Instructional Technology

Staff

Francis Dabarera, Technology Support Specialist || 781-316-3398 || fdaberera@arlington.k12.ma.us

Dan Sheehan, Manager of Academic Systems || 781.316.3389 || dsheehan@arlington.k12.ma.us

Jeffrey Snyder, Instructional Technology || 781.316.3572 || jsnyder@arlington.k12.ma.us

District Tech Staff Directory

Lab 320 - the large room is no longer available for general sign up. It is now the CADD and Digital Photo lab

Lab 321 - Mr. Snyder's room - 24 Chrome-box computers

Chromebook Cart - 30 Chromebooks

Media Center - has resources as well (click here)

To request permissions for the reservations calendars, please Email Jeff Snyder, jsnyder@arlington.k12.ma.us or use the directions below. Thank you!

To Reserve a Lab:

Check the calendars above to be sure the date you'd like is available. Signing up in advance is advised, but last minute is fine when available.

If you sign up yourself:

    • Please add your name and number of computers wanted. and change the event color to green. If your scheduling in advance, consider adding yourself as a guest to receive a notification as your time approaches.
    • If cancelling, please re-open the time-slot for others by removing your name and changing the color to default.

If you sign up by email:

    • You should receive an automated email confirmation of your lab reservation within 24 hours from the AHS Computer Labs Google calendar. When you receive the confirmation, please "accept the invitation" by clicking the "Yes" option. Doing this will add the "event" to your calendar and to the Lab calendar. You should also get a reminder email on the morning of your lab visit. Confirmed reservations will also appear on the Instructional Technology Page calendar.

Etiquette and Rules:

    • Please watch the schedule to see if Chromebooks will be needed by the next class, and if so, return them promptly.
    • Do not mix Chromebooks from different carts. Lab 321 is written on the bottom of each the 321 Chromebooks.
    • Be sure Chromebooks are returned to a locked cart, or to Mr. Snyder or Media Staff. Please do not just leave returned Chromebooks out in the open.


    • Please do not allow food, drinks, or gum in the labs.
    • Please have students leave the labs in a tidy condition - PCs logged off, chairs in, papers thrown away, etc... Remember, another class will be in soon after you leave.



Power School Access and Help:

Links From school and home

Gradebook and PowerTeacher Help, How To Video, Manuals, FAQ


Google Help:

Videos and tutorials

(includes Google Classroom and auto grading with Forms and Flubaroo)



Photos Photos Photos

Gradebook Help


(Note: it's always good to do a google search for Powerteacher gradebook setup. The youtube videos are always changing and are often good.)



The New Gradebook:

Yes, the rumor is true. A new Gradebook is coming (click here for info), but for now continue using the links below get started, or review the old Gradebook.


Gradebook Overview videos -Gradebook 1, Gradebook 2

(credit Rod Kirby)



Take Attendance video - link



Attendance Absences- seeing all absences for a student



- from powerteacher, select the info backpack for the a class


- select a student


- select Quick Lookup from the dropdown selections


- click the student's attendance number


- you'll see a list of all absences, dated and coded





IPad and Android App Setup - Ipad and Android - open the App, go to the server settings and enter settings as they are in this image. (Won't work with APS Guest)(Only works in our buildings)



Gradebook - Launch issues and the Manual - link




Gradebook - View grades for dropped students - link




Gradebook Setup - Category, Weights, Year and Terms:


These two videos used together show you pretty much all you need to know to setup your gradebook for the year and for each term.


Use the first 2 minutes of the first video, and follow that by using the entire second video:


Video one - first 2 minutes - learn to create categories (credit Scotland Schools)


Video two - learn to setup Y1 and Term weights then copy them between classes

(credit tech coach tool kit)



AHS Dates and Weights and Final Exams


-- Wondering about Term Dates - click the Grade Set Up tab, the dates are there

-- Y1 weights - T1, T2, T3, T4 and X1 respectively are 22.25%, 22.25%, 22.25%, 22.25% and 11%.

-- Final Exams must be dated within the X1 term - even for Seniors, even though their exams are in May.

-- Also, Senior Q4 and Y1 grades need confirmed as the Senior finish. This is true of mixed grade classes too.

-- As the Terms turn, be aware and specific about the dates you apply to assignments.


IPad App - Setup - open the App, go to the server settings and enter settings as they are in this image. (Won't work with APS Guest)(Only works in our buildings)

Parent-Student Portal Youtube, generic

(this is close, but not exactly what you'd see in the APS parent-student portal.)

(credit peagreensoup.)

Gradebook Verification:

    1. Open your Gradebook
    2. Choose your class and be sure you have selected the correct Reporting Term
    3. Double click the Q1 In Progress button (upper left)
    4. Note that the pop up box has a checkbox forFinal Grades Complete, check the box and confirm
    5. Note the Q1 In Progress is changed to Q1 Grades Complete with a green check.
    6. You have to repeat steps 2 - 5 for each of your classes.
    7. As the year ends, Senior confirmations are due a week before graduation. Mixed grade classes need confirmed twice, once for Seniors, and a second time at the end of the year for the underclassmen.
    8. Printing copies is possible by using the Reports button. Sorry, it's not as easy to view and print as it was before.


How to Verify Grades - credit David Schult

Credit David Schult

He has a bunch of how to do Gradebook Short Videos






BYOD or Bring Your Own Device

Program guidelines and description

FAQs

Connect your device

Acceptable Use of the Internet and Electronic Devices:


To use Electronic Communications including the Internet and the computers of the Arlington Public Schools and personal electronic devices, students and their guardians must read, understand and agree to the Acceptable Use Policies, AUP and the Agreement pages linked below. Students and Guardians should print copies of the AUP and Use Agreement for their own files, and must provide the signed Agreement pages to Arlington High School.




  • APS uses the Common Sense Digital Literacy and Citizenship curriculum to support the AUP. Staff, students, parents and guardians are all encouraged be familiar with the Common Sense curriculum.


Google Tutorials and Videos



Videos, tutorials and links:






Comprehensive help by Mary Fran:


Google Drive and Docs


Google Sites




Google Classroom and Google Forms:

This document has the resources and lesson plans from my four Summer Workshop Sessions.


The Google Classroom and Google Forms Sessions are organized as hands on activities divided into basic, intermediate and advanced levels and are designed to help you learn the tools, or improve.


The Social Media Session has hands on activities to introduce Google+ and it’s Photo and Hangout tools.


The Formative Assessment has resources on research and theory about the powerful impact of Formative assessment.



Paperless Grading with Flubaroo:



Google Apps For Education – Overview – 30 Minutes

(This video is a bit dated, but remains a very good overview of the basic tools and the video is perfect for someone new to Google Apps for Ed. The video's structure - the first 11 minutes is promotional and can be skipped, but the last 20 minutes is a nice demo of the applications. In other words, forward the video to the 11 minute mark to see the Apps overview.)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ksK2uzDW-4


· G-Mail - Forward video to 11 minutes

· Calendar - Forward video to 15 minutes

· Docs - Forward video to 19 minutes

· Forms - Forward video to 23 minutes

· Sites - Forward video to 25 minutes

· Video - Forward video to 29 minutes




Google Drive Sync for the Mac or PC - set-up



Google's Instructions: https://support.google.com/drive/answer/2375078?hl=en


(Basically, you install drive sync and choose the folders you want sync'd to the cloud)




Quick Introductions:


A fun, nicely done and explanation of Google Docs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRqUE6IHTEA


Gmail:


10 Simple Gmail Tricks You Might Not Know


Creating an e-mail contact Group

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36BxrvVM7mg Basic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-MDnKAzOIA Advanced


Become a Gmail Ninja -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=encb3IHJwng



Using e-mail's Priority Inbox with labels and filters.

http://mail.google.com/mail/help/priority-inbox.html




Sharing a document link to e-mail (instead of using an attachment)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jr0gr0yeRps&feature=related



Creating a survey with Google Forms

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzgaUOW6GIs





Google Sites - some help



A one minute intro -

More Sites intros -



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_KnC2EIS5w&feature=channel 2 min


http://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?p=google+sites 2 min


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVa1ba4-AGU&feature=relmfu 1 hr how to.


http://www.youtube.com/user/kirksvillewebdesign a series of how to.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaqqymwR6DQ longer


Mary Fran's all everything Google Sites help




Another nicely done video about a Boston middle school using Google Apps

(10 Minutes.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Leuvce3v5BM&feature=related






Google Apps for Educators Training Material -


this is a great resource provided by Google to teach about all things connected to Google Apps for Education. (This is a not a a good place to start, but it's a great place to go as an in depth resource.)




From Google, their product introductions:




Google Applications Welcome (A Longer Overview)

http://services.google.com/apps/resources/overviews/welcome/topicWelcome/index.html

Google E-mail (Intro to g-mail)

http://services.google.com/apps/resources/overviews/welcome/topicMail/index.html

Google Docs (Intro to Google docs)

http://services.google.com/apps/resources/overviews/welcome/topicDocs/index.html

Google Sites (Intro to sites – good for classroom web sites)

http://services.google.com/apps/resources/overviews/welcome/topicSites/index.html

Google Calendar (Intro to calendar)

http://services.google.com/apps/resources/overviews/welcome/topicCalendar/index.html

Google Apps Lesson Plan ideas for educators

http://www.google.com/a/help/intl/en/edu/lesson_plans.html


AHS Computer Lab Schedules

Add the lab calendars to your Google calendar and request access to self-schedule and edit.

To add the lab calendars to your Google calendar by clicking the +Google Icon at the bottom right of the calendar below. When prompted add all 3 lab calendars.

Or contact Jeff Snyder at jsnyder@arlington.k12.ma.us

  • Lab 320 - the large room - 27 computers
  • Lab 321 - Mr. Snyder's room - 24 computers
  • Chromebook Cart - 30 chrome-books
  • Media Center - has resources as well (click here)

To Reserve a Lab:

Check the calendars to be sure the date you'd like is available. Signing up in advance is advised, but last minute is fine when available.

If you sign up yourself:

Please add your name and number of computers wanted. and change the event color to green. If your scheduling in advance, consider adding yourself as a guest to receive a notification as your time approaches.

If cancelling, please re-open the time-slot for others by removing your name and changing the color to default.

If you sign up by email:

You should receive an automated email confirmation of your lab reservation within 24 hours from the AHS Computer Labs Google calendar. When you receive the confirmation, please "accept the invitation" by clicking the "Yes" option. Doing this will add the "event" to your calendar and to the Lab calendar. You should also get a reminder email on the morning of your lab visit. Confirmed reservations will also appear on the Instructional Technology Page calendar.

Chromebook Etiquette Reminders:

    • Please watch the schedule to see if Chromebooks will be needed by the next class, and if so, return them promptly.
    • Do not mix Chromebooks from different carts. Lab 321 is written on the bottom of each the 321 Chromebooks.
    • Be sure Chromebooks are returned to a locked cart, or to Mr. Snyder or Media Staff. Please do not just leave returned Chromebooks out in the open.

Lab Etiquette Reminders:

    • Please do not allow food, drinks, or gum in the labs,
    • Please have students leave the labs in a tidy condition - PCs logged off, chairs in, papers thrown away, etc... Remember, another class will be in soon after you leave.

Questions? Concerns? or if you would like to request permissions to sign up for reservations directly, please feel free to Email Jeff Snyder, jsnyder@arlington.k12.ma.us Thank you!