Winter Break Network Maintenance

In advance of winter break, I wanted to share a handful of dates when we’ll have network maintenance that will affect network, wireless, and/or internet availability within the district during the break.  

January 2nd, 2018

  • Switch maintenance at Liberty High and Northwest Junior High will cause network disruptions in those buildings between 6 AM and 8 AM.  Network and internet services may be unavailable during this time period.
  • Further work will be done throughout the day in the following buildings, but we do not expect the work to result in network outages or downtime: Alexander ES, West HS, Liberty HS, Educational Services Center, South East JH, and North Central JH.

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KACE Outage Update

As everyone is aware, we have been experiencing some issue with the KACE (KBOX) system both in the administrator portals and the Help Desk configuration. Due to a certificate error, some people have been receiving a message that KACE is unavailable due to too many redirects within the portal. This should now be resolved. Continue reading KACE Outage Update

Google G-Suite Tips and Tricks

As I’m preparing to assist with Google-focused professional development for staff here at the ESC, I wanted to share more broadly some tips and tricks for working more efficiently and effectively within the Google G-Suite, including Drive, Docs, Sheets, Forms, Calendar, and other apps.  Some of the resources below are mine and some are from elsewhere; I hope that some of these tips are helpful to you! Continue reading Google G-Suite Tips and Tricks

Canvas Grade Editing for Tri 1 Courses

As I noted in a previous post, teachers can still access grades/rosters and assignment submissions for Tri 1 courses.  That said, we are working with Canvas support right now on an issue that is preventing teachers from editing Tri 1 course grades in Canvas.  

We hope to have this resolved soon.  In the meantime, I’ll note that grades can still be entered and edited within PowerSchool.  

I’ll post an update as soon as I have one.  

Canvas – Trimester Change

As we learn during our first year Canvas implementation, I have some notes to share regarding teachers’ and students’ access to last trimester’s Canvas courses and data.  

Accessing Previous Grades – Teachers

If you log in to your T1 Canvas courses this morning, you will find that the “Grades” page appears to be empty.  In order to view and work with T1 grades, you will need to click the gear icon in the top right, and then choose “Show Concluded Enrollments”. 

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Chromebook Logouts on Lid Closure

Yesterday, I received a couple of emailed inquiries and a petition from students regarding a change in behavior when Chromebook lids were closed.  Previously, the Chromebooks were set to automatically go to sleep when the lid is closed – this helps to prevent inadvertent battery drain and overheating – and then to wake up when the lid is opened.   Continue reading Chromebook Logouts on Lid Closure

Welcome to the Tech & Innovation Blog!

The district recently distributed a survey regarding educational technologies to parents district-wide, and one parent reached out with questions regarding where they could get more information about our technology programs.  This, combined with the fact that we recently published our 100th article and have been going strong for just over one year, leads me to conclude that it’s about time to reintroduce the Iowa City Schools’ Technology & Innovation blog!

We have over a thousand subscribers to the Technology & Innovation blog, but that obviously represents a very small slice of our larger school community, including parents, students, and other community stakeholders.  It’s my goal that awareness of and access to this resource be spread to as many people as possible.  With that in mind, I’m posting this reintroduction, including links to some of our highlights below.  I’d encourage you to share this post via Twitter, Facebook, and email with anyone who might be interested.  

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Extending Gmail with Google Labs

Gmail offers a number of features that allow you to customize your experience, and I’ve blogged about some of those already – such as adding a preview pane (like Outlook) and creating rules to filter incoming messages – but I haven’t yet written about the wonder that is (are?) Gmail Labs.  

What are Gmail Labs? 

Have you ever wanted to be able to automate replies that you send on a regular basis?  Automatically filter out bulk emails?  Add your calendar to your Gmail interface?  These and many more features are available within Gmail Labs, and can be enabled for any ICCSD account.   Continue reading Extending Gmail with Google Labs

Canvas at the End of the Trimester

I previously posted regarding the dates at which courses will no longer be available to students and teachers; in a nutshell, Trimester 1 courses will be available until June 30th, 2018.  Here is a more comprehensive guide for teachers as the end of the first trimester approaches.   Continue reading Canvas at the End of the Trimester

Subscribe to Blog Updates via Text

Taking a cue from a number of teachers here in the Iowa City Schools, I’m now offering the ability to subscribe to receive text message updates when new blog entries are posted.  This is separate from the email subscription option that has long been available, and will hopefully be appealing to those of you who prefer to use your phone / texting as a primary means of getting information.  

In order to subscribe, just click this link: https://www.remind.com/join/h8bh9k 

This service is being provided via Remind.com, which many of our teachers, students, and parents are already using for messaging.  You have the option of unsubscribing at any time by replying with @LEAVE to any of the texts. 

I’ll be excited to see whether this service is useful to those of you who follow the blog!