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.

Large-Scale Building | Makerspace May

Welcome to the final week of Makerspace May!  Watch the above video or click here to watch Lower School Pike students using our new large-scale building kit called Rigamajig (3 minutes).  You can learn more about Rigamajig by watching this video (2.5 minutes) made by the creators of the kit as well if you are interested.  Please consider coming to Spark this week to check out activities related to all the videos this month, including the opportunity to make a large creation with the Rigamajig.

Thanks for watching our videos this month!  If you have any questions, or need help planning for ideas for next year please let us know.
-The Tech Department
#makerspacemay @PikeSchool

3D Printing|Makerspace May


Welcome to week 3 of Makerspace May!  The theme of this week is 3D Printing.  Watch the above video (5 minutes) or click here to see many students and some teachers speak about the first year of using 3D printing technology at Pike.  You can also come to Spark and try TinkerCad to get a quick sense of what it is like to design something for 3D printing.  The bridge building and circuit challenges will also be available for you to try.  Come on your own, bring a partner or work with your team and learn about the possibilities of our makerspace.

To access many 3D printing teaching resources visit Project Ignite.

Many thanks to all the faculty and students who contributed to the video!

Enjoy!
-The Tech Department
#makerspacemay @PikeSchool

Makerspace May Week 2

Welcome to week 2 of Makerspace May!  The theme of this week is circuits.  We have 2 short informative videos about using circuits this week.  Watch Linda Spence talk about her English Circuit project above or click here (less than 4 minutes) and you can learn more about paper circuitry and 21st century notebooking here (less than 2 minutes).  Lastly, please come to Spark and complete a short and easy circuit challenge (15 minutes).  The bridge building challenge from last week will also be available.  Come on your own, bring a partner or work with your team and learn about the possibilities of our makerspace.

See below for more circuitry teaching resources:
21st Century Notebooking
How To Wire Multiple LED’s in a Parallel Circuit
Circuit Teacher Resources

Makerspace May Week 1

Welcome to week 1 of Makerspace May!  The theme of this week is building.  Watch the video above, or click here (about 5 minutes) and if you have a chance visit Spark to complete a bridge building challenge (15 minutes) at any point this week.  Can you build a bridge with limited materials?  Come on your own, bring a partner or work with your team and find out.

Many thanks to all the faculty and students who contributed to the video!

Enjoy and don’t forget to take a selfie with your bridge!

-The Tech Department

#makerspacemay @PikeSchool

Makerspace May

makerspace5We are excited to announce that the Tech Department has declared next month Makerspace May. Each week we will share a short video with some information about the benefits of using our Makerspace.  In conjunction with the video, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to come to Spark and experience an activity related to the video at any point during the week.  We are hoping that everyone at Pike will have a fun time making this May, and that it might spark some cool ideas for next year!  Be on the lookout for our first video on Monday May 2.

Time Saving Tip #5

Welcome to Day 5 of our 5 Ways to Save Time Tech Opportunity

Today you will learn how Lastpass Password Manager can save you time.  Follow this link to go directly to the Lastpass Password Manager information in our course on Schoology (See post from Monday on how to create an account and join our course).   Also, we have added a discussion thread inside each topic folder.  It would be great to hear your thoughts and experience on each topic.

This wraps up our 5 Ways to save Time Tech Opportunity.  Thank you for participating! We will be sending an evaluation form on Monday.  Your feedback will be invaluable as we evaluate and plan for future professional learning opportunities.

Thank you for joining this new Tech Initiative.

-The Tech Dept.

Time Saving Tip #4

Welcome to Day 4 of our 5 Ways to Save Time Tech Opportunity

Today you will learn how QR codes can save you time.  Follow this link to go directly to the QR code information in our course on Schoology.  It would be great to hear your thoughts and experience on each topic.  We have added a discussion thread inside each topic folder.

You will need a Schoology account to join our course in order to access the information.  See post from Monday on how to create an account and join our course.