TechKnowledgy Tips March 2017


  • The computer lab will be closed from March 1 - March 17 for the 8th grade writing SOL. Please plan accordingly.
  • The new time and attendance application launches March 1. Look for the icon on your desktop when you need to use the application or you can login at https:/ Use your network username and password to login.
  • The second edition of eCART Now contains information regarding the 2nd District Assessment. Alignment documents will be posted on March 6, the direction documents will be posted on March 10, The assessment will become visible in Horizon on March 15 and the Assessment will be available from March 20 - April 7. All of these documents can be found in Blackboard under the eCART tab.
  • On February 17, Horizon was enhanced to allow a student-friendly rubric to be used on a short answer question. When creating a short answer question, teachers can enter a rubric which will be available when scoring answers to the short answer question and a copy of the teacher rubric can be make to use as a student rubric. This can be used by students as they answer the questions to make sure they are including all of the necessary parts for their answers. Please be aware that all items continue to default to a value of one point when added to a test. This includes short answer items. Teachers may want to change the point value of these items within a test to correspond to the rubric scale.

Click here to subscribe to eCART Now to get additional information!

Upgrade coming! The next upgrade for FCPS 24-7 will take place June 22-28. For planning purposed, this means it will not be available on the last day of school of students

Good news! You complained! IT Listened. Between March 13 and April 30 all FCPS employees will be getting 100 GIgabytes of space in their mailboxes! This is a lot of space so your mailbox will not be constantly full. You will be notified in advance with information on when your account will be upgraded. Your email address will not change and your mailbox will look exactly the same. You will need to restart your computer when prompted. FYI - Your mobile device will need to be reconfigured to work with the new email account. Instructions for re configuring your mobile device can be found on the staff technology help site!

Pathways to Leadership Conference

The 2017 Pathway to Leadership Conference will take place on Monday, March 6 from 4:30 - 7:00 pm at Willow Oaks Administrative Center. This year's conference will highlight opportunities for both instructional and support employees. Marty Smith, Chief of Staff, will be the keynote speaker. You can register for the conference and breakout sessions in MYPLT.

The two websites that are previewed this month is EDPuzzle and Cool Text. Check them out below!

With EdPuzzle, you can use videos (already created or your own) to produce an interactive learning experience. Engage students easily by enabling self-paced learning with interactive lessons, add your voice and questions along the video. Reinforce accountability and know if your students are watching your videos, how many times and see the answers they give! Staff and students should sign up using their FCPS Google Apps account. Click here to get started!

Cool Text

Cool Text (formerly know as flaming text) is a free graphics generator for multi media/graphic design type projects. It allows you to create custom images that can be used for presentations, web pages and many other projects. No log in is required. Students can start using it today!

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