of the Google Calendar app, update it.

  2. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Calendar app .

  3. In the “Personal” section, tap Accounts > Add account.

  4. Select Google as the type of account.

  5. Sign in with your full district email address and password.

  6. Follow the instructions on the screen to finish the process.


Re-syncing your Google account

If you are ever setting up Gmail on a computer or mobile device and it claims your email address or password are not valid, try this trick:

  1. Log onto a district networked Windows computer with your usual username and password.
  2. Hit CTRL-ALT-DEL and choose to change or update your password.
  3. Re-enter your existing password as both your old AND your new password. 
  4. Completing that process will trigger a re-syncing of your password with Google and hopefully resolve the difficulty.

Gmail/Google Calendar migration completed; August training available

posted Jul 5, 2018, 8:14 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jul 5, 2018, 2:03 PM ]

The district has completed its migration from Microsoft Outlook/Exchange to Gmail and Google Calendar. 

All district staff should now be using Gmail and Google Calendar instead of Microsoft Outlook/Exchange on their personal and district computers, Chromebooks, smartphones, and other mobile devices.

The only known issues are with a few accounts with name changes that are being checked to ensure their migrations are complete.

Getting help
As always, please visit BPSDTECH.ORG for support, including help with:
Additional training opportunities
There will be repeats in August of the training for Gmail and Google Calendar and the introduction to the new PowerTeacher Pro gradebook. Use the links below to sign up:
Mr. Meador has populated the classified and certified Google Groups for each school site based on the staff directories posted on each school's website. In July the principal or a designee at each site will need to update the members in those Groups and maintain them with ongoing personnel changes so that the associated group email addresses can be used by the members of the group and the ESC.

Shared Rooms/Resources
In June Mr. Meador created shared rooms/resources for BHS and the ESC which can be used in Google Calendar for appointments. In July he will be working with site administrators to identify shared rooms/resources for each site and who will be managing those shared calendars.

Windows 10 Updates at Secondary Schools
Regarding Windows 10, staff computers at the three secondary sites are being replaced with new Windows 10 desktop units and older computers are being updated to Windows 10.  Both middle schools were completed in June and the high school will be completed in July.

Technology Services at training August 6-10
Please note that Technology Services Director Lori Patterson and her squad of technicians will be occupied with Windows 10 training the week of August 6. Thus they will NOT be available to address technology issues and tickets that week, but they will be available during the preservice days.
Google Transition

Gmail & Google Calendar migration status as of 6/26

posted Jun 21, 2018, 6:54 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jun 26, 2018, 8:03 AM ]

All district staff should now be using Gmail and Google Calendar instead of Microsoft Outlook/Exchange.

District partially migrated in the first week

On Tuesday, June 19 the district began copying old emails and appointments from some user accounts on the district's Exchange server to those users' Gmail and Google Calendar accounts. 

Below is the status as of June 26, a week into the migration process.

Sites with accounts fully migrated:
  • ESC
  • WRC
  • Transportation
  • Central
  • Madison
  • Woodrow Wilson
Sites with accounts still being migrated on 6/26:
  • High School
  • Wayside
  • Ranch Heights
Sites with accounts to be migrated after 6/26:
  • Jane Phillips
  • Richard Kane
  • Hoover
We remain hopeful that the migration will be complete by the end of June.

Meanwhile, if you work at a site that is not yet fully migrated, you can still access your Outlook/Exchange account as needed to see old emails and appointments. However, please continue to send new emails via Gmail and create new appointments via Google Calendar. Thank you for your patience as we continue to migrate your data to the new services.

Google Calendar Rooms/Resources and Google Groups

In early July Mr. Meador will have time to build out more Rooms/Resources for the different sites in Google Calendar and begin having sites build out their Google Groups for classified and certified staff members.

Getting help
As always, please visit BPSDTECH.ORG for support, including help with:

Exchange to Google


TIP: How to open Gmail & Calendar in dedicated windows

To create an icon on your Windows desktop that will open Gmail and/or Google Calendar in its own dedicated window:
  1. Open the Google Chrome web browser on your Windows computer.
  2. Navigate to Gmail.com (or calendar.google.com for Google Calendar).
  3. While viewing your Inbox in Gmail (or the view you prefer in Google Calendar), click the ⋮ icon at the top right of the browser window.
  4. Click More tools… in the pop-up menu.
  5. Click Add to desktop... (or Create shortcut...) in the submenu.
  6. Click the Add button (or the Create button) in the new dialog box.
  7. A new icon will be created on your Windows desktop. 
To pin your new icon to your Windows taskbar at the bottom of the screen:
  1. Click the desktop icon you created to open Gmail or Google Calendar in a dedicated window. That icon will then appear in the taskbar at the bottom of the screen.
  2. RIGHT-click on that icon down in the taskbar and select Pin this program to the task bar in Windows 7 or Pin to taskbar in Windows 10. 
  3. The new icon will remain in the taskbar so you can use it from then on to quickly open a dedicated window with Gmail or Google Calendar.

iPad updates

posted Jun 2, 2018, 3:48 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jun 2, 2018, 3:49 AM ]

Site Principals, Librarians, and Instructional Technology Assistants:

 

PLEASE GATHER TOGETHER iPADS

Technology Services needs to install updated management software on all iPads at your site EXCEPT for:

  • the 30 iPads in the PLTW Launch cart at each elementary school
  • older iPads with the wide 30-pin connector instead of the modern and narrow Lightning connector

Please gather together such iPads in a central location, such as your school library, grouped together by class or cart, with accompanying labels to readily identify them. That will allow the technicians to come to each site beginning in mid-July to install the management software and ensure the iPads are properly named with the correct location in the management software.


iPads

 

OLD iPADS

Older iPads with 30-pin connectors will no longer be supported by the district, as they cannot be updated to modern operating systems or management tools. We will not expend any district funds on such devices nor be able to honor Help Desk tickets regarding them. Thus their fate is as follows:

  • 30-pin devices that will no longer be used should also be gathered, with their chargers, in the central location, such as the library. They should be labeled as SURPLUS. Those will be gathered together districtwide and sold off per board policy.
  • 30-pin devices that staff members elect to continue to try to use will NOT be supported. Unless we determine there are security concerns from them, they may remain in use as "sunset" devices with the understanding we will NOT address any issues encountered with them. But whenever their usage comes to an end, or if they are determined to be a security problem, they must be supplied to Technology Services as SURPLUS to be sold off per board policy.


MANAGEMENT OF UPDATED iPADS

Once the supported iPads are updated, while paid apps will still need to be set up with quotes and POs done through Technology Services, new free apps will need to be installed differently than in the past:

  1. The person seeking to install a new free app will first need to use a single login to Apple School Manager (ASM) which will be provided for each site.
  2. After logging into the ASM, they will go to its Apps area, locate the free app needing to be installed, and "purchase" it, even though it is really free. That will tie the free app to the site's account.
  3. Then they can use the Lightspeed Mobile Device Manager to assign the free app to particular iPads at the site.

In August, Technology Services will offer training on the updated management of iPads for the folks at each site who will oversee iPads. 

Many technology updates coming

posted May 30, 2018, 6:11 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jun 1, 2018, 5:34 PM ]

Transition to Gmail & Google Calendar on June 19

On June 19 staff Exchange/Outlook accounts will convert to Gmail and Google Calendar. As of May 30, about 190 staff members had signed up for one of the two-hour trainings on Gmail and Google Calendar being offered on 5/31, 6/1, and 6/4:

Gmail & Google Calendar Trainings (2 hours)

Click an entry below for more information and to reserve yourself a seat; you only need to sign up for one session:

Sign-ups will be available after June 4 for additional sessions offered on 6/20, 8/1, 8/2, and on pre-service days 8/14 and 8/15


Transition to PowerTeacher Pro

Early July will bring the annual rollover of students to the next grade level in PowerSchool, and PowerSchool will be down on July 9 as it is updated to version 11. For 2018-19 we will be using the web-based PowerTeacher Pro gradebook instead of the current one. As of 5/30, about 64 staff members had signed up for one of the one-hour trainings on the PowerTeacher Pro gradebook being offered on 5/31, 6/1, and 6/4:

 PowerTeacher Pro Trainings (1 hour)

Click an entry below for more information and to reserve yourself a seat; you only need to sign up for one session:

Sign-ups will be available this summer for additional sessions offered on 8/1, 8/2, and on pre-service days 8/14 and 8/15


Professional Development for Teachers & Other Non-Administrative Certified Employees


Details and links on professional development to make-up the January inclement weather day and April suspension days are at BPSTRAINING.ORG, including links to create your own copy of the Tracking Spreadsheets.

 

Many teachers have encountered issues with Frontline Professional Development online courses freezing up at some point during the course, perhaps due to issues with Adobe Flash. Any new courses started for the first time after May 23 are supposed to load in non-Flash versions to hopefully avoid those problems. If you started a course previously and it froze up, you can email Laura Salzyn with your name and the precise title of the course that is frozen and she can ask Frontline to reset it so you can start over with a non-Flash version.


Windows 10 Computer Refreshes (with important software survey for secondary schools)


This summer all teacher and office stations at the middle schools, high school, and Transportation will get new desktops with Windows 10 and faster solid-state drives. Google File Stream will be installed to provide access within Windows to users’ files in Google Drive, and users can optionally download and install it or Google’s Backup and Sync on personal Windows computers as well. All remaining compatible computers at the above sites will be updated to Windows 10 as well.


In summer 2019, the teacher and office stations at the elementary schools, the ESC, and Maintenance will also get new desktops with Windows 10 and all compatible computers at those sites will be updated to Windows 10.


Preserving your data files

So long as you keep all of your user files in the default Windows 7 Documents, Pictures, Music, and Videos library folders or on your desktop, they should be copied over when you log in to your new Windows 10 system. If you want to create your own backup on a personal flash drive before you leave for the summer, see these backup instructions.


Please prepare your desktop systems

LEAVE MONITORS, KEYBOARDS, MICE, & PROMETHEAN BOARD OR DISPLAY HARDWARE IN PLACE: Your existing monitor will be connected to the new CPU. Please be sure you leave in place any hardware required to connect to a Promethean Board, such as a special hub or dongle. If your system uses a HDMI switch to connect it and an optional VCR/DVD to the projector, leave that out.

STOW AWAY OTHER SPECIALTY HARDWARE: If you have attached special dongles/USB receivers in your system, such as for a Wacom digitizer, please remove them and stow them away. Please stow away other specialty hardware such as headphones, cell phone cords, chargers, etc.


Software

The Office 2010 versions of Word, Powerpoint, and Excel will be installed on the new systems, but Outlook will not be included since we will no longer be using Microsoft Exchange email.


Please recognize that technicians may not be able to install all software, especially older software that has compatibility problems with Windows 10. We cannot guarantee teachers will have access to all specialized software, such as test banks, for the start of school in August, but if you list them below Technology Services will try to install that for you. Fellow teachers who are Site Technology Assistants will also assist as they can after school begins in August, but it will take time to catch up across so many classrooms. Please prepare your lesson plans accordingly!


Surveys to identify specialty software that will need to be installed:

 



Certified Staff Chromebooks

Certified staff members who are leaving district employment should submit their Chromebook, along with the charger, case, and case strap, to their site librarian. If you are returning to the district for 2018-19, even if you will be working at a different site, please keep your Chromebook and feel free to use it over the summer break. 

(LIBRARIANS: Please send an email to Granger Meador with the staff member’s name and the Chromebook’s inventory tag number so he can check it back in with Follett. For new staff members receiving spare devices from your site inventory, either check those out to them in Follett or, if you don’t have access to a particular device in Follett, email Granger Meador so he can check it out to the appropriate person. If you wind up with more than 5 spare devices after the start of school in August or if you run out of spares for new staff members, let Granger know so he can make arrangements.)

If your staff Chromebook is damaged over the summer such that you require a replacement, please email Granger Meador to make arrangements. After school resumes in August, the repair procedures via the site librarians will resume.


Student Computing Initiative in 2018-19

Secondary School Devices & Services

In August 2018 Chromebooks will be issued to almost all seniors, juniors, and freshmen. Most sophomores will already have the Chromebooks issued to them as freshmen, which they retain over the summer break. Student Chromebooks damaged or having issues over the summer break will be addressed by the Student Technology Support Team at BHS when classes resume in August. All 9-12 teachers will be using Canvas for their class calendars and digital assignments; the printed student agenda handbooks will no longer be issued at BHS.

Chromebook carts will be shifted from BHS to each middle school to equip the 12 English classrooms at the two schools as well as Special Education classrooms with stay-in-classroom Chromebooks for student use in 2018-19. The 12 English classroom carts will migrate to the elementary schools in 2019-20.

Canvas Add-Ons Available across Grades 6-12 in 2018-19

We will have multiple enhancements to Canvas available to teachers and students across grades 6-12 in 2018-19, including:

  • Paperscorer – this add-on for printing bubble sheets from Canvas quizzes for scanning with a site scanner and/or cell phone app will remain available for now, but in later years will be discontinued
  • Respondus 4.0 – this new software application will be available to allow teachers to convert some Word documents and some test bank questions into quizzes in Canvas; this is to help teachers, particularly in grades 9-12 in 2018-19, transition away from paper quizzes and bubble sheets to online quizzes given in Canvas
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser – this Chromebook app will again be available so that students can be required to use it to take a quiz in Canvas, locking them into the quiz so that they don’t have access to the internet and other Chromebook functions during the quiz
  • Turnitin – this will be integrated into Canvas across grades 6-12 so that teachers can have students submit assignments for originality checking (to help reduce plagiarism and copying) and enhanced online grading mark-up of student assignments

Elementary School Student Devices

For elementary schools, it seems likely that another iPad cart will be purchased for each site this summer, to support the continued expansion of the PLTW Launch modules in K-5 classrooms, via funding from the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation and ConocoPhillips. While a final decision has not been made about how to address a new requirement of online state tests for 5th graders, the district might accelerate its purchase of student Chromebooks for 2019-20 and make some of them available in April 2019 for elementary school online testing, with the devices then relocated for checkout in August to secondary school students as take-home devices.

In 2019-20, almost all students in grades 6-12 will have take-home Chromebooks, so 12 Chromebook carts will migrate in 2019-20 from the middle school English classrooms to the elementary schools, providing two Chromebook carts per site, which will assist with state testing among many other uses. In subsequent years, some stay-in-classroom Chromebook carts shared among elementary school teachers will become part of the district’s Chromebook refresh cycle.


Telephone and copier proposals being considered

The district has issued Requests for Proposals to vendors on possible updates to the phone system and the district’s copiers/scanners. Final decisions on those proposals, including whether or not any upgrades are feasible at this time, will be made later this summer by Chief Financial Officer David Boggs in consultation with other district administrators. Even if a new phone system proves to be feasible, that transition would not occur until Fall Break.

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