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  • More staff Chromebooks coming on January inservice day On the January 15, 2018 inservice day additional staff Chromebooks will be deployed. CURRENT DEPLOYMENTCurrently all high school teachers have a Chromebook. Districtwide, all administrators, Instructional Technology Assistants, and ...
    Posted Dec 3, 2017, 3:57 AM by Granger Meador
  • G Suite Training Extension The district has pushed out to district-managed devices and accounts the G Suite Training Chrome extension. This should help students and staff learn to use the many Google ...
    Posted Nov 15, 2017, 10:28 AM by Granger Meador
  • Team Drives are useful alternative for workgroups The district has deployed "Team Drives" within Google Drive as an alternative to the usual "MyDrive".  Team Drives allow a group of district users to easily store, search, access, and ...
    Posted Oct 13, 2017, 2:07 PM by Granger Meador
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    More staff Chromebooks coming on January inservice day

    posted Dec 2, 2017, 6:13 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Dec 3, 2017, 3:57 AM ]

    On the January 15, 2018 inservice day additional staff Chromebooks will be deployed. 

    Currently all high school teachers have a Chromebook. Districtwide, all administrators, Instructional Technology Assistants, and secondary department chairs and core building coordinators have received Chromebooks.

    One goal is to familiarize staff members with this technology as part of the Student Computing Initiative, helping them learn how to harness it for student use as dedicated student Chromebooks extend from freshmen in 2017-18 to all high school students in 2018-19 and all middle and high school students in 2020-21. So we can confirm that all middle school certified staff members will receive a new Chromebook on January 15, 2018.

    For the elementary schools, PLTW Launch iPad carts are the focus for student use in 2017-18 and 2018-19, but after that district Chromebooks for student use are expected to start appearing at those schools as well, in whatever roles are determined to be most appropriate.

    Digital file
    Another important aspect of staff Chromebook deployment is increased efficiency. Once all certified staff members have Chromebooks, most paper documents should be eliminated from district staff meetings and inservices. 

    Providing agendas, handouts, minutes, and other records via the online G Suite for Education apps like Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides will allow them to be readily searchable and accessible. Moving to cloud-based G Suite documents also allows for easy collaboration and review. Eliminating paper documents also reduces production and storage costs.

    Digital Textbooks
    The state has eliminated all dedicated textbook funding; another symptom of its chronic underfunding of public education. So the district must rely on locally approved bond issues to fund basic needs. The 2016 bond issue promoted the district's rollout of Chromebooks to secondary students as a way to reduce textbook costs.

    Consequently the district is considering how to incorporate student Chromebooks into its textbook adoption process. Math is the subject area under adoption in 2018 in the state's six-year textbook cycle. So it seems likely we'll begin shifting from physical to electronic textbooks.

    Chromebook carts currently deployed in 10-12 ELA classrooms could be shifted to 6-8 Math classrooms in 2018-19 to help support the use of electronic textbooks since middle school students won't receive Chromebooks until 2019-20.

    STAFF: DELL 3120
    Dell 3120
    Since 2016-17, teachers in grades 9-12 and district administrators have had Dell Model 3120 Chromebooks. These devices have the traditional laptop configuration of a keyboard with a tilting non-touch screen that pivots up to 180 degrees. (A small initial group of devices from May 2016 had touch screens.) A small traditional carrying case was included. 9-12 teachers can complete Kung Fu Canvas training to also earn a Bluetooth mouse, spare charger, headset with microphone, and wireless Wacom digitizer.

    CLASS OF 2021: DELL 3180
    In August 2017 all 9th grade students were issued Dell Model 3180 Chromebooks. These also have the traditional laptop configuration of a keyboard with a tilting non-touch screen that pivots up to 180 degrees. The devices were supplied with always-on carrying cases.
    Dell 3180
    The freshmen are slated to keep their Dell 3180s throughout their high school career. The district will likely decide in January on what device it will deploy to the classes of 2019, 2020, and 2022 (the students who will be in grades 9, 11, and 12 in 2018-19).


    One technology goal of the 2016 bond issue was to provide teachers with mobile instructional devices that could be used while circulating through the classroom. An iPad is handy as a tablet, but cumbersome as a productivity tool, and still considerably more expensive than a Chromebook.

    Google is working on adding support for Android apps to the Chrome operating system that runs Chromebooks. A convertible Chromebook with a touchscreen that rotates a full 360 degrees can be used in a variety of configurations. They could be useful classroom-carry devices used in tablet mode if there is sufficient improvement in operating system support and Android app availability.
    Convertible Chromebook

    G Suite Training Extension

    posted Nov 15, 2017, 10:27 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Nov 15, 2017, 10:28 AM ]

    The district has pushed out to district-managed devices and accounts the G Suite TraininChrome extension. This should help students and staff learn to use the many Google apps available to them.

    G Suite Training Icon
    In the Chrome web browser, when you login to a G Suite for Education service such as Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc. you will now see the G Suite Training extension icon at the top right of the window.

    Clicking that icon will provide interactive training and walkthroughs, where you are clearly shown and told what to do, including audio instructions.

    Interactive walk-throughs
    G Suite Training
    • Rich, interactive training - Whether you’re in Gmail, Calendar, Sheets, Slides, or Docs, you can learn and take actions, all at the same time.
    • In-App experience - Training is accessible directly within G Suite, so you don’t need to leave the application to learn how to use it.
    • Currently available for Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites, Forms, Classroom, etc.

    Team Drives are useful alternative for workgroups

    posted Oct 13, 2017, 2:07 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Oct 13, 2017, 2:07 PM ]

    The district has deployed "Team Drives" within Google Drive as an alternative to the usual "MyDrive".  Team Drives allow a group of district users to easily store, search, access, and edit shared files. This service is targeted toward groups of district staff members; it is NOT suitable for sharing files with non-employees.

    A big advantage to this approach, versus having one person create a file or folder and then share items with the other team members, is that Team Drive files belong to the team instead of an individual. So they won’t disappear when their creator leaves the district.
    Some things to bear in mind about Team Drives:

    Everyone on a team might be able to edit the files in that Team Drive. So think before you put documents into a Team Drive or add users to a Team Drive, since everyone with access to that drive could have editing rights to everything in there.  However, when adding users to a Team Drive, you can choose to limit them to viewing or commenting access.

    Make a copy if you don't want to edit the master version of a document. If you want to customize your own copy of a file in a Team Drive, open it and use File > Make a copy… to create your own version to edit. You can then use File > Move to shift that copied file around, including relocating it into your own MyDrive so that you can share it differently or with no one at all.

    You can share files in a Team Drive beyond that team, but only to district users. You can still share viewing and editing rights to documents in a Team Drive beyond the users assigned to the team. HOWEVER, such shares are limited to district Google accounts. You can't share the files with the general public nor with accounts not associated with the district. So for files you want to make public, use your MyDrive.
    Team Drives

    Google Cast for Education Deployed

    posted Oct 13, 2017, 11:25 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Oct 13, 2017, 11:25 AM ]

    We have deployed Google Cast for Education to all district Chrome devices and accounts. So when staff members or students use their district account to log into a Chromebook or log into the Chrome web browser on a desktop or laptop computer, they will automatically have it available.

    Google Cast for Education allows you to wirelessly mirror your desktop screen or a tab in your Chrome browser to any other Chrome browser you are also logged into. This means:
    • Teachers can mirror their Chromebook screen, or a tab in its Chrome browser, onto their teacher station computers and thus project it on their classroom screens.
    • Teachers can optionally set up a Google Classroom, invite students to join it, and then selectively allow those students to cast their Chromebook screens to the teacher station and thus the projector for student presentations.
    • In general, students and staff can mirror their own Chromebook, Windows, or Mac screens to other Chromebooks, desktops, and laptops.
    Here's a link to a document with detailed instructions and screenshots for setting up and using this feature:
    Google Cast

    1:1 Computing Initiative Update

    posted Mar 16, 2017, 11:18 AM by District Webmaster   [ updated May 4, 2017, 3:10 AM ]

    1:1 Computing Plan

    In August 2016 district voters approved a bond issue to fund a multi-year plan to implement 1:1 computing for secondary school students. This will eventually provide a Chromebook to each middle school and high school student for use both at school and at home.

    In the 2016-2017 pilot year, 13 carts with 20 to 35 Chromebooks have been provided to the students in all 10th, 11th, and 12th Grade English classrooms. The students and teachers are using G Suite for Education along with the Canvas Learning Management System in their lessons.

    Beginning in January 2017, 9-12 faculty members have been eligible for instructional equipment rewards for completing online training on the Canvas Learning Management System via KUNGFUCANVAS.ORG. 

    Similar programs will be offered to 6-8 faculty in 2018-2019 before Chromebooks are distributed to middle school students the following school year.

    In August 2017 all freshmen will receive a Chromebook for use at school and home. The district is prepared to deal with the accidental damage that may occur. Parents will be able to purchase an insurance plan to help cover Chromebook repairs, and there will be an on-site Chromebook repair and support program at the high school, manned by trained students and an instructor. The Chromebooks program will expand to grades 9-12 in 2018-2019, and to grades 6-12 in 2019-2020. 

    Our elementary schools will begin offering Project Lead the Way Launch STEM modules in 2017-2018. We will ensure each school has a compatible iPad cart via a Challenge Grant from the Bartlesville Public School Foundation and other sources. We expect to need a second iPad cart at each elementary school in 2018-2019 as additional STEM modules are added. In later years, additional iPad and/or Chromebook carts will be provided to expand use of devices in the elementary classrooms. Unlike the secondary school Chromebooks, the elementary devices will be school-based and not checked out to individual students.

    Technology advances quickly, so this timeline and plan structure is subject to change in order to maximize instructional effectiveness and efficiency.

    Bruins Chromebook User Guide Available

    posted Dec 30, 2016, 6:58 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 8, 2017, 12:09 PM ]

    Granger Meador has created a customized user guide for the Dell Chromebooks now in use at Bartlesville High School:
    The online version of the guide can be continually updated as needed.

    BHS Chromebook deployment in 2016

    In the fall of 2016 each of the English classrooms in grades 10-12 received a cart of 20-35 Chromebooks for student use. The teachers in those rooms, along with the site's teacher technology assistants, also received one of the Chromebooks for their use.

    All teachers in grades 9-12 will receive a Chromebook in 2017

    By June 2017 all BHS teachers and administrators will receive a Chromebook. This will help them prepare for 2017-18 when all freshman students will be checked out a Chromebook and for 2018-19 when all 9-12 grade students will be checked out a Chromebook.

    Complete Canvas training to get a Chromebook

    On the January 16 inservice day, all BHS teachers of freshman classes will attend an 80-minute training with Mr. Meador and English teacher Jen Ward on the Canvas Learning Management System.  Other BHS teachers can sign up for a later 80-minute session of that same training. 

    Afterward, the district will publish a Kung Fu Canvas course. Once teachers in grades 9-12 earn their first belt in that course, they will receive their Chromebook. Teachers who go on to earn additional belts in Kung Fu Canvas can earn a carrying case, mouse, and other Chromebook accessories.
    Chromebook Guide

    BHS Chromebook Carts Deployed

    posted Sep 23, 2016, 3:11 PM by District Webmaster   [ updated Sep 23, 2016, 3:13 PM ]

    All 13 Chromebook Carts for the pilot stage of the district's 1:1 computing initiative have now been deployed. Almost all sophomores, juniors, and seniors will gain experience using the Chromebooks for class assignments and activities since every dedicated English and Language Arts classroom in grades 10-12 received a cart.*

    The following 10th-12th grade English and Language Arts teachers received carts of 35 Chromebooks for their students to use in class during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years:
    • Liz Cone
    • Judie Hartzog
    • Amanda Hendrix
    • Mandy Lumbley
    • Martin Meadows
    • Matt Pascucci
    • Cindy Sloan
    • Amy Viele
    • Jen Ward
    Additional carts with 20 Chromebooks were distributed to the following teachers in Special Education and Bruin Academy:
    • Susan King
    • Wendy Meador
    • Robyn Scott
    • Robin Thompson
    A special thanks to the following teachers for their after-school efforts in helping get the carts ready:
    • Jeremy Hanks
    • Betty Henderson
    • Kim Lashbrook
    • Gary Layman
    • Granger Meador
    • Wendy Meador
    • Susan Staats
    • Micheal Stevens
    *Severe and Profound (Intellectually Disabled and Multihandicapped) special education classes, which already have dedicated iPads, did not receive Chromebook carts in this initial deployment.
    Chromebook Carts
    Gary Layman, Micheal Stevens, Betty Henderson, Wendy Meador, and Susan Staats wire up Chromebook carts after school; Kim Lashbrook, Jeremy Hanks, and Granger Meador also assisted

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