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District Technology Committee January 2015 Meeting

The January 2015 meeting of the District Technology Committee (DTC) included the following topics for discussion:
One to World UpdateDistrict Website UpdateFormulation of iPad Questions to Answer during the Upcoming Pilot (Grades PK-5)DTC Student Selection Matrix for Grades 6-12iPad Site Visit Volunteers Sign-upTech Integration News/Issues/Share-outs from Buildings/Departments All DTC meeting agendas, notes, and meeting materials are available for any Barrington 220 staff member to access at any time on the DTC website at bit.ly/220dtc.

You are encouraged to visit the DTC Meeting Highlights page to read the highlights from the January 2015 meeting (and all previous meetings).

To see a list of the DTC members, please refer to the Technology Committee Member Matrix.

District Technology Committee December 2014 Meeting

The District Technology Committee (DTC) met for the first time in December 2014 for a full-day meeting. Major topics discussed included the following:
One to World UpdateConsiderations for iPad use in Barrington 220Technology support structure for Barrington 220Learning Management System (LMS) needs and issuesEmail/calendar system transitionDTC communication processIdentification of priorities at the PK-5, 6-8, and 9-12 levels All DTC meeting agendas, notes, and meeting materials are available for any Barrington 220 staff member to access at any time on the DTC website at bit.ly/220dtc.

After each DTC meeting, Meeting Highlights are presented. You are encouraged to visit the Meeting Highlights page to read the highlights from the December 2014 meeting.

To see a list of DTC members, please refer to the Technology Committee Member Matrix on the DTC website.

New Technology Support Options Coming Soon!

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Since the beginning of the school year, the Technology Department has been planning some changes to provide more options for staff members to get technology support in Barrington 220.

BEGINNING FEBRUARY 2, 2015, you will have three ways to request technology support, in addition to working with building Support Technicians (“Techs”):

Call extension 1500 (224-655-1500),  our new Service Desk (7 AM-3 PM).
Visit http://help.barrington220.org and start a remote support session (7 AM-3 PM)
[instructions on page 2 of this flyer].
Open a ticket at http://techsupport.barrington220.org if you do not need immediate support.
Support Technician Schedules
Barrington High School: Carolyn Glenn and Lisa Gough (Monday-Friday)BMS - Prairie: Jason Bryant (Monday-Friday)BMS - Station: Kim Martinez (Monday-Friday) Elementary Support Technicians are each assigned to two schools and support the entire district. Specific building times will be published online.
Arnett Lines: True Kong (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday…

Taking a Hammer to SAMR: Augmentation

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An earlier article defined Dr. Ruben Puentedura's SAMR model as a tool teachers can use to measure the opportunities afforded to students by technology integration. In this fourth article of the "Taking a Hammer to SAMR" series, we learn about Augmentation, the second level of the SAMR scale: the use of technology tools that add functions, but do not change the original task of the lesson.

The SAMR Activity Scale:



The SAMR Activity Scale outlines how technology use affords students opportunities to learn and demonstrate learning. In the SAMR continuum, Augmentation refers to the use of technology tools that add functions, but do not change the task of the lesson. At the Augmentation level, technology use offers some advantages to the teacher or the student. An activity is completed in the same manner as a non-digital activity, but uses technology as a tool to offer additional functionality.
Example First Grade Lesson: Types of Clouds (Weather Unit)
The student uses an iPad t…

Taking a Closer Look at Online Resources

As our district transitions to the new website, we are taking a close look at how elementary students access resources from school sites. Members of the district technology committee have volunteered to work with a team of librarians and technology support assistants to re-envision the student entry point for all technology and library resources. Our goal is to provide a site that is both easy to use and visually appealing to Pre-K–5th grade students.  
Our sub-committee will present an initial design to the District Technology Committee for feedback in February 2015. Keep an eye open for updates to this process.

Getting Our Families Connected

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For the past 18 months, our district has developed a unique partnership with Comcast to provide internet services to families that qualify for the national school lunch program.  In addition, Netgear generously provided routers to enable participating families to connect wirelessly to their service. With any new program, there have been some growing pains.  We are currently working with Comcast and one of the BHS student incubator businesses, Funtastech, to improve the enrollment process and provide more support for families included in the program.
Funtastech, a teen tech tutoring company is providing two different services.  First, the student-run business is in the process of creating a start-up tutorial video (in both Spanish and English) for families to utilize when connecting their internet start-up kit and wireless router at home.  Second, by subcontracting Spanish translators, Sunny Hill families will have access to personalized tech tutoring in the coming months.  Thank you …

One to World Initiative Program Update

At this week’s Barrington 220 Board of Education meeting (January 13, 2015), I presented a program update on our One to World initiative. This update included a program overview, an explanation of our new District Technology Committee, an overview of our District TPACK Team, a brief look at professional development offerings for teachers in Grades 6-12, a discussion about some of the resources we offer parents for home device use, and a presentation of two short videos featuring Barrington 220 classrooms using One to World devices.

The program overview began with an up-to-date organizational chart that shows how the Technology Department now includes both infrastructure support and instructional technology support. Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, both our Director of Media Services and our Instructional Technology Coordinator are now part of the technology department, under a new Chief Technology Officer position. This change is significant because it demonstrates how technolo…

PARCC Testing and Barrington 220 Technology

PARCC assessment testing is coming to a school near you!
I thought I’d take a minute or two to provide a brief glimpse of the upcoming preparations for PARCC assessment testing as they relate to technology devices and network infrastructure here at Barrington 220. So how about a short FAQ?
Q. Can the PARCC assessment test be taken on the iPads, MacBook Air laptops, and PC laptops used within our district?Will all of these devices work? A. Yes. The PARCC test can be accessed on just about any computing device currently deployed to students within our district. The test is provided on Mac and PC computers via a web browser, using the computer’s Oracle JAVA program on the "back end."For iPads, "there's an app for that," as the saying goes!
Q. Are these PARCC tests located on our Barrington 220 network servers or are they Internet-based? A.PARCC tests are Internet-based and are provided and hosted by Pearson PLC.Pearson has provided tools to “cache” some of the test c…

Taking a Hammer to SAMR: Substitution

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An earlier article defined Dr. Ruben Puentedura's SAMR model as a tool teachers can use to measure the opportunities afforded to students by technology integration. In this third article of the "Taking a Hammer to SAMR" series, we learn about Substitution, the first level of the SAMR scale, the use of technology without the addition any functional changes.

The SAMR Activity Scale:


The SAMR Activity Scale outlines how technology use affords students opportunities to learn and demonstrate learning. In the SAMR continuum, Substitution refers to technology used as a direct tool substitute, with no functional change. At the Substitution level, technology use offers no significant advantages to the teacher or the student; an activity is completed in the same manner as a non-digital activity, but using technology.
Example First Grade Lesson: Types of Clouds (Weather Unit)
Students use an iPad to navigate to a website and read an article that includes photos of various types of clou…

Update Your SMART Software on Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

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With many thanks to Kathy Hempel, Librarian at Barrington Middle School—Station Campus, the following directions will assist MacBook Air laptop users who have upgraded to Mac OS X 10.10 (“Yosemite”) update their SMART software.

1. Click the Finder icon in the Dock.

2. Click the Applications folder in the left column.
3. Open the SMART Technologies folder and double-click the SMART Uninstaller.

4. Click Select All to remove all SMART applications.
Click Remove.
Click OK.
Type your computer’s password.
Click OK.

NOTE
The SMART Uninstaller only removes SMART applications and SMART system files from your computer. The SMART Uninstaller DOES NOT delete SMART documents you have created.

5. The uninstall process should take less than 5 minutes.

6. Click the following link:

http://smarttech.com/Support/Browse+Support/Download+Software/Software/SMART+Notebook+collaborative+learning+software/SMART+Notebook+software/SMART+Notebook+14_3+Mac


Click Download.


7. Scroll down the page and click Continue