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

Today is Sunday, March 26, 2017. Rooting for that Carolina v Carolina denouement. It'd be worth losing those last points from the Zags.

On these pages, you'll find:

  • the TOP 3 technology ideas we're thinking about this week,
  • 2 TIPS to help things work a little better in your classroom, and
  • the SINGLE issue that is keeping us from technological greatness.

This week's TOP3.

  • Achieving technological greatness. We know it's the doldrums of March, but we think a few (read: manyof you may want to rethink your decision to sit out the survey below. We had an abysmal response rate . . . Just 24 of you took the opportunity to tell us what you want, need, and think. Ask your colleagues (as I now shutter to understand many of you view as your primary sources of tech info) who responded. Last week we reached out to many respondents directly to problem-solve, based on information returned in the survey. It is not too late--though that rumbling sound you hear is the train leaving the station.
  • Baby steps on the way to taming ZScaler for you: Joe and his laptop now live in the equivalent of our Wild West--he is no longer bound generally to the zScaler policies but is now positioned for us to test user-specific filtering. Some of you may be thinking: I have no idea what you're talking about and surely that is not the most critical thing we need to know this week. Oh, but it is. We've noted (and survey answers further confirm) that you're frustrated by run-ins with zScaler (Think: the bypass window). Joe's excellent adventure is a step toward taming zScaler for you. If all goes well, you may find yourself not hating zScaler so much next fall. Fingers crossed, Joe. Godspeed.


  • (From last week & continuing through May) Reusing those old, creepingly slow desktops: Remember that if you're now using a new Chromebook as your teacher device, we plan to do a round-up of the desktop monsters in your resource rooms and classrooms this summer. Please make sure you've moved critical files that you saved locally (C:// drive) to the Google Drive before the beginning of June. We will spend the summer rebuilding the desktops that can be saved and repurpose them as drivers for Promethean Boards, projectors and attendance kiosks in your rooms.
  • Preparing for Spring Testing & Its Device-Heavy Demands: We are in the process of gathering requests from K7 Admin and Team8 to balance classroom ChromeBook needs with testing numbers for the end of the year push. We plan to share specific information on when/where/how ChromeBooks will be available from mid-April on BEFORE we head out to Spring Break. Stay tuned and know we will do everything we can to make everyone happy.


MISSED It by that much.

I'm not finished with visits to the 6th and 7th grade teams. My schedule got interrupted by student meetings I need to do with independent study students and interns at high school. I'll be back right after Spring Break.

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!
Created By
Connie Wessner

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