Student Tech Club 2017

We have had a great start to the year with our Student Tech Team that meets during club time on Day 3.

So far a highlight has been the trip to the theater catwalk and the server room.  The 6th and 7th graders took this tour, while the 8th graders prepare to lead some tech activities this year.

Stay tuned for more tech club news this year!

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Digital Citizenship Week for Families

This week is Digital Citizenship week!  We hope that you will find the below resources useful as you encounter this topic at home with your children.  

The Common Sense Media Blog has a lot of information that can be helpful with Digital Citizenship discussions.  In honor of Digital Citizenship Week you may be interested in taking their Device Free Dinner Challenge with more Device Free Dinner Suggestions here.  

We also highly recommend creating a Family Media Plan with the American Academy of Pediatrics Family Media Plan with Media Time Calculator so that everyone in the family is on the same page regarding expectations.

If you have more questions Upper School Head, Colleen Welsh and Aaron Hovel gave a talk about Raising Children in the Digital Age.  We also have a Parent Resource Page with more information on this blog.  In addition, please feel free to reach out to the Tech Department at any time.  

 

New Features of iOS 11


Pike Upper School student Karen G. created the below presentation and showed it to students at Assembly yesterday to highlighting some of the exciting new features of iOS 11.  It is about 3 minutes long and covers some improvements that will be available for our classrooms.  Thanks for leading our student community with the change to this new iOS Karen!  If anyone has questions about the update please contact the Tech Department.

Digital Citizenship Week

This week is Digital Citizenship week!  To kick off our Tech Communications for the year, we are sharing resources that we hope you will find useful for your Digital Citizenship work in the classroom this year.  We request that a message go home after you cover any digital citizenship lessons to help families continue the conversation and reinforce topics at home.  Please reach out to the Tech Department if you need assistance with a message to parents or if you need help implementing anything this year.  

For Grades 1 – 5 BrainPop has free access to their Digital Citizenship Collection.  Their learning pathways tackle topics like Information Privacy, Media Literacy, and Digital Etiquette and students do activities where they can apply what they have learned and teachers can easily access understanding.  There is also an extensive list of Teacher Digital Citizenship Resources available.  

For Grades 3 – 5 Be Internet Awesome by Google helps kids become safe, confident explorers of the online world.  Their curriculum gives educators the tools and methods they need to teach digital safety fundamentals in the classroom and students apply their learning via Interland, a playful browser-based game that makes this topic interactive and fun.  Click here to access Teacher Training for this curriculum.

For Grades 6 – 9 the Applied Digital Skills by Google is a well developed free computer literacy course designed to prepare students for a growing number of jobs that require basic digital skills. With their Applied Digital Skills Curriculum learners explore units and apply skills in real world activities that practice topics like planning an event, creating an interactive guide and many more.  

For Grades 3 – 9, This Digital citizenship and social emotional learning article outlines how character strengths can be used in a positive way to navigate digital dilemmas.  Their Digital Citizenship & Social and Emotional Learning Teacher Guide contains a set of scenarios that students may face at some point in their lives and encourages conversation about character with the goal of developing strengths like humility and perseverance.  

Common Sense Media Ed Tech Reviews –  Their EdTech reviews and supporting resources can help you bring tech tools to your classroom via a collection of age appropriate resources curated by knowledgeable educators.  

Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship Week Resources is a page developed for this week that you can explore, which has many useful resources that can help your students be, as they say, Dig-Cit Ready.  

Google Keyboard Shortcuts

Do you ever forget helpful keyboard shortcuts while using Google Docs?  If so, here is one keyboard shortcut to remember that can help you out when using the Google Suite. To pull up a complete list of keyboard shortcuts that can help you save time see the instructions below:

Step 1: Open a Google Doc

Mac:  Click on ⌘ and /

Chromebook/Windows: Hold down Ctrl and /

The keyboard shortcuts will pop up as seen below:

Tech Tip – Google Calendar App

Want to access your Google calendar on your phone or iPad?  Try the Google Calendar App.  In the past, I’ve recommended Calendars by Readle but Google now has a free iPhone and iPad app.  I’ve been using it for the last few weeks and Google’s app works just as well if not better.  Just download the app and log in with your Google credentials and you’re ready to start using your personal/work calendar from your device.

END OF YEAR TECH DETAILS FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS

Below you will find important details about how to handle your files and accounts in eBackpack, Google Drive, and Veracross.  Please be sure to read the entire post.

eBackPack
*Access to eBackpack will end June 26 – Grades 6-9

*For students who are graduating or leaving Pike, all files will be erased after June 26th.  

  • Any file in the “My Files” area that students want to save should be moved to the E-Portfolio area.  All other files will be deleted.
  • If you want to save assignments turned into the teacher.
    • Navigate to that assignment.
    • Open the file that you turned in.
    • Click the “share square” and then move it to Notability or Google Drive.
  • Any file in the E-Portfolio area will remain available as read-only next year for returning students.

Google Drive Grades 4-9
*Access for graduating or leaving students ends June 26th 

*Access for returning students ends August 21 – Between August 21 and the first week of school there will be no access so that we can change passwords and perform other maintenance

There are two options for saving files.

Option 1 – When you only want to save a few files.

  1. Log into your account on a laptop or desktop (not an iPad).
  2. Select the files you would like to save.
  3. Go to More Actions (three dots) > Download…
  4. Make the appropriate choices for file formats and then click download.
  5. This will download a .zip file containing your documents.  You can open these documents on a home computer.

Option 2 – When you want to save all of your files.

  1. Log into your account on a laptop or desktop (not an iPad).
  2. Then go to Google Takeout
  3. Under “Select data to include”, put a check next to Drive only.
  4. Scroll to the bottom and click “next”.
  5. Click “Create Archive” in the “Customize download format” section.
  6. If you have a lot of files, this process will take a good bit of time.
  7. It will say that you will receive an email when it is finished but you won’t because students don’t have access to email.
  8. Instead return to Google Takeout later and choose “Manage Archives” at the top of the screen.
  9. Find your archive and click download.  Your files will be downloaded as a .zip file.  You can transfer these files to a home computer.

Veracross – all grades
*Access for graduating or leaving students ends June 26th

  • Reports must be printed before June 26th.  As of June 27, 2017, there will be a $15 fee to receive a copy of your child’s report(s) if you did not download and save or print the report(s) prior to the parent report portal closing.  Please make your check payable to “The Pike School” and send it to the attention of Gale Mender.  After payment is received, you will be provided with a copy of the requested report(s).
    • For your reference, below are the dates that Term 3 reports will become available on Veracross:
    • Lower and Middle School reports will be published on Veracross on Monday, June 19th.
      Upper School reports will be published on Veracross on Monday, June 19th.

Access to reports for returning students ends July 24th.

  • Reports must be printed before July 24th.  As of July 24, 2017, there will be a $15 fee to receive a copy of your child’s report(s) if you did not download and save or print the report(s) prior to the parent report portal closing.  Please make your check payable to “The Pike School” and send it to the attention of Gale Mender.  After payment is received, you will be provided with a copy of the requested report(s).
    • For your reference, below are the dates that Term 3 reports will become available on Veracross:
    • Lower and Middle School reports will be published on Veracross on Monday, June 19th.
      Upper School reports will be published on Veracross on Monday, June 19th.

How to listen to Podcasts


Have you been wanting to start listening to the latest cool podcasts, but don’t know where to start?  Watch the above video or 
click here to see a brief introduction (under 2 minutes!) on how to listen to podcasts.  This can be a great time saving way to squeeze in some learning while you are driving, exercising or whenever.  For more detailed information about the Podcasts app that I speak about in the video this apple support page has all the info that you would need.  If you have questions or need help after watching this very short video please contact the Tech Department.  

Zoom in on your Mac Screen

Ever wanted to zoom in on something on your computer screen so your students can see it more clearly?  Use the accessibility feature called Zoom.  First you need to set a few things up.  

Open System Preferences and choose Accessibility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once inside the Accessibility options

  1. Select Zoom on the left
  2. Check the box next to “Use scroll gesture with modifier keys to zoom” and make sure “^ Control” is chosen in the pull down box.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once you’ve done that you are ready to use the zoom feature.  To use the zoom feature.  Hold the control button down with a finger on your left hand.  Then use the two finger scroll gesture to zoom in.  See video below.  

Tip: Place the cursor where you want to zoom.