Technology Integration and Planning Support (TIPS)

The TIPS Team mission

Using the Learning & Technology Policy Framework (LTPF) as a guide, help staff move towards the vision of Inspiring Education, including:

  1. Leading ed-tech professional learning for staff
  2. Supporting technology planning along with ITS
  3. Leading & participating in District Technology projects and conducting R&D on emerging education technologies


Read our TIPS TEAM CHARTER to see the full scope of what we do.


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June EdTech Update

  • YouTube Brand Accounts: Did you receive an email about your YouTube brand account? Privacy law changes are being made to settings for YouTube brand accounts. More details will be provided as they become available.
  • GSuite Updates: Scheduled Send and Confidential Send is now active in GMail. Confidential Send is available to staff only and will replace GME (Google Message Encryption). Team Drive has been renamed as Shared Drives and these Shared Drives can now be hidden as required.
  • SMART Learning Suite Online with Google Drive: You can now import Google Slides, Docs and Sheets from Drive into SLS online.
  • SMART amp Workspaces: SMART is moving away from SMART amp and moving towards new online workspace options. Your SMART amp files are currently stored in Google Drive. As of September 30 you will no longer be able to export these files from Google Drive. Review the steps to transfer files to SMART Learning Suite Online in the link above.
  • Read and Write for Chrome Features: The ‘speak as I type’ feature now reads back your typing by word or by sentence. *NEW* Read and Write has now been added to locked mode in quizzes!
  • Google Classic Sites Transition: Are you using classic Sites and need to become familiar with new Sites? Summer could be an opportunity to transition your old sites. Classic sites are no longer supported at the end of 2021.

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The TIPS Team is part of District Technology: School Supports & Training. Manager - Terry Korte: Terry.Korte@epsb.ca 780-429-8560