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 27 – Grades 6-9

For students who are graduating or leaving Pike – all files will be erased after June 27th.  

  • 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 27th

Access for returning students ends August 22

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 27th

  • Reports must be printed before June 27th.  As of June 27, 2015, 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 Thursday, June 16th.
      Upper School reports will be published on Veracross on Monday, June 20th.

Access to reports for returning students ends July 25th.

  • Reports must be printed before July 25th.  As of July 25, 2015, 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 Thursday, June 16th.
      Upper School reports will be published on Veracross on Monday, June 20th.

Making a Makerspace

IMG_3849Over the last couple of days members of the Innovation Committee have been hard at work putting together Pike’s pilot makerspace called “Spark”. The makerspace now has tools like hammers, drills, and screw drivers as well as electronics like Mindstorms and KIBO robots and other tools like 3D printers, vinyl cutters and button makers. The committee also spent time planning the use of the space so that students and teachers in each division would have an opportunity to come to the makerspace. There is still work to be done before school starts but we are looking forward to all the making coming up this year.

 

Kathy Cassidy on – Engaging Young Students with Technology

 

Check out this 10 min interview with Kathy Cassidy (1st grade teacher in Canada) on engaging your students with technology.  In the interview, she describes how she got started with technology and turned her classroom into a Global classroom. Below are some notes I took while watching the video. If, after watching the interview, you want more information, read Kathy Cassidy’s book Connected From the Start

Why have a global classroom and encourage global learning

  • We should all be global learners.
  • Social Media is already a part of our students lives. We should teach them how to do it in a safe way.
  • Teach students to have empathy.
  • Students know how to have fun with technology, but we want them to learn how to use technology to learn.
  • Teach students appropriate ways to act online.
  • Create a digital footprint that you are proud of.
 Tips on getting started with technology
  • Start with one thing. Let that be successful and then build on that.
  • Try Skype in the classroom.
  • Follow blogs of other teachers and then maybe start your own blog.
  • Get started by creating a network of teachers that can support you via twitter or blogs.

Important – iPad Notability Backup Settings

The most recent update to Notability requires that students re-enable and re-login to Google Drive for backup. These settings are extremely important as they ensure that Notability notes are backed up. This is also a good opportunity to make sure all backup/iCloud settings on the iPad are correct. Please visit the following webpage and walk through these settings with your child. Scroll down and start with the section titled “Notability Settings”. Make sure the settings on the iPad match this section of the site as well as the section titled “iCloud Settings” It is possible that they are already correct, but it is important to double check.