The 3-2-1. Tech @ CSD: News & Tips for Teachers

Today is Sunday, January 29, 2017. This edition is the first issue of the 3-2-1 for 2017. Happy Lunar New Year!

On these pages, you'll find:

  • a weekly status update on the TOP 3 issues on our lists,
  • 2 TIPS to help things work a little better in your classroom, and
  • one IDEA to consider about technology and teaching.

This week's TOP3.

  • Planned, budgeted upgrades for the 2016-2017 academic year are complete. Each year about this time, we put together a proposed technology budget for the coming academic year. Our goal is to finish putting the device and capacity upgrades in your hands each year before we head out to Winter Break--sooner, if we can manage it. Does that mean you're ignoring my request? No, but it does mean we may respond by offering temporary solutions while we determine if we can free up additional funds in the budget. We know that necessary step may be frustrating but we promise that we're not ignoring you, even as we move with more deliberation.
  • Work moves forward to upgrade another of our main servers. In addition to upgrading personal devices, each year we target key pieces of the main infrastructure that require replacement. We began a project to replace our aging network servers last year that will continue into next year. In the coming weeks Nucentric will install a new server at the 565 campus to partner with the server we added at high school last year. (Location of the servers is immaterial; they both support both buildings.) This project will fly well below your radar--but for one evening shut-down of the network to do the roll-over to the new server--but it is nonetheless critical to making our network more responsive and more stable.
  • I still can't get on the WiFi. Golly. If you are still muttering under your breath when you try to log on, please, please, please send us a screenshot. We have excellent uptime performance; we can pinpoint and address isolated issues as they happen; and we have made key adjustments to the access points to make them even more responsive as you move through the building. There really is no reason that you shouldn't be able to sign-on. Don't just shrug (or worse complain) and accept it. Tell us. You can sign on.

2TIPs

  • Here's one for readers who still fight with our WiFi sign-in procedures. If the logon screen doesn't appear instantly for you. You can generally access it in a couple of easy steps as follows. (I find with my iPhone and iPad I have to do some version of the steps above every 6 weeks or so. Remember, they're just dumb machines. Sometimes they get stuck.)
  1. Check your WiFi icon, if it shows full bars, you indeed have made a connection to an AP.
  2. Open your browser and call a reliable newspaper site.
  3. Still no logon on page? Turn your Wifi off and on.
  4. Still no logon on page? Turn your device off completely and restart it.
  • Here's a link to a cool index of iPad apps for modifying learning for a range of different learners, courtesy of CSD Board Member Brian Kissel. I've also flipped this chart to our Tech4Teachers Flipboard magazine. (See the link below.)

TO MAKE LIFE A LITTLE BIT EASIER.

An IDEA of note.

Did you attend King Twitterverse's (AKA, Shane Capps) FreshTake session on using Twitter for PD? I walked away with some neat ideas brewing in my head that would let us leverage a #CSDTechChat hashtag to share information and ideas about technology in the classroom. HS and 8th grade teachers will take part in a pilot chat about our Broadening Perspectives project this week as part of our staff meeting. After we get that chat under our belts, watch this space for more information about the #CSDTechChat launch.

In the meantime, check out the calendar of Ed chats that Shane has assembled . . . You might find one or two that really grab your fancy.

Don't forget:

Support@nucentric.com: wired pcs and laptops, CSD.local domain, wireless or wired Internet connection, etc. AND SEND A SCREENSHOT!!!!!! (Know that we will poke back and insist on a screenshot. It is the most efficient way to help us diagnose what's up.)

Tech Team Students are available for triage and diagnosis ONLY. Please do not tempt them to make changes to your device! They remain on provisional licenses only!

See you next week!
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Connie Wessner
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