Each parent needs to complete the APTT survey. You should have received QR codes to put up around the room. There is also a link on the Intranet page that will take them to the surveys. Please have your classroom laptops logged in and pulled up to the intranet page. Parents can use those to complete the APTT survey as well as the RBES survey. The RBES survey must be completed on a GCPS device or through the Parent Portal.
eClass for Parents - English and Spanish double sided document
Beginning Wednesday, the Intranet will have a new look. There will be links to the various parent surveys and then two other buttons, one for students (the green eClass icon), and one for teachers (the mustang logo). They will take the students to the school eClass landing page and teachers to the school training page.
The training page is also getting a redesign with a Symbaloo at the top that has links to other course pages, folders on the team drive, etc. This is a work in progress so
1) Be patient. 2) Please pass along suggestions to make it better. The goal is for you to have one place to go for information and increase eClass usage in the process.
Yes, that time is nearly upon us again. DAs begin Thursday, October 5 and continue through Thursday, October 19. Here is a link to the schedule, and it will also be posted on the regular lab schedule.
Yes, BYOD is THIS Friday! I will be here on Friday so there will be 3 of us able to help get devices on the network. If you need assistance, please send an email with BYOD in the subject and one of us will come.
Here are the directions for connecting to the network. REmember that the username and password are what students use to log into the computers. Everyone uses their student number as the username, the passwords are:
K - 123456 1st - 2learn 2nd - 2learn
3rd - student#+3 4th - student#+4 5th - student#+5
Here is a page where BYOD activities are/will be linked. (We will try to get them moved to eClass pages if we can.)
Dr. Dickey will have Book Talks via QR codes in the media center on Friday.
For APTT night, after our normal duty, Deb and I will go to the cafeteria. If a parent has a device and wants us to help get it connected, you can send them to the cafeteria and we will do our best. I will be here Wednesday, and Deb will be here on Thursday.
Kahoot - online gaming
Padlet - online writing
Quizziz - online gaming
Digi Guide - a multitude of web 2.0 tools
The Landing Page, Training Page, and Grade Level Collaboration Pages will all be getting a face lift in the very near future. The landing page will have the visual course selection at the top, the Training Page will have a new Symbaloo for much easier access, and the collaboration pages will all get a redesign to use the same layout for easier navigation across pages.
Some have asked more about embedding Google widgets on their class pages. Directions will be coming soon as well as meeting with 5th Grade on Monday, but if you already know how to do the widgets, the following dimensions will be helpful for formatting.
Full width - 930px, 2/3 width - 600 px, 1/2 width - 450 px, 1/3 width - 300px,
Also here are directions for using the built in choice boards within eClass.
Every other Friday, I am in a class for SOAR, my mission organization. This past week's class was Personal Productivity and I thought I would share a couple of tips with you.
1) Create folders with the labels -Action Items, -Waiting On,
-Projects, -Someday Maybe. These should include the - at the beginning so they will appear at the top of your folder list.
2) As items come in your inbox, decide if it can be handled within 2 minutes. If so, do it. If not, file it to one of those 4 folders. Then work out of those folders so you will know what you need to do, which items you are waiting for others on, some items that are part of a bigger project, and those items that are nice to think about but can't and don't need to be handled right now. Once you deal with the email, it can either be deleted or put into a subject folder.
(To create a folder in Lotus Notes, right click on the word Folders on the left pane and choose New Folder.)
It seems that Passwords are that necessary evil that becomes a huge frustration for most people. John has written a great article about creating a secure password, how to check it, and how to manage passwords. Please understand that the password manager included in the article is NOT yet approved for GCPS, but it may help you in your personal life. The information about creating a secure password is definitely applicable to GCPS.