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

Today is Sunday, February 26, 2017. It's another awards Sunday . . . LaLa Land is the odds-on favorite; I think Moonlight deserves a look and at least a couple of wins.

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.

  • I bring an iPad from home or use one that was donated, and it doesn't seem to work as well as it once did.¬†¬†Check that your iOS is up to date. These devices depend on keeping the operating system current for optimal use. Missing those notifications on the Settings icon can diminish your device's performance over time. It can even make your connection to the WiFi network more unstable. To see whether you are up-to-date, go to Settings>Software Update> and check to see whether you have an uninstalled update waiting. The current release is iOS 10.2.1. A beta release for iOS 10.3 became available on 2/20--don't go looking for that one (or any beta release) unless you consider yourself a power user! Note, too, that as your device ages, it may get to the point where it no longer accepts iOS updates. When that happens, its days are numbered because many of your apps will eventually demand the higher capacity of newer operating systems.
  • It seems like you're making up at least two of the top 3 each week. It's true. Stay tuned next week as we move into the happy, but uncharted, waters of reversing the focus of the 3-2-1. We'll start with 3 ideas, move to 2 tips, end with 1 complaint/issue. Either things in CSD tech world are getting better, or we're going Mussolini on you and making the trains run on time. Whichever it is, I'm happier.
  • Number 3? If I've missed a key issue, email me. But don't look like the kid in the background photo while you're doing it.


  • Planning for MS for next year: While we're mostly done with devices upgrades and replacements for this fiscal year, we're not finished with our effort to work our way through classrooms to ensure we're as well equipped as we can be. I'll be observing in 6th and 7th grade classrooms for several Fridays through March so that we can budget for next year. As part of those observations, I'll be reaching out to middle school teams so that we can have a better understanding of how you can best put technology to use in support of instruction and curriculum. Classroom visits begin this Friday . . . And yes, I said it would be last Friday, but by now you should know that I do not read calendars and there was this small event called the MS Dance Performance that got in the way.
  • Food for thought: The latest edition to the Tech4Teachers magazine (see link below) is an article from EdTech Magazine that signals a shift in concerns about connectivity. eRate has helped lots of schools (including us) secure high-speed connections and build the network infrastructure to deliver it to classrooms. But, with teachers placing additional emphasis on student use of technology there's a rising awareness about the connectivity gap in kids' homes. Our 9th graders are working with E2D, a local grassroots digital divide organization, on that very topic.


An IDEA of note.


We're still talking about Twitter chats in this space because we've moved on to the next round of Twitter chat learning. Tonight we close out the first in a series of questions aimed at sparking our Broadening Perspectives efforts. Our slow chats will unfold between Wednesday and Sunday each week. Don't forget to tag your comments with #CSDChat and think about posting your own comments as well as responding to your colleagues. The image below shows the list of questions that will shape this first round of slow chats. Question 2 gets underway this coming Wednesday!

Don't forget: 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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